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    Waterproof Boots

    I need some advice on buying some water proof boots. I just got back from a 3 hour ride in some moderate to heavy rain. My boots filled up water after about the first hour. My boots I have now are the Kilamangero (sp)? style with the zippers on each side. Also the rain pants are first gear, I like them but they dont have boot straps which I think was the biggest problem because they ride up your leg exposing the zippers. Help anyone.

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    Lots of choices out there, I like the Harley Davidson boot (made by Wolverine) called the FXRG or some HD designation. They are lace up, completely waterproof (storm tested for hours) and a really good hike boot too when you get where you are going, and will pass as acceptable when worn with casual pants if camping/traveling etc. They are a mid-calf boot and have waterproof tongue all the way to the top.

    The recent AMA mag had a good comparison of various types, and their are an abundance. Good luck with your choice.

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    I've had good luck with Sidi Sympatex boots. If you like pull on type(no zippers to leak) here is a good SALE .

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBXGS
    I need some advice on buying some water proof boots.
    I've never bothered with motorcycle boots in my over 30 years of riding. They're just too limiting in their use.

    Be it on my day rides or month long tours, I use heavy duty hiking boots; presently something like an ASOLO TPS 520 GV (Gore-Tex) .

    I can ride in them, walk very comfortably in them, hike in them and not look like a motorcyclist in them. If I'm going to pay motorcycle boot prices, I might as well be able to use them for everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider
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    Be it on my day rides or month long tours, I use heavy duty hiking boots; presently something like an ASOLO TPS 520 GV (Gore-Tex).

    I can ride in them, walk very comfortably in them, hike in them and not look like a motorcyclist in them. If I'm going to pay motorcycle boot prices, I might as well me able to use them for everything.
    Thanks for the info. Those are nice looking boots and I like the idea of getting a boot that can be multi-purpose.

    I can probably convince my wife I need new hiking boots easier than needing new riding boots. She has an aversion to me spending money...'just on the bike'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlobalRider
    They're just too limiting in their use.
    Too limiting? You haven't tried good boots! Or modern boots... they've come a long way in 30 years

    I wear mine everywhere! They are very comfortable, light, breath, yet are waterproof with a gore-tex liner. I went through two pair of BMW boots. They are very nice, but since they dropped the ankle protector (which was very important in an accident I had) I've since switched to the Oxtar Matrix boots (who makes the BMW boots to start with). They are a little more stiff to start with, just as waterproof, and have ankle protectors I highly recommend them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by userw5
    Those are nice looking boots and I like the idea of getting a boot that can be multi-purpose.
    Your riding pants will have to be long enough to overlap the boot though for them to be waterproof. My two-piece Aerostich with ellipse has the bottom of my pant leg cover my ASOLO boot adequately to remain dry in all but torrential rain conditions. I wear nylon rain overboots then.

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    I used to ride in a hiking boot, but found the size of the sole to be a bit much. Last summer I got a pair of cheep Prexport boots and I like them, except in hot weather- then they get really warm and stuffy. But they are waterproof right up to the tops- I verified this by standing in a lake for about 20 minutes. I haven't hiked or done really extensive walking in them, but they seem OK for general off-bike purposes.
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    I've had a pair of Alpinestars Web Gortex boots for four seasons and like them very much. They're comfortable (on and off the bike), and definitely fully waterproof, even in a downpour. They have a side zipper and velcro closures. I like them so much that I recently bought another pair (on sale) for the day when my current pair wears out.
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    Oxtar

    I use Oxtar Matrix- they're comfortable, completely waterproof (survived 300 miles of rain leaving the national), but look like a motorcycle boot.

    Motorcycle boots are made with a purpose- armor in the ankles, extra padding in the shin, soles that grip, etc. You can substitute other footwear, but it may not be the best protection for riding.

    Google a motorcycle boot comparison and you will find many alternatives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcopolo
    I've had a pair of Alpinestars Web Gortex boots for four seasons and like them very much. They're comfortable (on and off the bike), and definitely fully waterproof, even in a downpour.
    I second the Alpinestat Web boots. They kept me dry in a four hour downpour in September and they are quite comfy.

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    I use Danner Ft. Lewis boots. They are comfortable, completely waterproof and good for walking around in at the end of the ride. They lace up so don't consider them if you ride a chain or belt driven bike.
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    I've been wearing the Danner Striker GTX boots for over a year now. Goretex, waterproof and are as comfortable as any sneakers I own. Great for walking and have never leaked. Pain in the ass to lace up but you only have to put them on in the morning and you won't need to take them off til you go to bed. Bought them at Bass Pro Shops. Obviously not all the protection of true motorcycle boots but a damn good compromise IMHO.

    http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catal...rTarget=browse
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoeman
    They lace up so don't consider them if you ride a chain or belt driven bike.

    Or just learn how to tie your laces before you ride with them...lol

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    I vote for Cruiser Works boots. I use the side zip which is easy on/off. I have been in bad riding rain and walked in 4" puddles to test and have never been wet.

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