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post #1 of 27 Old 01-22-2016, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for opinions on boots

I've been riding with a pair of Alpinestars shoes, but they're really only good for abrasion protection, and I'd like something that's going to provide some 'crush' protection and better ankle support.

I'm looking at a few now, but let me know if I should consider others.

Alpinestars SMX 5 (Maybe SMX 3)
Sidi Fusion
Dianese TR-Course Out

I'd like something I can walk in, if I do ride around on the weekends I don't normally change shoes going to the store or out for food or whatever.

I hadn't looked at TCX, but would check them out if there were positive opinions on those as well.

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The models you listed provide torsion, over-extension and abrasion resistance. It comes down to fit though. Dainese tends to have a more narrow profile. I personally have TCX-R boots which have a wide comfortable fit.

Also keep in mind that some boots can be resoled, such as Sidi, which can increase longevity considering the high cost.
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Love my sidi boots. STs are great, and I also have a riding shoe by them that's decently comfortable and doesn't look so odd that I can't wear it to the office.


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i have used Alpinestar SMX plus and the Supertech R. Both are very comfortable on and off the bike. Tried out the Dainese TR Course-out and found them too narrow.
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If you have a narrower foot the heel cup on the Dainese TR course out is molded as one piece. I can actually stand on the heel without it crushing so it would be your best option from that list for crush protection. Sidi will have a little wider toe box than the Dainese and Alpinestar's will be your widest of those options. Personally, I have crashed twice in my Dainese's and they have broken in very nicely.
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Alpinestars and Sidi are top notch boots. But even the best boot will not protect your feet properly if they don't fit well. Get whichever good quality boot best fits your feet.

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I love my super tech r's I can wear them all day with zero complaints. Super comfy and I have the vented ones and in so cal summers they are amazing. I can say they are more comfy then my work boots or my shoes I wear
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I've been riding with a pair of Alpinestars shoes, but they're really only good for abrasion protection, and I'd like something that's going to provide some 'crush' protection and better ankle support.

I'm looking at a few now, but let me know if I should consider others.

Alpinestars SMX 5 (Maybe SMX 3)
Sidi Fusion
Dianese TR-Course Out

I'd like something I can walk in, if I do ride around on the weekends I don't normally change shoes going to the store or out for food or whatever.

I hadn't looked at TCX, but would check them out if there were positive opinions on those as well.
I own a pair of AXO Aragon boots and they are awesome. They were reasonably priced as well. I watched a video review on STG they said they were good and they were right. Ankle support is great, and they have the boa system so the fit is proper when tightened up.
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I know your asking us but these guys know their stuff, and give pretty fair reviews. Plus they have decent prices on all their items.

Video reviews from Sportbike Track Gear:

SMX-5

Sidi Fusion


Dianese TR-Course Out

Personally, just glancing at them, i like the Dianese the best.

And even though its not what your looking at: I got a pair of less expensive Spidi XPD XP-3S boots last year. They get the job done, but they probably aren't going to make it to next season. plus I don't think they'll provide all that great crash protection.

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Around the same price range as those above is also the TCX S-Speed.



All day comfortable and very solid protection as well.

Just let me know if you are interested in knowing more or would like to look at the TCX line.

I will personally be running the TCX R-S2 Evo's for 2016.
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I personally roll with SMX3s both perf and non perf versions. They are comfortable enough that when I go on a long ride and stop for a bit to eat I don't realize I'm still wearing motorcycle boots. Protection is there if I need it but they are still comfortable.
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Alpinestars have been excellent quality for me but it really comes down to boot fit. You really have to try them on. You need a boot that fits well that will allow you to engage your shifter and move your feet around comfortably. If you get too big/wide a boot, it's going to feel weird and your going to have issues shifting and your foot moving around. Too narrow or not big enough, you're going to be in pain on long rides.

Also consider the weather you ride in. In hot environments, consider perforated boots. I live in SoCal and would not rock anything else unless you like sweaty feet. However, in a cooler climate consider non perforated leather.
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I have the TCX-S Speed. I got them on recommendation from STG as a boot to fit my large calves. They fit great and have held up well to a spill or two. I don't mind walking in them in them around the pits, but I can't say I'd walk around for an hour in them.
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I've been riding with a pair of Alpinestars shoes, but they're really only good for abrasion protection, and I'd like something that's going to provide some 'crush' protection and better ankle support.

I'm looking at a few now, but let me know if I should consider others.

Alpinestars SMX 5 (Maybe SMX 3)
Sidi Fusion
Dianese TR-Course Out

I'd like something I can walk in, if I do ride around on the weekends I don't normally change shoes going to the store or out for food or whatever.

I hadn't looked at TCX, but would check them out if there were positive opinions on those as well.
Agree with others that Sidi tend to run narrow - I have three pair of different Sidi's so here goes:

Fusion Rain - pretty nice actually for wearing day to day. They don't have too much ankle support and they do not have replaceable pieces so once the shifter patch or anywhere else wears out they're done.

Cobra - more ankle support than the Fusion. They're comfortable enough that I've worn them through an entire work day, but I don't recommend it regularly. They've got replaceable toe sliders and heel guards which is nice (if I was grinding them off on the street) but they definitely have more protection than the Fusion.

ST Air - track boots only, at least for me. They squeak like crazy when I walk through the office so they're kind of distracting and annoying, and they're not all that comfortable. They're totally adjustable and make you feel like Ironman so I love the protection, but they're not great (in my opinion) if you're going to be walking around much.

And lastly, they're all just about too narrow for me - I think I have a pretty average foot width, so if you think you need something wider then a TCX would probably fit better.

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I picked up the Dianese Course Out. They are narrow but they fit me perfectly. I love how they go on, and I found them on clearance locally.

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