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Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots

The Gaerne Balance Oiled Boot is an extremely durable boot made with a full grain oiled leather. It is also waterproof thanks to the breathable Gaerne Drytech membrane.A gum rubber sole completes the task for a great feel and control of the bike.


  • Full grain oiled leather
  • 3 alloy replaceable buckles
  • Waterproof
  • Gaerne Drytech membrane liner
  • Gum rubber sole for feel and control
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Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots 4.3 5 47 47
Best adventure touring boots ever I love these boots. They are the most comfortable motorcycle boots I've ever had on. Just back from a day of trail riding in Maine, and I can assert that they are 100% waterproof! Love the little Italian tricolor flag sewn in as an accent! October 30, 2015
Amazing ADV Boot I saw a review saying that these boots are not waterproof, which prompted me to write. I've had a pair of these boots since 2010 and I can tell you not only are they 100% waterproof they have been for 5 years and at least 10,000 ridden miles and I have never re-oiled them. THEY HAVE NOT LEAKED ONCE and they have been extremely comfortable and hard wearing. The only negatives, if you can call them that are: They are a little big around the calf if you have skinny legs like me and you may need to add an insole if you have narrow feet like me. If you want a really great adventure boot that will keep you dry and last for years, look no further. October 1, 2015
Comfy but not waterproof I got these because my TCX boots weren't comfy off the bike. The balanced oil boots are more comfy for my wide foot. I didn't give them a better rating because they aren't waterproof though they claim to be. The TCX are. Now I have 2 pair of riding boots and neither do it all for me. August 15, 2015
Best Adventure boot that I have owned Best Adventure boot that I have owned (Not a boot expert as they are expensive, but have had SIDI, Dainese, and other cheaper brands). Tested over 12k mi in C/S America over 3 months, and numerous England/Scotland, SE Asia, etc trips. SUPER comfortable and showing pretty nominal wear for c 18k miles (note: I regularly oil with Lexol (took a small bottle for my 12k mi trip and cleaned/oil numerous times) . Soles holding up very well. Fully waterproof and breathes well for THAT TYPE of boot. Protection seems v good (never tested), easy on/off, and comfortable walking boot (albeit swap for the shoes if you are going on longer than 1/2 mi walks). Fit runs a touch on the narrower side of average (but average for an Italian shoes/boots), but Euro (length) size is true to other higher end Euro shoes/boots. I have a USA "B" (ie, relatively narrow) foot, and just replace the insoles with the SOLE Softec Ultra insert for a great fit. May 23, 2015
Excellent boot for the price point. I bought this boot instead of the Sidi Adventure to save a hundred bucks and came out with a boot that serves just as well. Couple of things I would expect Gaerne to fix though. 1. needs a shifter patch on the left boot. 2. get rid of the gum sole and use vibram instead. If you're riding on pavement, the gum sole won't last. 3. the buckles aren't easy to adjust and the top one doesn't align well. Otherwise, a very comfortable boot with great protection. I'll wear these out before I get another pair. May 15, 2015
They are hot and buckles are fussy Mine are the Gaerne Balance in black color (same basic boot as the brown oiled boots except for the leather). As other reviewers stated the top buckles line up poorly, are tricky to loosen and are cheap plastic. The boot isn't as stiff as a motocross boot like my Gaerne SG10 (which are much nicer boots). These Balance boots were bought for Trials riding and the gummy soles are ideal for that purpose. On the road this are much hotter and breathe more poorly than my Gore-tex boots (Alpinestars). Now that I sold my trials bike I will only use these on true dual sport rides not for touring or commuting. May 9, 2015
Great Boot, Top Buckles Problematic Fit great, feel great out of the box, like most have said. The toe box is on the wider side (I was a little worried about that, but turned out they were plenty wide enough for my feet), but a little low on my left foot. I felt pressure on the top of my big toe. They do wear in nicely, though. The rubber soles seemed kind of light-weight, but are wearing well. They grip the pegs well and have pretty good traction for walking. They also flex well enough out of the box to make walking in them easy, even normal! I prefer the brown leather looks to the black or plastics of other boots. Keep them treated with mink oil and they look and perform like a million bucks! They are all day boots as well. I've done some hiking, gone to the movies, and out to eat in these boots after a day of riding, and they felt and looked great in all settings. I cut up an old work boot and used contact cement to glue a patch over the shifter spot on the left boot -which also looks cool, if you ask me!!! My only complaint is with the top buckles. They don't seem to align with themselves very well. It's like you have to twist or bend the strap to get it into the buckle. And I find them really difficult to adjust, especially make looser. The lower buckles are fine it's just the tops I struggle with. I've owned these boots for just over a year now. I was amazed on a late fall night ride at how warm they kept my feet. Definitely air-tight, sole to top! I still haven't tested the waterproofness, but I keep them oiled, so I'm not terribly concerned. Oiling also helps with any scuffs. Overall I'm very happy with these boots. Fix the top buckles and they'd be 5 star boots! When these wear out I'll buy another pair. March 16, 2015
