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Old 01-23-2014, 06:02 PM   #166
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I just bought a pair of Gaerne balance oiled boots but haven't gotten them yet. Do most of you guys use riding pants that tuck in or wear over the boot pants? Which seem most comfortable with these boots?
I'll be using the for trials bike and mx enduro riding...
I wear over the boot pants with mine. Helps keep water from getting in the top of the boot.
I've had mine for 2 years and over 20,000 miles of abuse. Still very waterproof and feel like slippers! Love them!
Kinda stink though...
Brian can attest to that!
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:09 PM   #167
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I lost a snap do they sell them?
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:28 PM   #168
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I lost a snap do they sell them?
Yes. Snap a pic and contact us in the AM.

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Old 01-23-2014, 07:33 PM   #169
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:44 PM   #170
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I just bought a pair of Gaerne balance oiled boots but haven't gotten them yet. Do most of you guys use riding pants that tuck in or wear over the boot pants? Which seem most comfortable with these boots?
I'll be using the for trials bike and mx enduro riding...
Both. I have huge calves, so they work ok with leathers tucked in, but otherwise, with knee/shin guards, I'm using OTB pants.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:14 AM   #171
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Are these boots made to allow kneeguards to fit inside the top?
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:18 AM   #172
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Are these boots made to allow kneeguards to fit inside the top?
Most normal sized knee guards will fit. Exceptions are OS hinged guards, or people with large calves. What guard do you have, and what is your calf measurement?

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:04 AM   #173
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What guard do you have, and what is your calf measurement?
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My calf is 14.5 inches and I have Thor Force Kneeguards.

I'm not a professional rider at all. I won't be doing any kind of jumps, just trails through woods and down ATV trails. Not so much along fire roads and gravel roads and no street riding.

However, I do end up going faster than I should and find myself out of control at times so I would like good protection.

I do love the look of these boots but am unsure of the level of protection they will have. More than my current worn out boots, I'm thinking.

Thanks for your quick reply
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:15 AM   #174
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My calf is 14.5 inches and I have Thor Force Kneeguards.

I'm not a professional rider at all. I won't be doing any kind of jumps, just trails through woods and down ATV trails. Not so much along fire roads and gravel roads and no street riding.

However, I do end up going faster than I should and find myself out of control at times so I would like good protection.

I do love the look of these boots but am unsure of the level of protection they will have. More than my current worn out boots, I'm thinking.

Thanks for your quick reply
For that kind of abuse, I'd think you'd be a whole lot happier with a full on MX boot. My SG-10s are all-day (including walking and sitting around the campfire) comfortable.

The Balance Oileds are my commuting/touring in the rain, wear all day walking around at work because I forgot I had them on, take a few dirt roads on the way home, boot.
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My calf is 14.5 inches and I have Thor Force Kneeguards.

I'm not a professional rider at all. I won't be doing any kind of jumps, just trails through woods and down ATV trails. Not so much along fire roads and gravel roads and no street riding.

However, I do end up going faster than I should and find myself out of control at times so I would like good protection.

I do love the look of these boots but am unsure of the level of protection they will have. More than my current worn out boots, I'm thinking.

Thanks for your quick reply
BW, the calf circumference is not an issue, but those Thor guards are quite large.

Additionally, it sounds like most of your riding is off road. For dirt riding, the best choice is really an MX boot. Please note that your boot model choice should NOT be driven by your level of aggression, it should be driven by the type of terrain you ride. Whether you ride fast or slow on rocky terrain....it is the rocky terrain that you are protecting yourself from.

Often, I see people categorically dismiss MX boots, because of bad experiences with a particular model (usually a price point one, some can be like bricks). BUT, there are some MX boots that are quite comfortable,. Generally speaking, it is best to wear as much boot as you can tolerate.

If you want, PM me your phone and I will call you with some suggestions.

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:34 AM   #176
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Thank you, thetable and BP. Those are the answers I needed.

I'll message you, BP.
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:56 PM   #177
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Heads up for those who have the oiled boots .CHECK the screws on your buckles. !!.
I just had a screw fall out on my way home tonight. ( it got caught in the strap so I didn't loose it )all the screws on both boots were loose.


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Old 02-13-2014, 04:38 AM   #178
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:50 AM   #179
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Balance Classic

Anyone have an opinion of the Garne Balance Classic? Looks like they're the same as the oiled except they're made with black microfiber instead of brown leather. I don't know much about microfiber in boots. Would this make a significant difference in any way?

I had a pair of G-Adventures for most of last season. I was very happy with them, but after about 3000 km the waterproof liner was fraying in a couple of spots. I have refund and am looking for a possible replacement. The Balance Classics caught my eye because I want black boots which is what put me to the G-Adventure over the Balance Oiled; however I like the stitched sole over the glue use on G-Adventure.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:13 AM   #180
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Chubrocka,

To us, the black color of the Classic looks great, but it is actually made from Lorica, a microfiber material, not leather. Lorica has some great applications, but on a design with such large panels, we prefer leather, it is more durable and supportive. It is still a really nice boot, but IMO the Lorica version loses some of the function and appeal compared to the Oiled. Of course, YMMV.

Hope that helps.

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