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Any suggestions about what to look for in a good pair of motorcycle boots at a reasonable price?
I know that to take the ERC you need boots that cover your ankle. Not sure exactly what it means. Just something that comes up over your ankle bone? Or, does it have to be higher.

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My CruiserWorks Tours are 4 years old and have 44,000 miles on them. Resoled 4 times and still just as comfortable and dry as day one. They look pretty good too. I wear mine all day and....walk in them. Price is a personal thing. I'd buy again at $230.

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Well, how much are your feet and ankles worth? I wouldn't spend a dime more than that.

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I have learned over the years that a lot of the products labeled as "motorcycle___" are not always the best, but they are usually the most expensive!

I have found that I much prefer the boots used by LEO's - waterproof, lightweight, over-the-ankle, leather/ballistic nylon. I have a pair of Bates boots that are fantastic but there are many brands out there that make basically the same thing - if you look around you can usually find them around $90 or so.

Similar to boots - I have found the best (mild to hot weather) gloves to be the mechanics gloves that you find in every hardwear store these days. They are durable, flexible, flow lots of air and if they were sold as "motorcycle gloves" in your local stealership they would cost 4 times as much!

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For my money I have found redwing capped boots are by far the best bang for the buck. Have a pair of cruiserworks and they are fine, also a pair of sidi's also fine. But day in and day out the redwings do the job the best and without the "biker" premium

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Don't skimp on good moto boots

Having worked in boots all my life, I tend to purchase moto boots from manufacturers that know how to build tuff, comfortable, waterproof, and high quality footwear.

All that said, there are lots of pretty boy boots out there to choose from...nice and soft...cushy...smooth and supple.... have you thrown-up yet?

My favorite style of boot is the engineer style. It's tall and tuff. The best one for the money I have found is a Red Wing model 988. Go to Redwingshoes.com and check them out for yourself. Then search the net for your best price. You should be able to score a pair for less than $100.

I prefer Vibram Lug soles under my feet. With them I don't slip or slide, no matter what I put my foot in and that means not accidentally dropping the bike cause of a foot sliding outward unexpectedly! I also believe in steel toes when I ride. Having had parts of toes and toe nails removed by asphalt in my past, I don't care to ever have that happen to my feet again...and it won't in these boots!

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A member of this board suggested them several years ago on sale and I happened to get them for less than $50.00. They are probably the most comfortable I have ever owned and wish I could replace them with another pair. Manufacture must have discontinued them as a Google search turns up blank. They actually had a useless light built into the side too.

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[QUOTE=bblalock]My CruiserWorks Tours are 4 years old and have 44,000 miles on them. Resoled 4 times and still just as comfortable and dry as day one. They look pretty good too. I wear mine all day and....walk in them. Price is a personal thing. I'd buy again at $230.[/Thanks for the info. Can you tell me where you got them?]

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[QUOTE=slingblade]I have learned over the years that a lot of the products labeled as "motorcycle___" are not always the best, but they are usually the most expensive!

I have found that I much prefer the boots used by LEO's - waterproof, lightweight, over-the-ankle, leather/ballistic nylon. I have a pair of Bates boots that are fantastic but there are many brands out there that make basically the same thing - if you look around you can usually find them around $90 or so.

Similar to boots - I have found the best (mild to hot weather) gloves to be the mechanics gloves that you find in every hardwear store these days. They are durable, flexible, flow lots of air and if they were sold as "motorcycle gloves" in your local stealership they would cost 4 times as much!

Just my 2 cents worth[/Good points, thanks.]

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Thanks Everyone

One of the best things about this list is getting this kind of input on questions like this. I really appreciate everyone taking the time to respond.

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The best pair I've ever had The Altberg Clubman Roadster Microlite. English boots, handmade, used by English moto cops. I love them! Suggested to me by one of our Scottish brethren and he wasn't wrong. Took awhile to get them, as they're a small company, but worth the wait. Came to about 350 bones American.



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Scottish Brethern - you mean me?

