Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots
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
Love these boots,i ride a 1200 gsa..Done 400 miles with them,very comfy and stylish..Im a U.S size 12 and ordered a 13,perfect fit from the getgo..I would recomend them for sure.And by the way Revzilla service is the best!!!Period..
November 14, 2013
Great boot right out of the box. No complaints. Adjustable straps make it a breeze to adjust the fit. I use a wide size 10 and this boot was a good fit. I ride more in the late season and the boot has good warmth characteristics. Touring Bike 2003 BMW R1150RT
November 4, 2013
It's comfortable to walkabout with.
Worn it a couple of times riding in heavy rain (Malaysian monsoon season now)..my socks are dry, and I'm happy with its performance.
November 4, 2013
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
this boot has slightly less protection than a full bore mx boot but for technical trail riding and walking around town there is nothing better. I rode 900 miles through Utah backcountry last week in this boot and even wore them to dinner a few nights without discomfort. flexible enough to walk in, pick up bike, get stuck in the mud. etc. waterproofing is great
September 23, 2013
Amazingly comfortable boots
Wow! these things feel great on your feet. The leather is excellent quality and there is little or no break in required (I walked around my house for 2 hours with them on) before they feel like they were made for your feet. The liners are very soft and smooth, no snag points or rough spots. They are an all leather boot so yes they are gonna get warm, but with the right moisture wicking socks you'll never notice at least i haven't in over 100 degree temps with Klim touring socks. Take care of that fine leather with Huberts Shoe Grease its made of pine tar and beeswax and contains no acids that will eat stitching (as most leather conditioners have), it will darken the leather a little and hide scuff marks as well. All in all the only boots I have ever bought that feel better are a pair of $500 hand made leather snake boots that were a gift from my wife and these are very close in comfort. Size chart was dead on for me.
September 6, 2013
After researching for a while, I finally decided to go with these boots. They felt broken-in after about 5 minutes of wearing them! Super comfortable on and off the bike. I noticed an immediate improvement in shifting as well. They offer great protection, are water resistant, easy on and off, etc. Only thing they could have added imho was a reinforced shift panel on the toe, but not a necessity. Overall a really great product.
September 2, 2013