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Old 10-15-2013, 04:54 PM   #1
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What boot are you riding with?

I was curious what other KTM riders are wearing for off-road days and touring, in particular the 950/990 crowd. I've been wearing a Chippewa Rally boot for the last 4 years and love it, but it's time to upgrade to something with more protection now that I'm doing more off-road. The more research I'm doing the more I'm falling deeper and deeper in the rabbit hole of gear...

My main dilemma is the trade-off of protection vs. comfort/walkability. I'm pretty sure I need both a touring/waterproof boot for trips and a MX/Rally boot, but I'm curious what your riding with on off-road days and what you like.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:08 PM   #2
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I hear your dilemma and have been there myself.

I just got a pair of Alpinestar Scout waterproof boots. I really love them thus far, although that hasn't bee for long......I do think that I will continue to like them though. They fit true to size, are comfortable to walk in, and are more supportive and protective than less structured offerings. Further, the price point is reasonable (in my opinion) and having never had an Alpinestars boot that I wasn't happy with, I think they'll be great.

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Old 10-15-2013, 05:17 PM   #3
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:24 PM   #4
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"You need a 500 bike, is fine, obviously second hand. And you can leave pretty much in the clothes you are standing up in. Some waterproofs from your local angling store. A bag. A simple tool roll. And you are ready to go. You got to spend the money on the trip, not on the gear to do the trip. Otherwise, you'll never get anywhere. You'd never leave."

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That said . . . . I WANT THESE! http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/g...ce-oiled-boots

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Old 10-15-2013, 05:27 PM   #5
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I wear Gaerne G-Adventures. They are fantastic and waterproof, and comfortable enough that I've worn them all day at the office before with no problem. That said, for harder off-road stuff, they don't offer anywhere near the protection of an MX boot or something similar.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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I hear your dilemma and have been there myself.

I just got a pair of Alpinestar Scout waterproof boots. I really love them thus far, although that hasn't bee for long......I do think that I will continue to like them though. They fit true to size, are comfortable to walk in, and are more supportive and protective than less structured offerings. Further, the price point is reasonable (in my opinion) and having never had an Alpinestars boot that I wasn't happy with, I think they'll be great.

+1 on the alpinestar scout. great boot. took some time to break-in but now its a perfect fit. lots of protection and lightweight.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:50 PM   #7
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Gaenre balanced oil. As pictured above. Waterproof. Awesome on road or off. Comfortable. I use the. As my dirt boots. 10 x more comfortable then my Tech 7s. As good or better as my SMX Alpinestars.

Wish they weren't brown but if color is my only complaint, that's not bad. Combined with my Klim gear I stay 100% dry.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:18 AM   #8
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I'm eyeing these up for road/ touring use. Nice to be able to actually walk around and not look too dorky.
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/tcx-x-move-wp-boots
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:29 AM   #9
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I've never regretted the stupid money I spent for my Crossfires. Ever.

Not waterproof. Not hiking boots but better than you'd think for walking short distances. Noisy. Can't wear em on the VFR.

Don't care.

I've taken some huge hits in these boots and simply feel unprotected in anything else, especially on the big KTM.

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Old 10-20-2013, 01:52 PM   #10
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I'm eyeing these up for road/ touring use. Nice to be able to actually walk around and not look too dorky.
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/tcx-x-move-wp-boots
They look less strong than my trainers i have on
I wear hein gearicke rally2 gtx boots what look the same as the tcx infinity touring boot that i have used for about 5 years and use them on road and on dirt tracks and in woods are 100% woter proff and you can walk in them when you are off the bike.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:38 AM   #11
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SIDI Crossfires SRS. most comfortable boot i have ever owned. My next will be Garne SG-12.



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Old 10-16-2013, 08:47 AM   #12
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No doubt those crossfires are incredible looking, just out of my price range. I am however talking myself into the Gaerne SG-10's... Which are out of my price range too
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:53 AM   #13
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I have Sidi Adventure Goretex which are fantastic as already mentioned. But for my last trip in the heat, biking and hiking in the mountains of Southern Europe I took these:

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/a...e-tex-xcr-boot

and wore a set of hard armoured dainese knee/shin pads. This combination worked really well for me both on and off the bike. Went through a couple of proper torrential days early in the trip and, paired with some cheap gaiters to keep the water out of the top of the boot, my feet stayed bone dry.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:54 AM   #14
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Alpinestars Tech series with All Terrain Soles ( mine are older Tech 4, but similar to newer Tech 3). For rough, rocky off road I like these. They're a lighter motocross style all purpose riding boot. I clean and spray the stitching with sealant when I can. Good protection, not too stiff and have lasted 5 years in my rotation. I can wear them all day long with minimal walking, short hiking required.

Sidi On Road Gortex for light off road terrain combined with foot touring. These boots are incredibly comfortable. They're thick leather with extra layered/ padded ankle and shin support. These have a strong shank along with a great thick boot sole with the right deep tread. I've used Alpinestars waterproofing boot polish and they keep dry and warm to the high 30's with a single layer riding sock.

Alpinestars Octane Supermoto style ankle boots. These are my commuting, canyon carving and light fireroading boots. Velcro shorty tabs and an inner zip allow super quick and easy access ( major feature). These are extremely easy to fit under a jean. And they stay under cover when running errands or stopping off at the tavern on the route back from the canyons. Their treated leather to handle road grime, soot or oil build up and clean up easy. The inner soles wear quickly and a gel replacement goes a long way here. Alpinestars makes a nice light desert hiker adventure boot that's popular with the Southern Hemi adventure crowd.

All of the Sidi boot line is top notch. Their boots set the bar and you can't go wrong with any of their products.

Ankles are precious here. Also even more delicate are knee caps. I buy riding jeans with CE knee pad inserts, and have other jeans stitched with pockets to fit the CE pads. An ankle can repair itself... A knee cap cannot.

A best piece of advice I adhere to off this sight is to pack good light weight comfortable hiking shoes on long adventure rides if worst case after a breakdown... you have to hoof it back to civilization.

Just more fast food for thought...
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:22 PM   #15
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I second the Sidi Adventure!
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