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Time for a new pair of boots
« on: May 24, 2016, 08:54:29 pm »
Well, looks like it's about time for a new pair of boots. My ancient TCX (Oxtar) touring/waterproof boots finally gave up the ghost on my trip up to the NE Area's Spring Fling last week when the flexible section on the LH side cracked and came apart. Nothing that some good duct tape couldn't fix, but after 10-15 years of use (and a few of non-use) I think I got my money's worth.

So, what are the boots of choice these day in a tall, waterproof, black touring style that won't break the bank?

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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2016, 12:44:40 am »
I have a couple of pairs of Tourmasters, they have held up well for me and are comfortable plus they come in wide sizes.

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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2016, 10:02:21 am »
Hi,
      I use SIDI Cobra Air. :great:

Pretty nice boot really! ;D

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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2016, 10:38:14 am »
I wore touring boots for years. Now I wear Forma Adventures.

I wish I would have had them on when the idjut pulled out in front of me. I may have had less hardware in my ankles.

Fit American and wider feet really well, Walking comfort and no break in. I might consider their Terra also as it has a welted sole that can be replaced.  THey look bulky but are comfy and protective...and no more zippers. They make a low version as well.


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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2016, 11:24:07 am »
I have a couple of pairs of Tourmasters, they have held up well for me and are comfortable plus they come in wide sizes.

^^^^^  +1.  Tourmasters are comfortable, and they are one of the few boots that are offered in a wide.  I'm five years in on a pair that cost a little under $100 new.  No complaints.
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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2016, 03:11:42 am »
back to the TCX, the x5 goretex have lasted me 3 years plus with no sign of giving up.  impressed me enough i bought a pair of the evo goretex to go with them.

these are a bit lighter to wear and on the wallet
http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street/boots/waterproof_sport_street_touring_boots/tcx/explorer_evo_gore_tex_boots_2015.html

and the originals, still good. http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street/boots/waterproof_sport_street_touring_boots/tcx/x_five_evo_gore_tex_boots_2015.html
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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2016, 04:24:04 am »
back to the TCX, the x5 goretex have lasted me 3 years plus with no sign of giving up.  impressed me enough i bought a pair of the evo goretex to go with them.

these are a bit lighter to wear and on the wallet
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and the originals, still good. http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street/boots/waterproof_sport_street_touring_boots/tcx/x_five_evo_gore_tex_boots_2015.html


Just what I've been looking for...Found them on Amazon.de (I'm in Europe) at a slightly better price.  Should be here by next week....
BTW, the same site you pointed out has the TCX boots with goretex in ladies sizes (very limited sizes) at a closeout price.  I picked up a pair for the wife and she loves them. :great:


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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2016, 10:28:57 am »
I used TCX boots for years myself and love them. TCX makes a great boot.
But their a bit pricey.

All of these brands are excellent, Sidi, Tourmaster...

At the present, I went w/ Built from CycleGear. Features vs. price... couldn't beat it.
I'm on year 3 on the same pair now. But, they are ventilated for summer, and offer NO waterproofing or Gortex. I have a pair of Puma's for the wet weather. BUT, not well ventilated for hot weather, so it's a trade off.

Seems to be the case for most boots. Great for the wet? Your feet burn up due to lack of ventilation when the sun comes out. Great for hot weather? Ride through a sudden downpour and end up miserable with wet feet. Not sure what's best for both situations.

But, as Freebird6 said... ADV boots might have saved his ankles from a lot of trauma when he crashed.
I have a friend who was riding home after dark from my place a few months back when he suddenly came up on a dead deer in the road. He swerved to miss it, and his left foot struck the deer carcass.
He was going about 30 mph at the time, and was wearing heavy duty "combat-type" cruiser motorcycle boots. It still ripped the sole completely off the boot, badly bruising his foot and ankle. But no broken bones. Close call, for sure.

