Getting good motorcycle gear is not easy for a 5’5” woman, although in the last few years there has been more gear available in smaller sizes then ever before as more women get in to motorcycling. All the sudden I don’t have to look really hard for good gear, there are many choices and woman’s gear no longer is a stripped down version of the men’s gear. But that’s for street riding.
Off road riding is a whole different game. Plenty of boots for motocross for women, but not Dual Sport riding. I had no idea that getting Dual Sport boots for my size US 7 Euro 38 foot would be so difficult. A lot of Dual Sport boots just didn’t come in small sizes. I only found a hand full of boots that would fit me.
My first boot order was in the beginning of October, I wanted a pair of boots dedicated to riding my dual sport, because I didn’t want to get my sport touring boots all muddy and dirty plus I wanted taller boots, with more ankle protection and a stiffer sole for standing on pegs.
I ordered a pair of Sidi Canyon Sypatex, but my size was on back order and after 4 weeks I started looking for something that I didn’t have to wait for.
I ordered a pair of Gaerne Explorer boots next. But after a week, the vendor contacted me and told me he couldn’t get my size, they were also on back order.
My third boot order was for the AXO SR4 boots, but again, a week after I placed the order, I was told that my size was not available in the US, even though they had it listed on their website and AXO does have the boot available in Europe.
Oxtar Infinity boots didn’t even make it to an order, even though they are made in my size, US doesn’t import the smaller sizes.
I was now getting very annoyed. I had a dual sport bike but not boots. I wanted boots for my Texas trip at the end of December, so I ordered a pair of motorcross type boots, that I could use for trail riding in the future, and maybe touring? I got the Alpinestars Tech 4 boots.
I took them out for a ride, but being tall and really stiff, I didn’t see how I could tour with them, they were not comfortable to walk in.
Yea, I’m making a fashion statement, leather pants and motorcross boots. Still waiting on some textile pants, but that's another story.
So I still wanted a pair of Dual Sport boots, out of all the boots out there, only these were available in my size.
Four VRX boots… never heard of the brand.
Daytona Trans Open GTX, I love Daytona boots and have two pairs for sport touring but at $450 I was having a hard time with the price tag.
BMW Santiago, not the cheapest but not that expensive either. All leather and waterproof, these seemed like the best choice from the three. I placed my order and they will be delivered tomorrow. Will they work? I hope so, I'm out of choices.