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Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« on: April 13, 2019, 02:57:22 pm »
Shopping around for a new set of SUMMER boots.

I'm not REMOTELY interested in anything that claims to be waterproof - as that simply means warmer than necessary.

I am looking for the most Protection along with the best Airflow and construction.  Price is no object.

It seems that very few are making Summer Airflow style boots with anything but synthetic materials (ie: no leather) and truly, the level of protection in these boots is VERY suspect.

I'm willing to forgoe airflow in favor of protection, but that is a narrow margin of delineation.

So, who's got a newer set of summer boots they wanna chat about that flows air and gives decent heal, ankle, and shin protection???

Shopping on Revzilla really only illicits a few brands, and they all look similarly constructed.

Currently my front runner is the Dainese Solarys boots.

Opinions and advice welcome.

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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 12:20:37 am »
  I bought a pair of the Dainese Solarys gore-tex version last year. These are the first pair of riding boots I've ever owned so not really anything to compare them to but, I really like them and like the protection they give me.   I wanted the waterproof but they do get warm on really hot days.  If the air Solarys are your front runner,  I don't think you will be disappointed.
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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2019, 03:39:20 pm »
I have a pair of the TCX airtech EVO Goretex boots.

They keep my feet dry, and there are panels that are close to the skin that provides some air relief.  You can really tell it in the cold weather, but not so much when it is hot.  Just hot air blowing over your boots.

I like them and will buy another pair when these wear out, I have had these about 3-5 years, can't remember when I got them though

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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2019, 05:54:35 pm »
Thanks guys.

i'm struggling with Venting vs. protection right now.

There's really no such animal that provides max venting, max protection, and functional comfort in a Touring Boot.
It's either SMX or Racing to get big protection, and Venting.

I'll keep processing.

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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2019, 10:53:00 am »
After reading ALOT of reviews and getting limited responses on two forums.....I went with Alpinestars SMX 6 v2 Vented boots.

Newer version of a tried and true boot, no waterproofing to restrict summer airflow, and protection just shy of Track Certified coverage.  Price wasn't bad either.

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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2019, 01:56:09 pm »
Looks like a great choice!

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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2019, 10:48:07 am »
 :great:

Seems kind of Ironic that summer ventilated boots all come in BLACK base color, and some white variants.

Not really sure I'd want grey or silver boots, but you'd think there would be a reflective color option for a hot weather / sunny boot, right?  :-X

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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2019, 04:09:19 pm »
Ghost man, I think the reason why black is the overwhelming color of boots and pants too is that they will get DIRTY and stains will more likely be seen, that's what I'm thinking. I've been searching for a lime green pair of Frogg-Togg pants like I had 15 years ago.
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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2019, 08:11:18 pm »
I've got Alpinestars that I've been wearing for about 10 years. In the summer, I use wicking sock liners made for backpacking and thin wool (yep wool) boot socks. Keeps my feet fairly dry and not too hot.
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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2019, 10:41:38 am »
Ghost man, I think the reason why black is the overwhelming color of boots and pants too is that they will get DIRTY and stains will more likely be seen, that's what I'm thinking. I've been searching for a lime green pair of Frogg-Togg pants like I had 15 years ago.

Oh, I agree. 
And that's usually what KEEPS me from buying anything with color on it....jacket and pants included!  ;D

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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2019, 01:05:30 pm »
Ghost man, I think the reason why black is the overwhelming color of boots and pants too is that they will get DIRTY and stains will more likely be seen, that's what I'm thinking. I've been searching for a lime green pair of Frogg-Togg pants like I had 15 years ago.

Oh, I agree. 
And that's usually what KEEPS me from buying anything with color on it....jacket and pants included!  ;D

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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2019, 05:24:00 pm »
GR, let us/me know what you think of these once you spend a hot day in them. 

I worry that venting like this will have the wrong outcome.  It is always hot near my boots both from ground heat and engine heat.  If you have vented boots on seems like you are just letting that heat in.   If it seems better than non vented though it will be much better when I can use the hwy pegs. 

I have a very narrow foot.  Do they seem wide or narrow to you?  I am a B width at best.  So far only Sidi seems to run narrow enouf for me on some.  I can't find anyplace to try them anymore.  Have to buy online.
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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2019, 10:44:25 am »
GR, let us/me know what you think of these once you spend a hot day in them. 

I worry that venting like this will have the wrong outcome.  It is always hot near my boots both from ground heat and engine heat.  If you have vented boots on seems like you are just letting that heat in.   If it seems better than non vented though it will be much better when I can use the hwy pegs. 

I have a very narrow foot.  Do they seem wide or narrow to you?  I am a B width at best.  So far only Sidi seems to run narrow enouf for me on some.  I can't find anyplace to try them anymore.  Have to buy online.

I really don't see a way around the heat coming off the engine when feet are on the pegs.

I have Buck Highway pegs, so when i really want some air on my feet, I hang 'em out in the breeze!

I've made the mistake of wearing my SIDI Adventures on too hot a day, and suffered the consequences.  :-[
I'm not riding in a desert environment which requires "sealing-in my juices" attempting to stave-off evaporation.  I ride primarily in Humid summer conditions (during the warmer months) and have found that physical Air Flow is the best method to keep my core temp regulated.
 
And yes, my feet hanging out in the air stream really help ME in that regard.  I do have warm-sweaty feet, and this is what works for me.

I'll update my thoughts on the A* once I get some miles on them.  :beerchug:

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*I got the boots yesterday, and I have to say, I'm very impressed with the weight and overall build quality of these.  Very nice padding inside the boot with a plush, cushioned interior.
no idea how this will translate into cooling and airflow, but again - I'll report back.*
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Re: Best SUMMER Touring Boots??
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2019, 11:12:25 am »
Quick review:

I had the chance to put 400 miles on the boots yesterday.
Started in 65 degf sunny weather, and moving up to 70degf, my feet were a little chilly with the airflow at highway speeds.  I wore a single pair of Wright Coolmax Polypropylene socks inside the boots.

The ambient temps rose to a high of 82, in mixed backroads and highway riding through the day.
I have worn cooler boots, but not with this much protection.  This was the first day ive ridden in "summer" temps, and I don't think my body is quite accustomed to it yet.  Everybody knows that 90degf makes 80degf feel like 70degf, when you're going ATGATT!  :rotflmao:
As the temps rose, the airflow to the inner boot became less and less obvious, which is typical.

I can say that these boots are EXTREMELY comfortable straight out of the box.  Protection is good for a vented boot, and the inner padding, and foot liner is extremely plush, well constructed, and finished.
My only real gripe, is I don't particularly care for the triple velcroe closure system on this boot.
The Racing boot (SMX-Plus) has a more simple single zipper with ratchet strap closure system, that id prefer - but that's a personal thing.

I did a little walking around off the bike, and never noticed I was wearing such a protective boot.
i can't think of a better compliment for such a protective set of dedicated mid-level boots.
The boots ARE a bit on the wider side in the toebox - so if you're not at least a D width, you're going to have a "roomy fit".  I personally LOVED the extra room.

I did notice the heat from the lower engine while I had my feet on the pegs, and when I shifted my feet to my highway pegs, i was able to get more airflow to the boot.  (obviously)

Overall, I'd give this boot 8 out of 10, for the minor gripes - but overall a good value for protection and fulfillng the role of this purpose built summer boot.


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