Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots
These are awesome boots. A bit more than I wanted to pay, but ultimately worth the price. Highly recommended!
April 14, 2014
So far , so good
These boots look and feel fantastic. Very comfortable right out of the box. I usually wear a size 46 but these are 47 (us12). If you have wide feet, wear thin socks. I wore them around the house a bit to help break them in. Very nice to walk in which is important for me. We are just coming out of winter here in the mitten so I have only had one chance to ride with them. The feel on the controls (shifter , brake) is solid and not numb or stiff. They are stiffer than my previous touring boots which took a little getting used to but after a few hours in the saddle, I felt right at home in them. Reading the other reviews that say they leak does cause some concern but I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I really dig these boots. I imagine they will be quite hot come summer but that is to be expected with any waterproof boot. Shifter pads, ankle armor and heel reflectors would make these just about perfect.
April 5, 2014
I've read nothing but rave reviews of these boots, with the occasional negative review based on the boot not being waterproof, which I wrote off as an exception rather than the rule. So I went with the majority of reviewers, and picked up a pair less than a month ago. Super comfortable, lightening quick break in, great features, and they look pretty sweet. Low and behold, my first ride in a steady rain resulted in the left boot leaking like a sieve! Maybe a manufacturing defect, however, this is unacceptable for a $300+ pair of boots advertised as waterproof. I've got emails to both Revzilla and Gaerne, and hopefully one of the two will either swap out for a new pair, or take them back for credit. This is extremely discouraging and unfortunate, however, fingers crossed this will be made right by the folks in Philly, or Italy!
March 30, 2014
The boots are comfortable, they are flexible, they are warm, but they leak which defeats their purpose entirely.
February 27, 2014
These boots are awesome. If you're looking for a mid-height boot that looks GREAT. These are the ones. They're on the pricey side but, I don't regret the cost at all. On warmer days in the woods, I opt for these over my Tech 3s. Tested them in November riding LA Barstow to Vegas. 520 miles and my feet were the only parts of my body that weren't sore.
January 13, 2014
I was a little worried when I first put them on because they felt a bit tight at the ball of my feet but being leather they stretched out. I've only had them a few weeks but already they feel pretty comfortable. And they look great.
January 13, 2014
Ran small for me
Like previous reviews, I really like these boots ... comfy, quick break-in, look good, good pro without looking crazy.
But here's my beef - I wear size 10 regular in EVERYTHING, but these boots are too tight for me in the toe box (even with a thin sock), and the large bone before the big toe. I've seen some posts saying these boots run big, so maybe it's me, but I need a 10 wide if they make it.
Otherwise great boot, but if you can try it on first.
December 22, 2013
Most Comfortable riding boots I have ever worn!
I have been searching for a riding boot that I could both wear to the office and then on the ride home take off into the woods!
I did some research and came up with the GAERNE Balance Oiled boots and I must say that they fit the bill!
One of my biggest complaints about Motorcycle Enduro boots is that I can not typically feel anything! And it is a huge adjustment to get used to the shifting and braking without feeling the pedals!
These boots make it easy - I can feel both the gear shifter as well as the brake pedal under these boots and shift with ease and brake to a gentle stop without locking up the rear tire (when not intending to do so....)
My Second beef with MOST boots is that they are too large in exterior size and I physically cannot fit them underneath my gear shifter without making adjustments to the shifter which makes them more difficult to use with a softer street riding boot. This boot accomplishes both. While giving you the protection you need on an off road trail the balance boot is light enough to give you both the feel and fit on virtually any bike!
I can personally use this boot with comfort on both my offroad Adventure bike as well as my powerful street muscle bike! And can shift smoothly on any bike without the dreaded 'learning curve'.
My Third requirement in finding a boot was the comfort - I have found that many boots do one or the other work well or fit well these boots sacrifice none!
Lastly my requirement for finding a competitive boot was appearance - I work in an office and my motorcycles are mi dirty secret - sort of... Most of my off road boots are not appropriate to wear in the office - so I keep a second pair of office shoes to wear at the office... Even still trapsing around in the morning with my big clunky off road boots is generally frowned upon - even though I hide them under my desk!
These GAERNE Balance boots are both comfortable enough and stylish enough that I can wear them virtually anywhere I go. If I forget my 'office shoes' no longer a big deal!! If I plan to go for dinner while on the bike I no longer look like Mad Max or Robo Cop Sitting down at the restaurant! Though sometimes the look is beneficial ;)
Bottom line is these boots look great and feel even better!
I have not yet had a chance to test the torrential water proof-ness of these boots. However on a few 100km rides in and out of wet weather and mud and rain and snow even these boots have held up beautifully!
I have been gently wiping these down after a good muddy ride in order to keep up their appearance and they do not look any different than the day when they first arrived.
I almost want a second pair so I can wear them in the house!
November 19, 2013