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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

It's been a while since I have seen any discussions about race boots. Anyone want to offer up their wisdom or advice about which ones they recommend and why? My Alpinestar SMXs have seen there better days, so I'm in the market for a new pair.
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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

I had the SMX's also and went to the SMX+ boot. I looked at the SIDI and short of getting a true pair of Daytona Security's, the SMX+ and the supertech are awesome... If you can spare the extra $60, I highly recommend the Supertech. HondaGalToo had a pair at Jennings and they are a lot like the Daytona's for way less...
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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

Thanks, CC. What's the latest on the turmoil surrounding the metal plates on the SMXs and Supertechs? I heard a lot of noise about them scratching swingarms, and supposedly Alpinestars was replacing these plates with ones of plastic. Is that correct?
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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

Oxtar Evo Ti. Great protection, major bling with titanium toe slider. Fits a wider foot like mine. Also, you can find some great deals for them on the web. Found mine for 179.

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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

I hadn't heard anything about the sliders being replaced. I'll check into it, if you find info on it, post it up.

I did scratch my moriwaki pipes up some with them, but thats only when I was crawling all over the bike at VIR and JenningsGP... But if they are replacing them with plastic ones, as long as they slide as well as the metal does, they should still be just as safe...
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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

CC, I'm pretty sure that I read about it here, so I'll see if a search yanks anything up.

FL, where did you find such a deal? The best I have seen is $230, at NewEnough.com.
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Pete : CC, I'm pretty sure that I read about it here, so I'll see if a search yanks anything up.
No such luck.
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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

If you can afford them, Daytona's seem to be the way to go. *While at Pridmore's school, he lauded them up for the great protection they give in crashes (although they are not comfortable to walk in). *The latest Cycle World has a little blurb on them. *The premium edition costs about $700. *The next step down is $450. *Ouch!! *For us mortals, I recommend the SMX+.

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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

Thanks, Moto, much appreciated. Not sure how I missed your review while searching, so thanks for the link.

Had you heard anything about those plates scratching bike parts, as I mentioned above? I know that they are replaceable, but I couldn't find an 'accessories' page on the Alpinestars website to confirm any choices for replacement.
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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

Can't remember where I bought them as I found the shop online.

Here is a place selling them for 190. http://www.superbikeconcepts.com/boots.html

Ebay usually has good deals also.

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Pete : Thanks, Moto, much appreciated. *Not sure how I missed your review while searching, so thanks for the link.

Had you heard anything about those plates scratching bike parts, as I mentioned above? *I know that they are replaceable, but I couldn't find an 'accessories' page on the Alpinestars website to confirm any choices for replacement.
Yes, they are replaceable and they do scratch the swingarm when in race tuck with balls of your feet are on the pegs. I don't remember where I saw where you can purchase replacements, but, I would contact a rep through their website for that information.
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Pete : Thanks, Moto, much appreciated. *Not sure how I missed your review while searching, so thanks for the link.

Had you heard anything about those plates scratching bike parts, as I mentioned above? *I know that they are replaceable, but I couldn't find an 'accessories' page on the Alpinestars website to confirm any choices for replacement.
My old SMX boots (plastic/rubber heel) use to scratch my swingarm on the throttle side until I got some rearsets.
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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

HGToo got her metal plates for her Alpinestars replaced by the dealer. A quick phone call was all it took and they were in the mail. They're pretty easy to swap out too.

I have the Daytona Evo boot and they're worth every penny. There's a hard inner boot and the shell is replaceable. They saved my foot/ankle when I crashed on the track...not a broken bone or bruise anywhere. And, I see they come in colors now. I tried on the Alipinesatar SMX and they didn't fit me. I didn't like the zipper up the back of the boot. Yeah, they're almost comparable to the Daytona Evo's, but not quite.
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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

Yes, the inside sliders on the Alpinestar Supertechs now are plastic. The heel and outside ones are still metal, but that's ok. If you have an older pair (like I do) with the metal sliders on the inside, Alpinestars will send plastic replacements through dealers. Kneedraggers sent me my replacements.

I like the Supertechs. HondaGal has the Daytona Evo Basics (the cheaper version of the Security) and the Supertechs do look to have just as good ankle protection. They have a hinged inner hard boot. Comfortable to ride and walk in, and good flexion at the ankle.
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Re: Race Boot Recommendations

Thanks to everyone for their insight, it is GREATLY appreciated!!!
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