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    Boots for the GS rider?

    I need some new boots. What I want...

    1. Waterproof. I live in the Pacific Northwet.

    2. Armor. It must have ankle and shin armor

    3. a hint of the MX. While it isn't my natural environment, I do get off pavement from time to time. My old BMW gortex boots have too much flex in the sole for standing on the pegs for a long time. Also, while they do offer excellent protection for street riding, they're a bit too soft for off-pavement stuff. This past sunday, for example, I wacked my toe something good when a log got kicked up and hit the front of my very soft boots.

    4. walkable. This will be my touring boot. I'll wear it everywhere.

    5. Under $250 or so. As much as some boots like the Daytona Trans Opens are, I can't afford them.

    6. IF possible: I want something that can be resoled.

    I might see if, with some work, I can rehab the old BMW Gortex boots into something more rugged, but I think they're about done (80k miles, two getoffs).

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    Have you checked out the Aerostitch Combat Touring Boots?

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    Originally posted by boxergrrlie
    Have you checked out the Aerostitch Combat Touring Boots?

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    I've thought about them and they're still on the list. But I prefer something with armor and specifically waterproof - though they are almost so. I hate wet feet.

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    Ever consider insulated steel toed work or hiking boots? They are comfortable to walk in, cooler, and you can waterproof them. The toe is wider than a riding boot, they will drag on an RT, in the curves, but not in your GS. Jon, the Frugal Rider

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    Originally posted by Dark Cloud
    Ever consider insulated steel toed work or hiking boots? They are comfortable to walk in, cooler, and you can waterproof them. The toe is wider than a riding boot, they will drag on an RT, in the curves, but not in your GS. Jon, the Frugal Rider
    I've ridden more than a few miles in hiking boots and know a fair number of riders that swear by them. But having had a getoff or two, I want something with armor in it. Also, steel toed boots give me the heebeejeebies. The idea of the steel toe box getting crunched down on my little piggies....

    I'm looking for something a little more walkable than these...


    but more rugged than these (these need armor)...



    This points me right at these....

    or these...

    But I can't spend $300+ on a pair of boots.

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    I kinda like those plasticky ones BMW is selling now, but I'll probably wind up with a pair of those Daytonas. I think I've got 6 or 7 years on my current Daytonas, so I figure buying them is money well spent.

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    I've been wearing Sidi Vertebra II Tepor's for a couple years on both bikes. They are a great improvement over the Rocket Rhino's I was wearing. They're not really a GS boot, but they work well for me!
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    Hey, Scott - I've got about 20,000 miles on my Combat Touring boots and have found them to be pretty damn waterproof considering they're all leather. If it looks like it'll be wet any time soon I just spend 15 minutes gobbing them up with mink oil and all's well. Part of the equation is what you wear in conjunction with your footgear - my 'stitch helps with water shedding.

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    Originally posted by syeager
    Hey, Scott - I've got about 20,000 miles on my Combat Touring boots and have found them to be pretty damn waterproof considering they're all leather. If it looks like it'll be wet any time soon I just spend 15 minutes gobbing them up with mink oil and all's well. Part of the equation is what you wear in conjunction with your footgear - my 'stitch helps with water shedding.
    Thanks!

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    How about these?



    $275 and they'll match your MPY bike too.
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    I love those things - too bad it'd be another thing for SWMBO to get mad at me over...

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    Originally posted by fish
    How about these?



    $275 and they'll match your MPY bike too.
    would You wear those?

    I'll try them on at some point. If they're a perfect comfy fit, I'll do what I can to ignore their hideousnous. But I can only do so much. Maybe they look better in person?

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    Hideous? I think they're cool! And they say GS! And they're the same color as yer bike! And, and....what's MPY by the way?

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    Originally posted by boxergrrlie
    Hideous? I think they're cool! And they say GS! And they're the same color as yer bike! And, and....what's MPY by the way?

    I'll have to see them in the flesh and on my feet.

    MPY = Monkey Piss Yellow
    That's what more than a few blasphemers call the mandarin yellow.

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    Originally posted by knary
    would You wear those?
    probably not.
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