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    doctor marten boots here. started as 10 eyes. cut off 2 eyelets and made a chucka boot. Comfy on and off the bike.

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    Bought a pair of Marathon boots a year ago, expensive and after many miles in all types of weather conditions, worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessler View Post
    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.
    The same Prexports were my favorites - to the point that I had 3 pairs of them at one time. They are now relegated to snow-blowing duty once the waterproofness left (they were very good keeping water IN - I would end up with about 1/2" of water inside the boot after a day riding in heavy rain.) The problem now with Prexport - they apparently don't make the street models anymore, and no one is importing them into the US.

    What do you like or use and why?
    I went to BMW's All-Round boots, and have been quite happy with them.

    Fit is similar to the Prexport, but I'd suggest trying them on before purchase. Price is less than many other "name" brand boots, and was way less since I had a gift certificate from the dealer to use when I bought them. Good traction, have been totally waterproof, easy to slide my feet into - nothing really to complain about except the zipper is occasionally a bit sticky (been meaning to lube it..) I've worn them in temps from about 95F down to 32F and been comfortable. They also (as were the Prexports) are comfortable to walk in, although they did take a few days of break-in which the Prexports never did.

    Might be worth checking out a pair at a dealer..
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    Combat Boots

    I think very highly of my Aerostich Combat Boots, but then again before that I wore Red Wing Steel Toe work boots, and thought those were great too.

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    You might consider Cruiserboots. They are waterproof, comfortable, come in several styles, and in my opinion, reasonably priced.

    I've owned a pair for the past 7 - 8 years and they still repel water and look good. They also have ankle protection and a crush resistant toe along with, I think, a steel shank. The boots can also be resoled.
    Art Snyder

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    Quote Originally Posted by criminaldesign View Post
    doctor marten boots here. started as 10 eyes. cut off 2 eyelets and made a chucka boot. Comfy on and off the bike.
    Today's doc Martens are NOT the real DM's any more. All made in China....

    JUNK!
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    I have the Sidi Adventures.

    They run a bit small to your normal Euro size in length but moreso in width of the toe box. I wear a 45 but ended up with 47's to get a good fit.

    Keep that in mind.

    KILLER boot though.
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    Adventure's Arrived... Nice.

    Well, my Sidi Adventures arrived last night and they're pretty nice, as expected. I was actually surprised at how less substantial they were compared to the Crossfire's I just sold. However, at least for my purposes -- a waterproof, robust year-round commuter boot with lots of lateral ankle support -- they're pretty much right on target.



    I didn't check before buying them, but they're about 1/2 the weight of the Crossfire and a few inches shorter in height, so far more street / touring friendly when it comes to walking around. However, I will confess that I do miss the uncompromised safety that the Crossfire provided to my broken ankle last year. In some respects, I should have probably kept the Crossfires "just in case". However, that said, the Adventures will be a much more practical boot for me in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TandemGeek View Post
    Well, my Sidi Adventures arrived last night and they're pretty nice, as expected. I was actually surprised at how less substantial they were compared to the Crossfire's I just sold. However, at least for my purposes -- a waterproof, robust year-round commuter boot with lots of lateral ankle support -- they're pretty much right on target.



    I didn't check before buying them, but they're about 1/2 the weight of the Crossfire and a few inches shorter in height, so far more street / touring friendly when it comes to walking around. However, I will confess that I do miss the uncompromised safety that the Crossfire provided to my broken ankle last year. In some respects, I should have probably kept the Crossfires "just in case". However, that said, the Adventures will be a much more practical boot for me in the long run.
    That's a smart-looking boot, TandemGeek! Congrats and thanks for the review.

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    I have found that my Sidi Escapes to be my favorite boot so far, although they are not a full on boot, more like a half boot.

    I do have a pair of BMW Santiago boots that I bought way back when I purchased the RT (3 yrs). I am embarrassed when asked what I paid for them and quite honestly I feel like Frankenstein's monster when I wear them. Very difficult to get my toe under the shifter. I think in total I have worn them 3 times and now they have taken up permanent residence in their box.

    My Escapes are very comfortable but would provide no protection to my lower legs if I was to go down.
    This has been an informative read for me and will be referenced if I do decide to go to a full boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonTDI View Post
    Today's doc Martens are NOT the real DM's any more. All made in China....

    JUNK!
    Just a boot, dude...

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    Bought new boots today, after taking some notes from this thread - BMW All-Arounds.

    I did have the good sense to take my riding socks and also my leather pants with me, just to make sure they would fit under the boot tops.

    I think the top two priorities with boots or any other riding gear have to be "fit and comfort," which is the reason I don't buy on the Web. (You can then prioritize cost, features, protection, style, etc.)

    The two boots locally available which were about what I wanted were the Alpinstar Goretex and the BMW All-Round, which also has Goretex. Similar boots, similar price, and both available in my size at the local BMW shop. Put on my socks and pants and walked around the store. No question that the BMW boots fit my feet better - which of course does not mean they would fit your feet better!

    Deilenberger's comments that the BMW All-Arounds were "totally waterproof and comfortable from 32F to 95F" cinched the deal.

    I get the point of buying heavy leather boots which require a lot of "breaking in" if you are fairly young. I still have a pair of heavy hiking boots which are on their third set of soles and, with a few other repairs over the years, still serviceable now when I cut firewood. Had them about 40 years, which brings a smile to my face when I put them on. Don't have that time for new motorcycle boots.

    Hope this adds something to the discussion.
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    From what I'm reading here, there are lot's of good choices out there, so it will come down to personal preference as to styling and comfort for your own two feet.

    I have the Sidi Canyons and can give them a thumbs-up. They are definitely waterproof, without smothering your feet, a problem with some waterproof footwear. I have driven through torrential rains with them, worn them all day long at rallies, ridden in temps from the 20's to the 90's and I'm still happy with them...

    Having said that, The Santiago is looking pretty good to me too.

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    Cruiserwerks

    You may wish to consider Cruiserworks boots. They have several styles. All are waterproofed as part of the leather finishing process and have protective toe caps and ankle protection.

    I've had mine for about 8 years, they still look good and are still waterproof.

    Another option is Cabella's gortex boots.

    Hope this helps.

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    Another vote for BMW All-Around Boots. Waterproof, comfortable to walk in, not too hot, over ~15,000 miles in them.
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