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Post by anth_85 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:09 am

My merlin boots have given up on me after 14 months. The lining has split so I can't get my left heel in comfortably, the insoles have been loose for months so keeping them in place is a pain and I think the right toe is starting to let a bit of moisture in. So I need a replacement pair. They must be waterproof, they are used for commuting in the north east, we get a lot of rain. I don't want something in your face racing boots, just something black and relatively plain. Preferably not costing an arm and a leg, I'd rather buy 3 pairs of these merlins than 1 pair of sidi adventure 2.

I can get a replacement pair of these merlins, which to be fair have served me well, for £89.99.

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Post by JRH » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:17 am

Might be an idea to let us know your budget.
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Post by James in Brum » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:18 am

I have a pair of these: https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorc ... 55EALw_wcB
that I bought second hand for about 40 pounds. Only been using them for about 4 months but they are doing the job just fine and I have covered about 3.5k miles in that time. Kept me dry and because I got a slightly bigger size and have big socks kept me warm too.
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Re: boots

Post by anth_85 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:20 am

JRH wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:17 am
Might be an idea to let us know your budget.
I don't really have one, I am more interested in value. If a pair of boots will last me 10 years of dry feet comfortable commuting but cost £250 then that's better than a pair that cost £100 but last a year before falling apart.

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Post by Fleck » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:20 am

I'm still using my Sidi boots I bought in 2001. I had a 10 year break from bikes though and don't use them in winter or wet weather. So 9 years use.
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Post by raesewell » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:16 am

I fell into the trap of buying cheaper boots, I then did the maths and bought a pair of Altbergs which run at about 200 quid but typically last at least 10 years so at £20 a year it was cheaper than buying cheaper boots.

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Post by geofferz » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:37 am

Whatever you choose I wouldn't go merlin again - I'd not be happy with £90 boots breaking after 14 months
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Post by Mickly » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:49 am

One of the issues I’ve discovered over the years is that mostly my boots have worn the tread away on the soles before any other problems arose.
This maybe a product of having metal rather than rubber foot pegs.
Once the soles are worn my feet start to slip off the pegs.
I’ve looked at getting them re-soled but at the cost people quote I bite the bullet & buy new ones.
Current are Alpinstars SMX5’s WP, £135 from the bike show 5 years ago, they’ve been great but starting to look very worn on the soles, so probably look for new ones next year.
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Post by NeilM » Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:00 pm

For the money i dont think you can fault RST evo's.
I bought a pair of alpinestar 2 year back and to be honest i will be going back to RST's when needs must.

The last pair lasted 4 year all weather.

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Post by Fleck » Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:09 pm

Mickly wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:49 am
One of the issues I’ve discovered over the years is that mostly my boots have worn the tread away on the soles before any other problems arose.
This maybe a product of having metal rather than rubber foot pegs.
Once the soles are worn my feet start to slip off the pegs.
I’ve looked at getting them re-soled but at the cost people quote I bite the bullet & buy new ones.
Current are Alpinstars SMX5’s WP, £135 from the bike show 5 years ago, they’ve been great but starting to look very worn on the soles, so probably look for new ones next year.
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Post by JRH » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:59 pm

anth_85 wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:20 am
JRH wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:17 am
Might be an idea to let us know your budget.
I don't really have one, I am more interested in value. If a pair of boots will last me 10 years of dry feet comfortable commuting but cost £250 then that's better than a pair that cost £100 but last a year before falling apart.
What do you call an arm or leg.
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Post by Mr Fro » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:05 pm

I bought a pair of forms boots in 2006. I think the current version is the Ice Pro Flow.

I wear them all year round and although they are starting to look quite tatty, they're still fine to use.

I've bought £100 boots before and they disintegrated in no time so I'm happy to pay for good ones.

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Post by skyrider » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:37 pm

anth_85 wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:09 am
My merlin boots have given up on me after 14 months. The lining has split so I can't get my left heel in comfortably, the insoles have been loose for months so keeping them in place is a pain and I think the right toe is starting to let a bit of moisture in. So I need a replacement pair. They must be waterproof, they are used for commuting in the north east, we get a lot of rain. I don't want something in your face racing boots, just something black and relatively plain. Preferably not costing an arm and a leg, I'd rather buy 3 pairs of these merlins than 1 pair of sidi adventure 2.

I can get a replacement pair of these merlins, which to be fair have served me well, for £89.99.

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Re: boots

Post by anth_85 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:50 pm

NeilM wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:00 pm
For the money i dont think you can fault RST evo's.
I bought a pair of alpinestar 2 year back and to be honest i will be going back to RST's when needs must.

The last pair lasted 4 year all weather.
went with a pair of these thanks, put them on first and they were very comfortable. Tried a few others on but came back to them. Got the waterproof version for a straight £100, which was cheaper than most places online.

Got a pair of loky goretex gloves reduced to £85 too so I was very happy with the service at jsaccessories.

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