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post #1 of 23 Old 05-04-2014, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Welp, on another forum, I saw someone that had a SMIDSY wreck at 80 km/h on a Husaberg. The thread was complete with pics of the inside of his foot and the remnants of his boot... He was wearing work boots at the time.

I wear my work boots on my V-Strom.

Time for some riding boots. Any suggestions?

Current gear is as follows:
-Rev'It Gear2 Pants: 48-Tall
-Rev'It Ignition2 Jacket: 48
-Rev'It Gloves (I believe they're Bomber model. Not entirely sure.)
-HJC RPHA-10 Helmet

Looking for something that I can walk in when I hop off the bike. Maybe light hiking... (Kinda to match the V-Strom; Mostly on road, some light offroad.) Multi-season/weather.

Saw a set of Tourmaster Response 2.0 Boots recently. Any experience with them?

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post #2 of 23 Old 05-04-2014, 11:20 PM
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Vendramini Marathon Steel

They are "EN" certified. SS shin and ankle guards. Made with 2.8mm thick full grain Italian leather. Absolutely waterproof, Outlast Adaptive Membrane. Do some reading on them . I spent months researching before I took the plunge. The are 5 years old and still going strong. I just had them resoled after 5 years. Mauro ordered the soles from Italy for me at $36.00/pr. I can't say too much good about them. They are extremely comfortable right out of the box and still 5 years later. I would buy them all over again if they somehow wore out which I can't see really happening.

Mauro is the original USA importer of these hand made Italian boots. These boots are legendary in Europe.

read this epic thread in Vsri forum:

My review on that thread: post # 880

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post #3 of 23 Old 05-04-2014, 11:51 PM
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Those boots above look very interesting.

The EN13634 standards have at least 2 levels. Level 1 is the minimum level for useful protection in a wreck. Level 2 is more protection, but increased weight and loss of comfort.

I have Dainese TRQ-Tour Goretex touring boots. EN13634 Level 1 protection. Pretty comfy, but a bit big in the foot. The problem with these is the slick sole on wet pavement. Check a lot, try on a lot.

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post #4 of 23 Old 05-05-2014, 01:27 PM
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Boots that fit properly are the best kind, but yeah some offer more protection than others for sure.

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post #5 of 23 Old 05-05-2014, 02:28 PM
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Can only speak for what I've used, that work for me... My criteria is 1) protection; 2) comfort; 3) price; 4) design (in that order).

After *lots* of different boot trials, my favorites are:
for Cool weather: : 1- S&S Urge Overkill. Insanely comfortable, lots of protection (covers the talus bone like the Response 2.0, but doesn't have laces (I don't recommend laces in a riding boot). They're also waterproof, and can be worn year round.
2- A* SMX-5 comfortable, despite being calf-high. Lots of protection, however, probably better suited to sport bikes, and too warm for summer unless you get the perf version.
Warm weather: S&S Moment of Truth. Same sole, and feel, as the Urge Overkill (also incredibly comfortable). Slightly shorter, easy on/off. You can easily hike in both the Speed and Strength boots.

Oh, and the S&S run a Euro size large, and they're excellent if you have a wider foot.

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post #6 of 23 Old 05-05-2014, 03:48 PM
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I've been eyeing the Fly Racing Maverik. I don't own a pair though.

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+1 Vendramini Marathons, good protection,long wearing,comfortable to walk in, waterproof until about 3rd day of continuous rain.
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post #8 of 23 Old 05-05-2014, 06:23 PM
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My needs are completely waterproof, comfort for walking and protective. I need to be able to wear my boots for long periods in heat and cold.

Sidi canyon goretex meet my needs. They were fine in Florida at high temps and some torrential rain last fall. Fine and importantly dry in the rain this past weekend (40 degrees, lots of rain and even some snow). Seem to be protective although I don't intend to test that aspect

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I'm waiting on Aerostich/Sidi Combat Lites, due to be shipped in June. I went to the NJ Pop-Up event last month to check on sizing.

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

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post #10 of 23 Old 05-05-2014, 08:00 PM
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I have Gaerne G Adventure boots for everyday riding and sometimes wear my Icon Patrol boots in hot weather. My sister used to work at the trauma center in a local hospital and convinced me to loose the work boots for dedicated motorcycle boots after describing some of the injuries she saw.
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