Boots question


Anything goes - doesn't fit any other category!
  • Sponsored Links
User avatar
Uncle Fester
Posts: 1003
Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:21 pm
Location: Bethany, Ok, right off Route 66 !
Motorcycle: 1996 GL-1500 Cali model 'Wing, blue in color, named Ol'Blue

Boots question

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:14 pm



This could get interesting, but here goes. . .

I am curious as to what kind of boots everyone wears when riding? Are they water proof/resistant from the manufactor or did you treat them? If you treated them, what did you use to treat them ?

To start thinks off, I wear some Bates boots, with front laces and a side zip, they are NOT water proof or resistant as they are part textile , cordura I think, so no use wasting time trying.


Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. Our stress about it happens when the two aren't the same. Be true to yourself and to hell with what everyone else thinks!

Image

User avatar
MikeB
Posts: 1228
Joined: Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:54 pm
Location: Tacoma, WA
Motorcycle: 1998 - GL1500 Aspencade.
2003 - GL1800A

Re: Boots question

Postby MikeB » Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:25 pm

I have used Cruiserworks boots https://www.cruiserworks.com/for about 15 yeas now. They are waterproof from the manufacturer. I ride in the rain quite frequently and my feet never get wet.

By the way, the last pair I bought I got from Ebay. I paid about $125. Dennis Kirk has them for about $200.
Last edited by MikeB on Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.
MikeB
Tacoma, WA, USA

User avatar
Uncle Fester
Posts: 1003
Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:21 pm
Location: Bethany, Ok, right off Route 66 !
Motorcycle: 1996 GL-1500 Cali model 'Wing, blue in color, named Ol'Blue

Re: Boots question

Postby Uncle Fester » Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:34 pm

Thanks MikeB, living in Takoma, do you ever get a dry day of riding ? LOL
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. Our stress about it happens when the two aren't the same. Be true to yourself and to hell with what everyone else thinks!

Image

User avatar
MikeB
Posts: 1228
Joined: Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:54 pm
Location: Tacoma, WA
Motorcycle: 1998 - GL1500 Aspencade.
2003 - GL1800A

Re: Boots question

Postby MikeB » Mon Nov 16, 2015 3:38 pm

Usually July 5th is dry.
MikeB
Tacoma, WA, USA

User avatar
Dusty Boots
Posts: 573
Joined: Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:25 pm
Location: Alvinston, SW ON
Motorcycle: 1992 GL1500Aspencade

Re: Boots question

Postby Dusty Boots » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:31 pm

I always wear boots when riding
I have 2 pairs of different types of boots and 1 pair similar to the other, only in a higher cut version

The two pairs that are similar, I got from Leatherup.com
The shorter version I liked so much, when the soles were starting to wear down after 8 yrs, I bought a second, higher cut version. but I still wear the 1st pair quite a bit.
Very good value for the money, a heavy boot with an excellent lug sole!!
I treat them with Arctic Dubbin and shoe polish. Neither of them have ever leaked on me, although they do not claim them to be waterproof/resistant!

The other boot is a truly waterproof boot that has served me well, although I'm not fussy about the sole of these (1st generation) boots. (kind of a 'dimpled' sole, not a lug sole)
They are the Tourmaster Solution Waterproof Boots.
They are a lot lighter than the above boots, yet still very sturdy/protective. They are/were very comfortable to walk in, right out of the box. Yes, they are still waterproof after 7 yrs and many many miles of use. Just get the occasional coating of black boot polish.

They sell the 2nd Generation of these boots in two flavours now ... The Tourmaster Solution 2.0 WP Men's Road Boots and the Tourmaster Solution WP Air Men's Road Boots, both of which have what looks to be an improved sole, but still not a true lugged one.


Dusty

User avatar
themainviking
Posts: 2580
Joined: Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:59 pm
Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 2009 GL1800 AD

Re: Boots question

Postby themainviking » Mon Nov 16, 2015 4:43 pm

I like Dusty, used leather boots (cycle or engineer style) till I bought the Goldwing and found that the ones I had would not comfortably fit under the shift lever. I was at a Wing Ding rally in Tennessee and a vendor had some TCX Air Tech boots, which fit my feet like gloves. I have since bought more of them, so I have two pair, which I interchange. I also have a pair of Firefox Polos for colder weather riding. They fit a bit looser so have room for heavier wool socks, and are solid leather without any textile. All of these boots are Gore Tex insulated. All also have a toe that fits really nice for shifting.
It ain't about the destination - it's all about the journey

ImageImage

harvey01
Posts: 631
Joined: Thu May 31, 2012 7:14 pm
Location: Henrico, Virginia
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800

Re: Boots question

Postby harvey01 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:49 pm

My favorite was the old Corbin boot but they are no longer made. Fit great and were wonderful for walking.

Now I wear the Cruiserworks with the zipper. They are waterproof still after some six seasons. Fortunately they don't get too hot in the summer. But they have become somewhat expensive in my opinion.
harvey
Ride Safe and Ride Often

harvey01
Posts: 631
Joined: Thu May 31, 2012 7:14 pm
Location: Henrico, Virginia
Motorcycle: 2004 GL1800

Re: Boots question

Postby harvey01 » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:51 pm

My favorite was the old Corbin boot but they are no longer made. Fit great and were wonderful for walking.