Definetely boots from the Vimes school of economics. Called into the company late on a Saturday as my boots were showing some signs of wear - they are about 4 years old - some velcro patches were loose and the join at the heel was not to good (not major). Fixed free of charge just pay the postage and they were back to me within a week. Need a full overhaul - about 30 GBP. Altberg is an old fashioned company that stands behind their product and they will last a lifetime.

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I believe, those are some kind of stout boots, but really all day long comfy. No barking dogs here. Oh, they look great, too. Especially when wearing a pair of shorts.



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Any suggestions about what to look for in a good pair of motorcycle boots at a reasonable price?
I know that to take the ERC you need boots that cover your ankle. Not sure exactly what it means. Just something that comes up over your ankle bone? Or, does it have to be higher.
Check here http://www.motohouston.com/forums/sh...ighlight=boots

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I've been very pleased with my Sidi "On Road" boots from New Enough. dwillie.
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+1 for Redwing

Personally, I wear Red Wing 988s and swear by them. They're comfortable, easy-on/easy-off and they're built for battle.

Admittedly, they have 3 drawbacks:

1. They aren't cheap ($150-180).
2. They require a break-in period. (Two weeks of use?)
3. They, like all black oiled boots, stain your socks.

But they'll last you 10 or more years if you take care of them (SnoSeal or mink oil twice a year) and can easily be resoled by a cobbler if you wear out the Vibram sole.

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Do a google search for Xelement boots and you'll find tons. They are a good boot for riding and don't cost much.
I got a paor of these http://www.motodirect.com/Detail.bok?no=298 and they are very comfortable for riding and I've walked around in them all day without any complaints
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My current boots are from Timberland. Black, tough, extra leather over the ankles, etc etc. The only problem is no shifter protection, but the leather is really thick and I can 'feel' the lever better than in a 'genuine motorcycle' boot.

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To answer one of the original queries, for an MSF class, BRC or ERC, you need a pair of some sort of boot, or even hi-top sneaker that covers the ankle bone. I teach in Hi-Tec Altitudes and wear them riding a lot. they are waterproof, comfortable all day on asphalt, and last me about a year per pair. Also run about $75 a pair and are good for more than riding motorcycle.

Recently I found this pair of riding boots, Nitro (Vega) Touring boots. Try this link.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...115&Division=1

They are only $70 and are pretty comfy. I don;t think I'd be able to walk on the range in them all day, but nice for riding all day and then walking some. they don;t have quite the tactile feel of my Hi-tecs though, but I haven't worn them as much either to get them good and broke in.

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I agree with Cruiserworks. Had mine 3 years and they are very comfortable, durable and good looking. I got mine on sale at a local Honda dealer.

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I have a pair of Rocky Boots

which I wear just about everyday, all day. My feet havent gotten wet in them yet and they are cool in the summer and warm in the winter (with the correct socks), Plus they dont look too bad with my Khaki's

I picked them up from a local Shoe Warehouse for about $100. It took a week or so of wearing to break them in, but once broke in they are as comfortable as my running shoes.

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Best boots at a good price. Mine are over 3 years old, plenty miles, lots of rain & still good as new. They are 100% waterproof.

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I have a pair or Set Up brand (not sure of the model #) but I have a 13.5 B sized foot. Most boots are for a wide foot but I could fit my long skinny foot in the Set Up boots. They also have a good rubber sole and I preder not to have a big mud grip on the bottom so it will not track all the dirt in the house.

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For you guys who like the Redwing boots, try this style here: http://workingperson.com/products/22...Boots_970.html

This is a pretty serious boot, and has some really heavy lugging on the Vibram sole for great traction.

I like this boot here: http://workingperson.com/products/22...ots_27862.html

It has the velcroe closures on the sides, and the sole is not heavily lugged so it's a lot easier to get your toes under the shifter.

OH! AND they're made in AMERICA - BONUS!

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I have been using Alpinestar touring boots for the past 3-4 years and I like them, with a re-inforced ankle area and arch support.
They start around $120.00. My current model is totally waterproof and cost around $170.00.
Some models are shorter, which can be a great thing in hot weather.

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I like this boot here: http://workingperson.com/products/22...ots_27862.html

It has the velcroe closures on the sides, and the sole is not heavily lugged so it's a lot easier to get your toes under the shifter.

