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Old 06-27-2014, 09:35 AM   #226
Dyn Blin
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Aye, appreciative of the education. I'll take it to the cobbler and have a patch sewn and call it an *ADV* boot.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:26 AM   #227
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Not trying to *educate*...

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Aye, appreciative of the education. I'll take it to the cobbler and have a patch sewn and call it an *ADV* boot.

Our previous two posts crossed in transit. Didn't mean to hit the point so hard...

And I wasn't trying to educate so much as emphasize. Seems all too often in these discussions some folks confuse the words "trials" and "trail", or they simply don't know what "trials" is... I understand that you do, but I am often surprised at how many people have never heard of it even though they are avid motorcyclists.

It also seems that here in the USA, where trials has only a very small following and not much publicity, folks don't understand just how big a sport trials is over in Europe, so lots of riding gear is designed and aimed at that market. And since trials requires lots of mobility on the bike the riders don't want to be restricted or constrained by heavier protection around the ankle... Likewise, those same trials riders don't want shift pads.

Sadly, we don't have any boot makers in the USA that make decent motorcycle boots, much less "adventure" or "trials" boots... or MX or other off-road boots for that matter. But in Europe, where motorcycling has a much different place in society and culture, there are great boot makers... But for the most part they make boots for how Europeans ride.

For me, I like trials boots for their comfort, versatility, mobility, relative light weight, and feel. If folks want more protection then most likely another boot is a better choice. Fortunately there are a lot of choices out there!

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Old 06-27-2014, 04:22 PM   #228
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No worries, I wasn't up to high doh. It's a community and we're posting for benefit of a crowd. Sometimes somebody even learns something!
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Old 06-28-2014, 02:45 PM   #229
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replacement soles

Hi, has anyone replaced the soles on their Balance Oiled boots? I've done some searching and am having difficulty finding a pair of soles for my boots. 44.5 EU, 10 USA. Thanks
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:06 PM   #230
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Hi, has anyone replaced the soles on their Balance Oiled boots? I've done some searching and am having difficulty finding a pair of soles for my boots. 44.5 EU, 10 USA. Thanks
Do you want another gum sole, or a regular? Call us on Monday.

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Old 06-28-2014, 04:36 PM   #231
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Thanks, I will give you a ring on Mon.
The original sole served me well, but what tread is left seems brittle and prone to breaking apart. What's the "regular" option?
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:43 PM   #232
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What's the "regular" option?
I'll second that question.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:35 AM   #233
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I'll second that question.
The Balance is constructed via welting. On this method, the bottom-most part of the sole is glued onto a flat midsole, then the perimeter is sanded. You can attach almost any type of welt sole bottom, although some attention must be paid to the compound, shape, etc. for moto use. So, if you cannot get the OE Balance sole, you could sub an MX boot sole (harder compound), or a trials boot sole from another brand (availability), etc.

One of the better places to resole is http://www.factoryresole.com, and they have some pics of what I am describing.

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Old 07-09-2014, 07:56 AM   #234
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Good to know. I just got my sidi adventure rain boots back from resole america and they do not use original sidi soles as advertised. After a few calls with them and sending the boots back for them to check, their answer was "this is what we have". Not a bad job, just not the soles they promised.

NSA, this post is just for you.
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:24 PM   #235
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Ah, yes......the subject of many frustrated rants to Gaerne USA.

That boot is literally a favor from the founder of Gaerne Italy, Ernesto Gazzola, to one of his Japan market imports and good friends. The favor is that it is exclusive to them, and not produced in anything approaching a North American size.

Seriously, I have been begging for a US market version of the ED Pro for three years. Perhaps some testimonials here would help my case.....

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Would absolutely buy a pair of these. Here reading Balanced Oil reviews as I'm headed out for the TAT and my Alps SMX-5's just broke their zipper. I like the look of the little bit of extra protection on these 405's as I don't want a full on MX shoe for long days of riding. Only thing I'm worried about with the Balanced Oil is ankle protection but then again everything's a compromise.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:13 PM   #236
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When/IF my balance oiled's ever wear out I will just order another pair with out question. !!.
I used mine on the WABDR Last month and they worked perfectly. !!,even in the 103-111 temps.


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