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I see all the cool new boots and I need to jump on this new lacing knob system. That and my lacrosse icemans from over twenty years ago are finally wore through the top from hooking in stirrups. What brand and style are you riding with and what do you like or hate about them? Is it warm where you ride or are you crossing lakes at -10 @ WOT? What about the new lace systems, seems to work for snowboarders what about us real athletes?
 

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I goofed around with the boa style systems a few times. They are pretty cool. They are also spendy for what they do. I don't fool around lacing my boots much during a normal day of riding. It wasn't a big deal for me to have a quick system.


I'm also a little cheap. I just use good hunting/hiking style boots. I do get them with good uppers and soles. Waterproof, breathable, durable, and good grip, are my priorities. I am surprised by how well they work for the money. I have not had issues with wet or cold feet until the boots wear out. I do try to "save" my riding boots a little from daily wear. Basically, I just use them for snowmobiling until they start to get worn down. Then, they turn into work boots. :biggrin_old:
 

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the BOA lace system has been a bout a long time, and most that use it like it, its faster easier on off's is it best feature
there nice when your older and fatter LOL
but like most things today there over priced
the key to any boot lasting is care and how you wear /abuse them or not
good boots the more often you clean and treat leather longer they will last , and using a boot dryer will add yrs like a battery tender will add life to a battery, the easy slow drying of them, makes them last

if the price tag doesn't scare you and the fit is good, odds are you will like BOA lace system boots
if your normal GOOD boots last a LONG time with your basic care, so will good BOA lace Boots
just watch out for some of the newer models that are more Motorcross style, as there NOT made for walking to such things, there made for MX bike riders to add way more ankle protection and such from coming off small foot pegs and such while riding as normal MX boot protect them
if you ever worn a pair of MX boots and tried to walk far in them you will know what I mean here LOL

and with all boots, everyone's feet are different, what I like you may not and what I find WARM you also may not
best advice is, go try some one you like an go from there, and keep in mind how much insulation they have, normally its measured in gram's
anything over 600 is good cold weather boots, more is better if your more sensitive to cold and or feet don't move much to make warmth
 

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I picked up a pair of rocky blizzard or something like that along the line because the icemans didnt have much life left in them. They ended up being work boots right away because I liked them so much and I went back to the icemans for the sled. I was thinking about a fresh pair of those rockys dedicated for riding but these boa things made me giggle when messing with a pair at the dealership. Theres a bunch of screws in one ankle too so more support from a stiffer boot might be a good thing.
 

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I guess my main concern was the boa system and the wires and gear systems and how they hold up to our kind of abuse. Not everyone wears out boots on top and bottom at once like we can.



I appreciate the input and am leaning towards the klim arctic ones. Havnt tried their gear yet but they seem to be the "in" brand either because of marketing or an actual good product. I should be spending all my money on gas and oil but the weather isnt co-operating because I got a new machine and wrecked everyone's season.
 

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Just an update. I picked up the Klim arctic boots and didnt like the way they fit. Size was fine but the single boa doesnt compare to a dual boa system in my opinion. The way the tounge has material bunched up on the sides didnt seem ideal either. I could imagine snow packing in the wrinkles and making a mess of things. The bottom sole insert didnt fit right either and was bunching and wrinkling in the boot but that might have gone away with wear.

I picked up a pair of Motorfist alpha boots and I like those much better so far. The dual boa is great and the tounge is smoother and less likely to have snow build ups. I cant comment on the warmness yet but they seem like they will be fine.
 

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I have Trukke boots, the whole front opens up

 

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I have a pair of Motorfist Stomper IIs. They still have the laces but they're a good solid and durable boot. Relatively warm as long as you have good breathable insulated socks on. Nothing is as warm as my old Sorel work boots though! Even with the steel toes my feet never got cold. They just didn't breath any being coated with a durable rubber coating.
 

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Another update on the Motorfist alpha boots. I love them, I have only needed regular socks and have wore them at -20f. They are comfortable for riding and fit the stirrup great. I like the boots so much I want to try more of their gear.
 

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I'm still wearing my 20 year old Lacrosse Icemans. I can't make myself replace them. I have never been cold in them. Probably have over 60,000 miles on them. They are getting a bit worn though, so one of these years.........
 

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I wear the Klim Adrenaline GTX Boa......Three years in and somewhere near 10,000 miles on em........Never cold, easy to walk in, great ankle support....Tried all the big name boots on, and super glad I spent the long dollar and got the Klims.
 

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I'm still wearing my 20 year old Lacrosse Icemans. I can't make myself replace them. I have never been cold in them. Probably have over 60,000 miles on them. They are getting a bit worn though, so one of these years.........


Just like mine but I’ve got some years on ya. Close to 30 now, they’re not cool looking and probably kinda ugly by some standards, but I never get cold and that’s all that counts!!


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Boots, Spring Buy

Funny to even think about boots right now with the season done.

I knew my current boots were basically done toward the end of the season. I was using G tape to hold them together. It wasn't the fault of the boots. It was operator issues. :oops:
I wanted to replace mine with the same model. I tried ordering online and got skunked. Model was discontinued and remaining stock wasn't even close in size.
I kept watching and shopping. One of the local hunting/fishing shops had a fishing opener sale going last week. I figured I'd check to see what they had left for boots. I scored winter boots at closeout pricing. :biggrin_old: They were not the exact model I had been using, but were close. They did have the material build I wanted. Figured they were worth a try. Funny thing too, the only pair left was the correct size.



One thing to check off the list for next winter.
 

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I too am in the market for some new boots. The Rocky Blizzard stalkers have served me well but have fallen apart above the heel. Hot glue to the rescue for the last 2 rides. I wore them hunting as well. I have no idea what to get next but will keep my eye on these posts about boots. Looking for ez on and off. The rocky's weren't user friendly with laces and hard to just slip off etc... But I did like them especially if any walking was involved. Guessing 12 years out of them.
 

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Another update on the Motorfist alpha boots. I love them, I have only needed regular socks and have wore them at -20f. They are comfortable for riding and fit the stirrup great. I like the boots so much I want to try more of their gear.
I've got motorfist everything except helmet and boots.

It's all worked awesome. A little spendy but worth it, my jacket and bibs were bought at half price as leftovers.

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