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Cornelius T: Awesome boots, very comfortable to wear all day especially for Friday casual at the office.Mar 11, 2014
James L: Because they price match. Thank you.Feb 11, 2014
Brady M: Great looks and good reviews...They happen to be extremely comfortable!Jan 19, 2014
Adam C: Reputation, features, and fit. Not as protective as a full MX, but infinitely more walk-ableJan 14, 2014
roberto m: Cool look, good quality all around bootNov 1, 2013
Wilhelm H: Of all the boots I've tried on, I've found Gaerne to be the most comfortable. So, when I found these beautiful brown leather bad boys I knew I had to have them.Oct 19, 2013
D M: Looks, positiver reviews and hoping they fit. We shall see. After 1500 miles of riding: Outstanding, fit, comfort and plenty of protection. Looks good too. Top buckles are a little out of alignment with straps but over all the boot is exactly what I wanted. Great waterproof adventure riding boot affording good ankle and foot protection while very comfortable when not on the bike.Sep 22, 2013
A shopper asked:Would these boots fit under jeans/pants?Jul 16, 2012
Murderface:Yes , but like work jeans, not skin tight low rise boot cut stretch pants. I wear dickie work pants over them, also bilt iron workers. Both fit in the boot. Well, adjustment of cam locks needed.Jul 30, 2012
Joshua J:I can't speak to the Bonneville directly, but I have had these boots for over a year and use them primarily sport-touring. I ride a BMW R1100S and have found them to be very comfortable for road riding. I did not have to make any major adjustments in riding style. I have never noticed my feet getting particularly cold on cold weather rides. The major upside of these boots is that they are great on the bike, but also comfortable to walk around on when off of the bike.Jan 5, 2015
Amilcar G:It seems to me that they would look really well with your bike style. I havent had any issues with cold weather and i live in northern BC, Canada. I don't have much experience with this kind of gear (boots), but I can tell you that they feel quite comfortable and they are easy to walk with. My only complaint is that the top buckle doesn't seem to close properly. Hope this helps. AmilcarJan 4, 2015
Brock I asked:These look great but I also came across Gaerne's Balance Classic boots in my search elsewhere. Anyone know much about the Classic version? They're microfiber instead of leather, but construction looks the same otherwise. I had the G-Adventures for awhile and was generally pleased with them, but I like the idea of stitched soles instead of glued. Not much info about hte Classics out there yet and would love to find more.Feb 12, 2014
James M:I have had these since Aug 12 and could not be happier with them. I ride about 80/20 on road/0ff road and these have served me well for both environments. The sole are still in great shape despite walking in them a great deal, and can be replace when they wear out. I ride all year, except when icy and these have kept me warm and dry everytime, even in pouring rain and at ambient temperatures of 9 degress Farenheit. They provide adequate protection from limb slaps, stones and other debris that gets thrown during rides. I have only treated the leather once since my purchase and they still almost look new despite more than 25K miles riding. Hope this helps.Feb 18, 2014
Ed W:They are a nice boot with little break in time. The lower ankle buckle if cinched to tight will be a pain. Good boot for walking about in at your destination. I have a wide foot and the width was adequate even with heavy socks. I ride into the late fall and warmth wasn’t an issue. Construction is robust and it would take some time to wear this boot down. R1150RTMar 3, 2014
Conor T asked:Question about sizing: I wear Reebok sneakers in 10.5US/44EU sizing. I purchased a pair of Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduros and had to use a size 9 for a good snug fit, as I was swimming in the 10s. What size should I go with for the Gaerne Balance for best fit?Feb 13, 2015
Fletcher F:I also wear 10.5 in Nikes. I bought the size 11 gaern oiled boots and have been very pleased. I am not doing a lot of technical enduro riding (most of my time is spent on the back roads and blue ridge parkway) I wanted a little bit of foot room for heavier socks for riding in Winter. The size 11 have ample room for two layers of thick wool socks. I have not tried on the size 10 boots and cannot speak to how snug they fit. Feb 13, 2015
Daniel M:These boots fit me true to size. I'm a size 11 and ordered size 11. They are INCREDIBLY comfortable. I've used them for adventure riding and then hiked up to a mile in them at the end of the day. I love them. Apr 15, 2014
A shopper asked:I am planning to order the "Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots" for my husband. I am not sure which size to order. He wears a US 11 running shoe, US 10.5 boot (i.e Timberland), and a 10 in cowboy type boots. What size would you recommend?Mar 3, 2014
Douglas K:Jonathan, my suggestion would be request the EU size 45. That equates to a 10.5 US size. If they cannot help you that way, I would go with the size 11. A little larger and more comfortable boot is better for a trials than having it too tight. Hope this helps.