Choosing good footwear for riding a motorcycle is not as easy as it seems.
There's a lot to take into consideration.
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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2016, 12:10:01 pm »
Dress for the Fall, not the Ride.  :beerchug:

I just picked-up a set of SIDI Adventures.  Wow, just fantastic boots!
Not cheap admittedly, but these were an investment.

Great proctection, and really fantastic fit and comfort str8 outta the box.

Def. a trade-off between breathability, h2o proofness, and safety.
Is a little hot better than a broken ankle???   

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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2016, 12:30:19 pm »
I wore touring boots for years. Now I wear Forma Adventures.

I wish I would have had them on when the idjut pulled out in front of me. I may have had less hardware in my ankles.

Fit American and wider feet really well, Walking comfort and no break in. I might consider their Terra also as it has a welted sole that can be replaced.  THey look bulky but are comfy and protective...and no more zippers. They make a low version as well.



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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2016, 01:26:49 pm »
I've got the tan Forma Adventures for my ADV riding - but just wear what are commonly called SWAT boots for the Connie.  Yes, they're lace-up.  And yes, that's a PITA when you're in a hurry either taking them off or putting them on.  But, they're all-day comfortable, well vented (not at all waterproof) and provide great support.  And, I think they were $65 or so at the factory outlet stores nearby.
As for the Formas - they run true to size (for me at least - 11.5).
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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2016, 03:42:59 pm »
Much thanks folks. Looks like favorite boots are much like oil, religion, tires, and politics; everyone has an opinion.  :-)

Because I've had really good luck with the Oxtar/TCX brand boots, decided to go with them again and ordered a set of their TCX X-Five WP Boots from M/C Superstore. The last pair lasted me 15 years (or more). I wore them in my commute to work every day, swapping them out for “street” shoes, then sticking them back on for my commute back home. They were also my normal riding boots that probably saw a number of trips cross country to places as far away as Duluth and MT. My dual sport boots are the Oxtar Infinity and they've definitely saved my (ankle/shin) bacon during a number of nasty git-offs.

Anyway, thank you again and will let ya'll know my opinion on this latest OTX version.
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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2016, 04:33:02 pm »
I hope the OP doesn't mind me piggybacking on his thread, but I have the same question since my old boots are well beyond shot.  does anyone have any experience with these tourmasters, particularly regarding waterproof ability?  I'm a bit concerned since it's Hypora rather than gore tex.  I have a pair of hypora gloves that are worthless for rain use.

http://www.leatherup.com/p/Mens-Tourmaster-Street-Boots/Tourmaster-Solution-2.0-WP-Mens-Road-Boots/187735.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&scid=scplp14447928&gclid=CPKsw9Ke-MwCFUwvgQoda1wFvQ

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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2016, 06:20:25 pm »
I hope the OP doesn't mind me piggybacking on his thread, but I have the same question since my old boots are well beyond shot.  does anyone have any experience with these tourmasters, particularly regarding waterproof ability?  I'm a bit concerned since it's Hypora rather than gore tex.  I have a pair of hypora gloves that are worthless for rain use.

http://www.leatherup.com/p/Mens-Tourmaster-Street-Boots/Tourmaster-Solution-2.0-WP-Mens-Road-Boots/187735.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&scid=scplp14447928&gclid=CPKsw9Ke-MwCFUwvgQoda1wFvQ


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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2016, 12:35:23 am »


How do they run on sizes?

True to size. Fit American feet well. I have had bicycling shoes and motorcycle boots from European and American manufacturers with varying success fitting. These fit the same as a New Balance or Asics athletic shoe. Toebox is ample and seems to be sized with that ample forefoot width most of us 'mericans seem to desire.


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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2016, 02:21:36 am »
SIDI All Road Gore-Tex...amazing!

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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2016, 01:17:45 pm »
sport rider, i can answer that about the tourmasters, they are waterproof, Ive had 2 pair.  I would still be using them but the soles are thin and wore thru.  they are good waterproof riding boots but do not hold up to everyday use off bike, on bike i prolly put 50k on each pair thru some terrific thunderstorms and they always kept my feet dry.  if you have a 2e wide foot as i do,  go for the wide version.

