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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-09-2006, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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Looking for advice on boots.

I've been looking around for some riding boots. I'm not too sure what to get though. I've looked at Sidi and Alpinestar. My plan this year is to do a Intro track day and if it is something that I like then go more. I also plan to wear them when riding on the street.

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How do they fit, size wise? Do they run small?

Should I look at the race stye ones or for instance are the B-One's by Sidi ok to use?

What other features should I consider when buying boots?
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as in everything, your mileage may vary.

I love my sidi race verts. They're awesome on the bike. The suck walking around for more than 10 minutes. good ankle movement, no breakin needed, sizing seemed average, and they hold up fantastic in crashes while providing tons of protection.
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I like my Sidi Vertigo Air and use them on the track and street.

They are plenty comfortable to walk around in and the size was right inline with what there charts say.

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Even the non-braced are good!
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Since its the intro day, I would just buy a set of those Nitro Techsport Boots discussed earlier this week...Inexpensive boots They are only 109 bucks, and if you really like the track, buy some nice SIDI's later and use the Nitros for street as they are easier to walk around in.

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Newenough also has some closeouts right now on Oxtar boots since they are switching suppliers:
http://www.newenough.com/product_group_boots_oxtar.htm

Or you can ger last year's Sidi Race Verts for a good price:
http://www.newenough.com/sidi_verteb...boots_page.htm

One note, although the Oxtar EVO Ti are an excellent choice, you typically can't use those Titanium toe sliders on trackdays; can create distracting sparks.

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dunno about brands...but newenough.com is dumping their Oxtar boots at cheapo prices...


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I've been looking around for some riding boots. I'm not too sure what to get though. I've looked at Sidi and Alpinestar. My plan this year is to do a Intro track day and if it is something that I like then go more. I also plan to wear them when riding on the street.

Questions:

How do they fit, size wise? Do they run small?

Should I look at the race stye ones or for instance are the B-One's by Sidi ok to use?

What other features should I consider when buying boots?

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Newenough also has some closeouts right now on Oxtar boots since they are switching suppliers:
http://www.newenough.com/product_group_boots_oxtar.htm

Or you can ger last year's Sidi Race Verts for a good price:
http://www.newenough.com/sidi_verteb...boots_page.htm

One note, although the Oxtar EVO Ti are an excellent choice, you typically can't use those Titanium toe sliders on trackdays; can create distracting sparks.

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If you got the cash, go for the best : Sidi Vertigo Corsa



If you want some good boots at a good price ... check these out:

Diadora Evolution - Closeout $120

http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/d...UCT_ID=50-7157



or the Oxtar TCS or Gaerne Shockwave both closing out at $130.00

http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=50-7201


http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/d...UCT_ID=OX-2015

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The boots already have the features you want (armor/reinforced areas where you need them). More money=more armor. Even if you went with a "touring" boot, they too have armor in the right spots, you just cannot see it. Race boots tend to have c/f and hard armor where you can see it, I call it the bling-o-meter.

I have bought boots that are the same size as the rest of my shoes, and they have all fit well. G'luck!
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Since we are posting left turn leaned over pics....
I have the Oxtar Evo Ti. They provide excellent protection and are a nice alternative to Sidi, A*. In fact, I like their road race boots so much, I picked up a pair of their boots for OffRoad.
Shadrach - I have never had a problem with the Ti sliders at a trackday event. No one has ever said anything about them. Also, if you are regularly dragging your toes on the ground, you may want to check your riding posture, buy some aftermarket rearsets, hang off the bike more, etc. etc. try racing instead of trackdays
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Argh, New enough doesn't have any Oxtar Evo Ti left in my size

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just ordered the Nitro Techsport boots......should have it by Monday....will post a review then
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How do they fit, size wise? Do they run small?

Should I look at the race stye ones or for instance are the B-One's by Sidi ok to use?
Some fit very strangely, and you should try them on (i.e. versus going the mail-order route). Even that doesn't always work. I tried some on once (may have been Sidi), and wore them for a week before deciding they hurt my feet like hell. Thank you, eBay.

If you need something that will primarily be used for street riding, I swear by the AGVSport Touring Boot. They retail around for $117. I'm on my second set. What I like about them is that they're comfortable enough to walk around in. I'm not a track day guy so I don't know if they would meet the requirements for that.

http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...t--503444.html

note: this is not the same thing as the "AGV Sport Touring Boot"

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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-09-2006, 10:16 PM
 
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Even for the street I would use a boot that has more ankle protection/ bracing. I have the Sidi Race and they are a wonderful boot for riding. Not great for walking around. Depends if you want the best boot for riding or a boot you can walk around the bar in as well. The A* are the other boot I would look at if I needed a new pair. The S-MX Plus are nice.
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I've got two pair, the A* GPS3's, which are not very aggressive but are good for all day walking comfort...i use them when i know i'll be on my feet a lot...i've also got the Oxtar TCS EVO Ti's (eat it people )...excellent boot and i got them for the newenough closeout of $200.

Basically, if your not going to be doing a lot of aggressive riding, i would say start with a tweener like the B-One, or the B-Two (i think that came out)...i believe the B-One is on closeout at newenough.com.

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I too have Sidi's and they seem like great boots, but like everyone says, they suck when you are walking or standing around.

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