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JollyRoger
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:27 pm    Post subject: Boots? Reply with quote

What is the preferred style of boots for the backroads? Touring, mx, work boots?
I've been wearing my leather steel toed work boots but I am having to upshift with the edge of the sole.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jolly,

I have ridden wearing all of the above.

Currently wearing MX boots and they are fat, heavy and stiff. Shifting has become an art with them on.

My last pair were touring boots combined with shin and knee guards. That was more comfy but the soles on the touring boots are to weak for a day full of standing on the pegs.

What ever you get, make sure your shins and knees have coverage.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with will about the knee and shin guards. I like my Fox Shorty Boots.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies, guys.
So you wear knee/shin guards for riding gravel roads? That would solve a problem for me since I can't find riding pants in 40 toddler sizes.
The little KLR has tiny footpegs and shift lever. It is hard to get a boot in there for upshifts.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wear my guards all the time when riding offroad, if I don't I feel naked without them now. I'm about 50/50 when going for a lazy ride on the KLR. What's nice about the short boots is they're comfortable when off the bike, but when you stand they have a nice hard sole.
You can look on ebay for some cheap wider footpegs. Look for an extended shifter as well. Makes a big different when you have big feet.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate the help.
I liked the Fox shorty boots but it seems they are discontinued.
I got a pair of AXO Slammers which were advertised as a dual sport boot. I think I am going to like them. The toe section is nowhere near as thick as my steel toed boots and last weekend I adjusted the shift lever up so I think shifting should be fine. I also picked up some knee/shin guards. Hopefully, they will see action this weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool! You probably won't like them at first, but after a few rides you most likely will. Going back into your work boots will feel like you're wearing tennis shoes.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When it comes to dualsporting, I've geared-up in this fashion ....

Steel-toed high lace up logging boots. I smacked a boulder hard once dabbing a toe to keeping from going down. The steel prevented five broken toes, though they hurt like hell for days afterwards!

Shin guards and knee guards a must ...

Why logger boots? I may have to walk out of the boonies ...

mc .. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Boots? Reply with quote

JollyRoger wrote:
What is the preferred style of boots for the backroads? Touring, mx, work boots?


I bought a pair of O'Neal Rider boots:

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/oneal-rider-boot

I found them to be reasonably water proof, great shin protection - they come up almost to my knee, and I'm 6' tall.

They're very sturdy, but not flexible at all - so the ankle protection is EXCELLENT but I find that I have to upshift by pulling up on the shifter with the heel of my boot. I simply can't get the toe of the boot under the shifter lever at all.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the AXO boots accomplished what I wanted.

Shifting is pretty easy. The boot fits under the lever fine, there just isn't much feel so sometimes I don't know if I actually shifted until I let the clutch out.

The boot is very rigid so I feel pretty good about the ankle/foot not getting twisted.

Downside, I sure wouldn't want to walk a long distance in these.

I got the Thor knee/shin guards and they are pretty comfortable and give some peace of mind. I was riding on a very rough, rocky single track and was very happy to have some knee protection in case of a fall.
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