Friday, December 08, 2006

Dual-Sport boots for small feet

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Four VRX boots… never heard of the brand.

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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.

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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.

4 comments:

Payne said...
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Payne said...

Where in Texas are you going? I rode to the San Antonio area last month for an HSTA rally; read about it here: http://snipurl.com/kerrville

Payne

VIVID1 said...

Big Bend N.P. area

Cosmic said...

COol class motorcycle boots. Where did you buy them from??
Ugg Boots