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post #1 of 13 Old 03-21-2013, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Best Riding boot for the $

I just received my new Fly Milepost Sport Touring boots. Tried them on when I arrived home from work and find them a little tight: Size 9. Hoping they will stretch out by wearing them around the house for a few days. They seem well constructed and reinforced. $99 from Revzilla no shipping. Anyone have feedback on there personal preferences. Would really be interested in others experience with these particular boots. A friend has them and loves them. Influenced my decision to buy. Thanks.

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Good boots don't stretch in my experience, send them back for the right size.

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Good boots don't stretch in my experience, send them back for the right size.

These, like my Tourmaster Solutions, aren't "good" boots in the sense of fine handcrafted from the best Albanian leather by dedicated monks following centuries old traditional lasting methods...

They are bargain boots made of some leather-ish materials.

My Tourmasters were similar in price to these Flys. They don't stretch, nor do they breathe as advertised. But I've had mine for almost five years. They've held up well. My feet have stayed dry in frog drowning weather. They're reasonably warm and really warm in summer. They're not great for walking, but they are black, clean and plain looking and I've worn them in a courtroom more than once. They've also saved my leg and ankle in a trapped and twisting get-off with only scraped leatherette across the toe box to show for it.

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Good to know. I wasn't looking for the "highest" quality, just something that is functional and reasonable to put on/take off. The trouble with getting them on is in the upper part of the boot. I have to push my foot through a narrow opening, but when seated in the base of the boot my foot feels comfortable but the upper feels a little tight. Not sure what to do yet.

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For a good solid all around boot that is waterproof, durable, easy to put on, and long wearing you'd be hard pressed to do better than the TCX X-5 Plus. They are no longer the raving deal they were when I bought my first pair (Oxtar back then) but still an excellent value IMO. I'm wearing my second pair, spanning 10 years.

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I just received my new Fly Milepost Sport Touring boots. Tried them on when I arrived home from work and find them a little tight
The old trick is to put your new leather boots on as tight as they'll go, stand in a bucket or bathtub filled with hot water to soften up the leather, then wear them around the the rest of the day until they dry out. This fits the boot to your feet, within the laws of physics anyway.

Legend has it, original Levi 501's were fitted the same way.

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Anybody remember the original CCM Tacks?

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The old trick is to put your new leather boots on as tight as they'll go, stand in a bucket or bathtub filled with hot water to soften up the leather, then wear them around the the rest of the day until they dry out. This fits the boot to your feet, within the laws of physics anyway.

Legend has it, original Levi 501's were fitted the same way.
Haha, this conjured up some memories.

Old leather CCM Tackaberries (aka "Tacks" - hockey skates) had kangaroo inners and protective padding and they KILLED your feet to break in, which took approximately forever without intervention. They were also $125 a pair, back in 1975 or so. A small fortune.

We broke them in in similar fashion to what you describe. Soaked our feet and socks in warm water, laced them up as tightly as we could stand, and watched TV and walked around the house with them for a few hours. This was very uncomfortable, but went a long way to making them fit much sooner then they would have otherwise.

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I like the look of the TCX boot. Are there any others like this to compare?

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I like the look of the TCX boot. Are there any others like this to compare?
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These, like my Tourmaster Solutions, aren't "good" boots in the sense of fine handcrafted from the best Albanian leather by dedicated monks following centuries old traditional lasting methods...

They are bargain boots made of some leather-ish materials.

Egg--zactly.

I wear the Tourmaster Solutions. Warm, comfortable, waterproof. Zip and velcro closure. My wide feet fit perfectly in them. I believe they are protective enough in case of get-off.

My wife wears the Tourmaster Solution WP Air Road boots. She loves them. Water repellent, breathes, and keeps her feet warm enough in 50 degree temps. I'm thinking about getting these for warm weather.
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