Sizing of boots and pants
March 5, 2009 at 1:39 pm #2587samgoodyParticipant
I’m looking for a description of how boots and pants must fit for the best protection and comfort. The reason I’m asking is that the selection of boots and pants available for me to try on in person is very limited (it’s either BMW or Harley gear, so they’re quite expensive as well). I was thinking of ordering on the Internet from some place like newenough.com. Is this a good idea, or should I stick to the selections I can try on in person even though they are expensive?
I also realize that there are different types of pants and boots for specific types of riding (sport riding, touring, etc.). Do these fit differently from each other, or do they all follow the same basic rules of thumb? The type of gear I’m most interested in is for street riding and some light touring.March 5, 2009 at 2:11 pm #16927MattParticipant
Each brand fits differently. Trying it on in person is really the best option. BMW gear is really just Aerostich, so if it fits you, you can order an aerostich piece in the same size.
When it comes to pants, I find they are pretty close. Ditto for jackets. But you have to know your waist and chest measurements to use the sizing charts properly.
Boots are much harder. Each manufacturer uses a different foot mold. I find Icon fit wide but small, so they fit my overly wide feet nicely, I just have to wear a full size larger than normal. Joe Rocket and many of the other brands are simply too narrow for my foot.
The nice thing is, you don’t need to try the exact model you want, just the same company. All Joe Rocket boots have the same foot mold, so if a size 9 joe rocket boot fits, another style of joe rocket will still fit as a size 9.March 9, 2009 at 7:25 pm #16960samgoodyParticipant
Thank you for the information, will try your suggestions. Any idea who makes the boots for BMW?March 9, 2009 at 10:35 pm #16961MattParticipant
I think Sidi does their “adventure tour” style boots… Honestly, I’m not sure though.
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