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Old 11-27-2011, 05:04 AM   #106
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Do the Pro-Tech and Balance Oiled use the same clasps? The reason I ask is I seem to recall riding with a guy with Pro-Tech's who broke one and they were very flimsy compared to the ones on my Balance's.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:42 PM   #107
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Aaaaand... I snoze, I loze, I guess. Extremesupply sold out of everything I wanted and I find out a week later, partially due to my spam filter.

Grrr, the search continues.

Tempting to just get the cheaper version without the liner and just sno-seal them, but I really do want these for adverse weather.

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Old 12-03-2011, 07:53 PM   #108
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Damn. That's enough for me! Sidi Adventure it is!
Crossfire TA. Had a similar experience recently, and was lucky to be wearing mine.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:57 AM   #109
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I have both the Adventure and the Balanced and from the top of the foot to the toe area the Adventure does not offer any more protection. The Adventure has more protection from the heel upward.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:42 PM   #110
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How is the toe protection on the balance oiled? is it a hard composite shell, or something softer, like thick leather?
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:26 PM   #111
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How is the toe protection on the balance oiled? is it a hard composite shell, or something softer, like thick leather?
Old thread!

No toe protection. Just leather. That's why they're so comfortable.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:28 AM   #112
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I went for the falco mixtos boot,its a similar look to the Gaerne but alot cheaper and I dare say perhaps does not perform quite as well,,but for the money a great fitting boot.And just looking now they look pretty good quality ..
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:48 PM   #113
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It is an old thread, but I'm glad it was brought to the top as I'm looking for similar boots. I'm just riding pavement and a little bit of FS roads on a CB500F, but when I finally offload my house I'd like to add a dualsport bike - can't see buying boots that won't do both now, instead of waiting and having to break in two pair. I like MX boots because every time I've put a bike down (save one on the track) my feet and ankles took the brunt of it.

I don't want to derail a Gaerne thread but since they've been mentioned - any other thoughts on the Alpinestars Scout WP, others who wear them, etc.? I'm about to pull the trigger on a pair as they have the level of protection I want, and it would be good to know what others who wear them think. I know people will look at me funny on the street, but their my ankles and feet.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:08 PM   #114
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I bought the oiled balance boots a few months ago.... 2,000 miles later, I can report, I am very happy with them.
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Old 07-25-2013, 01:44 AM   #115
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A couple weeks ago, I rode over Berthoud Pass in Colorado in one of the hardest rainstorms I've ever seen, let alone ridden in and though my GBO's were absolutely SODDEN, my feet were dry. I couldn't believe it.

One of my riding buddies was POURING water out of his boots on the back patio of the bar...
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:30 PM   #116
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i tried the Gaernes and the Alpinestars Scout on today, they have 'em down at Performance on Broadway, first seemed to me that the Gaerne was just a better quality boot and felt better on my foot, it was very flexible and comfortable, my feet are somewhat wide, but i passed on both because I was concerned that the ankle/toe protection may not be worth compromising for excessive comfort....riding a big bike, 950 adv, on rocks all day makes me think more of a moto boot would be necessary for adequate protection from the jagged rocks we ride on in Colorado but if you just ride smooth dirt roads they would be fine
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Old 08-03-2013, 02:41 AM   #117
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i tried the Gaernes and the Alpinestars Scout on today, they have 'em down at Performance on Broadway, first seemed to me that the Gaerne was just a better quality boot and felt better on my foot, it was very flexible and comfortable, my feet are somewhat wide, but i passed on both because I was concerned that the ankle/toe protection may not be worth compromising for excessive comfort....riding a big bike, 950 adv, on rocks all day makes me think more of a moto boot would be necessary for adequate protection from the jagged rocks we ride on in Colorado but if you just ride smooth dirt roads they would be fine
You made the right choice. Love my Gaernes for trials riding and dirt roads, but they aren't appropriate for riding rocky stuff.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:30 AM   #118
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You made the right choice. Love my Gaernes for trials riding and dirt roads, but they aren't appropriate for riding rocky stuff.
I concur.

This is the boot I was wearing until Tuesday after catching my Gaerne Oil Balance on a hidden stump and fracturing my ankle in June.



Not sure what would have happened with a more protective boot, but I should have known a trials boot wouldn't be the best choice for off-road.

As an adventure touring boot, it is great. I can comfortably walk in it. For enduro, get an off-road boot with more protection.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #119
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I've been riding with the balance oiled for about two years and I really like them. They are hot in the summer and if I don't change my shoes when I get to work my calves and feet are hot and sweat.
I can't think of any way to avoid hot feet with waterproof boots. I have the same issue with Merrill waterproof hikers. I have worn them for 10 hour days at work and walked in them a lot with all day comfort.
I've never had an issue with wet feet and they were comfortable right out of the box.
The only other issue is that they need to be polished frequently or they begin to look worn quickly. Mine have about 10,000 miles on them and are no where near worn out.
I'd recommend them for commuting and for traveling.

Luckily I have no knowledge of crash protection.
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:40 PM   #120
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You made the right choice. Love my Gaernes for trials riding and dirt roads, but they aren't appropriate for riding rocky stuff.
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I've been riding with the balance oiled for about two years and I really like them. They are hot in the summer and if I don't change my shoes when I get to work my calves and feet are hot and sweat.

Luckily I have no knowledge of crash protection.
It is prob hotter where you ride, and everbody is different, but I have never noticed them being warm (for boots). But good, wicking, over the calf socks are essential for me.

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Luckily I have no knowledge of crash protection.
Keep it that way!
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