Reader Question: Are My Motorcycle Boots Too Big?

Hi There,

I’m in the market for my first pair of official motorcycle boots. I commute 60 miles a day on my 07 BMW F800ST which has very cramped footpegs. I have narrow feet with med/big arches. My budget is around $200-240 max. It was suggested to me by several people to get the Sidi Fusion boots as they tend to run narrow unlike some other sidi boots. I couldn’t find them anywhere locally, and I had a $140 store credit for cycle gear so i ordered them from the cyclegear website. I went ahead and ordered a size 45. The fit: The boot feels a tad bit loose, and it feels like my feet slide forward in them which cramps my toes. I slapped my FAVORITE insoles in (Sofsol Airr) and it tightened the boot up nicely, but then my toes were so cramped they now get tingly. Should I trade them in for a 46? Do i need to go to a different boot? Help! Love your podcast and always love to hear your feedback.

-Kyle

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Hi Kyle,

I would definitely recommend a completely different brand for you. Sidis can run narrow in the toe box, but not everywhere else as your experience is showing you (heels, ankles). The reason your toes are smashing into the toe box is probably because the heel and ankle area isn’t pulling your foot back enough to keep them out of the toe box. I have the same issue with my Sidis as well. Unfortunately my feet are so small that they don’t make a size small enough!

My recommendation would have been anything from Dainese. Unfortunately you will have to spend just a little more to find something that fits in your budget. Dainese is the only brand that has this type of narrow overall fit everywhere:

  • Dainese Giro-ST Boots: $259.95 These are identical to the protection you have on the Sidi Fusion boots, the fit is completely different.

For the price I think these would work really well for what you are trying to accomplish. Although they’re a slightly larger investment I think you’ll be *very* happy with the result. I would recommend a size 45.

 

Great Bag for Riding Your Motorcycle at Night

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I was driving home earlier tonight and I passed quite a few bicyclists who were not only riding down a one way street in the wrong direction, but also wearing absolutely NOTHING that made them noticeable at night. Argh. I try to look out for anyone on two wheels but it’s definitely not easy when they’re practically wearing all black. Scary.

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Sportbike Touring Tips

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I LOVE touring on my sportbike. I’m not old enough to transition to a full touring bike just yet.

So I’ve shared my tips on how to comfortably tour on your sportbike since it’s probably not the most comfortable or smartest option when you think about long distance + motorcycles.

Read my full article in the October issue of Sportbikes Inc Magazine, Page 106. It’s 100% FREE and easy to read in any browser. Enjoy!!

Interview with CoFounder of Moto Shop, a Different Kind of Motorcycle Garage

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I’ve always been a fan of Moto Shop, and before I moved here, I visited often so I could work on my bike and see my friends! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you need to listen to my interview here:

http://moterrific.com/2014/10/22/interview-with-motoshop-san-francisco-motorcycle-garage/

Lift stations, classes, motorcycles, workshops, community, what else could you ask for?

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My Recommendations for Women’s Motorcycle Gloves for Winter

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Alpinestars WR-3 Goretex Women’s Gloves ($169.95), hear my other reviews in this podcast!

Winter is around the corner. The temperatures are already dropping if you live on the East Coast, so you might be looking for winter motorcycle gloves!

Here’s a 5 minute review of 6-7 gloves to try to keep your hands nice and toasty. Click on the link below to listen:

http://www.gearchic.com/podcast/womens_motorcycle_gloves_winter_2014.mp3

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