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post #1 of 24 Old 08-28-2017, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Ugh... First riding boots

Got my first pair of riding boots... Forma adventure low. I normally wear a 13US street show, but their sizing guide called for their 48EU. The length is good but the inside is very loose. I've tried tightening the buckles and running more insert, still loose. I thought about swapping out for a 47EU but I'm concerned my toes will crash the front of the boot. The space inside the boot also appears to be allowing the leather to fold when I walk and it hammers the top of my foot like a blade. Maybe that will soften up with wear?

Anyway, first ride today with the new boots. It's like I have to learn all over again. Not only are the foot controls nearly impossible to operate but my braking technique and starting off technique and it seems even my balance has gone to crap. I find myself slapping down the right foot all the time where I never would have before.

I've read on threads here that the shifter lever can be adjusted to accommodate boots, but what about the rear brake lever? It sits too high and since there is a ton of space inside the boot it is very difficult to lift it high enough for feathering upon starting. Finesse in braking has taken a dive as well.

I suppose I'll eventually get used to it, but any advice on control adjustments and proper sizing/fit would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 24 Old 08-28-2017, 02:02 PM
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I have the same boot in full length. It takes some time to get used to brake and gear levers. The boots do loosen up. I put some Dr Scholls Get pads in mine. Made for a nice fit and made me a little taller on the bike. I have about 15,000 km on my boots now.

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Yeah, I need to try bigger insoles. The ones I had on hand to try weren't very thick...

Glad to hear they will soften up. The fold in the leather between the lowest buckle and the black toe patch is killing me so far...
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My experience with boots, whether riding or work boots, if they don't cause any discomfort during the break-in period they are too big. It takes awhile but they'll soften up.
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post #5 of 24 Old 08-28-2017, 02:47 PM
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I have the Forma full length Adventure. I put gel insoles (like above) because it was too wide (like you). The thick insole raised my foot into the curve of the boot a bit, and made it fit better.

I moved the shifter a bit. 3/4 inch I think? I forget. But yeah, took some getting used to and fiddling to get it right.
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I was thinking about moving the shifter a bit as well, but also started realizing that down shifting is more difficult for me with the boots as well. It has been difficult to bend my ankle high enough to reset the shifter without lifting my whole foot off the pegs. Raising the shifter will make that worse.

I think my best course of action now will be to get thicker insoles. Hopefully getting my foot more in contact with the inside of the boot will help with my movement having more effect on the boot, my sensitivity to the position of the controls, and proprioception of my feet. If the insoles help, I'll just have to practice with the new footwear. Otherwise I can try adjusting the controls or I might need to look for a different riding boot.
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Is it important to buy an insole that is sized EU like the boot? I've noticed some discrepancies between 14US and the corresponding EU size. Some say 47 others say 48. Or go with a 13US to match my feet? I'm not sure how relevant the Forma sizing model is to the typical cross reference charts...
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The protection offered by these boots takes away all subtle feel on the controls and you end up needing to individualise your controls and adjust how you ride. Raising the shifter is almost compulsory.
Did you have the opportunity to try a size 47? They are bad enough without buying a size too large.
It takes a long time to bed in such boots. A trick many dirt bikers would use was to put on new boots with socks at home, fill the boots with water from a garden hose and walk around the yard doing stuff for an hour or two until the boots completely dried inside. And use lots of leather conditioner once you have that shiny impervious sheen off those new boots.

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I have those boots, after tweaking the shifter it was a non-issue.

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I used revzilla and it took a 2nd pair to get the sizing right.

I love the long version of the forma and I did have to use adventuretech lowering and reposition of shifter for size 12 boots. The boots are fantastic as they are very comfortable off the bike...BUT...and its a big one...I really hate to admit...the long boots with the klim goretex armored pants make it nearly impossible to get one's pants down enough and dropping a deuce is a chore to say the least...I you made the right choice in the short version
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