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post #11 of 57 Old 05-07-2019, 01:25 PM
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A must for me is waterproof. I commute on the bike regardless of weather and I live on the wet coast.

I picked up a pair of Alpinestars Belize boots about a year and a half ago after my Gaernes began to leak uncontrollably.

The Alpinestars do leak if you don't keep the leather constantly sealed. I broke a lower buckle a couple months ago but that was simple enough to replace.

They fit me well and provide good support but I probably wouldn't buy them again. I think I would go with a pair of Sidis next.
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For me the important things are Fit/Comfort (I have wide feet) and, since I ride in rain a lot, totally Waterproof.
I'm a 9 1/2 EEE - how wide do these run? (Sucks you have to order them cuz nobody stocks anything).

I've been rocking Bates Boots, but have thought about something else.

https://www.batesfootwear.com/US/en/...W_color=E02788
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Sidi Onroads for several years and still use them a lot for touring. I got a pair of Sidi Adventure Gore tex a few years ago when I started riding more dirt . They provide better blunt force protection for the shins and better protection for the ankles.

- both are waterproof and have remained so for years.
- both can be resoled
- both are very comfortable off the bike. In fact, I find the Adventure boot nearly as comfortable as the Onroads and find that I am wearing them more and more even when touring.

Downside of both is that the cost a bit more initially but over time, they may turn out to be less expensive because they last so long and can be resoled.
Both are a bit hot when temperatures are 80+ but I rarely ride in those temperatures so it is not an issue for me.

As stated earlier, fit is very important and may well be one of the first considerations you should have (after protection of course).
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I'm a 9 1/2 EEE - how wide do these run? (Sucks you have to order them cuz nobody stocks anything).

I've been rocking Bates Boots, but have thought about something else.

https://www.batesfootwear.com/US/en/...W_color=E02788
I've still got an old pair of Bates boots that I can't get myself to get rid of. I love them, so comfortable. If the weather looks poor, I switch to the Sidi GoreTex boots.

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Sidi Onroads for several years and still use them a lot for touring. I got a pair of Sidi Adventure Gore tex a few years ago when I started riding more dirt . They provide better blunt force protection for the shins and better protection for the ankles.

- both are waterproof and have remained so for years.
- both can be resoled
- both are very comfortable off the bike. In fact, I find the Adventure boot nearly as comfortable as the Onroads and find that I am wearing them more and more even when touring.

Downside of both is that the cost a bit more initially but over time, they may turn out to be less expensive because they last so long and can be resoled.
Both are a bit hot when temperatures are 80+ but I rarely ride in those temperatures so it is not an issue for me.

As stated earlier, fit is very important and may well be one of the first considerations you should have (after protection of course).
Glad to hear the Sidi's have served you well. I got mine for $200 CDN on clearance last year. Seems like a great deal now after reading reports from others.

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Sidi fits me well and they make a quality product. I'll have them for years.

Discovery for street. Comfortable, easy enough to walk in. Purchased lightly used from another local rider.

Adventure for dual sporting. More support and protection than discovery.

Crossfire 2 SRS for dirt. Support and protection.
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Glad to hear the Sidi's have served you well. I got mine for $200 CDN on clearance last year. Seems like a great deal now after reading reports from others.
That is a good deal!!!

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Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex. I forget where I got them, but they were on sale for about 40% off. I wear them year-round. They've proven waterproof, so far, about a year old.

I like:

  • The overall level of protection, while retaining reasonable comfort for every day street-riding
  • Gore-Tex waterproofing
  • The fit for my narrow feet

I don't like:

  • Lack of ventilation. They're a bit warm in the heat, but despite being a heat-wimp it doesn't really bother me.
  • Walking around in them too much, the trade-off for the protection they offer.

They're my only boots, so they're what I recommend for a single pair -- for me, when on sale, they're in the sweet spot of balance between price v. comfort v. protection.
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I'm a 9 1/2 EEE - how wide do these run? (Sucks you have to order them cuz nobody stocks anything).

I've been rocking Bates Boots, but have thought about something else.

https://www.batesfootwear.com/US/en/...W_color=E02788
I'm also 9 1/5 EEE. When I put on my gear (I'm at work and hopefully leaving shortly) I'll check on the size but I strongly encourage you to try them out before buying. They work for me but might be torture for you.

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I strongly encourage you to try them out before buying. They work for me but might be torture for you.

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Revzilla allows that. I think you have to pay $7 return shipping, but better than $300 & pain

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