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    New Boots

    I plan on upgrading my touring boots this Spring and am looking at the Vendramini Marathon, REV'IT! Rival, TCX X-5 and Sidi Canyon.

    I've been using Prexport's 360WP for the last four years and have been extremely satisfied with their fit and feel, waterproofing and breathability. Their only downside being rather thin velcro tab closures that have, over time, become a bit dogeared.

    What do you like or use and why?

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    If you're looking at the Vendramini Marathons, the TCX Infinity is more comparable than the X-5.

    I have a pair (when TCX was Oxtar) and they extremely well-built, warm in cold weather, 100% waterproof, but breath well when it's warm. Best boots I've ever had.
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    Sidi. Take a look at the On Roads. I bought the Canyons and sold them to buy the On Roads.

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    U.S. Army issue Combat Boots. (the all leather type) great comfort and great protection. Price is very good at any Army/Navy store. why pay hundreds of dollars for less boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 32232 View Post
    If you're looking at the Vendramini Marathons, the TCX Infinity is more comparable than the X-5.

    I have a pair (when TCX was Oxtar) and they extremely well-built, warm in cold weather, 100% waterproof, but breath well when it's warm. Best boots I've ever had.
    That's a strong endorsement, Dave! Thanks for your suggestion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coalminer View Post
    Sidi. Take a look at the On Roads. I bought the Canyons and sold them to buy the On Roads.
    I will, coalminer. Thanks for the info.

    Quote Originally Posted by kgadley01 View Post
    U.S. Army issue Combat Boots. (the all leather type) great comfort and great protection. Price is very good at any Army/Navy store. why pay hundreds of dollars for less boot.
    Something worth considering, kgadley. I do like the fact that Aerostich has based their main riding boot design on US Army boots and even called them Combat Boots.

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    Sidi Canyon. Good quality. I ride in cold wet conditions often and they have not let me down yet. Easy on and off.
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    For the price range you are looking at I got these BMW Santiago's, and they are very good. I got them because I had Sidi On-Roads and were very good but the way they cut and construct their boot made the toe box too tight and loose on the heel.

    All your choices are excellent

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    I just sold my Sidi Crossfires which I'd bought for the added ankle support after breaking my lower leg last February. They were awesome boots that allowed me to start riding a few months earlier than I could have with regular touring boots.



    Had I not needed the lateral ankle support provided by the Crossfire / MX / Motard style boot the Sidi Discovery would have been another boot I would have liked for my year-round, all-weather commutes and day trips. However, it just didn't have the oomph of the nearly armored Crossfire.



    The only problem with the Crossfires other than the somewhat extra rigid sole was the added girth at the calf area that proved to be too bulky for my lined winter overpants. However, much to my pleasant suprise Sidi introduced a new boot this year called the Adventure rain boot that appears to be a cross between the On Road and Crossfire. I've just ordered a pair from a shop out West (Got a great deal, by the way... PM for contact info) and am anxious to see how they'll compare to the Crossfires.



    The only downside to the Adventure is that the distributor is just about sold out of the entire size range, with one notable exception: Size 42. I'd rather be lucky than good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBeemer View Post
    Sidi Canyon. Good quality. I ride in cold wet conditions often and they have not let me down yet. Easy on and off.
    Quote Originally Posted by Semper_Fi View Post
    For the price range you are looking at I got these BMW Santiago's, and they are very good. I got them because I had Sidi On-Roads and were very good but the way they cut and construct their boot made the toe box too tight and loose on the heel.

    All your choices are excellent[/IMG]
    Thanks for the chime-in Kevin and Luis.
    I remember trying on a pair about 3 years or so ago, but forgot to consider the Santiagos for this go round, Luis. I will definitely give them another look at our local dealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TandemGeek View Post
    However, much to my pleasant suprise Sidi introduced a new boot this year called the Adventure rain boot that appears to be a cross between the On Road and Crossfire. I've just ordered a pair from a shop out West (Got a great deal, by the way... PM for contact info) and am anxious to see how they'll compare to the Crossfires.



    The only downside to the Adventure is that the distributor is just about sold out of the entire size range, with one notable exception: Size 42. I'd rather be lucky than good.
    Wow. Those look pretty batten-down-the-hatches-cool! Thanks for the reco, TandemGeek. I think our local Duc-Triumph dealer has those and I'll definitely try them next time I'm there.

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    Good experience with TCX/Oxtar

    A few months ago I replaced my aging BMW Contours for my winter boots. I really wanted a pair of TCX Infinities, but they're a tall 14" boot, and I have monster calves that were just too big, and the top of the boots just wouldn't go around them. IMHO the Infinities are the best out there for a tall and sturdy enduro boot. In any event, my calves were too big for every 14" boot I looked at, so I was stuck with the more standard 11" to 12" boots. I already owned a pair of TCX (Oxtar when I bought them) Air Tech XCR boots for summer and were happy with them, so I bought a pair of X-Fives. They're both excellent boots. The X-Fives are well made, comfortable out of the box, easy to walk in, decent retention (nothing like the Infinities, of course), and I've ridden through two big rainstorms and my feet stayed dry. They're just a superb all-round boot for a decent price. BTW, I wear a 45 in all my Oxtar/TCX boots.

    I also tried Sidis, but my feet are terminally between their sizes. I tried on a pair of the On Roads and the Canyon Gore Tex, and it was true for both of them: the 45s were too tight, and my feet swam in the 46s. The On Roads, being a tall boot, were also too small around the top of the boot because of my calf size. I really liked look an build quality of both.

    I also wanted to try a pair of Vendramini Marathons. But I had a terrible time trying to communicate with BikerWorldUSA, the sole USA distributor. To make a long story short, I tried calling their toll free number, and nobody answered or called back. I emailed them a number of times and never got a return email. I've heard of other people who had great experience with them, but their failure to respond to me has scared me off. Just my $0.02 based on my experience.

    IMHO REV'IT makes great stuff. I tried on the REV'IT Apaches and they seemed like excellent boots. But I had the same issue with REV'IT as I did with Sidi: the 45s were too tight, and the 46s were way too big. I really liked the boots, though. BTW, I wear a REV'IT Dragon jacket and I like it a lot. I suspect their boots are good, too.

    Good luck, and let us know what you do.

    EDIT: BTW, the BMW Santiagos that somebody mentioned above are identical to the Infinities in every respect except the Sangiago has a outer steel toe. And when I say identical I mean, other than some minor cosmetic differences, they are identical. No question BMW's Santiago is made by TCX. Check out this LINK from ADVrider done a few years ago. It compares the Infinities with the BMW Savannahs, which were the forerunners of the Santiago. Interesting stuff. Also, while I haven't looked at them closely, I suspect that BMW's Allround boot is essentially TCX's X-Five.
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    Thumbs up give em the boot

    I would have to strongly agree with semper fi those santiago's are very comfortable and protective at the same time.Also fit like a glove.I dare any agressive dog to try for one!

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    I have a pair of Alpine Star boots that are very comfortable walking or riding, comfort and good protection is a great combination. I wear 11>11/2 EEE and prefer to try boots on before buying. I bought the Alpine-Stars off the web as the price was 1/2 of retail and the stated size was correct (lucky me). Good socks are just as important for comfort as boots, wear those you ride with when checking to see if the new boots feel comfortable. Ride Safe

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