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Title: New boots needed
Post by: Pug27 on March 12, 2020, 10:24:51
My current boots are just about done, going to Sportsbike shop in Leeds tomorrow to look at some new ones.
Think I've narrowed it down to 2.
Forma adventure boot either version(low or high)
RST Adventure 2
Anyone got any real world reviews?...or any other suggestions. Budget is no more than £200
Current boot is a Oxford Explorer, soles have just about worn through and are letting in water. Worn pretty much everyday for last 2 years though.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Sage on March 12, 2020, 11:08:08
Not quite in your budget but worth consideration.
A few years ago a deer knocked me off in Spain at less than 30 mph, result broken ankle. The Daytona touring boot(not a cheap boot) was not man enough and after much consideration went for a pair of Sidi Adventure boots as they have a hinge on the ankle and control movement better than ones without. They were Goretex lined and waterproof until last autumn, so I sent them to back to Goretex and they honoured their "lifetime" guarantee and replaced them.

Food for thought maybe ?
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Pug27 on March 12, 2020, 11:14:21
I had looked at those and I've always liked sidi, had a few pairs in my younger sportsbike riding days.
Sports bike have them listed for a little over 200 but just none in my size(43) they have a 44 though :smirk:
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: tallpaul on March 12, 2020, 12:48:19
+1 for the Sidi Adventure. I think mine are a size 48. That's approximately a UK 13.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Pug27 on March 12, 2020, 12:51:01
Would you say that these are true to size or do you need to go 1 up?
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: tallpaul on March 12, 2020, 13:07:20
I went up a size. I take a UK 12 normally. Being Italian they a little narrower than a UK last.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Sage on March 12, 2020, 13:08:42
They are a slim fit and suppliers recommend going up one size . I normally take a 81/2 and went for a size 9 for the first pair, they were snug in the winter with thick socks so went for a 91/2 for the second pair and are much better.
The Sidi Adv II do seem a slightly chunkier than version I and probably offer even more protection. They also squeak when walking, but it can be fixed. Google a few reviews..
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Pug27 on March 12, 2020, 13:19:51
cheers lads  :thumb:
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Rusty Nuts on March 12, 2020, 15:15:27
How long before they stopped squeaking,  Tallpaul?
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Pug27 on March 12, 2020, 15:30:13
if its anything like the sidi vertebra , never. I used to spray wd40 on mine to stop them.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Sage on March 12, 2020, 17:08:08
There is a tang that fits into a pocket at the rear, it needs cleaning and lubing every now and then along with some other bits, it's easy to do. I found it seems to annoy other people more than me, guess it all depends on how much walking you do with lid off and ear plugs out, but it wouldn't stop me buying them again.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: mr_diver on March 12, 2020, 17:23:10
I've currently got a pair of RST Adventure boots, while comfy and waterproof they are not as comfy, and as well made as my trusty 5 year old Forma Adventure boots.
I bought the RST for my commute where I'll kill then quickly.
The Forma are for days out/touring.
I bought a pair of Haix XR22 High boots 3.5 years ago and have been through much abuse on my commute. Still waterproof and intact, but the sole has worn smooth and they are a little short for my new commuting trousers.
They are gortex saftey boots, but far more comfortable if you on tour and plan a fair bit of walking.
A new pair of haix is on order
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: tallpaul on March 12, 2020, 17:37:07
How long before they stopped squeaking,  Tallpaul?
stopped? Safe to say you won't creep up on anyone in them.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: filo on March 12, 2020, 19:41:43
I bought some forma boots recently from via moto in Sheffield. They were in the sale for£129.
They are the short ones.
Haven't been very far yet but they feel good.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: BeeTee on March 12, 2020, 20:35:55
RST adventure 2 for me immediate comfort normal sizing and a really secure feel and they fit under textile trousers as well as over leathers well pleased with them.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: UK_Vstrom650 on March 12, 2020, 20:41:12
I liked the look of the Sidi's but they just weren't comfortable so I ended up buying the TCX Baja Gore-Tex boots which were more comfortable (wider). Not quite the level of protection as the Sidis but I'm happy with them.

I liked the look of the Forma boots but they only come with a 2 year warranty on the waterproofing where as Gore-Tex is lifetime, which steered me away from them.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: timangus on March 12, 2020, 23:09:12
I had a pair of Forma Adventure boots on my RTW trip. 14 months of wearing every day (nearly), and 37,000 miles in all terrain. Saved my legs when I crashed and comfortable to walk about in when not on the bike.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Pug27 on March 14, 2020, 09:37:17
Thanks for heads up people. Went to sports bike shop in Leeds yesterday and spent a good 2 hours trying on various different boots.
Came away with the Forma adventure high leg in black and at £169.99 I’m happy.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: tallpaul on March 14, 2020, 10:05:22
 :thumb:
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: sillyboy on March 25, 2020, 18:00:28
tcx touring boots-excellent.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Dr Evil on March 27, 2020, 12:32:01
Just to add. I have a pair of RST Paragon 2. Comfy, waterproof and vfm.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: rus998 on May 03, 2020, 08:35:57
Just bought a pair of RST Adventure boots, will give a report on how good they are when the lockdown is lifted  lol
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: kissofdeath on May 07, 2020, 14:01:44
I use Altberg
https://www.altberg.co.uk/
brilliant, waterproof, gernerous fitting. really good comfatable boot
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: bonne on May 12, 2020, 22:43:55
Sidi's are great. I have a pair of Gavia Gorex, also a number higher (49/14) than I would normally choose. I am very happy about these. Comfortable, easy to take on and off...
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: vstroman on May 18, 2020, 23:29:45
Going to give the Sidi adventure a try,usually size 12, I have 3 pairs of boots, all have seen better days,time for some new boots for me instead of the bike!!
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: vstroman on May 19, 2020, 00:07:11
Are these Sidi goretex boots really waterproof? just looking at my old boots, I have 2 pairs of Sidi, not sure which model they were, one is an old model touring boot which says 'Goretex' on the side but they were not waterproof, OK in a shower but heavy rain forget it, I used to use Oxford rainseal overboots.
it would be great if the new Sidi adventure were really waterproof and if not how do you pursue the guarantee? thanks.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: UK_Vstrom650 on May 19, 2020, 10:37:46
Usually you need to return the boots to where you purchased them from with proof of purchase for them to send back to the manufacturer. If you can't do that (e.g. shop closed) I would try either Sidi or Goretex direct. They should be waterproof.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: vstroman on May 19, 2020, 12:42:40
These Sidi goretex are a bit cheaper than the adventure version,
https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/382472
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: vstroman on June 17, 2020, 00:39:58
Bought the Sidi performer Goretex, very well made as usual from Sidi, I'll see how good this Goretex really is in the wet before too long I'm sure,
bought my regular shoe size, fits perfect.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Sage on June 17, 2020, 14:52:29
Just be sure to keep the receipt in case they leak in the future and need to be returned to Goretex.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: Savak on June 18, 2020, 09:28:36
These boots are really good I've had them for a couple of years now and no leaks.
I did a search for reviews about boots where the tester on Visordown, I think, put them into a basin of deep water for 24 hours and they were dry.
As can be said other boots in the test passedwith flying colours.
Title: Re: New boots needed
Post by: UK_Vstrom650 on June 18, 2020, 21:18:48
Re: receipts. I took a photo of mine and emailed it to myself & saved it in a folder called 'bike gear receipts'. I also found a load of bike gear receipts from 2008 the other day that I'd filed way. I don't have the jacket or the boots anymore but I did have the very faded receipts...