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What makes motorcycle riding boots superior to standard 8" zipperside boots. They are similar to combat boots and are worn by emergency service workers and police officers.

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Nothing as far as I know... Some of the more expensive ones have better ankle protection, but as far as I'm concerned my S.W.A.T. boots are just fine...

I may pay dearly for that statement...:rolleyes:


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Oh not much really

http://www.sidi.it/_Data/Articoli/MVVERTIGOCO.jpg
For example , this is a narrative of my boot:

The new “Vertigo Corsa” racing boot, developed by Sidi is a perfect blend of comfort and high performance for champions and for all motor bike fans.

Vertigo Corsa has a range of innovative features making it a unique boot; the rear part can be adjusted to cling perfectly to the calf.

The leg portion - in polyurethane - is fitted with the TECNO VR closing system patented by Sidi, to provide adjustments via a nylon thread passing through two lateral holes. Pull on the thread to wrap the boot symmetrically and snugly around the calf.

To loosen off, press the locking device in the direction of the arrow and widen the calf-section of the boot.
After putting the boot on, raise the arc-shaped handle and turn it clockwise until it snaps into place creating the close wrap effect. A maximum adjustment of 5 cm. is provided.
Do not turn the handle anti-clockwise.

Created in order to provide the maximum protection in cases of impact, Vertigo Corsa has a close-fitting, wrap-around fascia over the bridge of the foot which can be precision adjusted by the TECNO-II device, preventing the foot from sliding forward and protecting the toes.

To put the boot on, open the TECNO-II closing mechanism by pressing the locking button in the direction of the arrow and loosen the nylon thread a little; lift and detach the hooked button and loosen the instep strap VR. After putting on the boot move the instep strap back to its central position, hook up the button and after lifting the arc-shaped handle, turn it clockwise until you feel comfortable.
Do not turn the handle anticlockwise.

Another safety feature of Vertigo Corsa is the “ankle support system” preventing the foot from twisting and protecting the ankle against impact. The thermoplastic resin support with two outer and one inner “beam” is very tough but allows the ankle to move and provides comfort.

The lower outer beam is fitted with an air intake which can be opened or closed according to needs, by a simple pushbutton.

For a greater foot safety, the heel of the Vertigo Corsa model is fitted with a transparent polycarbonate shell with two anti-impact shock absorbers.

The transparent shell has 3 mm of impact movement.

On the outside, the Vertigo Corsa model is complete with an interchangeable front in carbon fibre to protect the shin and with ceramic inserts inside the toe slider, to prevent wear and tear.

The new rubber sole was created with slip-proof design.

Inside, Vertigo Corsa provides maximum comfort : the breathable sheath is treated with Teflon and fitted with air holes.
This fabric protection process prevents water or sweat from being absorbed. The boot dries quickly and does not collect mould.

The ankle area is padded inside.

All parts of the boot can be replaced.

The captivating design and total quality of the materials and components, together with the research incorporated, provide maximum safety and make Vertigo Corsa a high-tech product with skilled workmanship, in line with the philosophy of Sidi.

With Vertigo Corsa, Sidi has taken another important step forward ……into the future
 

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Well I can think of one possibility from experience. I have a set kinda like a combat boot with laces. The issue that I had one day was the laces got caught on the shifter and I wasn't sure I was going to get my foot off before having to stop, which of course would have been very difficult.

I will never buy another set that has laces down on the foot portion.

Just my two cents from an almost issue. I haven't bought the new ones yet, but Christmas is coming :rolleyes:
 

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I wear Sidi's but I had a pair of Cruiserwork's Side Zips and thought maybe they were too thick in the toe for easy shifting. My cruiser was toe, heel and I thought I could only use my Cruiserworks for that. I just tried them on my Beemer and they're fantastic! These are the best boots I've ever had. Very lightweight but extremely rugged and really good when you plant your feet down, on practically any surface. So, it's back to my cruiser boots. Not very European, but hey, very practical and waterproof too.
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You're asking for opinions

wpeloqui said:
Hello,

What makes motorcycle riding boots superior to standard 8" zipperside boots. They are similar to combat boots and are worn by emergency service workers and police officers.

Willie
... not a definative answer, right?
IMO, buy the boot that fit's your mission (typical riding conditions) and what you'll feel good about wearing. No right or wrong answers without priorities.
This is what I'm now wearing for long-distance touring; I like them for a lot of reasons, especially fit, quality, perceived safety.
Art. 498S - MARATHON STEEL
http://www.bikerworldusa.com/vendramini.html
Caution: deal with the factory for sizing advice and then have bikerworld measure the removable insoles. I have a narrow foot, normally wear size 12-1/2; however the size 11 fit perfectly. I sent foot traces to the factory http://www.vendramini.com/dynamic/en/categoria.php
 

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I've always worn Cowboy boots, its just part of who I am.
I tried different motorcycle boots over the years, never really found a good pair.
A couple of months ago that changed, I got my first pair of Roadgear "solution" boots,
I like them a lot, they're comfortable and my feet stay dry and warm, definetly worth a hundred bucks.
 

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I wear the NITRO touring boots. $69.00. They are made of leather uppers so they breath (I have problems with athlete's foot otherwise) and a good rubber sole for plenty of grip when stopping. There is a velcro flap over the zipper to keep it from sliding down on it's own, something my combat boots did for years. One of the most important differences is the Nitro's are waterproof. They are also warm enough for the coldest days of riding. While I don't see a reason to spend hundreds of dollars on riding boots I do think they provide better protection overall than non-riding boots. If you are going to ride with cowboy or combat boots have the soles replaced with rubber half soles instead for better grip. It's a cheap fix and much safer.
 

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Nitro boots

I've been looking at the Nitro boots online but didn't see where they offered wide sizes. Are you familiar with what they have or of a vendor that I might call for information?
 

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