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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/dainese-torque-d1-air-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-roarr-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-smx-plus-vented-boots-2013

These are what I wear on the street when not riding hard:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-smx-1-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/dainese-torque-d1-air-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-roarr-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-smx-plus-vented-boots-2013

These are what I wear on the street when not riding hard:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-smx-1-r-vented-boots
Those D1s are really comfy! Tried these on - https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/dainese-course-d1-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/dainese-torque-d1-air-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-roarr-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-smx-plus-vented-boots-2013

These are what I wear on the street when not riding hard:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-smx-1-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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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.
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/dainese-torque-d1-air-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-roarr-boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-smx-plus-vented-boots-2013

These are what I wear on the street when not riding hard:
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-smx-1-r-vented-boots
 

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Just be careful with any shoes or boots with laces. Not long ago I was riding the V-strom with lace-up shoes and the laces got caught when I went to put my foot down at a stop (I think on the clutch slave bleeder). I just decided I was NOT going over and jammed my foot down hard and broke the lace, got a good bruise on my ankle but saved from hitting the pavement. Now on the rare occasion I do ride with laces, I tuck the ends into the shoe, and have started taking my foot off the peg sooner before a stop to give myself a little more time to deal with something like that.
 

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Same thing happened to me G-Dub except it was my pants that got caught on the shift lever. Bike started falling to the left (this was a different bike a few years ago) but somehow I managed to muster up enough strength to keep it upright even though I couldn't put my left foot down. Since then I have never worn baggy pants while riding.
 

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I've had really good luck with Dainese. I have 3 pairs.
Asphalt CB2 (short highly breathable)
SSC Alpha WP (mid height - waterproof)
Freeland (high - gore-tex)

All great boots. Super comfy, but still motorcycle specific built (ankle protection, stiff sole, shift protector).
Still comfortable enough to walk around in, especially the Freeland.
I don't think I could ride a normal thick toed boot comfortably after using MC specific, but that's just me.
 

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Take a look at TCX street ace. So and ankle protection. They look like regular boots. I've walked around in them a lot and are very comfortable


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How do you find the sizing on these? They have my interest, from the reviews sizing might be wonky.
Take a look at TCX street ace. So and ankle protection. They look like regular boots. I've walked around in them a lot and are very comfortable


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I have been using TCX square like these but not the waterproof ones for the last 4 years.
They have been doing a great job but after 20000 km I need to change. Not that they a completely torn but the shifter protection is fatigue.

I really dont know what I am going to get and I also hate boots...

The problem is that if it's waterproof it won't breathe if it's not... well it's not...:|
 

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I have been using TCX square like these but not the waterproof ones for the last 4 years.
They have been doing a great job but after 20000 km I need to change. Not that they a completely torn but the shifter protection is fatigue.

I really dont know what I am going to get and I also hate boots...

The problem is that if it's waterproof it won't breathe if it's not... well it's not...:|
I don't own a pair, so I really don't know, but these TCXs "claim" to be waterproof AND great hot weather boots (the holy grail?). The do have some high tech Gore-Tex features. My Dainese Freeland Gore-Tex breath better than any other WP boots I've had.
If I didn't already have too many boots, I might consider them.
 

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Went with a pair of TCX street ace air shoes and took my first ride in them this morning. First impression is good, they have better feel on the rear brake, still a little vague when up shifting but very usable. Sole is super grippy. Great ankle support, easy to walk in when off the bike. Laces are really long which seemed strange but it's needed since I have to really open the shoe up to get them on and off. Plus the extra tucks into the shoe easy and securely. The Astars roams will be relegated to long trips that include lots of highway.
 
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