Now I wear the Cruiserworks with the zipper. They are waterproof still after some six seasons. Fortunately they don't get too hot in the summer. But they have become somewhat expensive in my opinion. According to their website right now they have a 15% off sale so that would get the price a lot more reasonable.
harvey
Ride Safe and Ride Often

User avatar
cbx4evr
Posts: 1397
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:35 pm
Location: Edmonton, AB Canada
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500SE
2004 Kawasaki KLR 650
Solex 5000
1980 Honda CBX - sold :-(
1981 Honda CBX - sold :-(
Contact:

Re: Boots question

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:58 pm

I wear a pair of AlpineStar GoreTex boots. So comforatable I can sleep with them on but the wife complains so I don't. Never had wet feet either.
"It´s a friggen motorcycle, it´s not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you s**t your pants every now and then. "

User avatar
Happytrails
Posts: 653
Joined: Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:13 pm
Location: Tarentum, Pennsylvania
Motorcycle: 1991 Goldwing 1500 SE

Re: Boots question

Postby Happytrails » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:24 am

Wearing a pair of TCX XFive Goretex boots for the past couple seasons. Waterproof, breathable and very comfortable. Have good protection and have held up well. Considering getting a new pair of boots with even more protection. Dunno what yet.
1991 GL1500 SE Anniversary Edition
Sun Flare Gold Metallic
Vallant Brown Inset

User avatar
dingdong
Posts: 2864
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:35 am
Location: Oklahoma City
Motorcycle: 1976 gl1000
1993 gl1500
2004 NRX1800 Rune

Re: Boots question

Postby dingdong » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:56 am

I have a pair of leather Wolverine water proof lace up insulated boots that I originally bought about 35 years ago for hunting. I don't hunt any more but they work well for riding. Feet have never been wet but I condition them with mink oil every year. Still in excellent condition.
Tom

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

User avatar
themainviking
Posts: 2580
Joined: Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:59 pm
Location: North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Motorcycle: 2009 GL1800 AD

Re: Boots question

Postby themainviking » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:04 am

dingdong wrote: I condition them with mink oil every year.


Mink oil is undoubtedly the very best conditioner there is for leather. A less expensive alternative is neatsfoot oil, which can be obtained very inexpensively in bottles up to quart size and maybe even larger at almost any hardware store. It is extracted from the shinbones and feet of cattle (not the hoof portions tho - those make glue) . I have both mink and neatsfoot oils here, but find I use the neatsfoot a lot more for boots that will see salt and snow. For the sake of trivia, the neat in neatsfoot came from an old english word for cattle.
It ain't about the destination - it's all about the journey

ImageImage

User avatar
brettchallenger
Posts: 464
Joined: Sat May 29, 2010 11:03 am
Location: Driffield, the East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Motorcycle: 1978 Triumph Tiger TR7 (sold)
2000 Honda GL1500 SE
1985 MZ ETZ250 (a cold war special).

Re: Boots question

Postby brettchallenger » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:15 am

I have a pair of Daytona touring boots which are of German manufacture. I have had them since (I think) 1998. They were, and still are, quite expensive, the equivalent boot now costs £330 but are supremely comfortable, waterproof and incredibly well made.
The game's afoot;
Follow your spirit: and upon this charge,
Cry — God for Harry! England and Saint George!

User avatar
golden highway
Posts: 327
Joined: Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:23 am
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Motorcycle: 1987 Interstate
1998 Aspencade

Re: Boots question

Postby golden highway » Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:51 pm

I wear miltarty or police tactical boots. They are great to walk in, give good protection, are cool on hot days and warm on cold days.

User avatar
Uncle Fester
Posts: 1003
Joined: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:21 pm
Location: Bethany, Ok, right off Route 66 !
Motorcycle: 1996 GL-1500 Cali model 'Wing, blue in color, named Ol'Blue

Re: Boots question

Postby Uncle Fester » Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:54 pm

Some great info here, THANKS ! I was afraid this might turn into a "best oil, tire, helmet" question, but it has turned out to be very helpful. . .
Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself. Our stress about it happens when the two aren't the same. Be true to yourself and to hell with what everyone else thinks!

Image

User avatar
bstig60
Posts: 808
Joined: Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:14 pm
Location: Nevada City, CA. Jupiter, FL.
Motorcycle: 1999 GL1500AC ASP
1999 Virago XV1100LC
1994 Time Out Camping Trailer
Contact:

Re: Boots question

Postby bstig60 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:27 am

I have two pairs, one is a pair of leather HD boots with tops just below the knee, they are treated with saddle soap. I have a pair of Vulcan's I got on sale from Leather Up. They have an 8 inch top with a zipper up and side and are water resistant. Sure are comfortable though......
Bill

k1w1t1m
Posts: 68
Joined: Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:07 am
Location: Centerton AR USA
Motorcycle: 1980 GL1100 Interstate. 105,000miles and still going strong.(sold)
2001 BMW R1150 GS (possibly for sale soon)
1997 Gl1500 SE in pearl sapphire black.

