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post #1 of 14 Old 12-05-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Tourmaster boots/ Firstgear boots

Two years ago, almost exactly, I purchased a pair of Tourmaster Solution 2.0 waterproof boots. I loved these boots, armored in all the important places, real leather, comfortable, the whole package.

Unfortunately the leather has started cracking and splitting in a couple of places even though these boots have never been wet. I'm disappointed in the relatively short lifespan of what otherwise has been a pair of boots that I loved.
So I am going to go a different direction for my next pair.

The Firstgear Kili Hi, they are pretty similar in their construction, similarly armored and priced. I am hoping to get a little longer life out of these. Anyone here have a pair of these?
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-05-2013, 11:26 PM
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I got a pair of solution air 2.0 boots and they cracked too after a while. I complained to tourmaster and they replaced them for free. I just had to pay to ship them back.

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post #3 of 14 Old 12-05-2013, 11:39 PM
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I used Tourmaster Solution 2.0 for about a year and the sole started separating from the upper letting tons of water in. Since I ride in the rain that was a big deal.
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post #4 of 14 Old 12-05-2013, 11:39 PM
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I bought Frank Thomas

Some years ago I bought Frank Thomas boots for about a $100, mixture of leather, mesh, rubber, not sure about armor, for my short commute - leather cracked but so what - they work. Zipper pulls now replaced by zip-ties, Velcro is getting a bit weak, heel pocket falling apart on one boot, but still getting used daily.

My ankles etc survived my recent low side just fine in these boots.
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post #5 of 14 Old 12-05-2013, 11:49 PM
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Ditto on the tour masters. Not super durable but I have not gone out of my way to keep them up. I also use them in the snow to keep my bike upright

The Kili looks like a step up with a similar design.

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post #6 of 14 Old 12-06-2013, 10:42 AM
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My riding bud bought the Firstgear Kili for our WABDR ride. They made it back but that was about it. My three year, 35K+ mile TCX X-Five Plus Gore-Tex look almost new, are very comfortable and are still water proof. Cheap boots aren't inexpensive. YMMV...

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post #7 of 14 Old 12-06-2013, 11:33 AM
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the leather has started cracking and splitting
I've used Leather Honey for years. It is the best leather conditioner I've found. It doesn't completely waterproof the leather (and I haven't found anything else that works for long, anyway), but the leather remains in good condition after it dries. I use it on boots, gloves, car seats, sofa, leather motorcycle seat...almost any dark colored leather. It is honey-like and goopy, and warming slightly helps, but it takes 24 hours to soak in and dry.
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post #8 of 14 Old 12-06-2013, 12:17 PM
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My SIDI On Roads are 7 plus years old, they have been resoled once recently. I ran the original soles completely down till the heels were gone. Never leak, still look good, no cracking. I figure they are worth the price, I never had cheap boots last long. I figure I'll get at least 10 years out of my On Roads, I don't ride in them every day though. But, they have probably 50,000 miles of use, maybe more and I get off the bike and walk around often. I have a few boots but, the SIDI On Roads have been the best and the only one thats still here after 7 years. I use Superfeet orange insoles, if you keep good insoles the boot wears longer and its like getting new boots when you pop in a set of fresh insoles.
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post #9 of 14 Old 12-06-2013, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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I looked at the TCX boots and the Sidi boots both. Both good options. The Sidi look especially rugged. Heck, I even considered moto cross boots. I have bought Firstgear riding jackets before and was impressed with their quality and attention to detail. I just received my Kili Hi boots today, thank you Revzilla! Initial impression is they look nice, appear to be well made, are stiffer, thicker and sturdier than the Tourmaster boots were. Plus the shifter patch on the top of the toes are a synthetic material that looks more durable than the leather patch that comes on the toes of the Tourmasters. I have yet to wear them riding, they seem like they will need a little breaking in. Stay posted and I will return to this review to periodically update this review.
Oh and I think I will look into that leather honey, that looks like a good product.
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post #10 of 14 Old 12-07-2013, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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Well, this is weird, I unboxed my new boots and tried them on and right away I noticed the right boot was tight, both in width and length. I took them off and held them up together sole to sole and the right boot was visibly shorter than the left by about 1/2 ". They both were labeled size 10 inside, but one was clearly a smaller boot.
So, I called Revzilla and they were very nice about it. They sent me a return postage label in my e mail and as soon as they receive them back they will exchange them. So now I will have to wait probably more than two weeks to get my new boots.
Stay tuned.
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