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I've never owned anything other than inexpensive Bilt boots. Even though every pair has claimed to be waterproof, none have been.

I now have a little Xmas money burning a hole in my pocket and am planning to hit the Chicago IMS. So I'm looking for some advice from anyone who's discovered a true waterproof boot.

Cost-wise, I'll probably be looking up to around $200.
 

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The $200 limit MIGHT shorten the list of potential boots. I have had good success with Sidi boots. They have several models of Gore-Tex boots (eg. Adventure Gore-tex). I have found them to be totally waterproof. However, they, like any waterproof boot, can be hot when using in high temperatures. The big one advantage of Gore-Tex is the "lifetime" waterproof guarantee. Many people have had Gore-Tex products repaired or replaced for no cost if no longer waterproof. The big disadvantage of Gore-tex is the cost. There are other brands of membranes out there but none, that I know of, that have the lifetime guarantee.

A good online source of boots is Motorcyclegear.com

Street Boots > Waterproof Sport, Street, Touring Boots :: MotorcycleGear.com
 

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For $200 I wish you the very best of luck, that Unicorn boot doesn't appear to exist. Now paying upwards around $300 can offer you up some good options, but most anything Gore-Tex is going to be well over $300. I have the most excellent Alpine Stars Corazol ADV boots, their proprietary waterproof liner "Drystar" has proven to be 100% effective for me, but it is a really hardcore boot for just everyday riding. Revzilla is the source I recommend for reviews and purchasing, but you really should try a pair of boots on if at all possible.
 

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My most recent buy of a SIDI ON Road boot was a bargain at $275...from a BMW dealer no less.
It says goretex but I haven't had the chance to ride in rain yet to test the water resistance.
So there is hope for a decent sale out there. These boots were originally sold at $350 across the board.
Why is it that some products never seem to vary in price from source to source?
 

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Bite the bullet and get one good pair of GoreTex boots or else you will spend more over time because everything else will be leaking over time and needs to be replaced well before the boots are worn out. How do I know ....

Try on different brands while at the show so you know which size from which manufacturer fits. Then hunt for bargains when they change the design and get a leftover at a good price.
 

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I heard an interview on one of my MC podcasts that indicated just about all 'waterproof' boots are inherently prone to failure, because what causes them to leak is dirt and oil clogging the material pores, which then provides a pathway for moisture to reverse-wick to your foot. So if the boot's liner can't be removed to be cleaned (the recommendation was to do so with something like Nikwax's Tech Wash), it will eventually leak.

Are there boots out there with removable Gore-Tex liners?
 

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I don't think there are removable liners. The difference is that if a GoreTex boot is not worn out and leaks you send it back for replacement. If a NON GoreTex boot is not worn out and leaks you will have wet feet or need to replace it.
 

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I heard an interview on one of my MC podcasts that indicated just about all 'waterproof' boots are inherently prone to failure, because what causes them to leak is dirt and oil clogging the material pores, which then provides a pathway for moisture to reverse-wick to your foot. So if the boot's liner can't be removed to be cleaned (the recommendation was to do so with something like Nikwax's Tech Wash), it will eventually leak.

Are there boots out there with removable Gore-Tex liners?
Not sure I buy into that, otherwise Gore-Tex boots/jackets/pants would be leaking as well, and they offer a lifetime warranty against leaking. I rinse off and wipe down all of my waterproof boots regularly, so far have yet to have a failure. My Aerostich AD1 pants are FILTHY, and they are most certainly still waterproof. Yeah that Nikwax wash is good stuff, and likely the best thing to use for waterproof shells and liners.
 

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Baj, go to Revzilla.com, TSX Gore-Tex waterproof boots. $199, some show at $159. I have 2 pairs of the older Oxtar Goretex Matrix boots, and they are fantastic. Oxtar changed their name to TSX a few years ago.
 

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One feature i liked about the Sidi boots was the ability to replace the sole. My old pair went through 3 soles before they were worn out.
Well actually my shoe guy really messed the boot up replacing a worn zipper.
 

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Hey, i have big feet, and not much choices in moto boots in 15's, so i found some bates, waterproof, side zipper, very compy, i can't post a link without 10 posts, but look on amazon, about $150, i'm happy with them, i also have some gators that keep water from running down into the tops,
 

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Using the big black pull over rubber boots is another option. I used to carry a pair. I also had the veggie bags from the supermarket with me to make getting the rubber boots over the leather boots easy. Kinda like a boot condom but eliminates the struggle pulling the rain boot over your riding boot.
Keep the rubber boots in a hot garage long enough and they disintegrate at the most inconvenient time too. Dry rot!
 

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For a high quality pair of waterproof boots, I'm planning to spend closer to $300-400. In the $200 range, I'm giving up a bit of something like crash protection or comfort. I have used my Alpinestars Web Goretex boots and feel they are truly waterproof. My first pair lasted around 100k miles with no treatment to the boots. I'm now on my 3rd pair and use them only for wet commuting. I'm not sure if they can be found for $200, but maybe just a little more.

Here's one: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-gran-torino-gore-tex-boots

Or this pair of Dainese look decent: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/dainese-long-range-d-wp-c2-boots

Boot covers are often less than $50 and allow you to wear your normal boots when it's not raining. I currently ride with Daytona Evo Sport boots (which are not waterproof) because of the protection they offer, so I just use the rain covers when needed. As a last resort if I get stuck out without anything, I will just put grocery bags around my socks and then put my boots on. Works every time and it's free!
 

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I’m cheap, so I haven’t bought much GoreTex stuff in my life. But, if you can, get GoreTex lined boots. I found some Alpinestars discontinued style on EBay for $150 (rather than the original retail of $250) and they are great! They let my feet breath in warm weather. And, they are absolutely water proof. !!!
 

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I have AlpineStar Roam 2 Waterproof. It is 99% waterproof in even heavy downpours. A few times I have a bit of water seep into from somewhere, but overall it is a good boot.
 

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I have a pair of TCX Desert boots. They're comfortable, well-armored, and claim to be waterproof. However, over time a seam has opened up at the flex point on the left boot. And over time, the waterproofing of both boots has failed, but not to the point where they'll get waterlogged like my last pair of engineer boots.

My recommendation is to buy a pair of good boot covers and pair them with a "waterproof" boot. Not only will they do a good job keeping the rain off, they will prevent them from being covered in grime, desiccated by road salt and otherwise reduce the chance that they'll be ruined by exposure.

They pack very light and are a great backup in any case.
 

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I wear TCX Infinity GTXs (new model is EVO, I believe, and even more expensive) that I bought about 7 years ago or so. They have remained waterproof thru numerous frog chokers, stream crossings, and a bit of Harvey (Austin). The only time my feet have gotten wet is when the water was over the top of the boot or if I didn't get my rain gear on quick enough and the water ran down my leg. They are a tad wide but comfortable. I have done some short hikes (1 - 1.5 miles) in them without issues. They have the well worn look now but still function like new.


YMMV
 
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