Re: Boots question

Postby k1w1t1m » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:31 am

I started with some HD boots, they were comfortable but my feet were the first things to know it was raining or wet. I wore them out and decided my next boots were going to be much better. After much research and comparing I settled on some BMW All Around boots. These boots are waterproof and have a Goretex liner. They took forever to break in but are now the most comfortable footwear I own. I wear them all year round and they have not let me down, I'll likely buy another pair when these wear out. Every now and then I'll treat them to some shoe polish. Although they are definitely motorcycle boots and have a guard on the top left boot for the gear shift they look good. This morning they will be my footwear at an office meeting.

User avatar
warrenmm
Posts: 3
Joined: Sun Nov 29, 2009 8:00 pm
Location: Frankfort, NY
Motorcycle: Honda GL1500SE 1998

Re: Boots question

Postby warrenmm » Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:14 am

SIDI On Road Gore-Tex Boots, Waterproof, warm and very comfortable. Best boots I have ever worn

User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Boots question

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Dec 01, 2015 9:45 am

warrenmm wrote:SIDI On Road Gore-Tex Boots, Waterproof, warm and very comfortable. Best boots I have ever worn


I agree. I've looked at the SIDI boots for a while, and when my current boots wear out, I think my next pair will be SIDIs.

User avatar
GramKate
Posts: 7
Joined: Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:56 pm
Location: New Columbia, PA
Motorcycle: 2012 Honda Shadow Aero 750 and 2008 GL 1800

Re: Boots question

Postby GramKate » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:38 am

I always wear boots and have several different pairs. When the weather is dry, I wear my Tony Lama cowboy boots that I've had for 15 years. They've been re-soled a couple of times, but still look as good as they did when I bought them. I also have waterproof hunting boots for wet weather. I also make it a point to wear boots that cover me to at least mid-calf. I used to wear sneakers when I rode as a passenger, until an acquaintance lost most of his lower leg because he had on sneakers and shorts.

User avatar
MasterDaniel904
Posts: 29
Joined: Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:57 am
Location: Elephant Butte, NM
Motorcycle: 1996 GL1500A Goldwing

Re: Boots question

Postby MasterDaniel904 » Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:14 am

For the last 5 years I've been wearing Durango Men's Harness Motorcycle Boots from Bootbarn for about $150. But they have a couple of sales during the year which will drop the price $20. They carry a 2E width which fits me well. A decent sole for hot pavement, with enough grip for light gravel and sand, which we find at intersections around here a lot! They are a full leather upper that I treat with a generic outdoorsman leather water repellent when I first get them. A pair will last me a year or two depending on how much "city" driving I do. More stop and start, faster wear as the soles are somewhat soft. But that makes them decent for walking around after I get off the bike too! Have an old pair I'm going to get resoled which the cobbler assures me will make them even better! We'll see, as the uppers barely show any wear. The tops are wide enough that in wind or cold I can fold my pants leg around my calf and stick them in the tops of the boots to seal out air, but not so wide as to look chunky under my jeans during normal wear.
All seasons. No exceptions.

dheaton
Posts: 26
Joined: Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:54 am
Location: Boulder, Utah
Motorcycle: Goldwing 1800 "04"

Re: Boots question

Postby dheaton » Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:48 am

Interesting topic. Thanks for bringing it up.

I wear some swat boots I got at a convention somewhere. They are comfortable and I think waterproof. They tie in the front and have a zipper on the side. To me it is important to have boots that I can also wear on a hike when we stop. That is a hard combo to find, protective for riding and comfortable for walking. I am going to look into some of the others mentioned here although I have never spent over $150 for a pair of boots in my lifetime. The front ties on my boots make me a bit nervous.

User avatar
lopeha55
Posts: 63
Joined: Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:20 pm
Location: Austin, AR
Motorcycle: 1993 GL1500 Interstate upgraded to SE. Double Darkside & loving it!

Re: Boots question

Postby lopeha55 » Fri Dec 04, 2015 12:50 am

My main boots are the Vega Touring model. When on a trip I carry a pair of Cycle Gear Adventure boots as they are waterproof.
Always have a smile on your face, drives folks crazy wondering what you're getting away with

If you woke up this morning don't complain, you woke up!

Source for HEL Stainless Steel Lines

User avatar
detdrbuzzard
Posts: 921
Joined: Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:54 am
Location: 42.23/83.33/636
Motorcycle: '84 aspencade,'93se
'75750.'79750/9k
'79 750f.'85450sc
'06 st1300a

Re: Boots question

Postby detdrbuzzard » Fri Dec 04, 2015 5:27 am

I got a pair of alpinestar new land Gore-Tex boots earlier this year. they are lighter than my old tourmaster first gen response boots but a few inches taller


'99 ST1100, '93 se
'75 cb750k, '79 cb 750f, '79 cb750 superK
cb 450sc, sunL70
'06 st1300a
.... william


Return to “Goldwing Chat”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests