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Boots...What are you wearing?

I've been wearing my Red Wing gore-tex lined work boots and still do for the commute but I want a dedicated riding boot for the rest of the time. I had a pair of Joe Rocket crossovers that were junk....$125 and didn't last a season before de-laminating.

I want shin, arch, heel & toe protection. I want gore tex lining. I don't want a full on MX boot.

None of the local shops have anything that interest me. There is a Cycle Gear about an hour away so I've been looking on their website and found a couple of models by SIDI that look promising but......$250 - $350 bucks. I wouldn't mind shelling out that kind of jack IF I knew they were keepers lasting for several seasons.

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I've been wearing my Red Wing gore-tex lined work boots and still do for the commute but I want a dedicated riding boot for the rest of the time. I had a pair of Joe Rocket crossovers that were junk....$125 and didn't last a season before de-laminating.

I want shin, arch, heel & toe protection. I want gore tex lining. I don't want a full on MX boot.

None of the local shops have anything that interest me. There is a Cycle Gear about an hour away so I've been looking on their website and found a couple of models by SIDI that look promising but......$250 - $350 bucks. I wouldn't mind shelling out that kind of jack IF I knew they were keepers lasting for several seasons.

Whatcha' got ???

I wear Alpinestar Scouts. The Scouts are stiff but not quite as stiff as full up dirt boots. They're supposed to be waterproof but they aren't Goretex lined. Goretex is going to add about $100 to the price of a boot.

Personally the only boots I would consider would be Alpinestar or Sidi.

IMHO ankle protection is a priority in a boot. The ankle is a complex joint and it's hard to repair a smashed one!

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I have the Scouts as well. The waterproof is pretty good but only to the top of the boot!
They are very comfortable to ride or walk in. Good traction in mud.
Would likely want something more protective if I rode in the rocks a lot.
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X3 for the Alpinestar Scouts. I really like mine as well, only bad thing is they are a little narrow for me. Might try getting them stretched a bit.
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Wow, three raves for the scouts!!! Definitely be giving these a very close look, thanks.

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WISH I had some road-test info . . . I wear Harley 4-buckle road boots when looking at mostly street riding, and O-Neal Element motocross boots for guaranteed off-road concentration . . . both adequate for chosen purposes, and generally crash-survivable (did suffer something of an ankle sprain with the Elements, after a mud-puddle get-off at Hatfield-McCoy).



Forget, WATERPROOF, for either footgear!

If I could afford it, I'd get some HINGED boots (mechanical protective hinge about the ankle). The SIDI Adventure Rain Boots look promising, but . . . even if I could afford the
$ 400 for these stomps, don't know if I could afford the consequent divorce!

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Yes, I stopped looking at the SIDI Adventures when I seen the price tag at Cycle Gears website....$650. Must be reinforced with baleen and covered in endangered whale foreskin.

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Been very happy with an earlier incarnation of these. They went to Alaska and were quite waterproof. These are NOT the "baleen" models: http://www.sidisport.com/eng/scheda.php?macro=2&id=35
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Thanks for the SIDI link. I like THIS one even better. I like the idea of the shin guards being removable.

Review HERE. $400 Ouch.

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Thanks for the SIDI link. I like THIS one even better. I like the idea of the shin guards being removable.

Review HERE. $400 Ouch.

$400 doesn't go far in an emergency room visit.... just sayin

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