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Old 04-25-2013, 12:25 PM   #91
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Some thoughts after a year and a half of daily use of the non-oiler Balance:

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Construction, workmanship, and materials are very good.
Very comfortable out of the box. Very little break-in
Gum sole wears well. I walk around in mine a lot.

CON
Lack of shifter pad is just loony. Now that mine are broken in (ie getting even softer) my toe bones feel like i'm shifting barefoot. Not cool.

Buckles are fiddly, as has been said 10000 times. Upper right strap broke early on with little stress.
Screws holding latches on prolly need Loctite-- i nearly lost one when it backed out all the way. Most others were loose.
Sole/shank not stiff enough for extended peg-standing. My feet were ouching about 15 minutes into an all-day DS ride that was mostly standing (sand)

I got the Balance to replace my beloved 10-year old Sidi Discos, which are just about trashed. I feel the Balance (non-oiled) is a good boot, maybe 75-ish percent? of the boot the Discovery is.

For fulltime ADV type commuting, they're great, though i find myself wanting a tad more bulk to them (like the Discos) in case of a get-off

For extremely light DS action (fireroads, jeep trails etc) they are OK. Just don't get into hairy situations that need more ankle than the Balance have.

I'm looking for a local cobbler that will work on bike boots (not all will, i've found) and have them sew on a thick-ass piece of leather over the shifter toe area. That'll take care of one gripe.

When it's time for replacement i'll see what's available then. I expect i'll probably go back to Discos, new or used.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:27 AM   #92
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My comments are more in regards to Brian @ Atomic Moto than the boots, since I have only been wearing them around the house thus far.

I exchanged a couple of PMs with Brian, then called him late in the day to work out what size of Balance Oiled to get. As he was busy with another customer, he called me back a couple of hours later (after business hours his time) instead of waiting until the next day. We spent 20-30 minutes on the phone discussing various aspects of my current shoes and boots until we could come to some sort of decision as to size. Because I have small feet and some oddball considerations (female, narrow heels, wider forefoot, large calf compared to ankle), Brian wanted to make sure we factored in all the variables.

I got the boots two days ago, and the fit is pretty much right on. Smaller would not have worked. Ankles and heels are a slight bit loose, so I am playing with sock options and still adjusting buckles as I wear them around the house.

Kudos to Brian for the customer service, very refreshing to see such attention prior to a sale.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:26 AM   #93
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What's the toe protector like? Is it a rigid composite shell, or something softer?
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:15 PM   #94
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What's the toe protector like? Is it a rigid composite shell, or something softer?
Hello Wyomingriviera.

It is a composite piece, under the leather.

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Old 06-28-2013, 08:14 AM   #95
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I've had my Balance Pros for three years. Great product and fits my needs just as Brian said it would. Pros are great for my type of DS riding......I don't have to pack a second pair of shoes when I ride and camp, they are comfortable enough for me to walk in to set up camp in no problems and the uppers fit under a pair of carhartt pants. The shin guards have saved me many times from the DR pegs, ankle support is adequate and the midsole support is good too when I jump up on the pegs.

On another note, I have spent a ridiculous amount of money on motorcycle gear in my life and have bought from many different vendors. I've learned that customer service and product knowledge are key when I make a purchase. The folks at Atomic Moto have been spot on in price, service and knowledge......bar none they are the best I have encountered. Now, when I need gear I check with them first and when I have questions I call them as well. They have earned my business both past and future. If you are in the market for gear, I would encourage you to check them out as well.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:08 AM   #96
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A Keen Glarus 15 Wide fits me like a glove. Any foot love from a Garne Balance Oiled boot in my future?

http://www.keenfootwear.com/us/en/pr...ailhead/glarus

I've very interested and would order one now if its available.

Edit to include......If you have anything that fits I'll ride over this afternoon to pick them up.
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:33 PM   #97
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Update

I reviewed these boots before and said that they were the cats meow.

I have the balanced oiled boots (brown ones)

Now that ive had them for 3 years and put roughly 15,000 miles on them, from short street commutes to 1000 mile off road rallies. I still love these things. I have noticed that after extended HEAVY rain sometimes water will come in where the sole meets the leather.

Also, I was reciently rear ended on my ktm 950 adventure by a 16 year old girl who had better things to do while driving than paying attention to the road. I was thrown 15 feet in the air, tumbled a bit, then slid a bit more. The boots did their job! barely torn up, still very useable IMHO. After the totalled bike is gone through I will continue to strap these bad boys on.

Well worth the $400 price tag, sticker shock got me too at first. But these are hands down the most comfortable boots ive ever worn. There very breathable, waterproof (mine have been abused regularly), supportive, and comfortable when I go for a hike after a ride to the middle of nowhere, and the soft tread helps when I got my 500lb bike stuck in the worst possible place.

Just do yourself a favor and buy the damn boots already.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:19 PM   #98
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Gaerne Balance Oiled and shift wear

Looking at the Oiled boots for a bit now, and on-paper (mostly based on what I've read here), they seem to be a great choice, but there is one thing that bothers me.

Most other motocross boots I've seen have some extra protection on the boot where it meets shifter. I don't mean physical protection for the rider, but protection of the boot (and keeping it clean and newer looking).

Is this a problem with the Oiled boots?

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Old 08-06-2013, 11:08 AM   #99
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Looking at the Oiled boots for a bit now, and on-paper (mostly based on what I've read here), they seem to be a great choice, but there is one thing that bothers me.

Most other motocross boots I've seen have some extra protection on the boot where it meets shifter. I don't mean physical protection for the rider, but protection of the boot (and keeping it clean and newer looking).

Is this a problem with the Oiled boots?

Thanks
FWIW, I've probably only put 15-20k miles on my Balance Oiled, so no real long term answer, but all I can see is a little darkening of the leather where the shifter hits. None of the shifters I use are overly aggressive, most have a rubber cover or have the knurling worn off long before I ever got to them.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:14 AM   #100
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My balance oiled are wearing well after a year of riding (8.5k) they are darker as indicated in above posts but holding up nicely. I love these things
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:05 AM   #101
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Shift wear

Thanks for the input...

Now I just need to find a place that will deliver (for cheap) to Israel...

Any ideas?

Thanks !!!
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:25 AM   #102
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Thumb Shift wear & shipping...

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Had my Oiled Balance boots for well over a year, and used them for well over 12,000 miles both on- and off-road on my Yamaha Super Tenere. They show literally no shift lever area wear or adverse appearance compared to the rest of the boot.

I do keep them mink oiled on a regular basis, which helps a ton. The boots become almost "self-healing" to any scuffs or marks from trail obstacles if you oil them regularly. Doing so does accelerate their darkening process, but it keeps them looking great.

As for shipping to Israel... Atomic Moto does international shipping: http://www.atomic-moto.com/International_ep_47-1.html

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Old 08-07-2013, 08:53 PM   #103
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How close to waterproofing can the Pros get if you mink oil the leathers and Sno-Seal the seams? I think it would get pretty close to keeping the feet dry outside lengthy rides in the rain.
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:05 PM   #104
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How do these compare to combat lites?
Not style wise, as 'stich are lace up then velcro closure, but as far as protection, durability, support?
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:16 PM   #105
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How close to waterproofing can the Pros get if you mink oil the leathers and Sno-Seal the seams? I think it would get pretty close to keeping the feet dry outside lengthy rides in the rain.
Also curious, I have the pros as well and wondering what I might treat them with.
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