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Hey, it's my first post on the forum! Hopefully it's a simple question.

I'm looking for a short (just above the ankle) goretex riding boot that doesn't use velcro to fasten (it wears out too quickly IMHO). Twenty-some-odd years ago when I last had a bike I'd get wet feet and hated it. With all the experience on this forum I'm betting there's some of you that would have some good suggestions.

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Here's a great place to order stuff from...and they look like they have what you want.

http://www.newenough.com/browse/view_product_images/2118

Just FYI though...I've have my taller boots with velcro for two years...and the velcro still looks like new. I wouldn't totally be against a boot just because of it...and it's better than laces...that break, or could get caught it your chain...I'm just sayin...

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not to be judgmental

But.....What the hell good are ankle high Waterproof boots??:rolleyes:

But in the interest of being helpful try these :
http://muckboots.com/hosr.htm

Or these: http://muckboots.com/jbr.htm

Hope they are of interest...OhYeah.!! The Hoser talls are 100% H2O proof up to 85mph and 100% humidity for 4 hours.... :biggrin5:
 

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Short boots will leak over the top ... so why bother with expensive Goretex boots?
 

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Short Boot?

+1 on all of the above. Badtraindriver has a good recommendation on newenough.com. I like Sidis too.

I understand that broken ankles are one of the most frequent moto injuries. I can just see a foot peg gouging in from the top of a short boot. Suggest you get good protective boots. Modern boot velcro should last at least 5 years.
 

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The excellent Cruiserworks short boot is on sale at Ebay, half price at $115 in several sizes. This is a heckuva deal, I bought the Touring boots. I also have a pair of Sidi boots which are excellent. Always waterproof although one has to wear rain pants in heavy rain to prevent the boots from filling up with water that comes in over the top.
 

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Thanks for the feedback! I think your comments about the short boots for safety are good points. I probably should have mentioned that the purpose of the short boots was for in town messing around, going to work, and "oops, got caught in the rain" type of riding. I think for trips (street/dirt) the full boot would probably be best.

BTD - I saw those today online and they seemed the best of the short ones.

Now, if I can just get my dollars together to get my bike! :biggrin5:
 

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I have two pairs of boots for different riding occasions.

Tourmaster Response SC (short cut) for day rides or when I plan to ride and walk. They are very comfortable with excellent ankle protection. They lace up and have a flap over the laces with velcro. I have worn these on tour, and been caught in the rain--they are waterproof. Unfortunately, if your rain pants ride up on your leg, the rain will run down into the boot. That's the only drawback for touring with any make of short cut boot. http://tourmaster.com/xcart/catalog/Response-SC-Road-Boot-p-83_7.html.

My Tourmaster Solutions are my touring boots. They are a full boot with a zipper closure and velcro tab for a flap covering the zipper. Very comfortable after break-in, okay to walk around in, but not as comfortable for walking as the Response or regular shoes. Very waterproof. On my 6,200-mile big adventure this summer, I rode about 500 miles in rain and my feet stayed perfectly dry. http://tourmaster.com/xcart/catalog/Solution-WP-Road-Boot-p-82_7.html.

Keeping boots in good shape also keeps them waterproof longer--boot polish and mink oil. Keeps them looking good too.

Brent
 
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My Tourmaster Solutions are my touring boots. They are a full boot with a zipper closure and velcro tab for a flap covering the zipper. Very comfortable after break-in, okay to walk around in, but not as comfortable for walking as the Response or regular shoes. Very waterproof. On my 6,200-mile big adventure this summer, I rode about 500 miles in rain and my feet stayed perfectly dry. http://tourmaster.com/xcart/catalog/Solution-WP-Road-Boot-p-82_7.html
Those look like nice boots for a decent price. You often hear waterproof boots can get hot in summer. What's your experience with these?
 

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Those look like nice boots for a decent price. You often hear waterproof boots can get hot in summer. What's your experience with these?
I guess the best way to answer you is to tell you about my long distance ride. I spent 19 days in these boots riding 6,209 miles. I rode several days in the upper 90s with high humidity. The day I rolled into St. George, Utah, it was 104 degrees. These boots never made me feel hot, and I was surprised at how comfortable I was with all the gear. Of course, moving along, I kept fairly "air conditioned." I realize that everyone is a little different with reaction to heat. One of the variables that is not a factor is that the DL650 which does not put out any heat on the rider. Therefore your feet do not have an external heat source from the engine.

One thing I have experienced and others have reported. The Tourmaster Solution boot does not fit a foot with a high arch. For me, the boot was a little tight until I got that leather to break in and stretch. My brother, who has a higher arch (where the top of the foot meets the ankle) could not get these boots on at all. He ended up buying the Response SC, which he really loves.

You can read my post-ride gear debriefing here: http://www.sojournchronicles.com/2009/07/debriefing-riding-gear/.

Brent
 

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Those look like nice boots for a decent price. You often hear waterproof boots can get hot in summer. What's your experience with these?
I have been riding with Alpinestar Web Goretex Boots for the last 85,000 km. I don't have a ton of real hot weather here but have ridding in some that was in the 90's for several days.

I found my feet fine once I switched to Tilley Travel socks. [Thanks Greywolf for the pointer a few years ago!] These wick moisture and are very comfy in both hot weather and cold weather. In addition, if you do let water get in over the top the socks are still comfy and dry fast.

..Tom

ps: no problem with e Velcro yet. The the boots do up with a zipper and the Velcro just keeps the upper part together.
 
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Thanks Brent and Tom, that's very helpful information. I think the Tourmasters seem like a good choice for me.
 

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I have found that waterproof boots quickly become water buckets if you get caught in a downpour. And take forever to dry. I ride in short non-waterproof boots unless there is a real chance of rain. Then, I switch very early to rain suit with pants covering tall boots. Well oiled leather would be a good, general solution.
 

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Competition Accessories Boot Sale

This is pretty good timing. I have purchased from Competition Accessories before, and therefore receive their regular sales notices.

For 48 hours: a Boot Sale. http://link.ixs1.net/s/ve?eli=j447003&si=c212247679&cfc=3html. The link is one of those e-mail tracking links. You will land on the Competition Accessories boot sale page.

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Thanks for the sale flyer! That came in handy because I was shopping for a helmet.
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