Thanks for the input, guys!
Squidly, lol no, my ribs are fine, thanks
I got caught between my bike and a rotting tree stump and crushed my right, lower leg pretty well. Up the back side of my calf are three large raspberries ( about 3'' diameter each) and one cut that just got away without needing stitches...still keeping a close eye on that one as it has opened up on me twice today. Around front, on the inner part of my knee I lost a silver dollar sized patch of skin that got left behind on the muffler ( ew, i know). However, the worst part is actually the swelling. My right lower leg,knee to ankle, is 1.5' in circumference larger than my healthy one. It's big. I dont say all that for pity ( I was the one dumb enough to ride unprotected) I say all that to emphasize how important gear is. I never leave home without gear,ever, but it's easy to get complacent when you " aren't even leaving home"...learnt my lesson!
For the record, here is the boot I was in when I went down. It is a heavy boot and I know it protected my ankle, but I think it's obvious I should be riding in a tall, full coverage boot. My skid plate was laying on my foot and I could easily feel the weight of the bike before lifting it off. Strictly my opinion, but heavy work boots just aren't enough. After all, I was doing less than 2-3 mph when I went down
Damocles! You hit the nail on the head! Full coverage off road boots and nothing less. I'd love to pick your brain about your Sidi's as they were one of the 3 boots that were highest on my want list. Your boots, by far, seem to have the best soles for walking off road and the slimmest buckles. Do you have any complaints on the soles? Are they soft enough to grip pavement well when stopped? I've got a pair of Alpinestars street boots whose soles are so hard I've nearly dropped bikes in intersection due to lack of traction. One other thing I was curious about the Adventure Rain, does the upper calf on the inside of the boot have any armor or just the leather heat shield? Also, due to not having upper buckles, can you fit them under pant legs? I'm really glad you chimed in!
The three boots I'm looking at now are all over the chart as far as price.
1:Alpinestars Tech 1 All Terrian- ~$200: Not as nice as a sole as the Sidi's, but they are welted and half the price. The lowest buckle protrudes kinda bad. They have a very basic hinge, but at least it is hinged! A hinged ankle at $200 is a great bargain IMO, and the upper, inner calf does have armor, which is something I want to help in the event of a bike laying on my leg. When I was a teenager this was the most common way I'd find myself after a dump. Apparently still is...
TCX Track Evo WP- ~$275: WP= waterproof and it's my understanding that they are basically submersible. They have a great looking sole design and nice looking buckles. I feel like they lack ankle support, but I can't really tell much just looking online.
3: Sidi Adventure Rain = ~$400. Won't waste your time elaborating, but don't see paying the price difference to bump up to the Gore-tex model.
Crash report if interested:
I am super impressed with the Alpinestar Tech 1 for the price. I'm not made of money...I don't really want to drop $400 or more on a boot, but $400 is still cheaper than a trip to the ER and I'm pretty sure I'm old enough now that I won't outgrow any boot I buy now
I just got over a broken ankle about 2 months ago. That's one set of Dr bills and time away from work that I don't intend to put myself through again, if I can help it.
Thanks again for the input. Sorry for the long-winded post, just putting it out there where my head is at.