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Old 23rd April 2015, 11:43   #2296
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My query was whether going for a racing boot be overkill as I am not going racing and thus settle for a shorter boot. As I told, I mean to check them out soon, at the store.
Racing boots offer maximum protection but you can also consider touring boots which are very comfortable. Spartan recently launched a pair of boots in the racing and touring range and they are pretty good VFM.

You could also consider Sidi, Dainese or Alpinestar boots. A* retails at Orion Yamaha behind the Forum Mall.
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Advice much appreciated. Thanks for the mentioning the brands. Must say you have missed out one a few brilliant brands like SIDI though.

I have heard of this 10% rule and this does not make any sense to me. Would I spend only 3K if I were to get a second hand commuter for 30K ? Should I be spending 5 lac if I got myself a top of the line Harley ? Would it be fine if I threw away all the 10% at a helmet ?

Gear is for protection and I am all for it. If it is 50 degrees, would one wear a leather suit ? I think a rider has to be comfortable to ride safe and sound. And there is always a overkill. My query was whether going for a racing boot be overkill as I am not going racing and thus settle for a shorter boot. As I told, I mean to check them out soon, at the store.

Again, that is my opinion and I am not preaching it to anyone.

Dainese is sold solely by Dainese store in Bangalore, as far as I know.
Thats some lame analogy you have there Sojogator! 30K commuter bike. A guy buying a 30K commuter bike knows his needs are restricted to a helmet. And how many of the "30k commuter" bike buyers are even aware of riding gear? To most road users, it is amusing to see us all geared up and think we have a medical problem and supporting ourselves with the help of contraption.

That apart - Navin only meant to say - Do not compromise on gear! Quality gear saves life - Trust me when I say this - Have been through it myself and have seen people walk out of a crash on HEAVY bikes because of quality gear!

Cheers! Ride Safe!
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Spartan recently launched a pair of boots in the racing and touring range and they are pretty good VFM.

You could also consider Sidi, Dainese or Alpinestar boots. A* retails at Orion Yamaha behind the Forum Mall.
These are the ones you are pointing to I believe.
http://spartanprogear.com/Details.as...=2&cat=8&typ=9

Looks nice and strong. Surely will have a look. No CE cert but seems very well built. Moto101 would stock them I guess.

Oh! Yes. Orion motors and I have a 6.5 year old relation Been to that store quite a few times and I plan to be there on this weekend to try the boots out. And a visit to the Dainese store as well and try the TR Course too.

Thanks man! Great Advice Much appreciated.
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In the meanwhile I had ordered Safety Riding Boots from Armstrong Products, Mumbai after seeing them on Facebook.
Pretty solid built and very nicely padded, hence very comfortable to wear. Rest proper feedback after using them for riding for a while.
I checked their website today and this is now being offered at Rs.2600.00. I plan to pick up a pair but I couldn't find any reviews on their site and neither on the forum about these shoes. Since you must have used them for sometime now, would like to know how they are keeping up.

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I checked their website today and this is now being offered at Rs.2600.00. I plan to pick up a pair but I couldn't find any reviews on their site and neither on the forum about these shoes. Since you must have used them for sometime now, would like to know how they are keeping up.
The shoes are pretty solid IF you can live with the laces. Takes nearly 5 minutes to put them on. I am now looking for something with zippers for quick wear.
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Anyone have any experience with SPIDI gear? Ordering a pair of riding jeans (SPIDI Furious black) and wanted to check whether anyone uses them? Already have a pair of AGV Sport pants which are too big so need something that fits better.
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Anyone have any experience with SPIDI gear? Ordering a pair of riding jeans (SPIDI Furious black) and wanted to check whether anyone uses them? Already have a pair of AGV Sport pants which are too big so need something that fits better.

I know a couple of fellow riders who use the full leathers from spidi. They are happy with them. No clue on the jeans sorry.
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I need to pick up a good touring boots and need suggestions/reviews about the three boots that I have shortlisted:

1. Spartan Aspida - Hercules: Spartan ProGear

2. Joe Rocket Mens Ballistic Touring Boots: Joe Rocket

3. Tarmac Tour: Tarmac

So far I have heard great reviews of Spartan ProGear. I have bought a SOL Metal Man II helmet and a Helios jacket from them. So far, I am very happy customer of Spartan ProGear.

However, I haven't had any personal experience with Joe Rocket or Tarmac. So a little confused, as all the three look amazing. I am yet to see these boots personally though.
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I checked their website today and this is now being offered at Rs.2600.00. I plan to pick up a pair but I couldn't find any reviews on their site and neither on the forum about these shoes. Since you must have used them for sometime now, would like to know how they are keeping up.
My personal opinion, please invest in proper riding boots. If not, why waste 2600 when a 500 buck DMS would be as good if not tougher and longer lasting and offer equal if not better protection?

