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Overboots?

After testing my riding gear over the weekend in the rain. The boots are terrible (alpinestars tech 3), I know that they aren't waterproof but these are very bad.

Are waterproof over boots the answer? If so any suggestions?
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Why not go to Gore boots? Like Alpinestars Toucan? Sidi also has similar (but they are really noisy). I think few other brands have similar boots available.
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After testing my riding gear over the weekend in the rain. The boots are terrible (alpinestars tech 3), I know that they aren't waterproof but these are very bad.

Are waterproof over boots the answer? If so any suggestions?

My experience with goretex boots and clothing is a bit dissappointing since they are ok for light showers, then, it starts feeling a bit moist and cool inside.

Under proper heavy or constant rain I have had to pour water from my boots. The result = spending too much money and expect too much off them.

At some point I decided to go for rubber (not nylon) overboots that I got from ebay for about £15 pounds and they are great, do the job and keep my feet and boots 100% dry. They are not esthetically great but who cares when is pouring down. I don't mind getting wet when I'm not far from home but If I'm out for some hours, days, weeks or more, I do care. The same applies to clothing.
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I've also got several pairs of boots that seem to be very good at keeping water in but useless at keeping it out.

The poor mans answer for me has been a couple of pairs of Lidl's nylon overboots. They're cheap - about £5.00, and while a bit fiddly to put on have kept my feet dry in some serious rain - a week of wet days on this year's Elephant rally for example. Well worth the money.
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I use alpine stars ridge touring boots, and they're excellent. They've kept my feet warm, dry and comfy in all but the heaviest rain storms. I ride all year round and I remember only one storm from hell, incidentally it was Day 1 of my Mongolia & Siberia trip on the way down to the ferry,in which my boots leaked. I don't know if water got in or whether it just funneled down into my boots. If I have to ride out in a megastorm I'll put the Seal Skin socks on.

I just don't believe that there is any such thing as 100% waterproof. It'll get in at some point and it's usually trough wear and tear or ill fitting. To be fair, when I think of what our intrepid forebears rode during their mot-adventurers we have it pretty good these days when it comes to modern bike gear, even the cheaper brands, No-one likes getting soaked but its all part of being a biker/moto-adventurer.

I had considered the over boots myself, but I think they would have to be military grade goretex for me (like my over mittens), the ones I've seen look like cheap nylon poncho material. Post links if you see a good pair.
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Goretex boots. I have some BMW ones - ok to keep water out. But they also keep water in. If you stop in a water crossing the water goes over the top of the boots ... takes 3 days to get them to approach 'dry' (with extensive drying attempts!)

Overboots. I use the rubber ones - you can get them at some motorcycle shops. Excellent. Downsides; they are difficult to put on/off unless you use plastic shopping bags (that are becoming less available), can rip.
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