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Old 05-12-2008, 09:56 AM   #1
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Anyone use combat boots? (NOT Aerostitch)

...But real combat boots? http://www.combatboots.com/

Some look to be pretty sturdy, like the Tanker Boots. I'm taking a long trip, need good ankle protection, but also something I can walk in. I like the Oxtar Infinity, but that are no longer making them. Trying also, to keep cost down.
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Old 05-12-2008, 10:04 AM   #2
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They are far better than flip-flops!

But, they are not specifically made for riding wither, and the lack of critical protection in the important places makes them less than perfect.

Laces can not only come undone and get caught on things, they easily grind off in a slide making the boot more likely to come off.

Steel toes make shifting more difficult and can be dangerous if smashed.

Lack of impact, twist and slide protection on the ankles is another drawback.

All that said, way better than tennis shoes!

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Old 05-12-2008, 10:47 AM   #3
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I have a pair of genuine US Army issue all leather combat boots. I will compare them to the much touted Sidi On Roads which I also own.

For heal and toe protection they are the same. Both have extremly stiff leather which cannot be deformed with hand pressure. I have not tried running over either of them with a car or hitting them with a hammer to further test them.

Ankle wise. The army boot is better for support and the Side is better for impact protection. This is because the army boot fits better and the Sidi has thicker leather. Neither are armored.

The Army boot is somewhat waterproof after a good coat of mink oil. The Sidi stands up to an all day shower.

The Sidi is hot as hell in the summer. The Army boot is ok in hot weather but not cool. The Army boots are cold in the winter. The Sidi is quite comfy with thick sock down into the twenties.

The Army boot is much more comfortable to walk in than the Sidi.

If you cant figure out how to tuck your laces away so they dont get tangled you should not be on a motorcycle in the first place so I dont find them to be an issue.

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Old 05-12-2008, 11:42 AM   #4
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steel toe myth

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Steel toes make shifting more difficult and can be dangerous if smashed.

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Sorry but that steel toe smashing thing is a urban legend........totally busted myth. Steel toes May not good for motorcycles but it has nothing to do with smashing danger and the smashing danger at work is not a concern.........your toes are smashed with or with out steeal toes if a tank crushes your foot.
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Old 05-12-2008, 11:46 AM   #5
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Sorry but that steel toe smashing thing is a urban legend........totally busted myth. Steel toes May not good for motorcycles but it has nothing to do with smashing danger and the smashing danger at work is not a concern.........your toes are smashed with or with out steeal toes if a tank crushes your foot.
If it wraps around over your foot, say goodbye to your toes.

Many people who work with horses don't wear steel toe boots because if the toes get smashed, they stay smashed and it's terrifically difficult to remove the boot to save your toes..

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Old 05-12-2008, 11:51 AM   #6
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Steel Toes and Combat boots

+1 on the 'around horses' comment. No body (but No body) wears steel toes around horses. As far as combat boots, they work great for me, although I double knot the laces to be sure they stay put.. I've ridden in most kinds of weather over the last three years on my commute and the have held up very well, stayed warm/dry/cool (depending on socks). Certainly are cheaper than anything with Motorcycle in the name..
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Old 05-12-2008, 12:11 PM   #7
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I've ridden alot of miles in my Danners, but I have no illusion that they will provide any sort of impact protection like a real MC boot will.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:32 PM   #8
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Wearing those boots sounds like a stupid plan. Spend a little more and get something that will protect you. I wear Oxtar Evo TCS ti on road and Sidi Flexforce offroad. If I ever mix, then I go with the Sidi Flexforce.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:50 PM   #9
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Steel toed boots are actually designed so that when they crush they cut off your toes. Its easier to sew them back on than it is to rebuild mangled flesh.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:54 PM   #10
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I used to wear my old Army boots, but they are totally inferor to the Sidi Raptor Evo boots I wear now. Depends on how much protection you are looking for.
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:05 PM   #11
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i don't even wear "GI style"combat boots" for hiking.
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:50 PM   #12
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What ever the facts about steel toes cutting off toes etc, the sure do conduct heat away from your feet in cold weather!
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:10 PM   #13
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Like Yankee Dog, I've used the army/combat boot when comfort and practicality means that the Alpinestars Tech 7s won't do. They offer adequate, if not perfect, protection, stay dry (Nikwax does the trick) and I don't feel like FrankenFoot when I walk into someone's office. That said, I'm trying to figure out a happy middle ground between those two options; anything else out there that offer the the best of both worlds?
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:13 PM   #14
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What ever the facts about steel toes cutting off toes etc, the sure do conduct heat away from your feet in cold weather!
That's the truth. I've been out on the water in snowstorms and the steel toe boots I was wearing turned my feet into icecubes. Down right miserable.
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:58 PM   #15
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I have a pair of corcoran jump boots which I originally bought for all around boot wear and also moto-use. I would agree they are pretty tough, but decided to upgrade to some touring style moto-boots. Silly me...some light padding and plastic armour aside, I would say they are no more protective than my jump boots. In-fact they flex way to easily for me and offer no real ankle support (they do go on and off quickly! which can be a plus sometimes).

So I got myself a pair of sidi discos. Much stiffer than either the combat boots or the diadora street boots. But I am under no illusion that even they are stiff enough to really protect. For that I think you need something rigid with hinges like the Sidi crossfire (which I would like to own)

Thus with my limited first hand knowledge I would rate combat boots above or around most of the (touring style boots). If you could add some padding, extra ankle leather or those motocross ankle brace booties I bet they would exceed most general purpose touring boots except perhaps in the waterproof department.

Buy the best you can afford. Being able to walk is a daily luxury that 200-400 is well worth.
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