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Well, maybe not goodbye as in pulling a band-aid off too quickly. But my MC boots and helmet have put in exceptional service and it's time for them to move on.
At least as all-around everyday and every kind of riding gear items.

The helmet is an HJC that I bought 11 years ago. I have several helmets but this is my only full-face and it was quite expensive at the time, about $450.00-$500.00.
Used to be rule of thumb that after 7 years you should retire a helmet. Now I understand it's something like 4 years? With replaceable shields and even innards/padding I've kept this baby going on-and-on.

I read some of the recommendations here and on a few other forums. I also like Bell in particular and the helmet I choose was the MX-9 Adventure MIPS. There was a wide range of prices that were confusing because the MX-9 was already critiqued in several threads and forums. The newest model has the MIPS system and for a few bucks more I'll take advantage of anything that might give me an edge with a head injury. Revzilla has a good video explanation of it, usually found on much more expensive helmets.

I have not worn it yet, this is primarily for trail and off-road but you do have the option of removing the top brim to use it as a regular street helmet.
Not sure about that because it's very "Imperial Storm Trooper" look'in. But I'll be using it this coming weekend down in Maryland. Very nice fit to form. I ordered 1 size more than you need based on recommendations or you'll get Chipmonk cheeks and maybe a headache. After trying it on this was very good advice, fits perfect without being loose at all.





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HJC: 11 years old, close to the end.
Redwing Boots: 24 years old and many more to go. But looking sad right now (more on that later).



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HaHaHa. Good one!
 

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The MX9 Adventure with MIPS will probably be my next helmet too.
 

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The MX9 Adventure with MIPS will probably be my next helmet too.
You know the amazing thing is that I was looking at buying the original MX9 because that was what all the recommendations were based on but even on Amazon it was listed at several vendors as being "obsolete". That was what was confusing. I did find one (1) in my size for as little as $54.00 which was incredibly surprising since they were $200+ a year ago. I didn't even know what MIPS was until I did more research. Truthfully I was more concerned with being able to get "parts" for the older and now obsolete MX9.

MIPS is not specific to Bell Helmet, many manufactures are offering it so you are not limited to just that brand if you have a difference preference.
 

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I bought the exact same helmet and like it. The only thing that I would change would be closeable air vents for when the weather is cooler...... I believe that you get a lot of bang for your $$$$ with this one.....:)
 

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So... for the new boots I'll have to say something about my present boots. First off they are just plain old Red Wings. They have been to hell and back over the years. Got them from way back in my Harley days and they are built like a tank. But using them more and more off-road they don't always come back to life the same way without tender-loving care. That includes washing, letting them dry and then a generous amount of leather conditioner so my feet can re-streach them to the original size.
Last week on Monday I was riding in the Pine Barrens so the boots got soaked and covered with mud. On Sunday I did a 150 mile Poker Run on one of my street bikes and the boots had not only shrunk, but something was laying on top of them as they dried. There was a "dent" towards the front toe that even after 8 hours of riding never returned to its original shape. Pain in my right toe. Probably have to do the whole water ballon and boot in the freezer trick this time.

I had to get something specific or at least more useful for off-street. Was close to getting some MX boots but seemed too die-hard, at least for me. Came across the "Forma Adventure" which I could wear in both environments if I wanted to. They actually came via UPS last evening but I didn't get to open the box yet to check them out and try them on.

Old reliable(s). Without anything being hi-tech or fancy, these Red Wings will probably last longer than I will. I'll have to do a bit of work to bring them "back" once again.
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Just the picture from Amazon's site. About $275.00. Lots of positive comments. Come in black and brown. I went with the brown. I wear a 12 so ordered 13's. I ride all Winter so wanted to make sure there was going to be enough room for heavy socks. They don't seem to come in half-sizes so I hope the jump from 12 to 13 is not too much? Certainly don't want them to be loose either.
Buying boots or shoes on-line is such a crap-shoot.
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Man, those red wings look SO comfortable. Kind of makes my insides warm seeing such a well used pair. After watching my father go through 2 pairs in 20 years, I bit the bullet and bought a pair. They only lasted a year before I had to have them repaired, but they were incredibly comfortable when they were finally worn in. After the second year I couldnt stomach the repair cost again. Id like to say their quality has gone downhill since my dad's day, but in reality it probably is mostly due to my lack of care..

I switched up to the Gaerne trials boot. 3 years in and they are holding up well so far. Insanely comfortable, and awesome feel/control, even though they dont protect much.
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I've had really good luck buying gear with Revzilla. It's been a while since I ordered anything, but they used to have an amazing return policy and, they always covered the extra shipping costs which was a huge bonus. I dont know if its because I'm in California, but they have super fast shipping to my area. If I get something and dont immediately love the fit, they take it right back or send me a different size.
 

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The Gaerne trials boot was a very, very close contender to the Forma Adventure. Got great reviews and I could have gone either way. That's a great boot.
 
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Those old Redwings probably fit like an old slipper, but the Forma's will protect you a hell of a lot better when you pin your ankle under the bike like I did. :eek: So far I have not heard one complaint about the Gaernes on this forum.
 

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Rumor has it that both the Formas and the Gaernes come from the same factories. Just come out from different ends.
 

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I have those Formas.

If you need a shoe stretcher (opens like a clam) that will fix the upper, I have one here you can use. Let me know via text before 9am, I'll leave it in the BBQ for you. We are away till Monday after 9am.








So... for the new boots I'll have to say something about my present boots. First off they are just plain old Red Wings. They have been to hell and back over the years. Got them from way back in my Harley days and they are built like a tank. But using them more and more off-road they don't always come back to life the same way without tender-loving care. That includes washing, letting them dry and then a generous amount of leather conditioner so my feet can re-streach them to the original size.
Last week on Monday I was riding in the Pine Barrens so the boots got soaked and covered with mud. On Sunday I did a 150 mile Poker Run on one of my street bikes and the boots had not only shrunk, but something was laying on top of them as they dried. There was a "dent" towards the front toe that even after 8 hours of riding never returned to its original shape. Pain in my right toe. Probably have to do the whole water ballon and boot in the freezer trick this time.

I had to get something specific or at least more useful for off-street. Was close to getting some MX boots but seemed too die-hard, at least for me. Came across the "Forma Adventure" which I could wear in both environments if I wanted to. They actually came via UPS last evening but I didn't get to open the box yet to check them out and try them on.

Old reliable(s). Without anything being hi-tech or fancy, these Red Wings will probably last longer than I will. I'll have to do a bit of work to bring them "back" once again.
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Just the picture from Amazon's site. About $275.00. Lots of positive comments. Come in black and brown. I went with the brown. I wear a 12 so ordered 13's. I ride all Winter so wanted to make sure there was going to be enough room for heavy socks. They don't seem to come in half-sizes so I hope the jump from 12 to 13 is not too much? Certainly don't want them to be loose either.
Buying boots or shoes on-line is such a crap-shoot.
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