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Goretex riding boots

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:17 am
by CC Ryder
I have been looking for over 1 year for a good pair of waterproof riding boots.
I would like a leather and goretex combination. Ones that lace up and have a zipper for easy on and off, and come just over the ankle would be nice. I have seen men's boots but have not been able to find women's boots that fit well. Living in the Vancouver, B.C. area I have gone to all the motorbike stores with no success. I have looked on line but possibly not at the right sights. Any suggestions? [/list]

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:25 am
by RhadamYgg
Well, you might have trouble finding that combination, I'm not sure.

I know my wife liked mens styled sneakers better than womens (she likes high tops) and she would adjust her shoe size and go ahead and buy a mens model.

The other thing are two of the I think three places I shop for stuff.
BikeBandit.com (although they are not primarily an accessory site, they sell parts as well).
NewEnough.com - is where I buy most of my stuff - but mostly because I'm cheapskate and they have tremendous closeout deals a lot of the time.

Good luck.

RhadamYgg

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:05 am
by ceemes
Water/rain proof riding boots are an oxymoron, just like military intelligence or jumbo shrimp. The only boots that I have found to be totally water proof were the steel toed Wellington Boots I wore as a courier during Vancouver's wet fall to spring season.
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Not the most eye catching fashion statement, but tootsies did stay dry. They had the added bonus of being great for kicking out tail light lens's or kicking in body panels of cages that tried to merge me into a line of park cars, being steel toed and all. :mrgreen:

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:45 am
by RockBottom
After trying many types of waterproof boots, I found all clammy and uncomfortable, particularly in warm weather. That even applied to high end ones like Gaerne. So I bought some boot covers for those rare instances when I need something waterproof. (They also help if you're riding in serious cold, and they take minimal room to store.)

http://www.amazon.com/TOUR-MASTER-CORTE ... 297&sr=8-3

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:29 am
by RhadamYgg
You know, its funny - I don't really have a lot of problems with water in my boots. I've ridden in the rain with my Kawasaki, Ranger pants over boots (no waterproof liner in them) and Joe Rocket Meteor boots and I didn't notice an appreciable amount of water in them.

I've been in both crappy rain and through short bursts of torrential thunderstorm that I probably should have pulled over for... But I was afraid I'd get hit by a car sitting on the side of the road... And no overpasses, either.

RhadamYgg

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:34 am
by storysunfolding
I use the tourmaster boot covers. Lets you have an air boot (oh sweet merciful Gods of innovation) and switch to a waterproof as needed.

Also all my other "waterproof" boots were decidedly NOT waterproof.

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:48 am
by dr_bar
My "Willy G's" in the Harley line up are Gortex lined leather boots, best money spent on gear ever. Feet are always dry regardless of the weather...

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:31 pm
by slimcolo
I have had two pairs of totally waterproof boots. (when new) One pair Joe Rocket (style no longer made) and one pair of Vasque hiking boots (made by Red Wing in their SLC factory) Both were waterproof for about 5 years and then started leaking where sole is attached to upper. (other than no longer waterproof both remain in good condition after 12 years)

The Vasque had the gortex liner and made feet really sweat in hot weather. Unlike the Joe Rocket and most bike boots Red Wing stuff comes in AAA thru EEE width. (but most Vasque hiking boots use a sizing insole that costs around $20, I use the Vasque insoles, from Red Wing, in the Joe Rocket boots to make up for the WIDE D width)

Two other options are Totes (this is just one brand) and Gortex socks. Totes are just tight fitting overshoes designed for motorsport use, and can be had at many bike shops or mail order. (Areostich and Wulderwench an d others) Campmor and Gart Brothers carry the Gortex Socks. Both cost about $30 AND there is always the old school way, plastic bread sacks.

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 1:49 pm
by paul246
When riding in wet weather I wear Cabela's Gortex Socks inside my combat boots. Totally waterproof.

I've ridden these in water so deep that my Valkyrie's tires would force so much water out on each side that my feet would be literally water blasted off the pegs. Did that for hours and my feet stayed dry.

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:12 pm
by XB08
If you are looking for a good boot that is leather and goretex combination. Bmw dealers have one or then did. I think they are at a high price, but if you like then the cost dose not matter.

Posted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 4:15 pm
by Tennif Shoe
i have red wing slip on boots, i can stand in ankle deep water all day and water will never get in. got so use to it that i was wearing my Doc Martins without thinking about it walked thru some water water came in the boot i said wtf

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:02 pm
by demon_racer23
Here a couple of womens motorcycle boots

this one is leather and gortex, but it doesn't say if it's waterproof
http://www.compacc.com/p.cfm/c/1002008/p/6635

these are waterproof but not gortex
http://www.compacc.com/p.cfm/c/1002008/p/20799

You may have to do some special shipping because it out of the country though...

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:53 pm
by Big B
ceemes wrote:Water/rain proof riding boots are an oxymoron, just like military intelligence or jumbo shrimp. The only boots that I have found to be totally water proof were the steel toed Wellington Boots I wore as a courier during Vancouver's wet fall to spring season.
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Not the most eye catching fashion statement, but tootsies did stay dry. They had the added bonus of being great for kicking out tail light lens's or kicking in body panels of cages that tried to merge me into a line of park cars, being steel toed and all. :mrgreen:
so they're called wellington boots, eh? i've always heard them referred to as swampers, and yes, they're very waterproof.

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:17 pm
by ceemes
Big B wrote:
ceemes wrote:Water/rain proof riding boots are an oxymoron, just like military intelligence or jumbo shrimp. The only boots that I have found to be totally water proof were the steel toed Wellington Boots I wore as a courier during Vancouver's wet fall to spring season.
Image
Not the most eye catching fashion statement, but tootsies did stay dry. They had the added bonus of being great for kicking out tail light lens's or kicking in body panels of cages that tried to merge me into a line of park cars, being steel toed and all. :mrgreen:
so they're called wellington boots, eh? i've always heard them referred to as swampers, and yes, they're very waterproof.
actually they are better known as Wellies in the UK and Canada.

Goretex riding boots

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:16 pm
by CC Ryder
I did buy the boot covers and that seems to do the trick for now. What did riders do before there was Goretex? A good leather riding boot with mink oil? How water proof is that? Maybe a good pair of leather boots with goretex soxs is the answer. :)

Posted: Fri Apr 24, 2009 12:39 pm
by jonnythan
Wellies are all well and good, but they have zero breathability. So any sweat or condensation (and there will be condensation) stays inside.

And you have to wear them under your pants.

Boot covers are really the way to go. If you want leather Goretex boots, go to a work boot store.

Goretex riding boots

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:59 am
by CC Ryder
After a year + of looking I finally found some goretex leather riding boots! Trev Deeley got some new boots in and they were just what I've been looking for. Leather, Goretex and shock absorbers twin pad comfort technology.They are a lot warmer than the boots I have now so I won't have to wear as thick wool socks to keep my feet warm. Mind you they were expensive, $300. with tax. Now to break them in.