TW200 Forum banner

1 - 20 of 34 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I'm in the market for some riding boots for my wife. Any suggestions?? Regular motorcycle boots are so stiff. I was thinking about Doc Martins but thought I would throw a shout out and see if any of the ladies have a boot they love.. Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
20,199 Posts
If you want lots of hugs and kisses for Valentines Day you can't go wrong with Italian leather. Gaerne and Forma both make excellent pliable and comfortable non-MX boots right out of the box. Look at their Adventure and Oiled Boot lines. My Forma Adventure boots are among the most comfortable shoes I own.

Here are some booted babes looking happy with their Forma Adventure high models. They are also available in a shorter height....yes , both babes and boots can be shorter.:) 14723745_534378520093180_2801581294297808896_n.jpg forma_0.jpg IMG_8965_1-300x225.jpg
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
4,048 Posts
First: The title of this thread made my mind go places.. lol
Second: Great recommendations there Fred
Third: I just ordered Forma Adventure boots, they are on the way here now.. :)
Forth: When I first started reading Fred's post I had a sinking feeling that I ordered girls boots!
Fifth: looks like maybe I got great boots based on Fred's review (close call, I feel better).
Sixth: Fred has the best pics (first pic) and my mind is drifting again.. :)
Seventh: last pic got me back to reality and has me wondering why I got Italian leather boots!
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
4,048 Posts
Last pic is a guy... ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,865 Posts
+1 on the formas. I have the low which I love but kinda think I should got the high ones for more protection. CG now stocks them.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
20,199 Posts
Reason Number Eight: My favorite endorsement I heard for Forma Adventure boots in brown is : "These are the boots Steve McQueen would have worn" 5702b3f65f68e81ce8b68d3baaa1d35a.jpg f478c89662a98fe3d6e6d0cb25958a91.jpg

Another advantage is the police can't take away your shoe laces when they book you for drunk and disorderly like Steve here in Alaska. 220px-Steve_McQueen.jpg So you will still look cool while awaiting bail.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,931 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
321 Posts
I bought a pair of Forma Boots (tall version) online last November, and they were an excellent fit and felt great with a light wool hiking sock. The calf is also large enough to fit comfortably over my large calves, something my SIDI road boots fall short at. They are not a full mX boot, not nearly as stiff, but still have some small amount of armor.

I haven't put enough miles on them yet to see how they will hold up over time, but this year I plan on taking the TW on some weekender trips through out New England. I'll get to test out a few new purchases then.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
546 Posts
I don't own Forma boots but they are on my list because everyone I know who has them seems to love them.

I can't seem to wear out the Alpinestar Tech 3's that I currently own...I actually like them but they are very stiff and not easy to shift or brake with. I've gotten used to them but I would not recommend them for someone who is still learning to ride because of the difficulty of knowing how to shift and not being able to tell if you are applying pressure to the rear brake. Another reason I would not recommend my Alpinestars is they have very difficult buckles (they may have improved over the years) that break my fingernails unless I use a tool; I use a cute little bottle opener key fob but what a pain.....they leak horribly too....I might be talking myself into a new pair of boots......lol
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
4,048 Posts
Funny that's my exact situation with the alpine starts and why I ordered the Formas!


I don't own Forma boots but they are on my list because everyone I know who has them seems to love them.

I can't seem to wear out the Alpinestar Tech 3's that I currently own...I actually like them but they are very stiff and not easy to shift or brake with. I've gotten used to them but I would not recommend them for someone who is still learning to ride because of the difficulty of knowing how to shift and not being able to tell if you are applying pressure to the rear brake. Another reason I would not recommend my Alpinestars is they have very difficult buckles (they may have improved over the years) that break my fingernails unless I use a tool; I use a cute little bottle opener key fob but what a pain.....they leak horribly too....I might be talking myself into a new pair of boots......lol
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
286 Posts
I don't own Forma boots but they are on my list because everyone I know who has them seems to love them.

I can't seem to wear out the Alpinestar Tech 3's that I currently own...I actually like them but they are very stiff and not easy to shift or brake with. I've gotten used to them but I would not recommend them for someone who is still learning to ride because of the difficulty of knowing how to shift and not being able to tell if you are applying pressure to the rear brake. Another reason I would not recommend my Alpinestars is they have very difficult buckles (they may have improved over the years) that break my fingernails unless I use a tool; I use a cute little bottle opener key fob but what a pain.....they leak horribly too....I might be talking myself into a new pair of boots......lol
I had the tech 3's and they had the worst buckle system ever made. However all you have to do to fix them is take a small round file and file the plastic buckle holder a tiny bit. Then after that, spray each buckle with wd40 silicone lube (has to be the silicone one so you don't attract dirt) and they'll go from being the worst buckle system ever to one of the best.

Just be sure which one you're filing, it's the one that you have to pry the metal buckle out of.

I ended selling my tech 3's and getting tech 7's mainly because of the hinges and low foot toe box. The hinges really work well and allow movement. I thought about getting a more soft more flexible boot, but I know someone who destroyed they're ankle in a freak accident and it's just not worth it. He got his leg stuck between a rock and the peg when laying his bike down at slow speed.

