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Old 02-20-2011, 07:01 PM   #16
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Gaerne Boots

Have a pair rode 18,000 miles on RTW trip through every type of riding condition and they never leaked, great boots. The bottoms are a little soft and wear fairly quickly, but they are very comfortable to walk around in. If you are limited on space and can only take one pair of shoes I would highly recommend these.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:39 AM   #17
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I got a pair of these a while back and I say they are worth every penny. Totally waterproof and very comfortable on and off the bike.
As a matter of fact im wearing mine right now even though I'm not going to be riding today.
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Old 02-26-2011, 05:00 AM   #18
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Waterproofness

I am about to put some $$$$ on these boots but I'd like to know whysome booots are leaking and some not. Are there copies being made out there, and being flogged on ebay?

I saw a video where some guy put his boots in the tub and they leaked. But so many don't leak.... I'm confused
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Old 02-26-2011, 05:37 AM   #19
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Bought mine from Atomic Moto, good price. I've ridden through several torrential rainstorms and they don't leak a drop. Haven't tried standing in a tub, but boots that leak in a tub doesn't mean they'll leak while riding, necessarily.

Super comfy, the soles are not stiff enough to ride standing on the pegs on singletrack all day and they are far more flexible than MX boots, but perfect for a day-to-day street/adv/dual sport boot. Walking around in them is amazingly comfortable, more so than any other boot I've tried.

Most importantly, the brown oiled leather looks fantastic.

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Old 02-26-2011, 07:42 PM   #20
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I am about to put some $$$$ on these boots but I'd like to know whysome booots are leaking and some not. Are there copies being made out there, and being flogged on ebay?

I saw a video where some guy put his boots in the tub and they leaked. But so many don't leak.... I'm confused
so far mine are completely waterproof
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:46 PM   #21
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+1 on the Balanced Oiled for comfort and looks can not comment on the tub test but have been good through rain and water.
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Old 02-26-2011, 08:48 PM   #22
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+1 on the Balanced Oiled for comfort and looks can not comment on the tub test but have been good through rain and water.
Hmmmmm....I really want some. I guess I should just do it.....
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:05 PM   #23
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+1 Boots "AWESOME"

Take your time and look around here and on eBay ; I picked up mine for around 200 , used of course

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Old 02-26-2011, 09:46 PM   #24
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I keep wanting a pair of the Aero Combat tourers but my MX Gaernes from around 1990 are still strong. Best boots around.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:31 PM   #25
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These boots sound like good commuters.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:55 PM   #26
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+1 on the Balanced Oiled for comfort and looks can not comment on the tub test but have been good through rain and water.
I've got several thousand miles on these (Oil Balance) in various weather conditions; even walk though shallow water on occasion; no leaks. I put some Nikwax on them when they were new. The only issue you might have is they are a bit warm when the temperature rises. I've had quite a few different boots over the years and these are my favorites.

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Old 02-27-2011, 09:26 PM   #27
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Gaerne Balnced Oiled

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I am about to put some $$$$ on these boots but I'd like to know whysome booots are leaking and some not. Are there copies being made out there, and being flogged on ebay?

I saw a video where some guy put his boots in the tub and they leaked. But so many don't leak.... I'm confused

There are two models of Gaerne Balance; the Pro and the Oiled. ONLY the Oiled has the Gor-tex liner. That may be why some are leaking and some are not. The Gaerne Blanced oiled WILL NOT leak
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:47 PM   #28
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I've got several thousand miles on these (Oil Balance) in various weather conditions; even walk though shallow water on occasion; no leaks. I put some Nikwax on them when they were new. The only issue you might have is they are a bit warm when the temperature rises. I've had quite a few different boots over the years and these are my favorites.

damn those are beautiful....thanks for posting a real world photo.....
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:12 PM   #29
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My partner and I have been using the Gaerne balance oiled boots for offroad riding since 2007.

We haven't had any issues riding single-track and two track all day long on turkey and dual sport runs in the northeast.

In fact, the flexibility of these boots has prevented some archilles and calf muscle issues (like cramping) that my partner (a big 6'4") was having when we would have to push-start folks on the trail when he wore stiffer-style mx boots.

I hope I'm not jinxing myself, but I've had some spectacular biffs every season, even in rock gardens, and these boots have given me plenty of protection, even when pinned between footpeg and rocks.

Ryan Young was excellent to deal with, and we use the Gaerne boot paste a few times a season to keep the boots in good condition.

Other than a pair of 2001 BMW Savannah boots I can't kill (and which are still waterproof), I won't be riding in any other boots for street, adv, trail or trials.

Oh, and they fit, no problem, around my large calf muscles, and are not too high for my shorter legs, too.
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:47 PM   #30
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My partner and I have been using the Gaerne balance oiled boots for offroad riding since 2007.

We haven't had any issues riding single-track and two track all day long on turkey and dual sport runs in the northeast.

In fact, the flexibility of these boots has prevented some archilles and calf muscle issues (like cramping) that my partner (a big 6'4") was having when we would have to push-start folks on the trail when he wore stiffer-style mx boots.

I hope I'm not jinxing myself, but I've had some spectacular biffs every season, even in rock gardens, and these boots have given me plenty of protection, even when pinned between footpeg and rocks.

Ryan Young was excellent to deal with, and we use the Gaerne boot paste a few times a season to keep the boots in good condition.

Other than a pair of 2001 BMW Savannah boots I can't kill (and which are still waterproof), I won't be riding in any other boots for street, adv, trail or trials.

Oh, and they fit, no problem, around my large calf muscles, and are not too high for my shorter legs, too.
Comfort wise, are they better than the BMW savannah?

Also, this is my first time buying MC specific footwear. I've read that these run wider at the toes than regular mc boots. Can you confirm this (compared to say your BMW savannahs?). My toes feel pretty cramped in regular footware and would like a wider toe box.
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