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post #1 of 52 Old Jul 10th, 2008, 7:40 am Thread Starter
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I am looking for new boots. Any suggestions?
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Sidi or Alpine Stars for max protection. The Sidi knee highs are even walkable

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Frey Daytona roadstar a little pricey but I think worth it!

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I have Sidi On Roads which work great when it is cooler weather, (not now in Texas), and have just purchased the Sport Touring Fast Lanes from Bates Leather in California. The wonderful people at Bates told me up front that after I sent them all the measurements of my feet and legs they would send me a pair of stock boots, then I should call them, tell them how those fit, etc. I did all of the above. They absolutely nailed the fit on the second pair of boots, and I only paid shipping one time. Already I love them. They have protection for my lower legs and ankles, are about 15 inches tall and work great on the bike to protect me from engine heat and are extremely comfortable to walk in. For some reason I really like my mc boots to come up on my leg. It makes me feel more protected.

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Frey Daytona Roadstar GTX. Best boots I've ever owned over Sidis and everything else.

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I wear AlpineStar boots year round but I would like something cooler for Summer that offers a great level of protection. Any suggestions?

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I wear AlpineStar boots year round but I would like something cooler for Summer that offers a great level of protection. Any suggestions?
I bought a pair of BMW Street Sneaker Riding Boots and like them for hot weather. I could actually feel the air flow around my foot when riding in 104F temps in Idaho recently.

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Weeel, I wear Sidi first generation Vertebra boots. I thought I had the top of the heap for protection with all the protection and the vertebra and all. Then yesterday, I dropped the LT and managed to insert my left big toe under the left side tip over wing! While standing there trapped with 800 pounds of motorcycle pressing down on the the toe nail through the boot it occurred to me that a steel toe cap in the boot would have come in real handy. Now I have a greatly mangled big toe and real flat boot. I'm not sure how I managed to accomplish getting QuickSilver to take a nap on my foot just like that, but it does incline one to zen like contemplation of the various protective footware options.

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I wear bmw airflow when it's hot. Half height boot.
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I go between some old Cruiserworks & Aerostich touring Combat Lites #484
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It depends on where Im going , & what I feel like . But usually if Im on our K1200LT/Hannigan2+2 I wear the Cruiserworks , On my GS the Aerostich touring Combat Lites .

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Thanks for the advice. I am thinking about Cruiserworks boots because they are located here in NC. Anyone like to comment on them?
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I agree. Daytona are the best boots I have had.

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Had Sidis, now have Daytonas...the Daytonas are far and away the best boot Ive ever owned.


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I wear Oxtar Explorer boots and like them very much. I bought them on closeout, and I don't think they are available in the U.S. any more. I recommend them. They are comfortable, and have Gore-tex liners. They are easy to put on and take off, with a velcro flap that covers a gusseted zipper.

About two weeks ago, I went to the "fashion show" at Brown BMW. They passed around a pair of BMW Allround boots. I compared them side-by-side with my boots. As far as I can tell, they are the same boots as the Oxtar Explorers, down to the pattern on the liner fabric.

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I have been looking for a while and am thinking about going with the TCX Air Tech boots. Mesh for air flow plus goretex waterproof lining. Anyone have any first hand knowledge about them? I was told they were made in the same plant, same manufacturer as the BMW riding boots. Thanks

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Sidi- Have 2 pair. Newest is the Doha. Great Summer boot!

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Cruiserworks are great!!

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I have been looking for a while and am thinking about going with the TCX Air Tech boots. Mesh for air flow plus goretex waterproof lining. Anyone have any first hand knowledge about them? I was told they were made in the same plant, same manufacturer as the BMW riding boots. Thanks

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This says it all,,,,, Sidi On-Roads, simply the best.............

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... the Daytonas werent even tested. WTF?


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I bought a pair of Alpinestar Webs a few months back. Goretex lined. I'm not sure if they are supposed to be waterproof. I try to stay out of the wet. My dad always said I didn't have enough sense to get out of a shower of rain. I try to prove him wrong every chance I get.

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Thanks for the advice. I am thinking about Cruiserworks boots because they are located here in NC. Anyone like to comment on them?
I also have a pair of Cruiserworks boots and like them alot. Very comfortable and waterproof.

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Just bought a pair of Frey Daytona GTX. Like them because they come in a narrow size. Gore-tex and very comfortable.

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You hardly see any boot tests that include Daytona. I don´t know whether they can´t be bothered or that the magazines in question know that they will put the other boots to shame.

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What good are they if they are only carried by one dealer in the United States? I'm not buying boots unseen, that for sure. Since Sidi, AlpineStars and others are more readily available, it is easier to see why they get more press.

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The cruiserworks boots are very good boots. I have a pair of the lace ups. Wouldn't even consider the engineer style pull ons. They are a good, everyday boot and they are completely waterproof. They're not fancy, have no bells and whistles.

Several police motor officers wear them in NC. Namely, the Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police, The NC State Highway patrol. I should know, I got them approved for us when I was on the CMPD Motor Unit along with Police Aerostich Roadcrafters. Another great all around boot, the Aerostich Combat Lite.

IMHO, motorcycle boots should have some sort of lacing system. I don't like pull on style boots..One of our officers, while wearing the old, traditional, horse riding boots had his boot rolled down and jerked off his foot in a sliding type crash. Not much protection if it won't stay on your foot.............