Daniel M:I'm a size 11 and the boots fit me amazingly good. Like a glove! It's tough to say. I've worn them for a while and they still fit the same. I might recommend size 11 and add some insoles of they don't quite fit. Hope it helps.Jan 9, 2014
A shopper asked:How protective are these boots, compared to (for example) Sidi Adventure or Alpinestars Toucan? Do they have good ankle protection, or can they be easily bent at the ankle? Is the sole stiff?Dec 4, 2014
Jonathan D:I wear Sidi Crossfires for my more intense riding so I can't compare to the adventures or toucans. These boots look GREAT and they're much better than a non-riding boot. That said, they DO NOT have the same ankle protection (or overall protection) as an MX boot. The Balance boots were made for TRIALS riding. There is no toe protection either. The sole is not stiff. I like wearing these on hot summer days on single track in the woods (with knee pads/shin protection) or when I'm riding dirt/fire roads. I really wish I could find an MX boot that has the look of these boots and proper protection. These boots are as comfortable off the bike as they are on the bike. With this being the case, how could they offer top-notch protection?Dec 4, 2014
Jeffrey K asked:For those who've experienced this boot leaking when wet, how much rain/water would you say it can withstand before leaking? For example, if I'm riding in a light rain, how long until my feet are wet?Apr 19, 2014
Craig M:Only time I've had wet feet was when I drowned my bike crossing a river in Mexico, as far as rain I would say the liner will keep you dry after leather is soaked, then your feet will feel wet because of the cold and eventually my guess the liner will allow some moisture to pass through, however I haven't been in enough rain to experience it yet.
You could also re-treat the leather with a product like Sno-Seal or Nikwax to help repel waterApr 19, 2014
james l:Clean with soap and water maybe a very soft bristle brush brush for ground in dirt and mud. I recondition with Huberts Shoe Grease (make sure fully dry first). First i let boots warm in the sun or warm room to open up the pores, then i apply the Shoe Grease with an old sock and let sit for a couple of hours. Then I come back with a clean cloth and wipe off excess. Huberts is made of pine tar and beeswax, there are no acids to eat away at stitching (most commercial leather conditioners have acidic ingredients) which is awesome since these boots are can have the soles replaced and should last a lifetime if cared for. The Huberts Shoe Grease will darken the leather a little (i like the dark mohagany color myself) and will make a lot of scuffs and scratches vanish. These boots are pre-oiled so you don't want to over do it but the Shoe Grease definitely keeps the leather in nice shape and keeps it waterproof, plus it smells good if that counts for anything.Sep 6, 2013
RevZilla:We'd say both boots are comparable in terms of warmth.
Remember - during the winter, wind is the enemy. Lucky for you, anything that is waterproof (both boots) will also be windproof. The only thing that you will need is an insulative layer (warm winter socks). Check out the REV'IT Tour Winter Socks.Dec 17, 2012
Ian C:I am also a 10 1/2. My suggestion is go with the Euro 46 which works out to a USA 11. That is what I choose and couldn't be happier. Thousands of miles later still the BEST BOOTS EVER!Nov 2, 2014
Joon K:Seems silly that Gaerne doesn't make a size in between these two, but as far as I can tell they do not. I tried a pair of the 44.5 and found myself swimming in them. I settled on the 43 and although they are definitely on the snug side they are very slowly stretching out. Not ideal but doable for me. You would think that even in Europe a size 44/43.5 would be one of the most common foot sizes.
One thing to note... if you wear these for commuting, the soles are not fuel resistant. If you spill any gasoline, it's like ice skating.Jun 25, 2014
A shopper asked:Are there any ladies out there who have bought these boots? Im wondering about sizing issues. Looks like the smallest available here is a mens 8; which is about 2 mens sizes too big for me! Any input?Oct 24, 2013
Joseph M asked:I'm looking for higher boot for cool weather riding. I ride a BMW r75 and the position is very upright, controls pretty much under/slightly forward of the seat. I have trouble getting the toe under the shifter easily with some of the higher boots with large toe boxes. Anyone have thoughts on how these might work (flex of shaft, sole, etc)?Feb 21, 2014
I'm on a Yamaha WR250R at the moment, which also has me in an upright position with the pegs almost direction under when I'm seated. The boots work fine and some of the most comfortable I've ever worn. The toe box is not as big (tall) as some MX boots I've tried. Does the toe fit under the shifter as well as a street shoe or a casual boot? No, but its pretty close.
