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post #1 of 24 Old 08-18-2013, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Best boot ( for the rider)

I use the lace up terrains and I'm just curious about what everyone else uses
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post #2 of 24 Old 08-18-2013, 09:14 PM
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I wear sneakers.

My current pair are 9.99 walmart specials. I liked them so much, I went back and bought 2 more pairs which are waiting in my closet for when the current ones fall apart!

I always buy them at least a half size bigger than my normal size to allow my foot room to swell during long, hot rides (have learned THAT the hard way.. a shoe that is comfy at the start of a ride is not necessarily comfy at the end ).
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post #3 of 24 Old 08-18-2013, 09:38 PM
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Despite saying they have them, I could Never find waterproof Ariat terrains in mens.
I have non waterproof, but hate wet feet, even walking in dew soaked grass my feet are wet
Went with the Justin endurance shoes, comfy but soft sole rubber, so get slick pretty quickly. Also cheese grater stirrups chew em up.
Got Roper endurance, Pretty sturdy more hiker style shoe, problem with them is great big giant meat hooks speed lacer hooks, dig into your ankle where the stirrup pushes. I wear em to work and they arnt to bad.
I tried danner light hikers, too narrow returned.
Going to get to Dicks soon and try on Merril waterproof light hikers. Maybe get something that will last longer than the Justins.
This summer I have been riding western in Durango western boots and spurs, kinda got a "i don't wanna go" horse. But I have mainnly only been walking on club rides. Will be back in training soon, need to buy some suitable hikers. I don't like pure sneekers as I prefer a nice stiff shank.
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post #4 of 24 Old 08-18-2013, 09:41 PM
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Tennis shoes! I hate riding in boots. They're hot, heavy... Even terrians are too heavy/bulky for me.

Actually, I hate all shoes. If I could ride barefoot, I would. But that's generally frowned upon, so tennis shoes it is. I just have genetic cheapo ones. They last a few months before they fall apart and I buy a new pair of Walmart.
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post #5 of 24 Old 08-18-2013, 09:45 PM
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My ideal boot would fit me, be gortex 100% waterproof, carbon fiber safety toe, semi aggressive self cleaning tread, 90 degree 3/4" heel reinforced shank. About 6" high. Eyelets only NO speed hooks.
I'm still looking
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post #6 of 24 Old 08-19-2013, 07:18 AM
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I feel better now. I thought I was the only bad person riding in cheap sneakers.
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post #7 of 24 Old 08-19-2013, 08:32 AM
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I too ride in sneakers...can add insoles if I want and they dry fast :)
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post #8 of 24 Old 08-19-2013, 09:30 AM
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Joe, this should help you if you can find it in your tropical southern climate...

Sno-Seal: Waterproofing New Hiking Boots | Section Hiker

You smear it on and then melt it into the leather with a hair dryer. I spend 7 months a year in slush and wet and this is the best I've found. Been using it since the late 70's. Tried other things, nothing touches it.

I'm enjoying this thread because it just saved me $90. I was seriously considering buying some ariat terrains but my sneakers will do for the nice weather.
I just have to spring for some half chaps now. Never used to bother me but the last few rides as my mileage has increased my calfs have taken a beating. Guess I'm just not 17 and indestructible anymore.
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post #9 of 24 Old 08-19-2013, 10:21 AM
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I need something fairly waterproof because I often get off and walk to stretch my knees a bit on trail rides and I prefer short boots with half chaps to long boots as not so sweaty
My ancient UK Muckers are about ready to die on me, I think LLBean do something similar so I'm going to try those for size
I can't ride in anything with thick soles - so the Ariat boots don't work for me
I also need a wide fitting as I can't stand having pinched up feet either
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post #10 of 24 Old 08-19-2013, 01:09 PM
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Is riding in sneakers mostly an endurance thing? I've never heard of that before... How interesting!
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