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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 offers maximum bike control.

Features:

  • Full grain oiled leather
  • 3 alloy replaceable buckles
  • Waterproof
  • Gaerne Drytech membrane liner
  • Gum rubber sole for improved comfort and control
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great
First my apologies for the lousy english...

I own a few boots for adventure before. All very stiff, I could not feel the bike at all. If you had to walk on those boots forget it... normally on adventure trips there is a lot of walking involved...

My new pair, the Gaerne Oiled boots are fantastic. I live in Brazil, ordered the boots to be shipped to Florida and pick up on my last trip to Fort Lauderdale. No space on luggage so I wear the boot in an 8 hour flight back home. No problems at all... this is how comfortable those boots really are.
Very good grip on slippery terrain, stiff enough to sustain off road riding and still very good "fell" on the bike.
October 2, 2013
Ride:
2008 BMW F650GS
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Excellent boots on the street!
My perspective: I ride a KTM 640 Duke II. I usually wear a size 12.5 running shoes, 13 in "skate shoes". I have Alpinestars SMX Plus in size 47 (US 12) that fit great as well. I bought these in a 12 and they were right on the money. I have a short commute daily and usually change out of riding boots as soon as I get to work for "business casual +"...until now. I've ridden about 250 miles in these boots and these are my impressions.

Looks: These boots have a really classic look to them, as you can tell from the pictures. The one aspect I don't believe the photos show is how "technical" they look in person. I think they look great over my white/black Dainese Delta Pro pants, even though the boots are primarily brown. The gummy sole is not really spongy like Clark's "crepe" sole on their "desert boots". The Gaerne sole stayed grime free over the weekend considering the damp roads.

Comfort: Comfort was instant once you figure out how tight you want the individual buckles. Boots are quiet (took a few miles for leather to settle) and secure on the foot. Both sole and leather felt a little stiff at first but not at all now. Wore them all day at work today and I feel that their "drytech membrane" is breathable. Not a winter boot per se, but kept me comfortable on 50 degree ride at 80 MPH. Haven't tested waterproofing yet.

Convenience: Easy on and easy off with the buckles and Velcro system. Much faster than my usual commuting boots which have laces and an MX style buckle. I had no shifter fitment problems.

Durability (Perceived): Out-sole is grippy and it looks like any good boot shop could resole them if necessary. Sole is very soft but is showing no signs of damage from my enduro style pegs. Lack of a shift pad is a little annoying because the leather gets temporarily marked up. The finish of the boot is that type of brown leather that will get marked up if you scratch it with your fingernail.

Protection (Perceived): I would say more than a street boot but less than a road race or full MX boot. There is no hinge system or ankle armor. With buckles fastened, boots provide decent ankle support due to middle buckle and thick leather. MUCH more than standard work boots.

Overall thoughts: Well worth the expense for a waterproof boot IMHO. A very comfortable, stylish and protective boot for almost any type of riding. Additionally, the boots look good under chinos and jeans and are very easy to walk in. These boots are not nearly as "chunky" as you might think. My SMX Plus boots are bulkier.

Highly recommended.
November 19, 2012
Ride:
2000 KTM 640 Duke II
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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
Ride:
2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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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.

Pros:
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.

Cons:
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
Ride:
2005 BMW F650GS ABS
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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
Ride:
2013 BMW R1200GS Adventure
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Love these boots
I can't say enough good things about these boots. They were very comfortable right out of the box. I can get off the bike and walk around in total comfort. Amazing quality on these.
May 24, 2012
Ride:
2012 BMW R1200GS Adventure
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Good Comfort, Good Looks, Great Boots
I purchased these boots for street riding because I wanted real boots with honest protection that looked more traditional than most modern road boots. I wear them with Jeans on quick trips in the city and they work great. They are comfortable to walk in off the bike and I get compliments from non motorcyclists on my "cool Boots" all the time. The Boots have also preformed extremely well on long day trips under a revit infinity suit. They are easy to get in an out of and were almost perfectly broken in out of the box. I did have a small pinch point in the right ankle but it worked itself out after a few days of wear. I haven't had an opportunity to test the waterproofing yet.
January 10, 2013
Ride:
1992 Honda ST1100
Bang For The Buck
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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
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The best!
Like all the reviews before me, to all the people that have put these boots on. They are the most comfortable boots- straight out of the box!!!!!! A traditional build, with hand made Italian quality, some what old school.