What worries me about the forma adventure boots is the lack of lateral support. When I watched the guy in the video do what he does in the pic below it made me nervous.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
20,199 Posts
Life shall always be a series of minor disappointments as we try to balance conflicting goals. Sure all the Adventure boots out there lack significant protection compared to an MX boot, and all the MX boots out there lack the comfort and tactile feedback of Adventure boots. One just has to decide which unsatisfiable goal one would rather bitch about...Comfort and versatility VS. bullet proof armour.

Personally I got tired of bitching about MX boot's ski-boot like clumsiness every time I stepped off the bike, the ease of tripping, inability to feel the shifter and brake pedal, the need to carry spare shoes if I wanted to get off the bike and do something once I arrived at my destination ( I do more than just ride to be riding, I ride to get somewhere and then un-ass and scamper around trying to have an adventure). Instead now I can bitch about possible risk of injury and disappointment in the boots if I ever do get an ankle injury. In the meantime I will continue to get constant gratification from the Forma's ongoing comfort which is more satisfying than just knowing my feet and ankles are well protected while I fumble around trying to correct the occasional uncommanded inadvertent downshift.

So pick your disappointment and revel in your chosen bitching. If I do get the ankle injury I'll likely beg the Emergency Room nurses to please do not cut off my Formas.:D I do know my abandoning of MX boots was cemented when last time I wore them I stepped back, caught a rock and fell over backwards before my clumsily MX booted foot could regain balance on an uneven surface . My helmeted head hit a rock pretty hard. That near accident retired both my helmet and the boots. Gave boots away, cut off chin strap and deep sixed the helmet.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
13,651 Posts
I'm in the market for some riding boots for my wife. Any suggestions?? Regular motorcycle boots are so stiff. I was thinking about Doc Martins but thought I would throw a shout out and see if any of the ladies have a boot they love.. Thanks

Is she gonna ride off-road? If so it's probably better to be foot protected than it is to walk (see Fred's post). I broke my foot while not wearing the proper protective boot off-road when my foot hit a rock. Since getting my "stiff" off-road boots I've banged my feet many times on rocks only experiencing bruises. No broken footsies thank goodness.

If mostly on road or even tame forest service roads, you'd be fine with what everyone is mentioning.

Good luck!
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
4,048 Posts
Fred, that's exactly why I ordered the Formas. My MX boots were acting like a safety hazard at times. Getting on and off the bigger bike was scary because I couldn't bend my ankle enough to get me toes on the ground. Inadvertent shifts etc. Granted they weren't broken in but still. Time to try another option.



Life shall always be a series of minor disappointments as we try to balance conflicting goals. Sure all the Adventure boots out there lack significant protection compared to an MX boot, and all the MX boots out there lack the comfort and tactile feedback of Adventure boots. One just has to decide which unsatisfiable goal one would rather bitch about...Comfort and versatility VS. bullet proof armour.

Personally I got tired of bitching about MX boot's ski-boot like clumsiness every time I stepped off the bike, the ease of tripping, inability to feel the shifter and brake pedal, the need to carry spare shoes if I wanted to get off the bike and do something once I arrived at my destination ( I do more than just ride to be riding, I ride to get somewhere and then un-ass and scamper around trying to have an adventure). Instead now I can bitch about possible risk of injury and disappointment in the boots if I ever do get an ankle injury. In the meantime I will continue to get constant gratification from the Forma's ongoing comfort which is more satisfying than just knowing my feet and ankles are well protected while I fumble around trying to correct the occasional uncommanded inadvertent downshift.

So pick your disappointment and revel in your chosen bitching. If I do get the ankle injury I'll likely beg the Emergency Room nurses to please do not cut off my Formas.:D I do know my abandoning of MX boots was cemented when last time I wore them I stepped back, caught a rock and fell over backwards before my clumsily MX booted foot could regain balance on an uneven surface . My helmeted head hit a rock pretty hard. That near accident retired both my helmet and the boots. Gave boots away, cut off chin strap and deep sixed the helmet.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
4,048 Posts
When single tracking I always use my MX boots as opposed to my Work boots that took over road duty from the MX boots. The formas will serve that purpose.

Is she gonna ride off-road? If so it's probably better to be foot protected than it is to walk (see Fred's post). I broke my foot while not wearing the proper protective boot off-road when my foot hit a rock. Since getting my "stiff" off-road boots I've banged my feet many times on rocks only experiencing bruises. No broken footsies thank goodness.

If mostly on road or even tame forest service roads, you'd be fine with what everyone is mentioning.

Good luck!
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
4,048 Posts
If you want lots of hugs and kisses for Valentines Day you can't go wrong with Italian leather. Gaerne and Forma both make excellent pliable and comfortable non-MX boots right out of the box. Look at their Adventure and Oiled Boot lines. My Forma Adventure boots are among the most comfortable shoes I own.
Fred: These are the ones I just ordered, they just got here. Are they the ones you have? These seem real comfortable!
IMG_5629.JPG

IMG_5630.JPG

IMG_5631.JPG
 
1 - 20 of 34 Posts
Top