Neither would be comparable to proper riding boots.

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I need to pick up a good touring boots and need suggestions/reviews about the three boots that I have shortlisted:

1. Spartan Aspida - Hercules: Spartan ProGear

2. Joe Rocket Mens Ballistic Touring Boots: Joe Rocket

3. Tarmac Tour: Tarmac
Between the Spartan and the Tarmac, the Spartan is an al leather upper vs leather+man-made for the Tarmac. Cost being the same, I would go with the Spartan.

The Joe Rocket is available where in India? How much?

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The Joe Rocket is available where in India? How much?
At PRS for 9K I believe.

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I need to pick up a good touring boots and need suggestions/reviews about the three boots that I have shortlisted:

1. Spartan Aspida - Hercules: Spartan ProGear

2. Joe Rocket Mens Ballistic Touring Boots: Joe Rocket

3. Tarmac Tour: Tarmac
I would suggest the Aspida offering because they easier to reach in case of a problem. Plus you are happy with them.

@djay99 uses the street boot from Tarmac and says they are very well built and looks like will last and protect well.

From what I have gone through around in the web, the Joe s are boots with good features at an attractive price but there are issues in long term usage with respect to build quality.

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At PRS for 9K I believe.

I would suggest the Aspida offering because they easier to reach in case of a problem. Plus you are happy with them.

@djay99 uses the street boot from Tarmac and says they are very well built and looks like will last and protect well.

From what I have gone through around in the web, the Joe s are boots with good features at an attractive price but there are issues in long term usage with respect to build quality.
I checked out the links to all 3. The Joe Rocket is definitely not "discreet" + its is synthetic upper. A no-no for me at least when it comes to riding boots or any shoes for that matter.

Same with the Tarmac which is a mix of leather and synthetic.

If you are getting a full leather upper for the same price as a lether+synthetic upper, I would go for full leather.

Assuming the construction, zipper quality, velcro flap width overlap coverage (with lever operation movement, narrow flaps open up or start "splitting", spoiling the snugness of the fit, and let in water through the zippers in the rains), and the ankle cup stiffness and support, plus the thickness and stiffness of the shin plate, are all comparable.

Also of course check out the soles, not so much the tread, as the thickness and flex. Even though you do not walk in these boots, the soles do wear out eventually, and poor quality soles will also crack a lot before they actually wear down.

Most important note: None of this can be done online.
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I checked out the links to all 3. The Joe Rocket is definitely not "discreet" + its is synthetic upper. A no-no for me at least when it comes to riding boots or any shoes for that matter.

Same with the Tarmac which is a mix of leather and synthetic.

If you are getting a full leather upper for the same price as a lether+synthetic upper, I would go for full leather.

Assuming the construction, zipper quality, velcro flap width overlap coverage (with lever operation movement, narrow flaps open up or start "splitting", spoiling the snugness of the fit, and let in water through the zippers in the rains), and the ankle cup stiffness and support, plus the thickness and stiffness of the shin plate, are all comparable.

Also of course check out the soles, not so much the tread, as the thickness and flex. Even though you do not walk in these boots, the soles do wear out eventually, and poor quality soles will also crack a lot before they actually wear down.

Most important note: None of this can be done online.
I am also inclining towards the Aspida as of now, yet to try it though. I will do that sometime in May first or second week. I will ping you before going to the store Doc, let me know if you can join in as well !
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I am also inclining towards the Aspida as of now, yet to try it though. I will do that sometime in May first or second week. I will ping you before going to the store Doc, let me know if you can join in as well !
Its right next door to me bro. Just call and come over. You can call him before hand and ensure he has your size, and the model you want.
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Its right next door to me bro. Just call and come over. You can call him before hand and ensure he has your size, and the model you want.
Absolutely Doc !

I might also pick up the Odysseus or Proteus riding pants as well.
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Anyone have any experience with SPIDI gear? Ordering a pair of riding jeans (SPIDI Furious black) and wanted to check whether anyone uses them? Already have a pair of AGV Sport pants which are too big so need something that fits better.
The Spidi jeans arrived 4 days after I ordered them, with zero duty to be paid. I think at 10k all inclusive from Icasques.co.uk, they were a steal. They have expansion panels in the knees which look a bit girly and they are slim fit. In my case, I ordered the size 38 (which is a tad small, but since I'm on a fat loss mission, they are my current target). They're a bit too long but with the velcro armor inserts, the knee armor can be correctly adjusted

The one drawback I've noticed is that while riding, the hip armor tends to make the pocket very tight (and I was worried about the screen on my cellphone shattering, but it luckily didn't). Overall its a great purchase, with CE armor in the knees and hips.

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