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Which Should I Buy?

Got some boot money from Progressive ($250). I've only owned one pair of motorcycle boots, my Sidi Streetburners. I like them a lot, but want a full boot this time around. Found these three in my price range. Thoughts?

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have you had an opportunity to try them on? not all boots fit the same.

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I would stick with sidi , there a good boot and you know they fit your feet .
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What size do you wear? Since I traded the aprilia for the R12, I'm going to be selling my track boots. Alpinestars SMX-Plus, size 46 (11.5-12). Like new. I only wore them twice.


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have you had an opportunity to try them on? not all boots fit the same.
Was gonna buy online...might be able to swing by a shop in the area. Rolling the dice, I know.

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I would stick with sidi , there a good boot and you know they fit your feet .
One reason I was leaning that way. Between the two models though? Should I just assume the more expensive one is better?

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What size do you wear? Since I traded the aprilia for the R12, I'm going to be selling my track boots. Alpinestars SMX-Plus, size 46 (11.5-12). Like new. I only wore them twice.
I'm usually at least a 13 & I heard A*s run small. I appreciate it though.
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I wear the vertbra and they are now discontinued . So I have no first hand knowlage of the newer range yet . I would assume the most expensive will be the better boot from a single manufacturers range .The more expensive ones came with goretex and more armour last time I looked at them . I will need a new pair for summer so I will be interested to hear what you think whichever you get .
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I wear the vertbra and they are now discontinued . So I have no first hand knowlage of the newer range yet . I would assume the most expensive will be the better boot from a single manufacturers range .The more expensive ones came with goretex and more armour last time I looked at them . I will need a new pair for summer so I will be interested to hear what you think whichever you get .
Definitely man- I'll let you know.
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Don't get the SMX-5. I have a pair of them... I can't say that they've been awful, as I did go down and came out without injury, so they did perform well in a low-side for what it's worth. However, I hate the velcro closure at the top of the boot. If you brush your leg up against a peg wrong, it's not hard to pop the closure loose. Which is a pain in the butt.
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I like Sidi but seriously considered these

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Don't get the SMX-5. I have a pair of them... I can't say that they've been awful, as I did go down and came out without injury, so they did perform well in a low-side for what it's worth. However, I hate the velcro closure at the top of the boot. If you brush your leg up against a peg wrong, it's not hard to pop the closure loose. Which is a pain in the butt.
Your a harsh critic .
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Never heard of that company. Not gonna lie, I only really looked for Sidi & A*. I'll check those out.
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Bought the Gaerne's. They looked ridiculous for the price.
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Your a harsh critic .
Maybe. At the price point, they're not bad. But the closure is a genuine pain in the butt. Consider the following.

My track bike has no side-stand, so the only stand I use is a rear-stand. It's annoying to get all suited up, fire up the bike, slowly drop it off the stand on a semi-uneven surface without knocking it over, and work my way around and hop on. And then feel my boot pop loose as I mount the bike. Which means I have to get off, hold it up while I track down my stand, fix the boot, and repeat the process. I know I'm a whiner, but it's a lame deal.

I will say they did do their job well in my lowside, so they do work.

I'd recommend spending the extra money and get the SMX-Plus. Great boot with a motocross-style closure and inner lacing. The lacing system is a huge plus if you're like me and have abnormally skinny legs/ankles. Every Sidi boot I've ever tried has been loose enough through the ankle for my heel to be bouncing around.

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