I know that I will need new winter/cold weather riding pants this year, but I also need some new riding boots. Okay, I'll probably need summer gloves too. It's never is the actual motorcycle purchase that costs a lot, it always seems to be the goods, farkles and gear to go with it.
I had been using non riding specific HH Brown Opanka pack boots as riding boots when I was a passenger. They were a pretty good fit and wore well for 7-8 years I used them. The heel was a problem for me as I've had ankle surgery many years ago and the angle was not good for walking.
Last year, for riding the TU, I switched to HD Melia riding boots.
I liked the style, low heel, and the fact they aren't bulky. They are big enough for my warm socks, but they roast my feet in the summer and my feet freeze below about 50˚. I am happy with the way they are wearing, but feel these have stretched a bit and it would be nice to have a slightly tighter fit and something with ankle protection. For them to be vegan would be a bonus.
I started doing a little research this afternoon (slow day in the office) and came up with these: the Sidi Jasmine Rain Boot.
Although the appear to be leather they are actually made from Lorica®. What is Lorica you ask? Well, to quote their advertising Lorica is "a composite micro fiber material created from strands less than one-thousandth the thickness of silk. When injected with special resins, these fibers act like natural leather skin, but with the addition of better strength, softer texture, lighter weight and better moisture protection. Lorica is also highly resistant to abrasion - yet it still breathes - with more than three million pores per square centimeter. Easy to maintain, Lorica doesn’t stain and can’t be scratched and offers, reduced weight, more flexibility and more feel than leather racing boots."
I'm intrigued. Several sites have these boots listed for $200. For Sidi, that seems a good price to me. Considering I paid about $119 for my HD Melia's with no ankle protection, it seems a good value.
Now if only I could find a place around here to actually try them on. I think Cycle Gear in Salem can special order them in and if they don't fit I don't think you have to buy them. Maybe Troubadour even has a coupon hiding around here somewhere. If nothing else my Melia's were ordered off the internet. I'd never ordered boots online before, but was impressed with customer service and exchange policies if they didn't fit. If shipping were free, I don't think I'd hesitate to order online again. Good thing we built the walk in closet in the spare room or I'd never be able to store all my old discarded gear.
I am in no rush for boots right at the moment but I'll definitely have to add these to my mental wish list. Now if only pants or gloves were that easy.......
- Au Revoir
"A bargain ain't a bargain unless it's something you need." ~ Sidney Carroll.