Excellent! Before actually buy this product I made a very extensive research on several forums and websites... And I was still in not so sure about it. But I decided to give it a try and... I'm very satisfied! These boots are very comfortable and what a style! For my riding behavior it is perfect! I'm 80% on-road and 20% off-road so based on my priorities I am very satisfied. For you to have an idea how comfortable it is, I travelled 15 hours in a flight from USA to Brazil wearing it!!! I had no space left on my luggage so I had to wear it :) On the other hand, if you are looking for boots for off-roading only maybe it is not the most protective boot on the market. It lacks protection on the toes and also on the "change gears" area. November 24, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Khalid R: Nice balance between comfort and protection. Also look good. Jun 17, 2015
Kirk E: Nothing but great reviews from other sites like the ADV Forum. Those guys know what they are talking about. Figured it was worth a try. Mar 14, 2015
Michael D. M: Awesome Feb 1, 2015
Sergio G: Confort Dec 4, 2014
Frank M: I have a pair of Gearne MX Boots. Love the comfort Nov 20, 2014
Roger Y: Crazy about the look and the leather is sweet Oct 18, 2014
Daniel H: I was looking for vintage leather looking boots for light off-road / adventure riding. These look great and the company has a good reputation. Sep 27, 2014
Houck c/o M: Based on positive reviews. Jul 29, 2014
Joshua J: Great boots. Fit well, comfortable to walk around in, especially if you let loose the bottom two buckles for off the bike. Haven't had an accident yet luckily, but feel sturdy. Jul 17, 2014
Gentil N: They do not look like space boots. Very comfortable. Jun 6, 2014
Joe B: Looked good for dual sport riding, and they are. May 6, 2014
Philip E: construction quality, flat sole allows ability to adjust foot position. Great looking - third buckle at top instead of a big velcro patch May 6, 2014
RICK M: These are supposed to be a pretty wide cut and that in itself is why I ordered these. Apr 20, 2014
scott s: Saw on web Apr 5, 2014
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-able Jan 14, 2014
roberto m: Cool look, good quality all around boot Nov 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
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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
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Larell: I wore them today under the "standard" Bannana-R chinos and they fit just fine. They are actually less bulky than my SMX Plus boots. Nov 20, 2012
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mzeatwzad: These boots fit well under jeans with a large enough opening. Might be a struggle to fit them under straight leg 501s or similar. Feb 20, 2013
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RideNM: They fit under my baggy riding pants. Jeans are a tighter fit. Loose cargo pants should work fine. Oct 18, 2012
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Ralph B: They fit under my low rise boot cut jeans. no issue. Feb 21, 2014
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Jerdog: Yes they do. From straight leg, to slight boot cut. Oct 22, 2012
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Ray666: Yes, If you are wearing boot cut or straigt jeans. Jul 23, 2012
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Nicholas M asked: What do you think about using this boot with a Triumph Bonneville cafe racer? Would this be a viable cold weather option or is it too geared toward adventure riding? Jan 2, 2015
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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
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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. Amilcar Jan 4, 2015
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Oliver H: It is more of an Dventure boot, good in the wet and colder weather
Also great when you are off the bike on a long trip as you can walk in them
Jan 3, 2015
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Erik v: They are actually trials boots, but they are thick leather, and waterproof, so should be plenty warm. Jan 2, 2015
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Anthony V: Wouldnt be a problem,cool looking and very warm.Not waterproof in heavy rain. Jan 20, 2015
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Brenton T: Yes you could do it, they are comfortable enough. Jan 2, 2015
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A shopper asked: Have you used these on a sportbike? Are they only recommended for off-road use? Aug 1, 2015
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Scott M: I have not, but can compare them with a pair of 'Adventure' boots used on an 8gs BMW. The toe box is more compact and shifting (and tactile sensation) is much improved compared to the AStar Toucan. Thinking that if I was going to ride a sportbike exclusively, I'd go with something even more slimmed-down. These are good boots for the trail, just wish they had an extra patch of leather for upshift location. Aug 1, 2015
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Tim S: No i haven't used these on a sport bike. They are fairly flexible and slim enough on the top (calf) that you can get your jeans over them, so they won't show. I think you would work ok for you.

