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I am a trail rider and do some trial like stuff on my beta RR.

I am looking for make a models that every one would suggest.

I do not do any MX so alpinestars out not anything I am looking for.

 

looking to spend 200-250 ish

what would you all recommend

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Do yourself a favor and get a good pair of boots. I have gaerne sg-10's and love them, they are the most comfortable boot I have ever had and they have awesome protection. Good boots and a good helmet are the 2 that I don't look so much at price but look for protection as it is much cheaper in the long run to spend $400-500 on boots than thousands in Dr visits and ER trips.

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I'll post this again, since you made (yet another) new boot thread (it's a long read);

 

For newbies and others that might read this thread in the future......Boot recommendations for trail riding. These are MY PERSONAL choices in boots available today and NOT a comprehensive list, there are other boots that people like, that are perfectly good boots, but I don't recommend for TRAIL riding for one reason or another.

 

Priced low to high.....Obviously price makes a quality difference, some people can't justify spending $300 on a pair of boots (yet), growing kids etc. will prohibit the purchase of high end boots as well.

$100-$150

 

Fly Maverick....These are the cheap of the cheap boots. Build quality compared to other boots is lacking, even at the same price point. Find them on sale!

 

O'Neal Rider boots....Another low price boot, I recommend the $10 to $20 premium over the Mavericks as these have better build quality.

 

MSR VX2...Another pair of cheap boots, re-released this year. These have a lug sole for walking, otherwise similar/same as boots below.

 

Thor, AXO, Answer, all make a boot in the $125 range...To me, these boots are all the same, so take your brand and run with it.

 

Thor Blitz ATV……Another boot with a lug sole!

 

 

Moose 1.2.....Similar to the boots above, but these look to be higher quality and are available with an enduro sole......Again, pick your brand.

 

$150-$200....

Most of the boots listed here are pretty decent boots. I'm not saying that they offer better protection than the less expensive boots, but may or may not be more comfortable.

 

 JT racing - Podium, Alpinestar - Tech 1, TCX - X-Blast and Gaerne - GX1. All these boots are very similar aand prices vary, depending on where you buy them. All seem to offer the same protection and build quality is in the same range. Comfort and fit are where to go with these (A* is narrow, Gaerne is real wide etc.)

 

$200-$300....

 

A lot of these boots (but not all) are single hinge design. Boots in this range tend to be a "bad buy" simply because a safer boot can be had for $25-$50 more.....Save for another week and step up one level. The only recommendation that I have at this price point are the....

 

Forma Terrain TX or Terrain boot....Full hinge design, good build quality. TX is an MX sole, Terrain is a lug sole.

 

$300+

 

Look for a full hinge ankle! These boots tend to be all day comfortable. (not in pricing order)

 

Gaerne SG10.....I own these, rode a 120 miles in dessert terrain, right out of the box.....My feet where the only thing NOT tired. Fit is for wide feet.

 

Gaerne SG11....These are the updated version of the 10....can't go wrong, cost more.

 

Gaerne SG12....Again, next level up, there is supposed to be a difference in the boot from the 13 to the 14 model year. So prices will vary......Nobody dislikes the comfort of Gaernes....but they are a wide boot with a big toe box.

 

AXO A2 boot. Full hinge design. Check fit with these.

 

Sidi Cross fire TA.....Sidi is the boot of boots. Narrow toe box (I don't fit in these with my EE-EEE feet).

 

Sidi X-treme....

 

Sidi Charger...

 

Sidi Crossfire 2 TA....This is the ONLY boot with out a welt sole in this list. Parts are super easy to replace, even the sole, which is  a very nice feature. This boot has hyperextention limiting!

 

Forma Dominator Comp....Also look for the "old" model on close out for a $100+ discount....

 

Forma Predator..... You can get the old model for $300 on close out....Forma is an up and coming company, you can get great boots at a great price.....Make sure you consider these boots when going to the high end!

 

 

There are other boots that people highly recommend. I have purposely skipped a few boots do to bad buckles/poor quality at their respective price point.

I don't list Fox boots AT ALL.....Their build quality tends to be low end.  For example, even with updates to the Comp5, it is still a crappy boot at the price point.

Alpinestar is listed limitedly, and I have no experience with the ONE pair I listed. At that boots price point, I figure it will be the same/similar quality as other boots in the price point.

There are other boots not listed do to having a Bonded Sole.....I don't recommend bonded sole boots for trail riding. While they are OK for MX, they don't have the same toe protection as the welt sole boots and it sucks to walk with broken toes!

I have noticed that welt sole boots are coming back. A few years ago most manufactures moved to the bonded sole, mainly do to the cost savings of this type of sole over the welt soles. A* and O'Neal are two examples....Those two brands didn't have or had very limited models, with welt soles last year.....This year, their new models have the welt soles. This is a good trend for trail riders. I doubt it matters as much for Motocross as rocks and tree stumps don't hide track side.

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 perfect answer

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'll post this again, since you made (yet another) new boot thread (it's a long read);

 

For newbies and others that might read this thread in the future......Boot recommendations for trail riding. These are MY PERSONAL choices in boots available today and NOT a comprehensive list, there are other boots that people like, that are perfectly good boots, but I don't recommend for TRAIL riding for one reason or another.

