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post #1 of 84 (permalink) Old 07-18-2011, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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The importance of proper boots (graphic images)

I am copying and pasting a post by aaronkelley from a thread in Motorcycle Forum. I hope no one minds this vivid lesson about the absolute need for proper gear. Again, thanks to aaronkelley.

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I cut and pasted this from another post.....thought it was relevent here considering the statement I made two posts up.....yeah, eating crow now.




I dont know what kind of boots your talking about......so I cant say for certain.....but I REALLY doubt they provide the "same protection".

I was recently in a motorcycle accident wearing a pair of Carhartt steel toed work boots - I thought, much like you.....good boots are good boots.

It was a 15mph get off in which I stupidly tried to "save" the bike by planting my foot.......well the bike kept going.....my foot stayed put and pulled me off the bike and decimated my ankle. Now the wreck was my fault......and planting my foot was stupid (its an automatic reaction when your going down....its hard to override it)........but it happened.

I did the following:
broke my Fibula 3 inches below me knee
split my Fibula and Tibia apart at the base
busted the base of my Tibia off
tore ligaments in my ankle

1 week in a splint to reduce swelling, 2 hours of surgery, 2 weeks in a splint again, 6 weeks in a walking boot (but I wasnt allowed to even put that foot on the ground....zero weight) followed up by 6 weeks of physical therapy (transition from crutches to walking) and Im on my way to walking like a 80 year old. They said about 6 months till Im back to pre-accident shape.

This is what my foot looked like about 4 weeks in.....they were taking the staples out.





Work boots are better then tennis shoes.......but they damn sure arent as good as motorcycle boots.

........and by motorcycle boots I DONT mean those Harley or Milwaukee wannabes......they are glorified work boots and only are for looks.....they offer **** protection, dont bother.

I have a pair of Alpinestars that I will be wearing once my ankle stops swelling up.....I cant get my foot in them now.

If you read the features and compared them to your work boots....you can see they dont measure up.




*Contoured shin plate protector is injected with high modulus PU for a high level of impact and abrasion resistance

*Extended inside plate is injected with medium/low durometer PU guarding the side and toe box area and features a rubber insert for controlling grip

*The inner side of the boot is specifically designed for control and features thick and whole stamped suede designed for excellent contact and grip against the bike, whilst guarding against heat

*Wide calf protector plate is injected with PU for high impact resistance

*Injected external PU heel protector guards the outer ankle and features a shock-absorbing insert on the back of the boot

*Poly fabric internal lining is laminated with open cell foam for improved air circulation

*High density contoured padding provides shock absorption for the heel and ankle areas.

*Removable anatomic foot bed

*Optimal back and forth flexibility

*3-stage instep flex zone for maximum comfort, control and support

*Coated Leather upper

*Exclusive rubber outsole design

*Closure structure features three, low profile Aluminum buckles with memory, self-closure design provides superior impact avoidance and optimal fit

*Increased flexiblity at the ball of the foot for improved braking and shifting

*Patented "ankle brace" protector

*Increased back and forth flexibility

*New form fitting PU gasket seals water out of the boot[/QUOTE]

END OF QUOTE.

Remember that this was a low speed (15 mph) accident. Imagine what would have happened if the speeds were higher.

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post #2 of 84 (permalink) Old 07-19-2011, 09:51 AM
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good info

people thinking high tops are good enough. think again

if you can slip your foot in and out of the shoe easily then how do you think it will stay on during a crash

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Thanks for posting.

All boots are not created equal.

Threads like this are why my wife agreed that I needed to spend almost $4K on riding gear even before I had a bike to ride.

There is absolutely no substitute for high quality motorcycle riding gear.

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Took a fractured ankle 15 years ago for me to learn the lesson. I wear SMX plus Alpinestars now.
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Owwie!!

I wear my race boots whenever I am riding. Even if its just around the block.


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Owwie!!

I wear my race boots whenever I am riding. Even if its just around the block.
Same here. Anything else doesn't provide the same level of twist/crush/flex protection and race boots guard against boot loss better than laced work boots or anything similar. I'm to the point to where I don't even feel right sitting on a bike without my boots on.
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Funny that this topic comes up. I had a slow speed lowside last week. I used to like my boots. I now love them. (Sidi Air Fusions)

Now, I wasn't going fast enough where I think there would have been devastating damage, but based on the scrapes on the boot I would not have walked away unscathed like I did. All my other gear held up well, but my boots definitely deflected the most damage.
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Took a fractured ankle 15 years ago for me to learn the lesson. I wear SMX plus Alpinestars now.
Had a 45 degree dislocation on my left ankle 5-6 yrs back. The hoof hasn't been right since. I had race boots on, I shudder to think what would have happened with work boots or shoes.

Where's the video of the guy with the blue R6(?) that bins his bike doing a wheelie and has his foot hanging off?

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I've been in a lowside and a get-off (something between a high and low side lol) and I was completely okay both times but my boots surely saved me at the very least a bruised up foot/ankle. I've gotten lazy and worn cowboy boots recently but its just not the same. Gear up, its worth the sweat and time!
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anyone who has ever injured their ankle/foot/leg knows how debilitating such an injury can be. i was out of action for over 2 months last summer/fall from a simple hiking injury to my ankle. now i treat my feet/ankles like they are the most important part of my body.

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Actually, credit goes to aaronkelley from Motorcycle Forum as it's his post that I copied and pasted. He appears to be recovering well. I hope that this will open a lot of people's eyes especially newbies.
I think Luvin' Twins was referring to this crash:
&#x202a;Motorcycle crash: Rider hit from behind (Graphic)&#x202c;&rlm; - YouTube

Here's another knucklehead:
&#x202a;Scooter Crashes Into Guardrail on Mulholland&#x202c;&rlm; - YouTube
Funny how his "crocs" go flying off into the canyon.

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Ive been riding for four years in a pair of black work boots. Been off twice in them and nothing bad happened to my ankle. (Thank goodness). After a lazy day on youtube watching motorcycle crashes I saw one video that changed my mind about proper boots. So I started looking for a good pair of boots. This past sunday I pick up a pair of Alpinestar SMX Plus boots. MAN WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!! I never really thought about the importance of riding boots until my brother layed his bike down last season. Twist break on his Fibula because the laces on his boot cough the handle bar when the bike went down.

To all you new rider reading this def get a good pair of RIDING boots. Not work boots or anything along those lines. I was lucky on my crashes not to have F'ed up my ankle.
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This is what I've been saying. Yet you see post after post of newbies getting gear with ankle length "boots" with all the associated arguments for convenience. Sorry...surgery and months long recoveries are NOT convenient! Might I reemphasize the speed of that crash again...

15 MPH!

The job of Safety Tzar...it is like beating your head against a wall.

Safety Tzar. You WILL wear PROPER Gear...and you will LIKE IT!
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