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  1. SteveP

    SteveP Ride Organizer

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    Hi guys...I'm in the market looking for a new ds boot. I have used a mid shin alpinestar boot for the last six years and they are pretty toast. I'd like to be around 200$. Mid shin coverage. Decent grip. Decent padding or protection. Preferably buckel not zipper that can blow out. These alpinestar were goretex and seemed pretty good when wet or in the rain. So I'd like that as well. I guess I'm hoping for a mid priced decent boot. Recommendations welcome.
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    I think the BEST boot is probably the Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex but you don't get the best boot for $200.

    I went for the Sidi Adventure Rain and really like them. I paid $225 and I haven't had wet feet yet - plus the dealer said he'd give me a full refund if I ever did :D .

    Bob
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    I thought those were around like 400$ or so. 225$ is fine. Looking for other ideas also.
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    Just re-checked prices and I'm surprised to see the "Rain" is now around $400 and the "Gore-Tex" is $500. When I bought my Rain boots - 2 years ago - they were about 1/2 the price of the Gore-Tex. Guess they worked too well and sold too many, so they've adjusted the prices.

    I'm cancelling my "buy" recommendation for this product :wink:

    Bob
  5. SteveP

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    thank you for checking...I knew that one of our buddies (who shall remain nameless) just got a pair...and that's the ticket. Outa my budget range for something I'm going to beat up rapidly.
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    I have a pair of Alpinestar Scouts. I think Dualsport Plus sells them for around 300. They are very comfortable and are supposed to be waterproof. Mine started to leak a little on a trip to Nfld last year. Since then I've been treating them with Sno-Seal and they've kept the rain out.
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    Don't skimp on boots, you get what you pay for. If have two pairs of SIDI's, the Discoveries and the MX boots. Both have served me well and are super comfortable. Both have started falling apart after several years and many miles, but $20 at the cobbler have restored them. They are worth fixing. I would say they will easily last twice as long as cheaper boots.
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    My alpinestar have six years and are worn. I just don't think it's necessary to spend 400$ when I won't provide any more care to them than I would to a 200$ pair :D
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    A pair of Alpinestars Tech 3's would make a good DS boot, especially with the enduro sole. And they are right around the $200 mark.

    Brian
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    Gaerne Balance Oil. Great boot. Can wear 12 hours a day riding or walking. Put a leather insole in from Marks Work Wearhouse.
    Got them from Extreme Supply California. 289.00
    Water proof until it comes over the top. Easy to wear with jeans, riding pants.
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    I'm thinking about just going with a paratrooper boot/combat boot. I have never found a boot that is waterproof. No matter what they leak. I want a tough sole with good grip and protection is important for toe and ankle, but I don't want to wear a steel toe. I do use a Tech 3 for when I take the klr into offroad stuff, but for DS, I don't want to wear a motocross boot all day.
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    The Discoveries are waterproof AND cool, your feet don't sweat in them.
    I could wade into the water right up to the top of the boot, feet stayed totally dry.
    They would keep your feet dry in the blasting rain all day, except for the water that would run down you pant legs.
    You get what you pay for.
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    Same with the Sidi Adventures(goretex) completely waterproof till it comes over the top.

    Yeo, they are $$$, damn near killed my cheap ass to lay out the dough, but an ankle injury on a ride made up my mind to get some better protection with out a full mx boot. I ended up putting a wanted add on ADVrider and scored a pair that had been used for one trip to alaska from BC and back, great shape, no funk, half price....my kinda deal.

    Ive beat the piss outta them for a couple years now and they are still great, easy to walk in(squeak a bit), vibram type sole,, easy to get on and off, etc. Id but another in a second.


    Cheers, Todd
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    That's exactly what I'm using and I love them!! I have a gore-tex sock that I put on when it rains, but you could find a set of liner at MEC for about $20... Something like this:

    http://www.mec.ca/product/5005-366/...barrier-liner-socks-unisex/?f=10&q=sock+liner

    And with that, you open a whole new world of boots available to you!!

    Marty