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Dec 26th 2016, 07:50 PM   #16
 
  Apr 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 Kawi H2, 2014 CBR 1000, 2007 VStar 1300
Lol, my sedici's squeak too, drives me nuts! Thought it was a cheaper brand thing. Sounds like maybe I should hit motocorsa to try some out. I'm close to pulling the trigger on the vortices, the deal posted above is awesome, and I'm sure, from the videos on the site and the suggestions here, that the quality and safety factor is top notch. Comfort is the only concern. Long time to put on and take off sucks, but it's not like they will be on and off alot in short periods of time.

They do also seem very "extreme" for someone like me that not only is not a professional racer, but have yet to get on the track, however, I would be using them mostly with my H2, on which I want to be extra sure to be safe. Hmmmm
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Dec 26th 2016, 08:15 PM   #17
 Squidly's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bothell

I've seen really "slow" riders crash at high speeds.

With how easily a life altering ankle/leg injury can happen I think you should go for the extra protection but thats just imo
Dec 26th 2016, 10:05 PM   #18
 
  Apr 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 Kawi H2, 2014 CBR 1000, 2007 VStar 1300
Squidly, good point. No reason to be cheap at all when it comes to safety. There are many that have no problem cutting corners in this, but I prefer not to. I am slowly getting better and better gear all the way around.

With that said, I went ahead and just ordered the Sidi Vortice boots. Great deal on what seem to be awesome boots, so order done.

Thank you everyone for the input and assistance, I really appreciate it.

Trent
Dec 27th 2016, 02:08 AM   #19
 craiger's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Dude, maybe none of my bizness, but if you are in possession of the bikes listed on your profile, you should have no problem purchasing the best gear out there...those are some serious bikes. IMHO, if you ride those bikes even remotely close to their capabilities, you should invest in serious gear. Serious bikes = serious gear. Rev'it, A-stars, Dainese, Aerostich, even locally owned Langlitz would be suitable..no?
Dec 27th 2016, 08:59 AM   #20
 
  Apr 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 Kawi H2, 2014 CBR 1000, 2007 VStar 1300
I agree. I am not one to waste money, which is how I'm able to have all the toys. Like I had posted earlier, I was thinking maybe some items are too extreme for me and my riding habits/abilities. After thinking, and talking to the wife, it is better to make sure I have good gear. I haven't had the H2 very long, like 2 months, and with all the sucky weather lately and work schedules, I am just about 800 miles on it. I definitely plan to hit the track this coming year and go through a track school, likely 2Fast.
Dec 28th 2016, 03:13 AM   #21
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Amen brutha...gettin a hot ass ride like the H2 this time of year is hard man..all ya wanna do is get out, but nope, gets dark at noon, shitty weather, etc says "nope". You shall not ride !! I feel your pain. I ride to work as much as possible, the rain bike is a mess, but it is what it is. Gotta ride or I go stir crazy. Get the best gear you can afford, try some on at a shop, buy from them if you can (support the local guys, yo), and be safe. I'm doin some track time meself on the Ape this year, maybe i'll see ya out there..
Dec 31st 2016, 08:54 AM   #22
 
  Jan 2016
  Renton

  2011 Triumph Daytona 675, 1975 Honda CB550K1
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Originally Posted by Envisiontj
Lol, my sedici's squeak too, drives me nuts! Thought it was a cheaper brand thing. Sounds like maybe I should hit motocorsa to try some out. I'm close to pulling the trigger on the vortices, the deal posted above is awesome, and I'm sure, from the videos on the site and the suggestions here, that the quality and safety factor is top notch. Comfort is the only concern. Long time to put on and take off sucks, but it's not like they will be on and off alot in short periods of time.

They do also seem very "extreme" for someone like me that not only is not a professional racer, but have yet to get on the track, however, I would be using them mostly with my H2, on which I want to be extra sure to be safe. Hmmmm
One way to calm down squeaky boots is to get some silicone based lubricant and apply it to all the pivot and overlap points on the boots, will help at least attenuate the noise. I bet even "prep spray", tire shine, or armorall would help.

