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Old 11-01-2013, 09:31 AM   #136
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Was fortunate to try on a friend's 11/46 that he's only ridden with once. The length was fine but they were SUPER tight on the sides of the feet. This sounds inconsistent with what I've read about these boots being wide. Should I get 12's? I mean it was like my feet were being compressed which they were. For reference, my BMW all-round boots are 46 but there's "some" space side to side and they are great. On the Gaerne balanced oil boots, my foot was pushing the sides out, zero room...
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:11 AM   #137
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I can't say enough good things about the balance oiled boots .I feel stupid wasting soo much time and $$$$ on cheapo boots.The thing I would change is there should be a shifter patch on the left boot . Everyday use in Seattle and these boots waterproof and COMFY. !!.



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Old 11-04-2013, 07:59 AM   #138
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Was fortunate to try on a friend's 11/46 that he's only ridden with once. The length was fine but they were SUPER tight on the sides of the feet. This sounds inconsistent with what I've read about these boots being wide. Should I get 12's? I mean it was like my feet were being compressed which they were. For reference, my BMW all-round boots are 46 but there's "some" space side to side and they are great. On the Gaerne balanced oil boots, my foot was pushing the sides out, zero room...

That does sound contrary, but I do not have enough info to advise you. I do not like to use moto boots as an x-reference, they vary too much in fit from model to model. What is the EU size from 2 - 3 pair of your casual, athletic, or hiking shoes (not moto boots)? When you walk into a shoe store, what size do you ask for first? What do you measure on a Brannock device? Height, weight, and age? Typically, do you need wide sizes or not?

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Old 11-04-2013, 06:27 PM   #139
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I have to admit I have been lusting after a set of the Gaerne Balance Oiled boots for a while now. Well just today I split the bottom side on my ICON boots so now I am in the hunt for a great pair of boots.

I wear my boots usually 5 or more days week as commuting to work rain or shine, then walk around all day in them. So I need some walking comfort also. The other 2 days a week I am wearing my Chippewa logger boots.

Looking at these three if you might be able to shed some light on them. Read the entire thread. I wear an 10.5w -11w depending on the boot.


Gaerne Balance Oiled: I hear they are just a great boot

Forma ADVENTURE: Hear they also are a great boot

Gaerne G-Adventure: I hear they are like wearing hiking boots for comfort.



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Old 11-04-2013, 06:38 PM   #140
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That does sound contrary, but I do not have enough info to advise you. I do not like to use moto boots as an x-reference, they vary too much in fit from model to model. What is the EU size from 2 - 3 pair of your casual, athletic, or hiking shoes (not moto boots)? When you walk into a shoe store, what size do you ask for first? What do you measure on a Brannock device? Height, weight, and age? Typically, do you need wide sizes or not?

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Thanks for the help, typically need wider toe box / wide size. Normal shoe size is 11 to 11.5. When wearing the 46 the length was fine but the width was squishing the heck out of my feet. No way I could wear em, just not sure a bigger size would deal with the width
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:23 PM   #141
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Had to work for it ....but I ordered a pair of the Gaerne Oiled Balance boots

Hope the Gaerne's rock as those Forma Adventures are still calling out to me
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:37 PM   #142
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I plan on keeping my oiled's for a loooooong time.Most everything is replaceable and the leather is thicker than most,so they should be good for many, many years of use.


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Old 11-05-2013, 07:22 PM   #143
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]I wear my boots usually 5 or more days week as commuting to work rain or shine, then walk around all day in them. So I need some walking comfort also. The other 2 days a week I am wearing my Chippewa logger boots.
If you're going to be on your feet all day, then you'll want an insole in the Oiled, otherwise they are the ticket. I usually keep my pair of Chippewa loggers under my desk at work to change into when I get there, but most days I forget and wear the Balance's around all day.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:04 PM   #144
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If you're going to be on your feet all day, then you'll want an insole in the Oiled, otherwise they are the ticket. I usually keep my pair of Chippewa loggers under my desk at work to change into when I get there, but most days I forget and wear the Balance's around all day.

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Old 11-11-2013, 03:15 PM   #145
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Very nice boots and the Balanced Oil Boots seem to fit well on my wide foot.

Although I have to say.......the Forma Adventure Boots are still calling my name.....
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:10 PM   #146
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Thumb Balance Oiled = Trials Boots

The Balance Oiled is really a trials boot, thus no shifter protection as we rarely shift...they are still a GREAT boot for any kind of riding tho!
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Old 11-12-2013, 08:54 PM   #147
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Did a 30min freeway hop this morning. It was 31 degrees in the parking lot before I left, and probably more like 15-20 degrees while doing 80 with traffic. The only part of my body that was warm were my lower legs. I love these boots!
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:41 PM   #148
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Picked up a pair of 47's, normally wear 11 - 11 1/2. Now I get it! These are the right size for me and they're very comfortable. I love 'em
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:22 PM   #149
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Overall......I think should of bought the Forma Adventures. After wearing the balance oiled all day every day am Just not that impressed with the Gaerne
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:57 PM   #150
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Really like my GBOB but the bottom of my feet get cold thru the gum sole. Good thing I can have them re-soled with more of a boot tread............
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