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    Boots

    I'm in the market for a new pair of riding boots and am considering the BMW Contour/Plus. Any positive/negative feedback? Other "possibles" I should consider? Great forum!

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    i've got oxtar gore-tex boots, and i like them. i think they are the 'matrix' line. one con is that they don't "blend in" with dress pants, but theyve got a good fit, and when i'm on the bike, i feel good with the armor they have. theyre fine strolling around in between rides, and i've worn them for 2-3 days in a row, all day, and didnt have a strong urge to remove them. also, theyve got a flexy shin area, so you can tuck pants in, or not, depending on your mood.

    theyre rain tested, and they work. of course, i didnt have proper rain pants on, so water leaked in from the top. but my toes and soles were the last to get moist.

    my riding gear is chosen more for its performance on the bike than off the bike. i took a hospital co-pay and bought a spare pair of shoes that i keep at work and change into when i ride to work. beats having the wrong footwear should i faceplant while commuting.

    YMMV.

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    Thumbs up Contour boots

    I have the BMW Contour boots and am very happy with them. Very comfortable, the traction is great and they have proven to be completely waterproof. I would buy them again.

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    Thumbs up

    Leave it an airhead rider to suggest this, but three years ago I went to a sporting goods/outdoor shop and got a pair of Hitec Magnum tactical/combat-style hikers for $92. Very lightweight, very durable, comfy to walk all day in, and waterproof enough to stand in water and not feel a drop unless the waves lap over the top of them (yes I've done this). Four-season breathable insulated too. I recently got sick of all the lacing and unlacing though, so I went to the local uniform shop and picked up a pair of Thoroughgood Lace-to-zipper conversions for $15. Now these already excellent boots are really quick and easy to get on and off, which is great since my Belstaff pants are a royal pain in the keister to get on or off over boots even with the flare-zippers.
    I sure hope I can get another pair of these when they wear out.
    Oh, and they look SMASHING with a UtiliKilt too!
    2012 R1200GS

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    I am riding with a pair of Combat Touring Boots from Aerostich. Good
    coverage (calf high), water-proof and comfy to walk in.

    Whoops. Should add that they are made by Sidi and resemble a
    leather MX boot.

    Ian

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    SiDi On-Road Sympatex Boots

    I love these boots. I commute 365 in Seattle. Water proof is a must. These boots are flexible & really keep the rain Out.

    Check out the reviews at the links below.



    http://www.motorcyclegearreview.com/...php?prodID=353

    http://www.motorcycle.com/mo/mcbeware/sympatex.html

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    I have also been very happy with the Sidi On Road Sympatex. I have used them one season, about 25,000 km.

    Pros: comfortable, waterproof, enough heel to wear off bike, reasonable protection.

    Cons: can be warm in hot temperatures, a little expensive.
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    I had the Sidi On Roads, they were comfy & dry. Just replaced them with the Oxtar Matrix, very comfy, haven't tested for water proof, but they have a Goretex liner, and appear identical to the BMW Contour.
    Get them at Newenough.com for $139!
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    I've been using the Contour Plus since July. On the plus side they offer great protection (reinforcement in all the right places) and are "easy on/easy off." I like the speed lacing feature a lot. Soles offer good traction when putting your feet down and good support when walking around. Haven't ridden in enough rain to comment on the waterproofing, but I have every reason to believe it's superior.

    On the down side the presence of the velcro closures on the inside of the leg can take some adjustment. After putting my feet down I have, on ocassion, "snagged" the pegs on the closure flap that's on the inside of the legs. Although it only causes a momentary hitch, it could be enough to make you want to lift or otherwise move your foot earlier than you might want to. If I were buying boots again, I'd only consider models that did not have any sort of flap on the inside of the rider's legs.

    My riding buddy has a pair of the high top Sidi boots referred to in earier posts and he really likes them. I believe they are about the same price as the Contour Plus.

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    Wide Feet, Waterproof

    While we're on the subject of boots, does anyone have a recommendation for those of us with wide feet? I have tried many brands at vendor booths, and most boots are too narrow for me (E width shoe). I tried the BMW top of the line goretex boot and they were wide enough, but at $300 a bit pricey for me.

    A humorous aside... the BMW dealer where I tried on the boots (who shall remain anonymous) pointed to the Gore Tex logo and said "This is worth $100", then pointed to the BMW Roundel and said "This is worth $100, and the boots are $100 , total $300".

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    What makes them worth $300 may be that they are the only ones you can find that will fit.


    Quote Originally Posted by GS Tom
    I tried the BMW top of the line goretex boot and they were wide enough, but at $300 a bit pricey for me.

    A humorous aside... the BMW dealer where I tried on the boots (who shall remain anonymous) pointed to the Gore Tex logo and said "This is worth $100", then pointed to the BMW Roundel and said "This is worth $100, and the boots are $100 , total $300".

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    I have the Oxtar Matrix. The Gore-Tex liner definitely keeps my feet dry. Good flexibility. Good protection. Reasonable price.

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    The Sidi's. I've had mine 2 seasons. Awesome, they hardly got scratched in the wreck.
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    Boots

    I've had the Sidi City boots for 18 months or so and they are great. Dry in rain, comfortable walking boot and not too much of a problem in hot weather, great in cold weather (or as cold as it gets in south Texas).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BouncinBob
    The Sidi's. I've had mine 2 seasons. Awesome, they hardly got scratched in the wreck.
    I opted for the Oxtars because of the ankle armor. The Sidi's wore 90% through the leather during my "test incident"
    The heel - sole configuration on the Sidi boot allows more room under the shifter. The molded sole on the Oxtar does not have as deep a step in the arch area, had to modify the shifter to gain a bit more clearence.
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