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Dec 31st 2016, 10:02 AM   #23
 DocB's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CBR600F, CB77, CB750K
I'll throw a little different perspective out there. I buy a lot of used gear on ebay. Sounds a little gross for things like boots, but if you find a pair that hasn't been used much and give them a really good cleaning inside with rubbing alcohol you can get some really nice boots for cheap.

I picked up a like new pair of Supertech Rs for $200 when I first got back into riding four years ago. Like you I wanted really serious protection (I have an ankle full of screws and plates earned in a case of very bad judgement) and those pushed a lot of buttons. They are not walking boots, mostly just because the soles are a little slick. But on the bike they are very comfortable with good feel of the pegs and levers, and they are fairly easy on and off in spite of being inner+outer style boots.

Guessing proper sizing before you bid might be a little tricky unless you have been through a few pair of boots already so you have an idea of a particular brand's fit. I have found that a Dianese 44 fits me and in Astars a 45 seems to be about right (I wear a 10.5 EE in running shoes, for reference). For the low prices one can find with a little patience and perseverance, I am willing to gamble and just put a pair that doesn't fit back up on ebay. I can usually get back what I paid, less shipping.

If you want to scare yourself into getting the best gear you can afford, watch to some of the Cases from the Races videos by the late John Hinds where, among other things, he talks about about foot injuries. His commentary is a hoot, you can see why he was so well loved.
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Dec 31st 2016, 08:16 PM   #24
 
  Apr 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 Kawi H2, 2014 CBR 1000, 2007 VStar 1300
I got the Vortice's in. Overall love them. Maybe a little tight going on, but I am sure that little bit will wear in. Once on, they feel good, and are definitely a great quality boot. Can't wait to get on the bike with them. Been working A LOT the last week.
Jan 3rd 2017, 06:56 AM   #25
 GoldAsh's Avatar
 
  May 2016
  Wilsonville

  S1000RR
I'm on my second pair of SMX plus and love them. Sidi and Dianese will be on my list when I'm ready for next pair.
Jan 3rd 2017, 11:15 AM   #26
 Flyboymedic's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati M600, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
OP, it looks like you already bought some boots but FWIW I have Gaerne GP-1 boots that I've had for a year now and really like them. I came from the Alpinestar SMX5 that fit really well but I was looking for a step up in protection since I make my living on my feet. I have huge 19" calves and the Gaerne boots have a wide toe box and room for my legs as well. I'm always on the lookout for a better fitting boot with all the protection that I want so perhaps these may find a new owner someday but until then, I'm pretty happy with them.
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Jan 3rd 2017, 11:24 AM   #27
 beansbaxter's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle, WA

  Ducati + KTM
When it comes to gear, go try different brands on, see what fits you best for your intended use.

I've had various brands over the years. Love my Sidi's the best... I've had to resole them twice over the last 10 years, but the quality and stitching have held up great.
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Jan 3rd 2017, 11:47 PM   #28
 Thumperpilot's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
Boots

I liked my Sidi's but the paramedics cut them off and I didn't think to stop them. I wouldn't let them cut my leathers though! I figure I'm going with their top line boot next time, or a pair of adv boots...
Nothing says "I'll get a cheap pair of boots, helmet or gear," like a nearly six figure medical bill and the metal implanted to prove it.

Seriously, DO NOT wear cheap gear.

Buying it cheap is one thing but make sure you buy quality.
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Jan 4th 2017, 02:05 PM   #29
 
  Apr 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 Kawi H2, 2014 CBR 1000, 2007 VStar 1300
Yeah, I am focusing on all good gear from now on. Well worth the money in the big picture.
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Jan 5th 2017, 08:15 AM   #30
pwh
 
  Sep 2016
  Bellevue

  KTM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thumperpilot
I liked my Sidi's but the paramedics cut them off and I didn't think to stop them.....
This +1000. Except the paramedics cut my jacket and pants off but I wouldn't let them cut my Sidi's.

I went feet first into a guard rail and had zero foot injuries. Still wearing them.
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