Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots
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
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
Excellent fit, looks good
I bought these primarily for the look as well as protection. I've been using them for about two weeks, and I like how the oiled leather breaks in...the left toe gets a nice patina from shifting, which is kind of cool. I haven't taken my bike offroad with them yet, but from what I can tell they will offer sufficient protection.
November 10, 2014
very comfortable but NOT WATERPROOF
If you need to buy waterproof boots don't waste your money on these.I was riding from Chicago to NC](brand new boots), had a rain for 30 minutes in IN and my feet were all wet.
November 1, 2014
Im in love with these boots.
Completely satisfied. They're great boots. I never want to take them off! I am going to look into having an extra piece of leather stitched onto the shift toe.
September 15, 2014
Buckle fell off
Seems like a relatively light duty adventure-style boot, definitely not meant for heavy off-road adventure riding. Not very durable. Left boot where the shifter rubs, wore badly. Also, a top buckle broke off where the buckle is riveted to the boot. This is after one year of daily riding/use.
If you want a durable, protective boot, this isn't it. Go with a Sidi or Forma instead.
August 11, 2014
Incredibly versatile boot
I bought a pair of these just prior to a two-week ride from Maryland to Utah. I literally took them out of the box, tried them on, and then left with them the next morning. They were on my feet for 14-20 hours a day, every day, for the next two weeks.
These are hands-down the most comfortable boots I've ever worn. They felt broken-in immediately, and I had no problem walking through towns or on trails while off the bike.
Between the leather and the liner, they remain absolutely waterproof. I had the misfortune of spending 5 hours riding through a tropical storm dumping 3-4" of rain an hour, and my feet stayed dry.
They also do a decent job of keeping my feet cool in the summer. I've ridden in 100+ degree temperatures on air-cooled bikes and not been uncomfortable.
July 24, 2014
They fit lady/narrow feet well enough.
I'm always on a quest for the perfect combo of protection, waterproofing, style, fit, and cost. This boot performs well in an all around fashion.
I'm a woman, with a typical narrow-ish foot. These are definitely a little roomy in the toe box, but my foot isn't swimming from side to side like some other men's boots I've tried on.
Sizing: I'm always a Euro 39 in shoes, and the 39 in this boot fit perfectly.
Waterproofing: performed admirably in a downpour. No leaking for me.
Comfortable enough to walk/hike in the woods/trails off the bike for a while.
My feet don't overheat on hot days in them. This may be a statement not true for everyone, since I tend to run cold all the time. I suspect many men would consider these to run warm, while other women may find them fine.
Lack of ankle pro. I'm hoping the thicker-than-usual leather makes up for this.
The shifter area on the boot looks awful already after about 600 miles with a ton of black rubber from my shifter worn off onto it (obviously doesn't impair their function, so I'll live with it)
The gum sole is super slippery on wet linoleum when you walk in a gas station, etc. As in banana peel/cartoon slippery.
Style: It's a men's boot. Since I didn't expect much in the way of style, I'm not super disappointed. Aggressive and bulky looking. Meh. Definitely not my fave thing to wear off the bike, but the protection and waterproofing are way more important to me.
July 7, 2014