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Old 9 Jul 2006
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Old 11 Jul 2006
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Altberg boots

I had a look at the Altberg website and found some boots that would be perfect for my trip....but then saw that they are only available to size 11(UK).

So I e-mailed them and they said they can custom make me a pair for 40ukp more. They are even going to send me a foot template to make sure they will fit. Excellent people and really good customer support. Obviously not tried the boots yet, but if they are half as good as the service I have already got, I will be more than happy.
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Old 14 Jul 2006
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Having used various motorcycle and leather boots in the past, I am now swearing by light weight waterproof hiking boots tall enough to cover the ankle. They do compromise safety somewhat, but give tenfolds back in versatility, comfort, utility and convenience, both on and off the bike.

For an rtw trip all you will need are these boots, some thick and thin fast wicking socks, and a pair of sporty sandals, and you're completely covered (unless you plan lots of hardcore riding on poor surfaces). No need to change into other footwear between riding or whatever else you're up to, less luggage space wasted, and less clutter alltogether.

Check out this thread http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...highlight=nike

or this http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...eir-feet-22283

The best boot I have come accross so far is my wife's wife wore a pair of Timberland Cadions.

Breathable fabric
No liner (four season boot with enough socks and a size to fit them)
Extremely light weight
Very tough toe protection
Decent ankle protection
Water proof breathable membrane
Lacings for tight fit.

In the end it is about ones personal biking philosophy and risk aversion.
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Old 18 Jul 2006
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Safety first guys. What are the most waterproof and shiny boots good for if they are, and at this point I'd like to steal the following expression, about as safe as a paper bag?

When it comes to riding I have two options. In case of mostly paved roads and lots of riding (aka not lots of walking around) I prefer my Daytona Roadstar GTX - totally waterproof thanks to GoreTex (I tried, I walked across a river and decided to smoke a cigarette whilst standing in flowing water - and still had dry feet after more than 20 mins... try it, it's actually fun!) and very comfy too, I never had any trouble with these.

Granted, they're quite expensive (I paid 249€ for mine) but worth every dime. However, once we get to offroad driving there are better choices - frankly, I don't trust the Daytona boots to keep my toes safe and sound in case of rather rapid encounters with rocks.
Therefore, when I know I will be doing some offroad driving, I prefer my German army boots - the only boots known to survive a direct assault by an American tank

They are quite waterproof but unfortunately not river-waterproof if you catch my drift
Also, they're not as comfy as the Daytona boots but as I have said, safety first. And as someone has already mentioned, don't forget the flip flops
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting GERONIMO!"

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Old 19 Jul 2006
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Originally Posted by m2andi
Hello all,
im new to HU and am in the early stages of planning my first true long distance ride. im looking for much advice but right now wondering what type of footwear everyone chooses to wear? most of my riding will be on paved roads. thanks.
Guess all these English kids didn't notice you were from Utah! Ha!
Alberg? Derri? What the Hell are those ? Hey, shouldn't you lot be out riding?
You've only got two more weeks of summer left...better hurry before it starts
raining again....and again....and again! ;-)

Some one mentioned Daytona. Excellent boots but very very expensive.
I own the GTX RoadStar pictured here.

What I've been using the last two years and love.....and I've used just about
all of them.....are Oxtar Explorers or Oxtar Gore-Tex Matrix boots. I own both.

These are Italian and super comfortable with equal or better protection than
the Daytona's. Thats saying a lot!!

And the best news? They are CHEAP! At least in the states they are.

I walked all over Europe in my Explorers. Oh, and both the Oxtars' above or
certified Gore-Tex. That means they are really really waterproof.

They wear well and are tough. Best deal out there.

Work boots and Army boots won't protect your Tibia. Very important. I have a
Titanium plate to illustrate this fact.

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I have to give the Daytona's a good write up, 7 years and two accidents (hit by a car and a lorry ), loads of British Rain on them and they are still as good as new. 100% waterproof...and good protection
I went for the module boots, as I like to zip off the top section in summer (when the rain gets warm), and also if you ride to somewhere where it is hot, again the tops come off and it is more like a summer boot.
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