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Work has had me running like a mad man lately and dang it I have new boots to break in! So it was decided that I would ride tonight even if it killed me. As it turns out I would have to ride after dark to keep my pledge so that is what I did. I only managed about fifteen miles but it led me to my favorite place to unwind.

This would be my destination.

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It was fun riding through the woods at night but it seemed to take far more concentration than during the day. Depth perception is sketchy via a headlight. After all that effort I needed to rest. In just a few short minutes rest would be at hand.

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A half hour in a hammock under the stars and pine trees is as good as a full nights sleep to me!

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Five minutes to pack up camp and 20 minutes later I was back home. May not be much but it meant the world to me. By the way I hate the damned boots and would sell them at a deep discount!




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My MX boots are not my favorite either but I wear them when riding off-road. Congrats on enjoying your evening.
 

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My MX boots are not my favorite either but I wear them when riding off-road. Congrats on enjoying your evening.
In my opinion they are dangerous! I can't feel the rear brake at all and I keep missing shifts or shifting unintentionally. I will never get used to them so they must go.



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MX boots seem dangerous once you dismount and try to walk around at your destination. I would trade a little ankle protection for greater all round comfort.
Products ? Forma Boots
Perhaps. May just buy another pair of side zip "snake boots". Pretty good ankle support in a hunting boot. At least I could turkey hunt in those.


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Looks like fun. I know what you mean about work.

I vote to give the boots a chance; they'll break in quite a bit, and adjusting the shift lever position may or may not lessen your shifting woes. I just spent $260 (with a discount) on a new pair of CE certified Alpinestars Tech 5 MX boots (I won't buy protective equipment that isn't certified to do its job). They replaced my old Thor boots, which served me darn well for about five years. I couldn't see myself riding off road without these boots, personally. I'm certain that my boots have saved me from several injuries and lessened others. On my recent Malcolm Smith trail ride, for example, I reckon there's a good chance I'd have broken or dislocated my ankle if I hadn't been wearing big, beefy MX boots. The injury I did sustain was bad enough, even with the boots. It's just reached the 100% stage of the healing process - and the injury occurred on 07/04.
 

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Looks like fun. I know what you mean about work.

I vote to give the boots a chance; they'll break in quite a bit, and adjusting the shift lever position may or may not lessen your shifting woes. I just spent $260 (with a discount) on a new pair of CE certified Alpinestars Tech 5 MX boots (I won't buy protective equipment that isn't certified to do its job). They replaced my old Thor boots, which served me darn well for about five years. I couldn't see myself riding off road without these boots, personally. I'm certain that my boots have saved me from several injuries and lessened others. On my recent Malcolm Smith trail ride, for example, I reckon there's a good chance I'd have broken or dislocated my ankle if I hadn't been wearing big, beefy MX boots. The injury I did sustain was bad enough, even with the boots. It's just reached the 100% stage of the healing process - and the injury occurred on 07/04.
It really isn't a break in problem as much as a feel problem. I can't feel anything through them. I have adjusted the shift lever half a dozen times now and now I realize that no matter where I put it I cant tell if I am contacting it or not. Same goes with the brake.


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New MX boots SUCK, no matter which brand or how much you spend of them. You need to put miles on (riding and walking) to get them broken in. The protection they offer out weights the discomfort, weird feelings until they are broken in. Shifting and braking will feel normal the more miles you put on - you need to get used to it.

I went with a off road / atv MX boot that is a little shorter and has real boot traction on the bottom. no issues once broken in. Under $100 on sale:

http://www.bikebandit.com/riding-gear-and-accessories/motorcycle-footwear/motorcycle-boots/fly-maverik-dual-sport-atv-boots
 

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New MX boots SUCK, no matter which brand or how much you spend of them. You need to put miles on (riding and walking) to get them broken in. The protection they offer out weights the discomfort, weird feelings until they are broken in. Shifting and braking will feel normal the more miles you put on - you need to get used to it.

I went with a off road / atv MX boot that is a little shorter and has real boot traction on the bottom. no issues once broken in. Under $100 on sale:

http://www.bikebandit.com/riding-gear-and-accessories/motorcycle-footwear/motorcycle-boots/fly-maverik-dual-sport-atv-boots
Funny thing is the boots you linked to are the exact boots I just purchased and hate!

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Funny thing is the boots you linked to are the exact boots I just purchased and hate!

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I have those boots. I hated them at first as well but once they got broke in, which was much longer than I thought, they have been pretty good. I too had to get use to shifting with them but problem no more. While I can walk around in them better than true motocross boots, I wouldn't want to walk very far. Last trip up north in Avery, I walked down the Botanical Garden path & back 1/2 mile or so without issue.

They have however, saved my feet (toes & heel) many times when I hit or jammed them on rocks.

What size are yours? If you don't like them and they're my size...maybe?
 

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I have those boots. I hated them at first as well but once they got broke in, which was much longer than I thought, they have been pretty good. I too had to get use to shifting with them but problem no more. While I can walk around in them better than true motocross boots, I wouldn't want to walk very far. Last trip up north in Avery, I walked down the Botanical Garden path & back 1/2 mile or so without issue.

They have however, saved my feet (toes & heel) many times when I hit or jammed them on rocks.

What size are yours? If you don't like them and they're my size...maybe?
Size 10. $50 plus shipping

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I just now ordered Forma Adventure boots in rugged He-Man brown , " the boots Steve McQueen would have worn":D - gotta look good when I arrive in the emergency room.
$191 forma adventure
This is about $80 less than from next best vendor.
 

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When I get back from get them from you.
No hurry. They will look just like they do today


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Raised by hippies, it was hard for me to wear shoes, not to mention boots when I started riding. So I can commiserate. A few good bashes though and I caught on, even though immortal being set down with bruises cut into riding time and that was inducement for boots. Many years later I only use super boots when I'm setting out purposely to "ride". If just commuting or working, my Redwings seem to suffice. I have to wonder how much protection you lose with a boot easy to walk in. I can't remember a time where I didn't carry an alternative to boots to walk in, if even to give my feet a break for confinement, having never left my roots and still don't wear shoes much. With time you will get used to the boot. When you require em the hassle will be worth it. Admiral has some rather gruesome Picts from not having proper boots. Past 20 years old theses things become mo important. Injury cuts too much into riding time and makes the wife less apt to be supportive.
 

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No hurry. They will look just like they do today


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This was my foot after I struck the rock. I struck the rock so hard, had I not been wearing these boots on my foot may have been broken or more severely bruised than what did. I was very glad to have been wearing them.

 

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This was my foot after I struck the rock. I struck the rock so hard, had I not been wearing these boots on my foot may have been broken or more severely bruised than what did. I was very glad to have been wearing them.

TMI! That photo would cure the nastiest of foot fetishes!

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Speaking of bruises and showing some leg, :p this one hurt much worse and no boot was gonna save this. Hooked on end of downed pine tree going up hill around a curve.

I don't just fall off the TW, I get yanked!


 
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