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#1002617 - 12/22/17 02:18 PM Re: Boots [Re: RandyShields]  
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I have avoided joining this thread because any answer will only partially valid. I will no longer resist.

I needed boots and I wanted something comfortable and waterproof. I went with Alpinestars and that was about 5 years ago. I love them. They do exactly want I want. Comfort. Ease of put--on/take-off. Warm/cool as needed. Waterproof... etc. Never leaked a drop and never a wet sock inside the boot. IIRC I thought they might be a bit spendy, but at this point in their life I cannot even recall the price nor the feeling of being hosed. They are comfortable enough to just be an issue for walking around in on a great or casual hike at a rest stop.

Mine still have many more years in them as there nol visible sign of wear except for the various bugs I seem to collect but this is not the boot's problem. I do wipe them down every now and then but have never applied waterproofing.

Good luck.


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#1002620 - 12/22/17 02:30 PM Re: Boots [Re: RandyShields]  
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The Daytona RoadStar GTX actually has two zippers per boot, a long curved one on the outside and a shorter straight one on the inside of the foot. Generally, you need to use both to slip the boot on/off easily. There is also a hook'n'loop adjustable panel in the back, to get a good fit around the calf, with pant legs in or out of the boot.. I've found these to be very comfortable for walking, even on short hikes of 1-2 miles and at the AIMExpo, which involved about eight hours of walking and standing around the convention center.


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#1002672 - 12/23/17 05:25 PM Re: Boots [Re: Skywagon]  
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I wore out the soles on my Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex boots last year so rather than pay a cobbler $80 to resole I bought a new pair. They're the best boots I've ever owned. I tried BMW All Around for one winter but its velcro was too tough and coarse -- it abraded the skin on my fingers every time I put them on and was so strong it was hard to pull them open.


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#1002742 - 12/26/17 03:45 AM Re: Boots [Re: Skywagon]  
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Hi David,

I believe this my first post on this board, but boots - who can resist? I currently ride BMW pro touring. Comfortable out of the box and goretex. Like them a lot. However one short coming in my opinion is the very light texture on the sole. I find this makes it a little too easy to slip on loose sand or gravel. I hesitate to walk down a dirt path or trail when I'm of the bike. So I'm looking for a something like them but with a little more grip. This Canadian fellow has a very good long term review on the Sidi Canyon boots at this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiB10sY2OGM or search for "Phil on the street". As far as I can tell, he does not have sponsors. He admits to a very undramatic style of review with lots of his experiences and he is an iron butt rider. Lots of of good info. The boots are a hybrid of touring and adventure styles. Most likely I will order a pair shortly.

Hope this helps.

Richard

#1002763 - 12/26/17 11:41 PM Re: Boots [Re: Richard b.]  
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Thanks Richard and welcome on your 2nd post. I suspect those are really nice boots but I am looking for something shorter. If you do get them report back on how you like them.


David
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#1002774 - 12/27/17 04:26 AM Re: Boots [Re: Skywagon]  
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I didn't care for any motorcycle boots that I saw. I bought Harley boots 10 years ago, but they were really work boots marketed by Harley. The soles keep coming apart, so I bought Keene 6" work boots, waterproof., around $150.


I keep thinking about it, but I keep forgetting what I was thinking about!
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#1002782 - 12/27/17 04:08 PM Re: Boots [Re: lawnchairboy]  
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I have been lusting after the Gaerne's, but my 11-year old Aerostich Combat Lites are still in great shape, still extremely comfortable, and have never leaked in the rain.

Gaerne seems to have several variants of what appear to be the same boot. These are available on Amazon for ~$200: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005G5S3C6


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#1002787 - 12/27/17 06:45 PM Re: Boots [Re: Selden]  
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https://www.amazon.com/Gaerne-Balan...mp;psc=1&refRID=TAGHMN4672GNX9GS4WT5


most comfortable pair I've owned. they are older now. about time for another pair.


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#1002918 - 12/30/17 06:20 AM Re: Boots [Re: Skywagon]  
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BMW all arounds.
Good protection with a reasonable amount of armor (not race boots, but for touring boots they're OK), good build quality, completely waterproof, semi comfortable to walk in (better than most dedicated riding boots in this respect). Good price too.
What more do you want?


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#1003070 - 01/02/18 03:49 PM Re: Boots [Re: Skywagon]  
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I have a pair of the BMW All Around's and for most riding they're excellent. They are a bit uncomfortable after a long day and a bit warm, but they ARE completely waterproof in the rain.

Since I won them at my local dealer's Open House, I can't complain about the price. smile

If I was buying a pair, I would 2nd JohnH's comments and get another pair of Alpinestars. Definitely the most comfortable boots I've ever walked in. AND, they lasted about 7 years of everyday use.

RPG


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