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post #1 of 15 Old 02-06-2020, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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New boots are needed so looking for opinions/advice.
* Must be waterproof. I live in southwest BC, so lots of rain.
* Tall and offer good protection when I'm off road.
* Have to be comfortable for walking and moderate hiking.
I don't care about being stylish.
I don't care about color.
I care about safety.
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-06-2020, 06:18 AM
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You are describing a compromise at best.

Motorcycle boots/shoes are designed for protecting your feet in a crash. Hiking boots will provide some protection (more than tennis shoes) but won't provide the protection/safety true motorcycle footwear will.

My suggestion is get some motorcycle boots with Gortex (yes, they will be pricey). But they will be dry and protect your feet/ankles in a crash. Pack your hiking boots for when you stop to hike.
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post #3 of 15 Old 02-06-2020, 10:35 AM
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Most people advise to ride in motorcycle boots and they have a "leg to stand on" if you get in a crash. I just ride in hiking boots. I like a boot with a a curved bottom and not a sharp (90 degree) heel. I don't like having to pick my boot up over the peg. I wouldn't like riding in these, they'd just be for special occasions:
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post #4 of 15 Old 02-06-2020, 12:30 PM
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I'm in the same situation. Looking for boots. I'm in North Central BC, but last year was very wet!
I've been using workboot\ hiking boots.

Hope you don't mind me following along!
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post #5 of 15 Old 02-06-2020, 01:54 PM
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Sounds like Forma Adventure tall boots would be a good choice for you, but like the others have said you will give up protection for the comfort.
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Protection is key for me.

Thus, I choose a boot with a HINGED ANKLE JOINT. My nomenclature may be incorrect, but . . . the boot has a fixed hinge at the ankle bend, providing stability in the event of a crash.

Not to push any particular brand, SIDI Adventure Rain Boots fit my requirements. Newer models exist; mine are "waterproof" with a proprietary liner; Goretex-lined models are available.



Do they work? Yes, in several crashes, at various speeds, on several surfaces from soft mud to hard pavement. Waterproof? Yes, externally, but . . . if you get into depth beyond the boot top, it will take FOREVER to dry the boots out!

If you're going SIDI, in the US, anyway; BRING MONEY! Some save by buying on-line from Europe, but looks like that trick takes some finesse and time.
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post #7 of 15 Old 02-06-2020, 05:02 PM
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Last year I got a pair of the Forma tall adventure boots, and I love them. They are very comfortable !
They are lighter than motocross boots so not quite as much protection but still much more than hiking boots.
I have hiked in them for maybe 1/2 mile at a time and they were so comfortable. NOT like motocross boots, which are good for 100 yards before I hobble back to the bike . +1 on the Forma's
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post #8 of 15 Old 02-06-2020, 05:15 PM
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SIDI Canyon Gore for me. Meets my needs and comfortable enough to walk in them several hours out of a day!
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You are describing a compromise at best.
My suggestion is get some motorcycle boots with Gortex (yes, they will be pricey). But they will be dry and protect your feet/ankles in a crash. Pack your hiking boots for when you stop to hike.
On big dirty adventures I ride in MX boots, and pack 3-4 pairs of heavy MX socks to change out daily, and a periodic wash/rinse. Also pack a lightweight pair of hikers for camp or day hikes.
I've had deep water come up over the top of the boots once or twice. Have worn these through several crashes, had them through cooler days where the daytime temp never got about 35dF (cold for desert rats), hotter days where temp maxed out at 118dF (always be drinking from the camelbak). But I've never regretted wearing MX boots on adventure rides.

For commuter duty or purely slab rides, I have the Sidi AllRoad and they have been comfy and waterproof. I have not put these through the crash-test scenario. The first set of these I got about 10 years and 50k miles out of, and these are a bit worn out on the velcro closure things. So keep 'em as a backup pair.

If safety comes first -don't compromise on the boot.
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post #10 of 15 Old 02-07-2020, 08:43 AM
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I don't care for anything with laces for fear they might attach themselves to a brake lever or shift lever, although I have worn them with the laces tucked into the boot or shoe.
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