Aug 2, 2015
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christopher e: I would not recommend these for a sport bike I used them with my dual sport. I would definitely go with a Sidi boot for a sport bike. Aug 1, 2015
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Paul B: I use them with my Kawasaki ZX-12 so yes I do use them with a sport bike. And they are fine. Aug 1, 2015
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David J: These would be a bit bulky for sport bike. They are comfortable. Aug 2, 2015
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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
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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
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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. R1150RT Mar 3, 2014
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Adam C: I believe the Classic version of these boots are just water resistant, not water-proof. That fact and the color choices seem to be the difference. And the price of course. Feb 21, 2014
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Douglas K: Great boot for riding trials because of its flexibility and comfort. I wouldn't use it for anything else involving motorcycling because of its lack of overall protection. Feb 19, 2014
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Philip E: The balance classic is not waterproof May 6, 2014
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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
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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
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Ian C: I wear a 10.5 normally as well. I went with the Eu46/US11's and couldn't be happier best riding long distance boots EVER!

Good luck, safe travels,

Feb 14, 2015
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Michael H: We have the same size feet and the boots barely fit if tightened all the way down. Feb 15, 2015
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Conor T: What size did you get? Are you happy with the size you chose or would you have preferred the next size up? Feb 17, 2015
Anthony V: Size 9 should fit good. Feb 17, 2015
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A shopper asked: Are these true to US sizes? I wear Euro 45 in Alpinestars and would like to know how they compare.

Apr 9, 2014
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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
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jonathan h: Yes. True to size. I wear 44/45 in euro. Size 11 athletic shoe. I ordered the 11 and the fit is perfect! Comfotable boot. No break in needed like in a MOTO-X type boot. Apr 15, 2014
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Scott P: They are pretty spot on with regard to US sizing. I'd get what you are typically in american size shoes/boots. Apr 15, 2014
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Vishwas S: Yes, they are. Apr 15, 2014
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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
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Ken I: I wear size 10 to 10 1/2 depends on shoe. I bought Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots in size 11 and wear a heavier sock and the fit is perfect. Boots are GREAT Mar 11, 2014
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jonathan h: I wear a 10.5 shoe. The size 11 gaernes fit very comfortably. They do fit like athletic shoes, not like cowboy boots. Hope that helps! Mar 6, 2014
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Craig M: purchase the 12, I wear an 11 and they were too small and I needed to exchange them Mar 6, 2014
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Tim S: 11 Mar 25, 2014
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Jonathan C asked: I am usually a size 10.5 in just about every piece of footwear. There are no half sizes for this boot - should I go with a 10 or an 11? Jan 8, 2014
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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.

