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Old 07-30-2005, 12:10 AM   #1
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Default Riding boots vs. Steel toe'd work boots

okay, I just got my 99 Katana, all black. I now have about 800 bucks that I want to spend on gear, just so my girlfriend and mom (and of course, myself) will feel safer with me riding. I really like the JR phoenix series, including jacket, pants, and gloves. I'm going up to cyclegear next week to hopefully pick these up or order them.

Now for my delimma. When riding now, I just wear my steel toe work boots. However, these makes it kind of difficult to shift, since the toe is so thick. Do riding boots usually have a thinner (top to sole) toe, making it easier to shift? Thanks for any help ahead of time!
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Old 07-30-2005, 01:41 AM   #2
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Yes, the majority of your quality riding boots, and most of them in general have a shift pad or protection over the toe so you can shift and they fit nice and snug so there is no problems shifting. It just takes some time to get used to wearing them and riding
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Old 07-30-2005, 08:05 AM   #3
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I where steel toe work boots when i ride without a problem, order mine from specialty firefighter catalogs so perhaps there a bit different idk, its all about personal choice and comfort levels i guess
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Old 07-30-2005, 08:18 AM   #4
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I have a much better feel and more control of the shifter with my riding boots.
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Old 07-30-2005, 11:12 AM   #5
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The most important reason to wear a specialty riding boot in mho is the protection. Riding boots incorporate protection for your toes, heel, ankles, and shins. The more you pay, the more protection you're getting. A great work boot is not designed to protect your feet and ankles in a 60mph get off, they're designed to provide comfort, and protection at work. I guess it boils down to this, you don't wear ballet slippers to play football. They both have distinct purposes, and should be used accordingly. You can obviously wear whatever you want on a bike, the choice to make is what level of protection are you most comfortable with based on the style of riding you do. Of course this is just my two cents...lol.

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Old 07-30-2005, 11:31 AM   #6
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Any boot is better than no boot..
Race style boots are expensive and the sole
will not stand up to prolonged off bike traveling..
They can also be uncomfortable off bike.
They do offer fantastic on bike performance..
Luckily I haven't tried their off bike (crashing)
performance.

There are still some companies that make boots that
offer on bike perfomance with off bike comfort.
Bates still make their classic boot, at over $200 a bit expensive but I'd think if they were really out dated they'ed have dropped the line. I wear Doc Martian's if I'm riding somewhere I'll be off the bike.. I wear my 12 year old AGV's if I'm gonna be 99% on the bike. (to and from work where I change shoes or on a ride)
I've crashed in light weight hiking boots and ground through the toe.. I only wear "street shoes" while moving the bike around in the car port
If cared for a pair of race boots will last a long time.
Mine have but after the first few weeks of wearing them I realized the soles would crap out fast!
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Old 07-30-2005, 12:31 PM   #7
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Remember also, more expensive doesnt all mean more protection. In many or even most cases it does, but you can find boots, like Nitro boots, for example, for a fraction of the cost of a new pair of Sidi's or JR. Not that nitro boots are on the same level Sidi or JR, but they do offer good proctection at a very good price.
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Remember also, more expensive doesnt all mean more protection. In many or even most cases it does, but you can find boots, like Nitro boots, for example, for a fraction of the cost of a new pair of Sidi's or JR. Not that nitro boots are on the same level Sidi or JR, but they do offer good proctection at a very good price.
I love mine. And at about $70-$80 you can't beat them.
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I bought an awesome pair of sidi boots lightly used on craigslist. I cannot say enough about these boots from the air vents to keep your feet cool
to the ankle protection & the carbon fibre shin pad. Shop around & you'll find
some good deals on riding gear.
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I like my Fieldsheer race boots...a lot
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