I picked up a pair of BMW's "Contour" boots this afternoon. They were priced at $295 (
) but the salesman promised "a deal", which turned out to be $200 (
So.... before I start wearing these things, a couple of questions:
1. A forums search of "contour" found them mentioned only once; does anyone have any experience with these?
2. Are they a discontinued product? They aren't mentioned on BMW's gear site, under "Riding Apparel".
The Contour boot is relatively plain (fine with me); leather, with Gore-Tex; they zip down the inboard side and have the typical Velcro flap at the top, also on the inboard side; reinforced toe for shifter (on both sides, actually, so they are symmetrical-looking). I tried them on with a pair of Gerbing socks and they very easy to slip on.
Also, a little FYI regarding Red Wing boots (Red Wing was mentioned in the thread on boots, referenced above). I've been wearing a pair of their boots for the past few months. Not really pleased with them, overall. I have the "engineer boot" style. They look nice, the quality is fine, and they are made in the U.S., but they can be tough to put on, as the "rough" side of the leather inside has lots of surface area and grabs your sock, pulling it tight over the big -- ouch!, at least for me. I think they'll be OK for summer, but they definitely do NOT have enough room for my Gerbing socks (which are thicker, and with the wires simply don't work well with the engineer-style boots.