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Old 07-02-2015, 07:19 AM   #1
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Question Waterproof Boots or Waterproof Socks?

So, I am heading on an 1,800ish mile tour at the end of the month, and recently road through a bit of rain in my non-Waterproof Sidi boots. As you can imagine, very wet feet ensued. So, before I head out, I am looking at either boots or socks.

Advantage Boots - Don't have to change if suddenly hit by rain. May allow feet to breathe better in the rain?
Disadvantage Boots - won't be as breathable in the dry, possibly very warm.

Advantage socks - in the dry, the boots will be very comfortable, much cheaper.
Disadvantage - Will have to stop to put them on, if needed in a hurry.

For boots, I haven't really decided on a pair, but goal is under $250 (very easy to hit that number). For socks, it is $65 or less a pair.

This particular tour will be Michigan to Virginia and back, all non-freeway, on a little 250.

Thoughts? I am kind of leaning towards the socks....
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:27 AM   #2
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So, I am heading on an 1,800ish mile tour at the end of the month, and recently road through a bit of rain in my non-Waterproof Sidi boots. As you can imagine, very wet feet ensued. So, before I head out, I am looking at either boots or socks.

Advantage Boots - Don't have to change if suddenly hit by rain. May allow feet to breathe better in the rain?
Disadvantage Boots - won't be as breathable in the dry, possibly very warm.

Advantage socks - in the dry, the boots will be very comfortable, much cheaper.
Disadvantage - Will have to stop to put them on, if needed in a hurry.

For boots, I haven't really decided on a pair, but goal is under $250 (very easy to hit that number). For socks, it is $65 or less a pair.

This particular tour will be Michigan to Virginia and back, all non-freeway, on a little 250.

Thoughts? I am kind of leaning towards the socks....
I have a pair of BMW Santiago Gore TEX Touring boots and LOVE them.

Three weeks ago returned from an epic 8000km ride from Switzerland to Morocco and back.
Had all the weather:
Hot 40°C and no shade (south of the atlas), to cold and rainy (when I left switzerland and up crossing the atlas).

The one thing I can attest to: The boots are AMAZING.
Wouldn't want to part with them or change them for anything else.
Never had as much as sweaty feet or cold or wet...
Rained for hours, including some hail and heavy showers... still DRY FEET.

Personally, as long as it's a mixed-climate tour and not exclusively desert I'll be taking my gore-tex BMW Santiago's...
best boot I've owned.
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:34 AM   #3
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+1 on Goretex boots (I have the BMW Kalaharis). Same thing with jackets, pants, gloves,etc....one less thing to worry about. Never tried the socks...
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:40 AM   #4
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Waterproof socks seem like a good idea.. but i can't say much,i never owned waterproof gear.. it rains a lot in Brasil and i just gave up on trying to be dry.. my dog likes to play in the rain,why shouldn't i too y'know
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:42 AM   #5
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I just bought a pair of Forma Terra boots, 100 % waterproof (tub test) they run $ 279.00, on the other hand a pair of seal skinz diving socks cost about $20.00 but your feet will sweat big time.
If you need dry feet for one ride buy the socks, long term boots......
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:34 AM   #6
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If you are contemplating stopping to put on waterproof socks, why not a boot cover instead?
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:16 AM   #7
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If you are contemplating stopping to put on waterproof socks, why not a boot cover instead?
Boot covers worked good for me for years. I still use them when riding a street only ride with the Ducati. I have a set of Forma ADV boots now for more adventure type trips. I use LL Bean hip wader boot liners off road in the colder months because my mx boots are no were close to waterproof. Wet feet in freezing temps can really ruin a good ride. never thought about waterproof socks in the summer, the last thing I would want to do is take my boots off in the rain on the side of the road.....
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:27 AM   #8
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Boot covers worked good for me for years. I still use them when riding a street only ride with the Ducati. I have a set of Forma ADV boots now for more adventure type trips. I use LL Bean hip wader boot liners off road in the colder months because my mx boots are no were close to waterproof. Wet feet in freezing temps can really ruin a good ride. never thought about waterproof socks in the summer, the last thing I would want to do is take my boots off in the rain on the side of the road.....

Plus, waterproof socks sound like a summertime torture device.
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:45 AM   #9
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Here's what works for me:

Vendramini AERO AIR-TEX boots
Very confortable for walking around. Very comfortable in the heat due to the mesh. Quick & easy to get on/off due to the side zipper. LOVE them!

Treds Overboots
Easy to pack, quick to slip on over the Vendramini's & perfectly waterproof.

As soon as the road drys, I'm back to my Vendramini's

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Old 07-02-2015, 11:16 AM   #10
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I have Sidi Canyon Gore-Tex boots, incredibly comfortable and waterproof. Never had a leak with these and ridden through a lot of rain. Not sure how it would feel with waterproof socks, think I would prefer the inside of my by dry, but I guess it depends on the climate you live in.
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Old 07-02-2015, 11:28 AM   #11
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Waterproof socks are like waterproof jacket lines. It is like closing the barn door after the horse has left. You have to stop and get wet to keep from getting wet!

Waterproof outers, boots, pants, jackets, make much more sense, especially as over-clothes. Jacket covers, pant covers, boot covers, make more sense.
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:35 PM   #12
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Well, there seems to be a general consensus of..umm...well... boots. That said, it also doesn't sound like many people have experience with the socks, so it is more of an unknown.

What got me on the idea of the socks was: http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/k...oof-boot-liner

I do agree they sound possibly like torture in the summer, but the thought is only to wear them if you know you need them, or there is a high probability.

That also said, I do need new boots at some point (the soles on my Sidi are rather worn)...
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:58 PM   #13
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Boots.

I love my Alpinestars Scout boots. They are a great value in my mind. Rode 4 hours in the rain last night with dry feet. Plus they are $249 retail and can be found sub $200 new online.
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:43 PM   #14
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Boots. Waterproof socks will be like wearing neoprene booties full of water and you will get swampfoot ricky-tic. Try it out...place a baggy on one foot and then sock and boot. Walk around and see how long it takes for your feet to get funky.

Invest in a good pair of boots and your feet will love you.
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Old 07-02-2015, 02:48 PM   #15
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Indeed. Plus, depending on the quantity of rain, a good leather boot (like CBT/CBT lites, but there are plenty more) will do fine and breathe even better. All day rain, no, but cloudbursts, splashes, and light/moderate longer rains, no problem.

Plus they'll dry out faster when water goes over the top.
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