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I need boots that are:

-safe (over the ankle, armored, etc.)
-waterproof (I'm talking downpour at 60mph, but also note that the top will fit under a rainsuit)
-can be used for occasional trackdays (1-3 times/year)
-durable (will be used in a daily commute)
-comfortable enough for the commute, and will end up in a locker at work

So the local shop stocks these two:

1. The alpinestars S-MX 4

http://www.newenough.com/alpinestars_smx4_boots_page.htm



It's a full boot, which looks safer, but do the vents let water in? Cost is $200 locally/$180 on newnough

The Alpinestars Ridge

http://www.newenough.com/alpinestars_ridge_waterproof_boots_page.htm

Will this have enough height for water protection and appropriate safety? I also noticed it didn't feel as stiff as the S-MX 4 around the ankle, but this only costs $109 locally/$100 on newenough

 

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If you are doing track days, get the top ones, no question.

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I've got the S-MX3s. Same boot I think, just last years model. I use them for commuting and really like them. I've ridden in a downpoor for an hour and my feet stayed dry.
 

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I have the SMX-4s but don't use them for commuting. Just the weekends.

If you're gonna do track days, get the 4s without question. I would not trust those bottom ones with my ankle in a crash at 140mph.

The 4s are also extremely waterproof. I've ridden with them in a downpour before and my feet were nice and dry by the time I got home.

I've also crashed twice with the 4s and both times nothing happened to my feet or the boot itself. They're still in perfect condition.
 

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Originally posted by FightingFalcon
I've also crashed twice with the 4s and both times nothing happened to my feet or the boot itself. They're still in perfect condition.
A month ago you would not have been able to say that. See, crashing IS valuable.

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Originally posted by dwillits



A month ago you would not have been able to say that. See, crashing IS valuable.

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That's one way of looking at it I guess [:p]
 

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Weird you chose those boots. I have the SMX-4 and my roomate has the ridges. IMO the SMX4 is a comfy, good looking boot. The ridge is weird looking and my roomate doesnt really like them. Says they are too bulky.

I love the SMX4's. Took a little while to break in but after that I dream about riding with them on when I am riding without them.
 

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Good info cause I was looking into those too (SMX-4) My next buy!!
 
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