I have been on motorcycles for 30 years, and have just put them all aside for the BMW F800GS. Bringing everything I want in life together. When looking for a boot with quality, durability, style, and function for adventure riding, these boots came highly recommended! And I am thankful for all the information that everyone gave.

By far, the BEST boot- straight from the box!
October 22, 2012
Ride:
2009 BMW F800GS
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You get what you pay for
I originally ordered the TCX EVO but returned due to quality issues and decided to up my budget by a hundred bucks. The Gaerne is a beautifully constructed boot with obvious attention to detail. I like the flat sole which allows you to adjust your feet to any position on the pegs. Gaerne claims the oiled leather is designed to breath and I agree after riding yesterday for 300 miles in temperatures from 90 to 100 degrees my feet stayed relatively cool. Very much worth the extra upgrade cost over the TCX. The exterior scuffs up easily but also cleans up easily but the boots won't look new for long. The buckle system is OK - wish the buckles aligned better or pivoted better.
I have also tried on the Toucan from Alpinestar and can say that another level of cost buys an even better boot - the buckle system and the protection can't be beat but I did not want to spend $500 on a boot.
Comparing the TCX in the mid $200 range, the Gaerne Oiled in the mid $300's and the Toucan in the mid $400's I can say you do get a measurably better boot the more you spend. The Gaerne to me was the perfect match for my budget, protection and style.
May 16, 2014
Ride:
2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200S
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I use these boots daily commuting 90 miles round trip. Very comfortable, and provides some protection. They look great too!
John W on May 6, 2016
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George T on Mar 8, 2016
I use these boots daily commuting 90 miles round trip. Very comfortable, and provides some protection. They look great too!
John W on May 6, 2016
needed a comfortable boot that fit under shifter
ASUNDVL on May 4, 2016
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George T on Mar 8, 2016
Nice balance between comfort and protection. Also look good.
Khalid R on Jun 17, 2015
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.
Kirk E on Mar 14, 2015
Awesome
Michael D. M on Feb 1, 2015
Confort
Sergio G on Dec 4, 2014
I have a pair of Gearne MX Boots. Love the comfort
Frank M on Nov 20, 2014
Crazy about the look and the leather is sweet
Roger Y on Oct 18, 2014
I was looking for vintage leather looking boots for light off-road / adventure riding. These look great and the company has a good reputation.
Daniel H on Sep 27, 2014
Based on positive reviews.
Houck c/o M on Jul 29, 2014
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.
Joshua J on Jul 17, 2014
They do not look like space boots. Very comfortable.
Gentil N on Jun 6, 2014
Looked good for dual sport riding, and they are.
Joe B on May 6, 2014
construction quality, flat sole allows ability to adjust foot position. Great looking - third buckle at top instead of a big velcro patch
Omoishiroi on May 6, 2014
These are supposed to be a pretty wide cut and that in itself is why I ordered these.
RICK M on Apr 20, 2014
Saw on web
scott s on Apr 5, 2014
Awesome boots, very comfortable to wear all day especially for Friday casual at the office.
Cornelius T on Mar 11, 2014
Because they price match. Thank you.
James L on Feb 11, 2014
Great looks and good reviews...They happen to be extremely comfortable!
Brady M on Jan 19, 2014
Reputation, features, and fit. Not as protective as a full MX, but infinitely more walk-able
Adam C on Jan 14, 2014
Cool look, good quality all around boot
roberto m on Nov 1, 2013
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.
Wilhelm H on Oct 19, 2013
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.
D M on Sep 22, 2013
needed a comfortable boot that fit under shifter
ASUNDVL on May 4, 2016
Nice balance between comfort and protection. Also look good.
Khalid R on Jun 17, 2015
any chance at a video breakdown on this boot?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2014
Would these boots fit under jeans/pants?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2012
BEST ANSWER: 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.
Have you used these on a sportbike? Are they only recommended for off-road use?
A shopper on Aug 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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?
Nicholas M on Jan 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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.
ChuBrocka on Feb 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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?
MotoMn121 on Feb 13, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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.
Are these true to US sizes? I wear Euro 45 in Alpinestars and would like to know how they compare.

Thanks
A shopper on Apr 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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?
A shopper on Mar 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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
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?
Jonathan C on Jan 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.

Douglas
Where are these boots made?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2013
BEST ANSWER: They are made in Italy, according to the label in mine.