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Need SM boot advice... - November 12, 2009, 01:15 PM

I am shopping around for SM boots.

I am looking at Alpinestars Tech 7, 8, and 10.

Is there anything else I should be looking at? Are Tech 10s that much better than Tech 7?
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Sidi's are the best but are not cheap. Gaerne boot also.


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I know from all my dirt buddy's that all the 8's and 9's are a big cut above


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I had Tech 8s and loved them for dirt. You can find left overs for real cheap online too


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November 12, 2009, 02:38 PM

I like the Tech3 myself.
A bit lighter and smooth sole.


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November 12, 2009, 04:01 PM

Sorry for the dumb question, but how are SM boots different from street/race boots? Are they constructed from different materials?
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November 12, 2009, 04:08 PM

Interceptor, I had the same question and did some research on this

I think the only difference is that SM boots have replaceable soles.

However, regular MX boots can be resoled for about the same amount. Additionally, people tell me you don't exactly want to wear these boots forever as they lose their rigidity/usefulness even if not crashed. So you don't want to be replacing soles forever on your one pair.

In other words, SM boots are mostly a marketing invention.
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Interceptor, I had the same question and did some research on this

I think the only difference is that SM boots have replaceable soles.

However, regular MX boots can be resoled for about the same amount. Additionally, people tell me you don't exactly want to wear these boots forever as they lose their rigidity/usefulness even if not crashed. So you don't want to be replacing soles forever on your one pair.

In other words, SM boots are mostly a marketing invention.
Interesting...thanks for the info!
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They are taller and have a more substantial foot bed for landing jumps on pegs. I've seen some nice ones with soles that attach by velcro just like knee pucks attach to suits. The sole "pucks" are for sliding. If you put your foot down in a road race boot, it's likely to stick and mess up your leg.

I want to get a pair, but the best ones are crazy expensive. I'll probably start out with the Gaernes because I really like the pair of race boots I have by them. I look at it like I'm no racer so I don't necessarily need the best, just something that slides so when I stick my foot out, my leg won't break.


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I narrowed my choces down to Tech 7, 8, or 10.

I ended up buying Tech 7s on Ebay for $170 shipped. They should be here any day.

If you are size 7,8,11,12, or 13, you can get Tech 10s for only $250 at extreme supply.
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If you put your foot down in a road race boot, it's likely to stick and mess up your leg.
I use RR bots and they don't have any problems sliding. I've used my old Gearne boots and my AGV boots. Of course I also don't try to grind the bottoms off of them. I use them just like I do knee sliders- when they drag I pick them up and lean over some more. Also, in American Supercamp they teach you to not slide your foot on the ground but to just skim it a little above it so that it's there to catch you if needed but it won't catch on the ground and hurt you.


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Alpinestars Tech8
I have an old pair of Tech 8's that have been through resoling twice and I still see no need to get ride of them after 10 plus years. Very comfortable boot, the bootie works well, and almost every part is replaceable. I've used them for both motocross and supermoto.


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I use RR bots and they don't have any problems sliding. I've used my old Gearne boots and my AGV boots. Of course I also don't try to grind the bottoms off of them. I use them just like I do knee sliders- when they drag I pick them up and lean over some more. Also, in American Supercamp they teach you to not slide your foot on the ground but to just skim it a little above it so that it's there to catch you if needed but it won't catch on the ground and hurt you.
Ok see, you know what you're doing. For someone like me who does not, it's more risky.


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Ok see, you know what you're doing. For someone like me who does not, it's more risky.
You've obviously never seen me ride....errr crash.


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One problem with using road race boots is if they ever catch your gonna run your foot over and might even crash. Been there done that. Ain't gonna do it again! Ain't worth breaking a leg just to save a few bucks.


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