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post #1 of 20 Old 06-03-2017, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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Alpinestars Roam 2 Air - I hate boots

So I've been riding in some thrashed Merrill Rant shoes for the last 4 years. I loved the way they feel walking around and riding. Decent toe box, grip and most of all I can feel the controls. Since the purchase of the gsxs I thought it time for real gear. Got a pair of Alpinestars roam 2 air boots this week. I hate boots. Can't feel the shifter, the rear brake feels like I'm stomping a dead cat with a hunk of 2x4 nailed to my foot. BUT, they are comfortable, for boots. I hate boots. Toe box is strong, heel shank as well. My calves must be skinny(the only thing on me that is) because I have to wrap the top of the boot as far as it will go and it still seems a bit loose. The boot is comfortable enough to do light walking off the bike but it would get tiresome for me, did I say I hate boots? I will continue to wear these boots to see if I can adapt. If you're a boot kind of person, I think you'd like these. They are NOT narrow, sizing is pretty accurate if not a bit generous and they offer good protection. Air flow is good, the sole seems grippy. I just hate not feeling the shifter and brake. So far I'd say that if you are looking for boots that can be an every day boot, a boot that you can travel in and not have to change out of once you get there, these are a good option. I just hate boots.
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i just got the same boots. I agree the feel for shifting and braking sucks but they seems fairly sturdy, the price was decent, they have some airflow and the look isnt terrible off the bike. walking around is ok but my sidi on road were better for me. i really tried the roam 2 air for the ventilation which is ok, but not awesome. overall i ilke them. decent affordable protection, without the race track look.
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You guys got some storm trooper looking adventure boots. The problem with the boots you guys have is there is no ankle articulation. So you have to bend this big rubbery looking boot instead of it having an ankle pivot built into the boot. The sportier boots also have a thinner profile on top of the foot, which helps you "feel" the shifter. As well as a more compact heel. Once you get used to boots you will hate to ride without them. Especially if you need your feet and ankles for working. I wear Alpine stars SMX1 on the street. And Dainese Torque Out boots on the track. Sometimes I wear the Dainese on the street as well if we are going to be riding hard.

Look at the links i posted. And looks at the way the ankle pivots are built into the boot.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...e-d1-air-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-roarr-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ted-boots-2013

These are what I wear on the street when not riding hard:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...r-vented-boots
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You guys got some storm trooper looking adventure boots. The problem with the boots you guys have is there is no ankle articulation. So you have to bend this big rubbery looking boot instead of it having an ankle pivot built into the boot. The sportier boots also have a thinner profile on top of the foot, which helps you "feel" the shifter. As well as a more compact heel. Once you get used to boots you will hate to ride without them. Especially if you need your feet and ankles for working. I wear Alpine stars SMX1 on the street. And Dainese Torque Out boots on the track. Sometimes I wear the Dainese on the street as well if we are going to be riding hard.

Look at the links i posted. And looks at the way the ankle pivots are built into the boot.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...e-d1-air-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-roarr-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ted-boots-2013

These are what I wear on the street when not riding hard:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...r-vented-boots
Those D1s are really comfy! Tried these on - https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...-out-air-boots in a store. Now I want a pair, even though I have enough of boots already. The red and black version in my size is out of stock everywhere, a good excuse for me to hold off.
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You guys got some storm trooper looking adventure boots. The problem with the boots you guys have is there is no ankle articulation. So you have to bend this big rubbery looking boot instead of it having an ankle pivot built into the boot. The sportier boots also have a thinner profile on top of the foot, which helps you "feel" the shifter. As well as a more compact heel. Once you get used to boots you will hate to ride without them. Especially if you need your feet and ankles for working. I wear Alpine stars SMX1 on the street. And Dainese Torque Out boots on the track. Sometimes I wear the Dainese on the street as well if we are going to be riding hard.

Look at the links i posted. And looks at the way the ankle pivots are built into the boot.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...e-d1-air-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-roarr-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ted-boots-2013

These are what I wear on the street when not riding hard:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...r-vented-boots
Its well known and totally agree, functionally all of those are more suitable and clearly provide better feel. They are just not my style so i wouldnt like wearing them. plus i got the roam 2 air for $140
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+1 on the SMX1R vented. They are the least clunky boots I've tried - reasonably comfortable, good feel of the controls, excellent ventilation, and easy on and off.

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Its well known and totally agree, functionally all of those are more suitable and clearly provide better feel. They are just not my style so i wouldnt like wearing them. plus i got the roam 2 air for $140
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D1 are £226 here
https://www.motardinn.com/motorcycle...B&gclsrc=aw.ds

I still wouldnt pay that much, but someone might

£279 from a known dealer
Dainese Torque D1 Out Boots Air - Black White Red || FREE UK Delivery | FREE UK Returns
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Yea those might have better ankle articulation but there's no mistaking them for moto boots which I was trying to avoid. Actually ankle motion is not a concern it's more the numb sole and toe. I guess it's true there's no Swiss army anything you give up something for another thing. I was looking for good protection in a quiet package.
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You guys got some storm trooper looking adventure boots. The problem with the boots you guys have is there is no ankle articulation. So you have to bend this big rubbery looking boot instead of it having an ankle pivot built into the boot. The sportier boots also have a thinner profile on top of the foot, which helps you "feel" the shifter. As well as a more compact heel. Once you get used to boots you will hate to ride without them. Especially if you need your feet and ankles for working. I wear Alpine stars SMX1 on the street. And Dainese Torque Out boots on the track. Sometimes I wear the Dainese on the street as well if we are going to be riding hard.

Look at the links i posted. And looks at the way the ankle pivots are built into the boot.

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...e-d1-air-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-roarr-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ted-boots-2013

These are what I wear on the street when not riding hard:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...r-vented-boots
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