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Which light weight boots?

I am currently using Tech 3’s however they are heavy and not suitable for walking, I think a dual purpose type of boot for both on the bike & walking in would suit me better.

I am looking for a kind of motorcross / walking boot hybrid if there is such a thing for my upcoming Central Asia trip

Any recommendations ?
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This is not from any long-term experience, whatsoever, but I have been trying to find Diadora Mud motorcycle boots for about a year and have given up. This followed a pair found at a local motorbike shop but the guy only got one pair in, apparently, and wouldn't be getting any more in (because that pair in that size hadn't sold???) and they were in a size smaller than my feet.

They seemed to be just what we are after. If you can find them, give them a try - they're only about £90 and they are actually brown (they look much better than that makes them sound) but apparently they are sized rather small and you may have to go up a size or two on your normal size.

Those were the second of that type of boot that I have seen in the form of what might be termed a walking/biking boot. The first were at the Touratech stand at the NEC Bike Show in (I think) November 2011. They were a show special in black with the odd bit of bright yellow trimming (so much nastier-looking than the Diadoras) at something like £125. I don't know the make but they could be the predecessors of these which, I suppose, look to be conceptually similar:- Forma adventure boots at Touratech.co.uk.

Is that what you meant? Enduro boots that are not as tall and have a semi-rigid sole (hopefully), not rigid-from-heel-to-toe? I respect that they're still not going to be brilliant 'walkers' - nor brilliant 'bikers' for that matter. It's all a big compromise, as ever, and biking boots and walking boots... The two are a tad mutually exclusive, if you know what I mean: flexible ankle, flexible toe area versus rigid ankle, rigid sole/shank.

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I have travelled using both Altberg Hogg motorcycle boots and High Fell walking boots which are more or less the same thing but one is 4 inches taller than the other. The Hoggs are obviously the better motorcycle boot but perfectly suitable for walking in, I traipsed along the Inca trail and up Ben Nevis in mine, they also do a Hogg lite which presumably is the same but lighter.
Their quality is superb, I have just ordered another pair of Hoggs after nearly 10 years of daily use from the first pair, they need a re-sole but still have plenty of life in them.
Both boots are made to order and available in several width fittings.
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I virtually lived in Forma Adventure boots for 6 months and came away impressed. Comfortable enough to hike in all day but still provide good protection (20 plus falls in Mongolia proved that). They are not as waterproof as the manufacturer claims (but I have never found anyone elses boots, gloves etc to be either). I'm about to do another long trip and the same pair is coming with me again.
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Re: Which light weight boots?

W2 adventure boots are in my opinion and many others, the best dual sport and travel boots. And only 150 quid.

Best boots I've ever ever owned. Can walk all day in them too.

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Daytona Trans Open GTX

I bought mine in 1998 ... still waterproof and you can walk at least for a bit, compared to all these MX footkillers

and yes, they are expensive but longterm good value

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Thanks for the info fellors
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I have the Daytona Travel star GTX-Goretex which is more a touring boot.
Nowhere near the shin or ankle protection of an MX boot but always a trade off if you
want to walk some decent distance in them.

Straight out of the box you could walk all day in them. And 100% waterproof.

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Im still looking and all of the above are the type i am after.

I was looking on ebay and came across Alpinestars Scout Boots which look like good protection with a walking boot type sole.

Anyone got a pair ?
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How about these alpinestars? Alpinestars Motorcycle Boots CR 4 Gore-Tex XCR WP Black
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Great for on road.... Little protection for off it though.

Electric start only lol.


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I have a pair of little used Alpine Stars white Tech 8's in size 7 for sale.
If you don't use the booties, I reckon size 8 would be ok too.
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Personally, I'm OK sacrificing a bit of protection for a ton of usability.

I'm a fan of my Altberg Hogg Ultralite boots. I wanted something that I could re-sole and use for many years. I wanted something I could ride to work, spend all day on my feet, and ride home without having to change shoes. I've also done some hiking and they are comfortable in that environment too. Though they're not advertised as waterproof, I wax them every few weeks and I've ridden through many downpours with completely dry socks.

I can't personally attest to their protective abilities, I've never crashed in them. They are heavy combat style boots with some motorcycle features (ankle padding, double shifter leather, thick sole, stiff shank). An MX style boot would offer substantially more protection.

I think the Hogg line is a good compromise for the commuter/long-term tourer. I'm glad I pulled the trigger on mine.
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army boots

I use (Dutch) army boots. Great for motorcycling and hiking and good value for money. The Sidi Adventure boots seem to be really good, but are very expensive.
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I used the (expensive) Sidi Adventure Rain boots on a year long trip and was not impressed. They stayed waterproof till they started to come apart and squeaked with every step I took. I had bad luck with them but others may have differing experiences.

The boots from Alt-Berg look like a nice compromise for the long term tourer and could be just the ticket for my next journey.


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