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Old 04-28-2014, 07:48 AM   #211
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Mine now have about 5,000 miles on them ( at least 3,500 of rain ) and there still most comfortable boots/shoes I have ever owned !!!.AND 100% waterproof. !!!.


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Old 04-28-2014, 10:13 PM   #212
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It's all good. Found a boot.
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Old 05-02-2014, 03:29 PM   #213
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Gaerne oil balance boots

Just recieved a pair a few days ago. They are the most comfortable boot or shoe right out of the box I have ever put on.
The buckles, well that part is not perfect. The quality is great and you would expect it for the cost. I only wish they had soem shifter protection.
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Old 05-02-2014, 07:55 PM   #214
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Just recieved a pair a few days ago. They are the most comfortable boot or shoe right out of the box I have ever put on.

The buckles, well that part is not perfect. The quality is great and you would expect it for the cost. I only wish they had soem shifter protection.

My thoughts EXACTLY !!!!!!.


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Old 06-26-2014, 12:26 PM   #215
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Just got a slightly used pair from an inmate. Every bit as comfortable as people have stated.

What should I be cleaning/treating the leather with?
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:13 PM   #216
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I only wish they had some ankle protection.
Even a little bit would be appreciated. Other than that and the buckles, pretty hard to beat for casual dualsport use.
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:17 PM   #217
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Over 20k miles on mine in all kind of extreme weather. River crossing, mud, Death Valley, rtw trips. Best dual sport boots I've ever had. A bit more ankle protection and stronger buckles/straps and they'd be perfect.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:04 PM   #218
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:22 PM   #219
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:32 PM   #220
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What's the problem with the lack of a shifter pad exactly? Is it wearing through or something?
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:50 AM   #221
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:14 AM   #222
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Mink Oil, Ankle Protection, & Shifter Pads...

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Just got a slightly used pair from an inmate. Every bit as comfortable as people have stated.

What should I be cleaning/treating the leather with?

I use mink oil on mine on a fairly regularly basis, which helps with the weatherproofing (water rolls off) as well as making the leather almost self-healing to scuffs and scrapes. I've had mine for over two years now and well more than 20,000 miles, both on- and off-road, and they look almost new. And my feet have never been wet in them, even in massive downpours, etc.

Best of all, they are the best full motorcycle boots for walking I have ever experienced, period. My only mod is some Sof Soles insoles, which are much better than the ones the boots come with, especially for walking.

As for the folks commenting about ankle protection in a get-off... All I can say is that everything is a compromise, but remember, these are designed, developed, labeled, and sold as *TRIALS* boots, and so are designed for just that use. Suggesting that the manufacturer suddenly add more ankle protection to them would partially defeat their design intent for their prescribed mission - i.e. to be a Trials boot. If you want more ankle stiffness or protection then maybe a different boot is for you. That said, I have been riding with these a long time, and had more than a couple of get-off's with them... and riding a heavy Yamaha Super Tenere along with my other bikes... and no ankle issues whatsoever. Not a bump, bruise, sprain, or strain. For me, perfect.

And regarding having a shift pad... Again, these are designed to be a *TRIALS* riding boot. Those guys don't want shift pads to lessen their *feel* for the shifter, and since they don't shift much anyway they don't need it. Since this boot is designed and developed specifically for that market, and for the Trials rider - not the "adventure" rider looking for all sorts of things the boot doesn't have, and shouldn't have for a Trials rider.

For me I am ecstatic that the boots do not have a shift pad... It's another one of the reasons I bought them. Shift pads greatly reduce my *feel* of the shift lever, and I like having the maximum amount of *feel* and *touch* for all the controls, which is why I like Lee Parks deerskins gloves so much, too, I imagine. I hope Gaerne never puts a shift pad on the Balance Oiled *TRIALS* boots.

And as for wear there... Again, I've had them a long time with a lot of miles, and they show no excessive wear where the shifter hits. The leather is just a bit more *polished* there than elsewhere, nothing more. Perhaps my regular use of the mink oil helps, but I see no reason the boots need a shifter pad.

Just my two centavos... YMMV.

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Old 06-27-2014, 09:01 AM   #223
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Grit, salt, oil, all get worn into that spot on the boot. It might be a personal issue, but I also regularly lose the rubber cover on the shifter, and the metal contact doesn't help the leather. I can't say I've ever had a boot fail in the left forefoot area before other parts, but it's curious that such a good quality boot would lack that particular consideration.

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Old 06-27-2014, 09:04 AM   #224
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*TRIALS* I get it. Good point.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:05 AM   #225
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Grit, salt, oil, all get worn into that spot on the boot. It might be a personal issue, but i also regularly lose the rubber cover on the shifter, and the metal contact doesn't help the leather. I can't say I've ever had a boot fail in the left forefoot area before other parts, but it's curious that such a good quality boot would lack that particular consideration.

Well, except that it's designed and marketed as a *TRIALS* boot, and literally *NO* other trials boots offered out there in the world have shift pads on them, either...


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Trials riders don't want shift pads. It's a trials boot. Simple as that. No mystery.

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