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Old 04-02-2011, 08:24 PM   #61
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Make sure you get a lot of the wax in and around the welt. There are lots of big needle holes and that's probably where the water gets in.
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:29 PM   #62
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Got me a pair yesterday...
Love the way they feel and can't hardly wait to get on the bike and try them out... Thanks to Criss at Moto Gear Outlet...
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:16 AM   #63
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I rode in downpour for about 2 hours. My socks were wet right around the edges of my feet. I'm guessing they leaked through the seams. I'll probably just seal them there. Riding them more as a road boot. I will be doing more dualsporting and debating if they offer enough protection. Otherwise they are really comfortable.
Yaw, you really should have your dealer warranty those. Gaerne is pretty good about that kinda stuff.

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Old 04-05-2011, 07:32 PM   #64
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Glad these boots are going strong. I have had my Gaerne Balance Pro-tech (non oiled, non waterproof) for four years now. Mine seem to use a stiffer leather than the current oiled versions. Very comfortable both on and off the bike. My preferred ADV/ fireroad/touring boot. Very similar in intent to the Aerostich combat touring boots (made by Sidi).

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If you have stick legs like me, you might need to protect the top stretchy material from the aggressive velcro.

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Old 04-09-2011, 08:46 PM   #65
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Well, these boots are indeed comfortable

Just got the oiled version yesterday, and after 2 days my feet seem to be at home in them Thanks Bombers, fast shipping indeed ...

I do have one question though- do you guys use some wax/spray/thingy to protect them, or not? If yes, would you mind sharing what product?

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Old 04-10-2011, 12:02 PM   #66
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Ordered me some Oiled ones from Atomic Moto and I'm really looking forward to finally having real motorsicklin' boots. I gave the Sidi Adventures serious consideration, but the ability to wear the GB Oileds in a variety of settings, as well as the Sidi Squeak sold me on the Gaernes. The protection question is still just that, and I hope I made the right decision.
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:12 PM   #67
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The protection question is still just that, and I hope I made the right decision.
I have had a pair for a long time...........and like them a lot for some applications........but protection wise this boot falls short for me with protecting the top of the foot area. If you are not happy with them when you get them out of the box it only gets worse as this boot softens over time...but man are they comfy..
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:20 AM   #68
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I have had a pair for a long time...........and like them a lot for some applications........but protection wise this boot falls short for me with protecting the top of the foot area. If you are not happy with them when you get them out of the box it only gets worse as this boot softens over time...but man are they comfy..
We'll see how it goes. I might end up buying another, more protective pair for riding off road.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:15 AM   #69
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These are sounding really great. I'm after a boot that I can walk in, but that has lots of ankle protection, particularly a boot that will lock my foot in place. Also, I have very narrow feet/ankles. I'm reading that they are wide. Can anyone comment on the fit that may have narrower feet?

As for waterproofing, the oiled sure look cool, but it looks like the Pro-tech uses a thicker leather, and some claim to treat the leather and they stay relatively waterproof? My CBT's haven't ever leaked, but my feet seem to be getting a little moister if that makes sense. Seems these might be the same?
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:43 AM   #70
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These are sounding really great. I'm after a boot that I can walk in, but that has lots of ankle protection, particularly a boot that will lock my foot in place.
These boots do not meet your requirements. They don't offer any ankle protection whatsoever. None. Nada. Zip. They're trials boots so they're intentionally made for trials riders to be able to bend their ankles. I wear them for trials, but wear SG10's for offroad. The SG10's are very protective and decent to walk in, although you wouldn't want to walk much in any truly protective boot.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:20 PM   #71
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I have very narrow feet/ankles. I'm reading that they are wide. Can anyone comment on the fit that may have narrower feet?

I have narrow feet and have a pair and yes they are wide. The way I delt with it was to put an orthotic is the boot which raises your foot up in the boot decreasing the volume of the space thus fitting better.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:11 PM   #72
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I just got mine a couple of weeks ago and I LOVE them. They are incredibly comfortable. And no, they aren't as supportive as a true motocross boot, but they are a lot more comfortable for most of the riding that I do. What the Gaerne brand offers in all their boots is a wider calf. I simply don't fit in some other manufacturers options.
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:07 PM   #73
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Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots

Mine arrived a few weeks ago. Extremely comfortable from the first moment I put them on and required no break-in. I normally wear a size 9, and a size 9 in these fit perfectly. Not going to get the kind of protection from these that you would from a motocross boot, but they're a good compromise for dual sport riding if you want something you can wear all day, walk around in and forget they're riding boots. Very impressive quality also. I've put them through plenty of mud, and walked through several streams and puddles where the water was half-way up my calf and had no leaks whatsoever - 100% waterproof. In fact, they're so waterproof that after I took this pic I just hosed the mud off the boots with a garden hose while I was hosing the mud off my bike. Couldn't be happier with the boots.

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Old 04-30-2011, 02:51 PM   #74
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I'm really considering this boot, but there seems to be a lack of real world photos. Can you take a few more Kobukan?
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Old 04-30-2011, 05:54 PM   #75
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I'm really considering this boot, but there seems to be a lack of real world photos. Can you take a few more Kobukan?
here you go . . . .

Please keep in mind I'm not a photographer, wasn't sure exactly what you were looking for, etc.

Also, I should mention that at the time of these pics the boots have been worn for about 800 miles of riding over about a three week period on a DR350 both on & off road. And, as I mentioned before, they've been through plenty of mud and water, and so far I haven't done anything to clean them other than spray them off with a garden hose. I'm sure I really should treat them with some oil soon, but haven't yet.









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