 

Priced low to high.....Obviously price makes a quality difference, some people can't justify spending $300 on a pair of boots (yet), growing kids etc. will prohibit the purchase of high end boots as well.

$100-$150

 

Fly Maverick....These are the cheap of the cheap boots. Build quality compared to other boots is lacking, even at the same price point. Find them on sale!

 

O'Neal Rider boots....Another low price boot, I recommend the $10 to $20 premium over the Mavericks as these have better build quality.

 

MSR VX2...Another pair of cheap boots, re-released this year. These have a lug sole for walking, otherwise similar/same as boots below.

 

Thor, AXO, Answer, all make a boot in the $125 range...To me, these boots are all the same, so take your brand and run with it.

 

Thor Blitz ATV……Another boot with a lug sole!

 

 

Moose 1.2.....Similar to the boots above, but these look to be higher quality and are available with an enduro sole......Again, pick your brand.

 

$150-$200....

Most of the boots listed here are pretty decent boots. I'm not saying that they offer better protection than the less expensive boots, but may or may not be more comfortable.

 

 JT racing - Podium, Alpinestar - Tech 1, TCX - X-Blast and Gaerne - GX1. All these boots are very similar aand prices vary, depending on where you buy them. All seem to offer the same protection and build quality is in the same range. Comfort and fit are where to go with these (A* is narrow, Gaerne is real wide etc.)

 

$200-$300....

 

A lot of these boots (but not all) are single hinge design. Boots in this range tend to be a "bad buy" simply because a safer boot can be had for $25-$50 more.....Save for another week and step up one level. The only recommendation that I have at this price point are the....

 

Forma Terrain TX or Terrain boot....Full hinge design, good build quality. TX is an MX sole, Terrain is a lug sole.

 

$300+

 

Look for a full hinge ankle! These boots tend to be all day comfortable. (not in pricing order)

 

Gaerne SG10.....I own these, rode a 120 miles in dessert terrain, right out of the box.....My feet where the only thing NOT tired. Fit is for wide feet.

 

Gaerne SG11....These are the updated version of the 10....can't go wrong, cost more.

 

Gaerne SG12....Again, next level up, there is supposed to be a difference in the boot from the 13 to the 14 model year. So prices will vary......Nobody dislikes the comfort of Gaernes....but they are a wide boot with a big toe box.

 

AXO A2 boot. Full hinge design. Check fit with these.

 

Sidi Cross fire TA.....Sidi is the boot of boots. Narrow toe box (I don't fit in these with my EE-EEE feet).

 

Sidi X-treme....

 

Sidi Charger...

 

Sidi Crossfire 2 TA....This is the ONLY boot with out a welt sole in this list. Parts are super easy to replace, even the sole, which is  a very nice feature. This boot has hyperextention limiting!

 

Forma Dominator Comp....Also look for the "old" model on close out for a $100+ discount....

 

Forma Predator..... You can get the old model for $300 on close out....Forma is an up and coming company, you can get great boots at a great price.....Make sure you consider these boots when going to the high end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are other boots that people highly recommend. I have purposely skipped a few boots do to bad buckles/poor quality at their respective price point.

I don't list Fox boots AT ALL.....Their build quality tends to be low end.  For example, even with updates to the Comp5, it is still a crappy boot at the price point.

Alpinestar is listed limitedly, and I have no experience with the ONE pair I listed. At that boots price point, I figure it will be the same/similar quality as other boots in the price point.

There are other boots not listed do to having a Bonded Sole.....I don't recommend bonded sole boots for trail riding. While they are OK for MX, they don't have the same toe protection as the welt sole boots and it sucks to walk with broken toes!

I have noticed that welt sole boots are coming back. A few years ago most manufactures moved to the bonded sole, mainly do to the cost savings of this type of sole over the welt soles. A* and O'Neal are two examples....Those two brands didn't have or had very limited models, with welt soles last year.....This year, their new models have the welt soles. This is a good trend for trail riders. I doubt it matters as much for Motocross as rocks and tree stumps don't hide track side.

 

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Formas....Italian made, hinged ankle, feel like slippers. Enough said.

 

I just received my Forma Predators last week.

No ride time yet, but fit well. They really do feel like slippers with really great ankle articulations and rock solid side/twist support.

 

Here are my fit observations.

I wear a US 9.5 - 10 depending on the brand. (left foot larger than right foot by a 1/4 size)

I had read reviews and seen video reviews that said the Forma Predator run a bit large so I ordered a EU 43, Forma lists a 43 as a US size 9. 

I'm happy with the 9, it fits just how I like my boots to fit, my toes are not at the end of the boot and I have good positive fit in the heal box. (not sloppy)

I have wide feet too.

 

Additional info:

Forma lists the actual length measurements in inches too.

My foot length is actually 10.3" , which would put me in a EU size 42 or a US 9 according to Forma.

 

The EU 43 length measurement according to Forma is 10.6" for the EU 42 it is 10.4"

 

I could have gone up one EU size to 44 and I think I would have been ok with a thick sock, but didn't want to risk having a sloppy heal box.

