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Darn boots I bought are slowly breaking in. Pulling my lower back out and then being sick didn't help with my timeline to switch my boots out.

One thing I notice is that the tip of the boot feels slick when I'm stopped. Add in the limited flexibility and I see a minor problem. I think if I break them in a bit more and scuff the tips of the sole I will get a better feeling. But so far I am liking the new boots. Bought a set of Fly Milepost boots. Not to bad and the armor is pretty adequate compared to what I was using prior. Also need to work on putting my foot a bit further back to compensate for the stiffer soles.

Once I break them in a bit more I'll let everyone know how they are working out. For a budget boot they are pretty toasty and so far no water leakage when wearing them. Yes I went puddle jumping like a crazy kid one day ;)
 

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Ok finally did some good long riding (for me anyway) in these boots. 4 trips from 20 minutes to 3 hours.

The Bad:

  • They take awhile to break in and make slightly flexible
  • Stiff sole is a bit harder to down shift, but I suspect as I beat the snot out of them they will flex a bit more
  • Upper rubs a bit rough at the top area of the boot where the Velcro secures around your calf
  • Not very tight around the upper of the boot
  • The boots don't breath well as they are meant to be waterproof. For wintertime wear I think they are fine. For summer I would definitely want a second set of shoes that breath better when I got to my destination. I think I can stash a pair of Converse All Stars in a bag.
The Good:

  • 3 Hours in 30 degree weather the worst effect on my foot was a cold big toe. I think I will try a different set of socks. I haven't worn tube socks in years and I just grabbed the first pair that fit at the local Wal-mart.
  • No leaks in the rain. Feet were nice and dry. I went puddle stomping in the grocery store parking lot in my full gear minus a helmet when I parked the bike. No leaks in the pants or boots I'm happy to report ;)
  • Pretty comfortable for walking around the office. I wouldn't make a habit of it but I can't put my soft bags on the bike at the moment so I was VERY limited on how much I could carry in my jacket.
All in all a pretty decent boot for the price, fit was true to size. Measured in at a 9 US ordered a 9 US and they fit nicely. I would make sure if you ever get a pair wear nice long padded socks at the top or they will chafe a bit till the leather softens. I had to change my shifting a bit as I was definitely not used to wearing actual armored boots for riding. I had a pair of jungle boots that I was wearing till I could find a nice, cheap, well reviewed boot in the 100-200 price range. These fit the bill.

P.S. I would have loved to provide a protection report on these but I kind of like being wheels affixed to the pavement instead of my butt. Sorry guys/gals.
 

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Get some smartwool ski socks, thicker rather than thinner. Socks sold for moto are nice, but seemed to me more expensive than the same socks labeled as ski socks. I got some at REI.
 
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