OH! AND they're made in AMERICA - BONUS!

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I like those also Kevin! Unfortunatley they are backordered until November.
Hope they fit my wide foot and high instep.

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The biggest problem with a pull on boot is they can pull off in a get off.



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The best boot is the type that wont scuff the clam shell getting on or off the LT.

Other than that, I find that with my current boots, I have to lift the heel to slide the toe far enough under the shifter to get a positive shift. The LT footpegs are comfortable, but placed a bit far back. Maybe my next pair will have a flat sole ( but I do like to rest my foot with the ball just forward of the peg)....Size 11, so I dont think it is a foot size issue...anyone else wanna chime in ??

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Other than that, I find that with my current boots, I have to lift the heel to slide the toe far enough under the shifter to get a positive shift. The LT footpegs are comfortable, but placed a bit far back. Maybe my next pair will have a flat sole ( but I do like to rest my foot with the ball just forward of the peg)....Size 11, so I dont think it is a foot size issue...anyone else wanna chime in ??

Great thread topic BTW
I have that same issue with my Justin work boots. These Combat Lites look good, but no EE! That's my problem with most riding boots on the market.

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Kinda what I was getting at!

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I've got over 60000 miles on these http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...115&division=1 and they are holding up perfectly. Very sturdy boot and I can walk around in them pretty much as comfortably as any hiking boot. For $80/pair, they're about the best bang for the buck as I have found in gear.

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I have that same issue with my Justin work boots. These Combat Lites look good, but no EE! That's my problem with most riding boots on the market.
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I like those also Kevin! Unfortunatley they are backordered until November.
Hope they fit my wide foot and high instep.
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All's well brother. I got rear ended in my car back in Sept. and put a real hurt on my back. Haven't been able to ride very much, so I read your posts and live vicariously thru you!
When I do get out, I always get comments on how bright the HID low beam/FF50 combo is. I guess with the HID Hi/Low and PIAA's on your stead, your in no hurry to mount the FF50's.

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Believe it or not, the boots that I have been wearing for sometime now go under the Harley name but made by Timberland I believe. They are comparable to Red Wing but can be had for significantly less money. The model is the brake lights. They go for around 80.00 a pair online.. Here is a link to find them from cowtown:

http://www.cowtownboots.com/catalog/91680.html ..

They break in very nice. They have two front zippers and they are just high enough to meet your specs. I have had them for over 2 years and worn the daylights out of them .... Almost time for a new pair.

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[QUOTE=Sofitel505]I've got over 60000 miles on these http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...115&division=1 and they are holding up perfectly. Very sturdy boot and I can walk around in them pretty much as comfortably as any hiking boot. For $80/pair, they're about the best bang for the buck as I have found in gear.[/Thanks for the tip. The price is right. looks like they come in whole sizes. Do you know if it's better to get a half size larger or smaller than you normally get>]

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All's well brother. I got rear ended in my car back in Sept. and put a real hurt on my back. Haven't been able to ride very much, so I read your posts and live vicariously thru you!
Ah damn man, I didn't know you got hit, that sucks! I hope it's starting to get better before the whole season is over. If you are up this way sometime give a shout though, bike or not!

I still have my FF50's in my garage, I just haven't felt the need to mount them up along with the rest. I do need to get that highbeam where it belongs though... it's on my 2-do list.

Hope you get better fast!!

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I'd like to get away from the euro-look.

I'd like to get away from the euro-look.

Regarding the Red Wings and the other tough-looking examples found on this thread, aren't the thicker soles harder to negotiate between the shifter and the peg?
Do they offer any insulation for cold, opps, I mean very COLD riding?

Pros and cons about my Sidi boots:
Cons:
The only thing I don't like about my Sidi's is their sissy appearance, as I prefer the more masculine look the American boots have, but I can't ignore the positive attributes the euro-boots have.
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My Sidi's slip right under the shifter like a slipper due to the thinness in the toe's height. Mikhail Baryshnikov would love Sidi boots.
They also have some insulation properties, but I wouldn't know it at 10.
They are water proof, not just water resistance - big difference and a must have.

I'd like to know more about the shifting and insulation props of these Red Wings, etc?

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