 

Some things to keep in mind.

 

I'll post a longer term review in 3-6 month, or PM and I'll give an instant update if your wondering about ordering them all the way from Italy at a huge discount.

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I am a trail rider and do some trial like stuff on my beta RR.

I am looking for make a models that every one would suggest.

I do not do any MX so alpinestars out not anything I am looking for.

 

looking to spend 200-250 ish

what would you all recommend

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QRG47TQ?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

 

just put on the pair that came ups about a half hour ago...

fit good,,, easy to walk in considering how thick they are...

I think these are plenty of boot for my needs...

for now...

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I just received my Forma Predators last week.

No ride time yet, but fit well. They really do feel like slippers with really great ankle articulations and rock solid side/twist support.

 

Here are my fit observations.

I wear a US 9.5 - 10 depending on the brand. (left foot larger than right foot by a 1/4 size)

I had read reviews and seen video reviews that said the Forma Predator run a bit large so I ordered a EU 43, Forma lists a 43 as a US size 9. 

I'm happy with the 9, it fits just how I like my boots to fit, my toes are not at the end of the boot and I have good positive fit in the heal box. (not sloppy)

I have wide feet too.

 

Additional info:

Forma lists the actual length measurements in inches too.

My foot length is actually 10.3" , which would put me in a EU size 42 or a US 9 according to Forma.

 

The EU 43 length measurement according to Forma is 10.6" for the EU 42 it is 10.4"

 

I could have gone up one EU size to 44 and I think I would have been ok with a thick sock, but didn't want to risk having a sloppy heal box.

 

Some things to keep in mind.

 

I'll post a longer term review in 3-6 month, or PM and I'll give an instant update if your wondering about ordering them all the way from Italy at a huge discount.

I am looking at the Forma boots as a possible new boot. I was wondering how much room is in the top. I have big calves and the only boot I can find that fits at the G-12's. Thanks for any help.

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I am looking at the Forma boots as a possible new boot. I was wondering how much room is in the top. I have big calves and the only boot I can find that fits at the G-12's. Thanks for any help.

I'll look in the next couple days and get a measurement of the max diameter of the top Velcro attachment and max buckle length.

it could take 2-3 days before i can get the measurement and post it back here.

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I am looking at the Forma boots as a possible new boot. I was wondering how much room is in the top. I have big calves and the only boot I can find that fits at the G-12's. Thanks for any help.

I have the Forma Predators and the Gaerne SG-12. I don't have measurements on the openings, but I have larger calves and with knee protection I can't get most boots closed. The Forma's and SG-12 are pretty much the same on calf width, though the SG-12 is just a small amount larger where the velcro attaches. I can easily get both boots closed with larger knee pads. The SG-12 are lighter and slimmer, but the Predators have way more memory foam around the ankle and in the instep. They also seem sturdier around the ankle for side to side movement. The pleather on the Gaerne boots are better then the Forma's. I've only had 10 rides on the Predators and there are small knicks in the pleather down by the toe box already. Not a big deal, but I think that is probably my only complaint about the Forma Predators. Other then that minor complaint about the pleather, they are awesome boots and they don't squeak like all the other hinged boots thanks to the carbon fiber hinges. They are also the heaviest of the high end boots, but you don't notice it when they are on your feet.

Also have you measured the diameter of your calves? Also do you have long legs or short legs, as that depends where the boots will close around your calf. I have shorter legs, so the boots generally close around the thickest part of my calf.

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I have the Forma Predators and the Gaerne SG-12. I don't have measurements on the openings, but I have larger calves and with knee protection I can't get most boots closed. The Forma's and SG-12 are pretty much the same on calf width, though the SG-12 is just a small amount larger where the velcro attaches. I can easily get both boots closed with larger knee pads. The SG-12 are lighter and slimmer, but the Predators have way more memory foam around the ankle and in the instep. They also seem sturdier around the ankle for side to side movement. The pleather on the Gaerne boots are better then the Forma's. I've only had 10 rides on the Predators and there are small knicks in the pleather down by the toe box already. Not a big deal, but I think that is probably my only complaint about the Forma Predators. Other then that minor complaint about the pleather, they are awesome boots and they don't squeak like all the other hinged boots thanks to the carbon fiber hinges. They are also the heaviest of the high end boots, but you don't notice it when they are on your feet.

Also have you measured the diameter of your calves? Also do you have long legs or short legs, as that depends where the boots will close around your calf. I have shorter legs, so the boots generally close around the thickest part of my calf.

Thanks for the great info. I hear great things about the G-12's I was hoping the Forma boots would be good.

I measured my calfs. I measured 15 inches up from the ground and got 19".

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Thanks for the great info. I hear great things about the G-12's I was hoping the Forma boots would be good.

I measured my calfs. I measured 15 inches up from the ground and got 19".

The Forma's are great boots, just as good as the Gaerne SG-12.

For reference, my calves at 15 inches are 18 inches, so you are a bit bigger then me. The SG-12 and Predators are 15 inches tall from the top of the welted sole.

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