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After over 12 years and MANY miles, the soles of my Sidi "On Roads" are wearing very thin. I KNOW the "On Roads" to be waterproof after several "riding in the rain all day" days.

Tried on a pair of BMW Santigo's - too stiff and don't like the fit.

The simple thing to do would be buy a new pair to replace the Sidi's. However, in the spirit of maybe someone makes a better boot, I'm throwing this out for additional knowledge - Anyone know of a better pair of riding boots???

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Better than Sidi's? don't know. First, you may be able to get them re-soled - check with Aerostich.com.

We have been thrilled with our Cruiserworks boots (W found them for us). Water PROOF, comfy for moderate (or more) hiking, plus worked well when I was still doing the business 'uniform' and office thing. Warm in hot weather? Yep, but not uncomfortable. Warm in cool/cold? Yep. Also work well for winter/snow boot. You'll find the customer service Cara and staff provide is second to none.

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Yes, these ones www.daytona.de
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Yes, these ones www.daytona.de
Agree, I have the Daytona Big Travel boot. Love them......
Helimot was also a very good dealer. I ordered two pairs in different sizes to be sure of a good fit and returned the too large pair.
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I have had a pair of BMW boots that are very waterproof and comfortable. We do a fair amount of hiking and camping; I wanted to find a solution that would allow me to use my hiking boots for riding too. Problem is, most hiking boots are cut lower that motorcycle boots.
Solution: gaiters.

I have a pair of quality hiking boots; water proof, stiffer, better ankle protection than my BMW motorcycle boots. They are just cut too low for cold weather and rain. These aren't my exact boots, but something like this, waterproof, excellent quality, and no more expensive than motorcycle specialty boots:
http://www.rei.com/product/797246

For the cold and rain I have a pair of gaiters. The ones I have are on this page, but I link to a page that shows lots of options:
http://www.rei.com/search?query=gaiters

The hiking boot/gaiter combination integrates well with my Darien riding pants and Gerbing heated pant liner for an all weather, all temperature setup. I don't need to pack a second pair of boots on a riding/hiking trip, and frankly I think the hiking boots offer better protection than my motorcycle specialty boots.

If you ride and hike, the hiking boot plus gaiters is a good option.
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Agree, I have the Daytona Big Travel boot. Love them......
Helimot was also a very good dealer. I ordered two pairs in different sizes to be sure of a good fit and returned the too large pair.
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Yes, I have the Travel Star GTX and my wife, the Lady Star.

Great boots, 100% waterproof, warm and comfortable. Wouldn´t buy anything else.
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Yes, I have the Travel Star GTX and my wife, the Lady Star.

Great boots, 100% waterproof, warm and comfortable. Wouldn´t buy anything else.
+1. Absolutely the most comfortable boot out of the box I've ever owned. Would definitely buy them again.

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I have Icon field armor boots. AFter damn near getting my foot tore off in an accident 10 years ago, I learned that most "boots" don't do didly squat to protect your feet in a collision. Most are designed for abraision resistance in racing conditions, or comfort for street riding. Not many have soles that are sewed on (instead of moulded on), steel shanks (to prevent hyper extension), hard outer shell (to prevent poenetration of impact area), secure fasteners(to prevent them from being torn off in a crash), and are comfortable.

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Thanks to everyone for the input.

I looked at all the suggestions and decided to replace the Sidi's with another pair of the same. If I can get another 10 years and 100,000 miles it makes them very cost effective

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

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