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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2016, 03:30:43 pm »
+1

I've got the TourMasters and have ridden in the rain a few times and stayed dry, including this morning on the way to work.  They are fairly comfy for walking around in also, but I usually switch to other footwear to save the bike boots for biking.
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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2016, 12:00:40 pm »
+1

I've got the TourMasters and have ridden in the rain a few times and stayed dry, including this morning on the way to work.  They are fairly comfy for walking around in also, but I usually switch to other footwear to save the bike boots for biking.

That's what I did too, but occasionally left them on at work. There, they saw plenty of treks out to the Production floor. Very comfortable walking, which is one of the reasons I liked them (Oxtar/TCX) and hoping this new pair provides the same comfort and longevity.
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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2016, 06:32:57 pm »
I hope the OP doesn't mind me piggybacking on his thread, but I have the same question since my old boots are well beyond shot.  does anyone have any experience with these tourmasters, particularly regarding waterproof ability?  I'm a bit concerned since it's Hypora rather than gore tex.  I have a pair of hypora gloves that are worthless for rain use.

http://www.leatherup.com/p/Mens-Tourmaster-Street-Boots/Tourmaster-Solution-2.0-WP-Mens-Road-Boots/187735.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&scid=scplp14447928&gclid=CPKsw9Ke-MwCFUwvgQoda1wFvQ


don't fear the Hypora material, when installed in good boots, they should be waterproof for many years...
I have a pair of M2R boots I got from Iron Poney 13 years ago, that finally gave out, the leather was nally splitting, but man, that's a good lifespan for a boot that cost me $70
I liked them so much, witghin the first couple months I bought an identical pair, because the product line was being closed out...
bummer part is, now with the "new" stored for 13 years boots... they fit tighter than the first ones did, because I did stretch them over the years I guess...
I just have to put the new ones on, and spend the day walking in the river and fishing..... then they should be fine... :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :beerchug:

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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #20 on: May 30, 2016, 12:02:58 am »
Thanks mob.  For what it's worth, my favorite way to break in boots is to get them soaking wet and wear them until dry.  Done that to several pair of hiking boots that carried me lots of miles. 
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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2016, 05:31:51 pm »

Just what I've been looking for...Found them on Amazon.de (I'm in Europe) at a slightly better price.  Should be here by next week....
BTW, the same site you pointed out has the TCX boots with goretex in ladies sizes (very limited sizes) at a closeout price.  I picked up a pair for the wife and she loves them.
:great:

Got mine(X-Five plus Goretex) today.  Fit great right out of the box.  Paid 219 euro....(about $244).  My wife's was $59 (Newenough.com).   :)


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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2016, 07:01:09 pm »
BMW allround boots have been excellent for me in all weather for 25K miles so far.

At the time I was unable to get tourmaster as they were constantly on b/o.

Girl in Kaw dealer recommended the allround. I have not been sorry despite the cost being about 1 1/2 times the tourmaster.
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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #23 on: June 01, 2016, 11:42:13 am »

Just what I've been looking for...Found them on Amazon.de (I'm in Europe) at a slightly better price.  Should be here by next week....
BTW, the same site you pointed out has the TCX boots with goretex in ladies sizes (very limited sizes) at a closeout price.  I picked up a pair for the wife and she loves them.
:great:

Got mine(X-Five plus Goretex) today.  Fit great right out of the box.  Paid 219 euro....(about $244).  My wife's was $59 (Newenough.com).   :)

Mine came in too from M/C Superstore...... about the same price in $$ with free shipping. Also fit fine right out of the box, but will go through the break-in routine to limber them up and "custom form" them to my feet.  :-)
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Re: Time for a new pair of boots
« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2016, 10:15:51 pm »
If you still have the old boots I could use the toe slider screws....
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