Jan 9, 2014
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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
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Tim S: I wear 10.5 -11 in most boots also, these feel like a true 11 medium width to me. I would go with the 11's, if you think they are too loose you can always go with thicker socks. Jan 9, 2014
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Oliver H: I use a 10.5 and a euro 45, buy the 11 since you might need warmer socks in cold weather Feb 20, 2014
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A shopper asked: Where are these boots made? Oct 8, 2013
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Andrew P: They are made in Italy, according to the label in mine. Oct 8, 2013
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Paul P: I don't know where in Italy they are manufactured
I'm sure Google will tell you that answer
Oct 8, 2013
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dan r: Italy , where all great boots are made Oct 8, 2013
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Ellis C: Gaerne Boots are made in Italy Oct 8, 2013
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Brady W asked: Howdy folks,

I have 21.5" calves and wear 10.5/11 EE (up to EEEE depending on brand) footwear. Are these things going to fit over my beastly calves (more like Bulls, really)?

If you have these boots and have similar measurements to mine. Please chime in!

I'm not looking for a full mx boot, so the SG-10s are out as are the sidi crossfires.

I have already tried on the Forma Adventures and the Forma Terras. These Gaernes are my last hope for a full height adenture boot.
Jun 21, 2015
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Brian A: I have Green Beret calves and these still fit, although just barely. Aug 18, 2015
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olivier q: I didn't keep the boots it was a bite too dirt bike for commuting. Jun 22, 2015
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Dale W: Yes, I have big calves too. You adjust the buckles. Aug 4, 2015
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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
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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
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Lemuel L: They are great I'm on my 3rd pair Dec 4, 2014
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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
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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 water
Apr 19, 2014
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Oliver H: If keep mine waterproofed and they have not yet leaked
No torrential rain riding as it yet
Apr 19, 2014
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A shopper asked: What is the recommened maintenance for Gaerne Oiled leather with Drytec trials boots? Mar 25, 2013
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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
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RevZilla: Gaerne recommends cleaning with soap and water. Mar 27, 2013
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A shopper asked: Let's say compared to Sidi Discovery boots. I'm considering using these as winter boots in New England. Dec 14, 2012
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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
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Krauss: I sweat a lot, at the end of my ride the inside of the boots are really wet, but they are not that warm and I ride in hot tropical wheather!!! Mar 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: I wear a size 10 1/2 mens usa or a 45.5 european size. what size should I order? Oct 31, 2014
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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
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Alexander G asked: Hello,

Is it possible to order this boot in a size 44 or even 43.5? I've tried on the size 43 and it was too small, also tried on the 44.5 and it was too big.

May 29, 2014
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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
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Russell B asked: Gaerne's website shows this available in a size 14, but Revzilla lists only up to 13. Any chance of getting the 14 through Revzilla? Jan 18, 2014
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Ian C: Your best bet would be to call RevZilla and ask. Their customer support has been very helpful every time I've called. Jan 29, 2014
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A shopper asked: What is the difference between Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots vs. the All Terrain GTX Boots? One appears to have slick "shiny" leather, while the GTX looks to be smooth "fuzzy" leather. Are these the same ones people use for trials riding? Nov 5, 2015
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A shopper asked: any chance at a video breakdown on this boot? Aug 3, 2014
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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
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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
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Adam C: Joseph -

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
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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, Steve
Feb 21, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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Joseph M: How about size? I am a 10.5-90% of the time. I see these only come in whole sizes. should I go 10 or 11? 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
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jeremy s: Joesph M,

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
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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
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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
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David A: The boots are awesome I ride a r1200rt and a ktm990

Very comfortable very soft not recommended for off-road.

Comfy right out of the box the sole
Is great super flexible.

Best boots I've ever owned
Feb 21, 2014
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