The only thing I did when I first bought them was to replace the insole with a pair of "superfeet" insoles. In fact, I took them with me to try on the boots to get the size right. All I do is clean them from time to time and about once or twice per year, I'll rub on some of the cruiserworks conditioner/polish on them. If it matters, the cruiserworks are made in Canada, soooo not China !
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got 40K on my first pair so far. Great for riding, plus even light hiking. while they may be warm at 106F, your feet won't die. Long term favorite for both of us!

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My first pair of Cruiser Works were made in Canada. My last pair said Dominican Republic.
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My first pair of Cruiser Works were made in Canada. My last pair said Dominican Republic. Still good boots though.
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You might be right about the new origin of the boots. I'm just thankful they're not made in China.. While you're at it, go ahead and spring for some cool max hiking socks (various brands), Wigwams are nice. Remember, cotton bad!! This will go a long way for summer comfort. There again, if it's 100+ degrees, not much you can do with that.
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[QUOTE=Brian-NC.. While you're at it, go ahead and spring for some cool max hiking socks (various brands), Wigwams are nice. Remember, cotton bad!! This will go a long way for summer comfort. There again, if it's 100+ degrees, not much you can do with that.[/QUOTE]I bought two pair of Under Armor Soccer socks. They are very thin and vented on top and are great at the wicking end of things. They also go up to your knees and stay there with good compression.

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Have any of you ever ridden in the rain with AirFlow 2 ankle boots? I'm heading out this weekend to Dragon country, NC and wondered if I needed to pack another pair of boots for rain?


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Well no, I haven't ridden with those boots particularly but, the temps in the higher elevations of NC will be about 10 degrees cooler than in the flat lands. Not that it's gonna be cold but it could be a little uncomfortable. If you have extra boots, might as well bring em or just gut it out and bring a couple extra pairs of synthetic socks when the others get soaked.

Honestly, depending on what bike you have, your feet might not get that wet. My LT protects the feet pretty good as does my experience with RTs.
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Underarmour, 5.11 tactical and "cool max" make some excellent wicking socks. Galls even carries polypropolene socks; which disperse moisture even better than polyester.

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I really do not see the point in investing in two sets of boots and multiple types of socks just in case it rains, gets hot or cold.

Shouldn´t the answer be to invest in ONE pair of GOOD boots with a Gore-Tex lining ?.

I have ridden in the cold ( - 8º C ), heat ( + 40º C ), and in tropical downpours, and never had cold, hot or damp feet.

Try these and see why http://www.hideout-leather.co.uk/fol...black_goretex/
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I really do not see the point in investing in two sets of boots and multiple types of socks just in case it rains, gets hot or cold.

Shouldn´t the answer be to invest in ONE pair of GOOD boots with a Gore-Tex lining ?.

I have ridden in the cold ( - 8º C ), heat ( + 40º C ), and in tropical downpours, and never had cold, hot or damp feet.

Try these and see why http://www.hideout-leather.co.uk/fol...black_goretex/
Would be nice. GoreTex insulates and, in theory, should allow moisture to escape.

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That's true. One pair of boots that does it all is the way to go but hey, that's the way us beemer nuts are. We gotta buy everything in sight because we have so much room to store it away !!! Seriously, Daytona makes great boots but they are sometimes very hard to come by in the US. Being able to walk in a local dealership or retailer and try the boots on makes the deal for almost everybody. I've ordered a ton of stuff on line but not a pair of boots yet.

The best combination for me has always been one pair of Cruiserworks and use cool max socks in the summer and merino wool socks for the winter. Someday, I'd like to try a pair of Aerostich Combat Lites. YMMV..

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Point taken, but I have ordered boots twice over the net, with no probs at all, as long as the size is one larger than my normal shoe size to take into account the socks I wear.

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I couldn't find the Sidi's locally, so I went with the BMW Airflow, and I love them, they are so comfy, and stylish, Made in Italy. My wife saw them, and thought they were very good looking for riding.
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Because I have a problem with flat feet (unfortunately not bad enough to keep me out of the Draft, for those of you old enough to remember that) I need good riding boots that are comfortable to walk in. Anytime I am on my feet for any length of time it gets real uncomfortable for me. I have tried a number of types of riding boots and found them unsatisfactory due to my foot problems. I now use an over the ankle hiking boot and found them to be the best for me. Now, if any of you have any suggestions for riding boots that are comfortable to walk in, let me know. I would like to go with a boot that goes further up the legs.

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post #46 of 52 Old Jul 25th, 2008, 7:19 am
 
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I am looking for new boots. Any suggestions?
What I've been using for well over 10 years...Asolo TPS 520 GV...




But then I'm on the road for well over a month at a time and I couldn't see myself living with the limitations of a "riding boot" for that length of time.
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Re: Riding boots

Just bought a pair of lace up Cruiserworks boots. Like all leather boots they've required a little break-in, but after 5 days of veryday wear they're as comfortable as . . .well, an old pair of shoes!

For casual wear I use Wolverine lace-up work boots because of foot problems: the flat platform and the support up the ankle have essentially eliminated some serious foot/ankle/knee problems. I've used them for riding as well, but wanted something that provided better ankle protection and waterproofing for riding. The Cruiserworks should fit the bill in that regard and thus far they seem to be quite comfortable.
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Re: Riding boots

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Sidis.

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+2 for Cruiserworks. I have 2 pair and not only can I walk around in them all day, they are waterproof and don't look too dorky.
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Sidi On Road or the TCX MatrixII are great boots. Just be sure to purchase something with good ankle protection. Many people forget their feet when it comes to buying protective gear. There are a lot of bones in your foot that are easily broken in a crash and a pinned ankle isn't a fun thing!

Be comfortable when you ride but be safe.
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