October 1, 2008 at 2:58 pm #2181AnonymousGuest
Wonderring if its possible to request some boot reviews
anybody have any recommendations for riding boots that don’t look like ski boots yet offer good protection?October 1, 2008 at 3:26 pm #13106briderdtParticipant
I was in Renton Motorcycles on Sunday with my wife, basically drooling on bikes and gear…
In the boots section, I overheard some one say something about the larger boots not fitting under the shift lever. I’d never even considered that. So these steel-toed work boots and such — are they a problem in that regard? Any one have any feedback on that issue?October 1, 2008 at 3:29 pm #13107October 1, 2008 at 3:36 pm #13109BuddParticipant
I have seen the reviews about thicker boots not fiting under the shifter. Most shift levers are adjustable. I think the problem comes with the boots being new though. If you are used to wearing flip flops, then yes, that combat boot is going to be a little harder to get under the shifter. Once you get used to it, it shouldn’t be too bad.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineOctober 1, 2008 at 3:53 pm #13112
Nope I hadn’t ( I was the original poster btw, before registering )
Will do so now.
I’ve been through a few websites like motorcycle.com and motorcycle-usa.com reading reviews. I’m always suspicious though when a site like that does a review. Seems more like paid advertisement half the time.October 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm #13114
webbikeworld seems to be highly respected throughout all motorcycle forums I have visited. Another good site to visit as they have great pictures is http://www.newenough.com (they also have good prices and are a trusted seller).
Another good site (especially for us up in the NW) is http://www.motorcyclesuperstore.com. They are based somewhere near Portland, OR so your order does not have far to travel and you pay no sales tax I ordered something from them last Sunday, used their free shipping and it arrived first thing Tuesday morning. That was pretty impressive.October 1, 2008 at 4:21 pm #13118
Wish I’d talked to you sooner.
Googling any type of reviews for bikes or bike stuff always brings up the same damn sites
I’ve known there has to be more out there but I was striking out trying to find good ones.
ThanksOctober 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm #13119
Don’t know about the thick boots. I think if you have a normal size foot you should be fine
At my MSF course there was a guy who was at least 6’10” with size 14 shoes and he had issues with the shifter. He ended up giving up after the first couple hours. but thats a 14 shoe. I wore a size 12 steel toe timberland and had no issues… Nighthawk 250 btw.October 1, 2008 at 4:46 pm #13122
discontinued…October 2, 2008 at 1:24 am #13141dcJohnParticipant
I love my Sidi Doha boots. Comfy from the get-go, good protection, and reasonable to wear for a while when off the bike. I have a much easier time shifting and having a feel for the pedals than I did when I was using bulkier hiking boots.
http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/Sidi_Doha_Boots–34-SIDI-21.htmlOctober 2, 2008 at 3:19 am #13148MunchParticipant
Is what I wear. Not over the $100 mark and comfortable as slippers…. They’ve actually kinda replaced my normal everyday wear even when I am not on the bike.
They are rain tested ( I hate not riding to work, gets me in a bad mood) and 90% waterproof. the 10% is really only if you have no rain gear and the water leaks down your now soaked pants INTO the boot. Can we say Lesson learned?
Yesterday is a memory, tomorrow is a prediction, but today…… is a Bi**hOctober 2, 2008 at 6:10 am #13160RabParticipant
Those Vega Touring waterproof boots are a good value for the cost conscious beginning motorcyclist.
I bought a pair for my Wife who occasionally rides pillion with me.
They definitely don’t have the heft or quality of my Alpinestars Web Gore-tex boots and I don’t think they would last nearly as long, but for something dry and comfortable to get you started, they can’t be beat value-wise in my opinion.
Tour-master Solution WP Road Boots look like a good value too but I haven’t tried those.
The beauty of the touring style boots is that you can get off the bike and walk around town in them which you can’t easily do with all motorcycle boots.
Zippers and Velcro make life a lot easier than tying laces too.October 2, 2008 at 4:33 pm #13177
I bought the Tourmaster Response boots and I love them, they are as comfortable as my Timberlands. You should note the owners comments at the bottom of that link, apparently the sole wears away quickly on these. I have not had them long enough to know if that will be a problem for me. One issue I had was I felt my shins were a little vulnerable (does not help that my pants are too short and sometimes ride above the boot). So I got myself the Icon Shin Guards and now I am happy.October 2, 2008 at 5:22 pm #13179
Those shin guards look like my hockey pads do they mostly protect from abrasions or do they offer support for the leg as well? meaning if you hit something hard do you think they’d protect from breaking a leg or are they primarily for road rash?
Thanks for the responses guys. I’ve found a ton of info that I’ve been looking for so far.October 2, 2008 at 6:59 pm #13186
It’s hard to know what level of protection any clothing will give you as there is next to no information on this. The only clue you get is if they are CE certified (a European safety certificate). These shin guards are not certified so who knows how they will stand up in an impact. They are a hard plastic with a soft foam backing. They do not offer support to the leg, they just cover the shin. But, it does not take much impact on a shin for an extreme amount of pain so I feel safer with these on. I actually removed the knee protector (which meant cutting the straps) as they interfered with the knee pads in my pants. After experimenting a little I found I preferred the knee pads that are in my pants (which are CE certified).
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