There was virtually no break-in required - they were comfortable right out the box. Walking isn't difficult or uncomfortable. I spend a lot of time standing on the pegs and find that the sole provides a perfect balance (pun!) between rigidity for standing, and flexibility for walking/maneuvering off the bike.
My only real complaint, is that they tend to get warm in the heat. Thats just a reality though when looking for waterproof bike boots. For your cold/cool weather riding I'd say they are perfect.
One other thing that you'll notice from the images is that there is no shifter pad, so you can expect the right boot to get scuffed up a bit. Cleans fairly easily though.Feb 21, 2014
Steve B:I bought these boots about 6 months ago and have tortured them on my 990 Adventure and Honda XR650 in the desert, snow, sand and mud. I've come home or back to camp with these looking like they were destroyed! Then, I wash them off, rub a little leather conditioner in them and they look amazing again.
As far as riding comfort, I've never liked riding boots because of the tow box and general stiffness. I do a lot of ride and hike type exploring. These boot have a much lower tow box, are flexible enough to hike in yet protective enough to feel solidly secure. Far and away the best boot I've ever worn. Knew it the minute I took them out of the box and slipped them on. Super comfortable, no pressure points and easy to buckle. I wear a size 12, bought a 12 and a 12 fit, like it was supposed to.
When/IF these wear out, I'm buying another pair right away! I don't think you can go wrong with these boots. Cheers, SteveFeb 21, 2014
Craig M:The toe box and sole are not bulky and stiff on these boots, they aren't as structured as a motocross boot and are comfortable to walk in once broken in. I have used these on all my bikes without problems, here are some example, R100GSPD (uprright) ZRX1200R (slightly forward) GS1100S (racer crouch)
However if you are having trouble shifting you may need to adjust your shifter lever to suit, different boots have different sole thickness and that can raise or lower your toe height & angle, so you need to set the controls for the boots you intend to use every time you ride.Feb 21, 2014
Joseph M:So after riding these for several months I can confirm that they are as good as described. They broke in quickly and are very comfortable. No issues with my feet feeling cold or wet (have not ridden in rain, just wet roads, etc). They fit under jeans just fine, and i have also tucked in sometimes. Still tricky getting the toe under the shifter quickly, but you don't do anything quickly on an R75 and I suspect that's more to do with my creaky old ankles. I have ridden someones Honda Rebel in them and could barely shift with the forward controls, but on my BMW R75 they are fine.Apr 8, 2014
Houck c/o M:A very good all rounder. I ride a r1200gs. I am currently in Peru on a trip that started in Guadalajara Mexico and after having travelled over 10,000 kms these boots have performed flawlessly. Good feedback from the controls and pegs, freedom of movement, comfortable all day whether hot, cold or raining. I have walked across a shallow river I needed to cross with no leaks. I should add they are comfortable to walk in as well. Good flex.....guess that's all you really wanted know, but I had to tell you the boots are awesome!Feb 21, 2014
Tsuyoshi K:The Gaerne Balance Oiled boots are flexible and very comfortable to wear. Toe box is wide, but not tall. For what you are looking for, I suspect that they will meet your requirements. Note though - these boots will not afford the same protection as other with more rigid constructs around the ankle area. Ie, flexibility equals less protection.
I loved the boots, but I did return it as mine had started to leak around the stitching at the front.Feb 21, 2014
I believe these boots are the answer! I am a huge fan of them. I have been using them to commute with due to the cold protection, and then when I travel off the beaten path they are great! I can have them on, get off the bike to rest or scout out the path in front. And can do it all day long! No more sore feet! The soles are soft and grip on anything. I am actually surprised more adventures don't wear them.Feb 21, 2014
Ralph B:These are more flexible than a typical MX or SM style boot, but I still had to move the shifter up on my DRZ400SM a spline or two to be comfortable with the shifting. The issue wasn't getting the boot under the shifter, it was getting remembering to push my toe down hard enough to allow the shifter to return to center.Feb 21, 2014
matthew k:these boots are tremendously flexible. I rode in them for 7 days from south to north Utah backcountry discovery route and didn't have an urge to take them off even when walking. I sore them out to dinner multiple nights. excellent purchase for your purpose IMO. they can even be tucked under your jeans Feb 21, 2014