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Alpinestars Belize.........Will do what u want . Not a full mx boot like the tech 7......Best described as a short adventure boot . We sell loads of them and they are def better then the sidi adv boot......which we also sell . I'd also +1 on anything made by Altberg .
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This is all based on our friends foot condition....the Belize has a wider aperture for him to get his foot without having to twist it too much.......the Sidi not so .
If u decide to go down the road boot route then alpinestar sm6 v2 plus.......excellent ankle and lower foot protection plus easy access due to a right hand zip . I have dicky feet so I try all the boots that we stock . You could also try Tcx Blend......its a lace boot but has a good crush score .
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Alpinestars Belize.........Will do what u want . Not a full mx boot like the tech 7......Best described as a short adventure boot . We sell loads of them and they are def better then the sidi adv boot......which we also sell . I'd also +1 on anything made by Altberg .
Oh man. Now I want some new boots. The Belize does look great. But with Tech 10s (old), Tech 7's (new) , W2 adventure boots and three pairs of Altbergs, I don't think I could justify it.

Tech 10's. Full on MX boot. Used in South America and Africa. Horrible to walk in but saved my ankles many times.

Tech 7 Enduro. Still not as easy boot to walk in. But grippy sole means I can push bike on a slippy trail or take a piss on a river bank without ending up on my arse.

W2 adventure (like Forma boots). Very comfortable, waterproof and flexible. I use these for road only. They offer ZERO ankle twist protection. You can bend them in half. I cringe when I see people trail riding in these.

Alberg. Old School. Leather. Quality. Grippy and waterproof. But again, they fold in half like the W2. Not a boot for offroad at all. But extremely comfortable and versatile.
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Hi everyone, thanks for all the tips!

I just had my first check up and switched my cast for a walker boot, and things are going in the right direction. Again, the doctor emphasised that after I finish my rehabilitation, I need to be careful with stretching the Achilles tendon, as well as explosive, heavy use of the calf muscles. The latter typically describes running and jumping, but probably also the kind of work the calf muscle does when acting as a spring during rides.

My thinking is that if the boots have a stiff enough ankle joint, that work will be transferred to the thigh muscles instead, much like in a slalom boot. I won't be doing more walking than in and out of buildings in the boots, so comfort off the bike is really secondary for me at this stage. Like Grant says, I can always carry a pair of flip-flops in my tank bag.

My list of boots to try on when I'm allowed to wear boots again now includes:
- Sidi Adventure 2
- Alpinestars Tech 7 & 10 and SM6 - even if I think the SM6 is a bit to flex. Sole is a consideration for Tech 10.
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U could also try the tech 3 as well........personally the 10 is for standing up on the pegs alot eg motocross . If u get seriously stuck am more them happy to help......
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I have a pair of Alpinestars Tech7. With the enduro sole. Not all stiff boots have slick soles.

They are very stiff. And that's the point. You won't be walking far in them.

I've never heard of anyone breaking their shin or knee because they were wearing MX boots. Although I'm sure the stress has to go somewhere. This seems to be some urban legend which is thrown about by people wearing cheap boots to make themselves feel better.

However, your ankle is the LAST place you want to break. The ankle is one of the most fragile and complicated joint in your entire body. I'd rather break my leg in five places than break my ankle. Especially in places where they don't have first world sophisticated medical care. Even if you can get good care, it's a very long and complicated process. And even then you may have to fuse it up. No thanks !!

I personally know five people who have broken their ankles and lower leg when their ADV bike has fallen on them when wearing non-MX style boots. Or twisted it trying to save a drop. If you have have hard metal panniers, you'd be a fool to wear anything else if you're riding rougher roads.

If you're happy to compromsise safety for more comfort then I hear the Sidi Adventure boot are a good 50:50.

Personally, I'm with the MX boots all day long. I've been trapped under a bike a few times wearing MX boots. And they have saved my bones and my trip without a doubt.

I've had the pleasure of breaking my ankle in a hockey accident and agree that it is a real pain to deal with the recovery. I think the only worse joint to injure would be the knee.

One pet peeve of mine is how they make engine crash bars/ protection bars for a lot of adventure bikes where often times there is a metal tube between the bike's engine and your ankle. That tube is all ready to crush the bones in your ankle/ leg in an unlucky crash.

I have a set of Alpinestar 6's that have served me well. I like the tip about having them resoled with a more functional tread.
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Take a look at Revitt Pioneer Gtx . It's a gortex mid height level two riding boot with boa lacing . I use them as my ankles are extremely weak . Not cheap , but are well made , with a good sole and comfy for long miles in the saddle.
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