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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-Feb-2018, 06:48 PM (033) Thread Starter
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What kind of Boots are you guys wearing??

I'm in the market for a new pair after todays tumble.

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I've had the Alpinestars Toucan for about 4 years now and they are very comfortable. I think it is an ADV boot that has sacrifices some of the protection for comfort and does a stellar job at this.
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I just purchased Sidi Adventure 2 Brown boots and I am very happy with it. It brakes in after 3rd time wearing it for an hour each time riding.
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I like the color combo of those boots!

A bit about me that might that might help understand my choice(s)...

I live at the base of the Colorado Rockies. I ride quite a bit of off-road. Just about every one of my rides takes me up into the mountains or offroad into the plains. I've ridden the COBDR and other great "trails" here in CO.

I have two different sets of boots and wear a different pair depending where I'm riding. I've got the Sidi Crossfire 2 and Alpinestar Toucans.

If my ride is a "serious ride" which takes me on long sections of off-road or sections that I know are challenging its the Sidi Crossfires. If its just some well maintained forest service roads/logging roads, more on-road, some walking, hanging out then the Toucans...

With that said, I wouldn't do the Toucans again. IMO its allows too much side-to-side ankle movement. It doesn't offer enough ankle protection and allows your ankle to "roll" too easily. From what I've seen its low-speed crashes that do the most damage to lower legs. Wearing Toucans (before I bought the Sidis) riding on a muddy section of trail I dropped my bike (at the time a Super Tenere), the engine case trapped my ankle as I rolled. It fractured my ankle. Another buddy of mine had something similar happen to him and he completely broke his ankle. His boots while not Toucans were of a similar build. Looking back I'd have gone with the Sidi Adventure Gore-tex or Rain as they have better ankle support.

After my ankle healed I bought the Sidi Crossfires. They've already paid for themselves. I was riding solo and dropped my bike on a steep rocky section. The same leg was trapped under the bike with a hard part sitting right on the ankle. No pain, no injury. I couldn't pull my leg out from under the bike. I had to use my other leg to push on the seat to lift the bike enough to pull my leg out.

The Toucans are super comfortable and I still wear them when doing what I consider "light" rides. I have no fit or comfort issues with them. I could walk in them all day or hang out in them all day.

The Sidis are a slightly different story. They fit and feel like a ski boot. You can feel it wrap around your lower leg. They allow very little movement at the ankle. One area that I had to get used to with these boots is shifting. When you first put them on and do a few upshifts you realize you need to use more effort to flex the boot to make it happen. But after a few upshifts, you get used to it. Walking, again, is very much like a ski boot. You can do it, but its not easy and after a little while they aren't very comfortable. Also if you have very large calfs, fit may be an issue so make sure you try them on first. I also found I had to go up almost a full size from what I normally wear to get a comfortable/proper fit. I have average width feet so that wasn't the issue. They just felt small in all dimensions. These are great boots and I'd buy them again.

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What kind of Boots are you guys wearing??

I'm in the market for a new pair after todays tumble.

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Forma Adventure low for touring and tarmac, Sidi Adventure rain for more off-road adventure trips, but dang do they squeak and they flex very little, so not good for walking - I'll usually pack an extra pair of shoes when I ride with those. Both are waterproof and I feel pretty protected when wearing them.
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Forma Adventure Boots. Fit like hiking boots and comfortable to walk in.


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This kind of feedback from everyone is exactly why I like this site so much. You guys rock appreciate the input and I am pretty sure I will get these boots.
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Forma Adventure Boots. Fit like hiking boots and comfortable to walk in.

How long did it take for the boots to break-in?
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Sidi boots look great and are quality products it's too bad that they don't make them in wide sizes, my wide foot make it very hard to find boots I like that fit.
I also ride and hike a lot, and spend the whole day in the saddle often and am not ashamed to admit that I normally don't wear motorcycle specific boots, they are uncomfortable, too difficult to get on and off, to limiting and next to impossible to find a suitable pair in my size.
I have a pair of Asolo hiking boots that I wear and accept the risks.
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