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I have been saving for a $250-300 set of Dainese racing boots. They seem like overkill but I was recommended to get the most protective boot rather than not. Is this stupid or a good idea? Would I be dumb to have expensive racing boots for a 250?

I don't race my bike but use it to commute and also riding when ever I have time. I also wanted these boot as they have a zipper on/off which would be very convenient. Any thoughts?
 

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I have to agree and disagree. You can never be too safe on a motorcycle, so if you can afford jt, buy them. Even if its a 250r...75mph is still 75mph and I'm sure its going to hurt the same.(hopefully i never find that out for myself), with that said, dainese is a very good brand, but also very pricy. You will pay for the name, on the other hand, those boots will last you for years and years.


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I've had a lot of pairs of boots and spent some time on the track. I've had an off... or two... and these are worth the investment if you can budget for it. If you can't afford it, go lightly used or buy on clearance. ATGATT is a joke to some, but to others it is a reason they were able to ride the bike HOME!

Those are good boots, I've had those and the Supertechs. Great stuff from the Italian stylists.
 

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its a motorcycle.. you are vulnerable..
there are many quality riding boots/shoes
aside from all out racing boots..

recommend rs taichi delta boa riding boots
which are a compromise in design but
imo perfect general riding boots/shoes..

RS Taichi RSS007 Delta BOA Riding Shoes

also have excellent alpine stars full boots
for longer rides esp in cold and rain etc..
the shoe part is the main part tho,
genuine riding shoe/boots have crushproofing
and suchlike safety elements with long boots
taking protection that much higher to calf level..

but for a first quality riding shoe/boot
you cant go past those taichi with stainless steel
wire cable fasteners, for security in an off
plus easy fine adjustment, removal etc..

theres no such thing as '250 riding boots'..
you could hop of a 250 onto a 500 etc
without changing your boots [!]
 

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My last fall was two blocks from my house about a year ago. I was riding home from work on a little Honda @125 scooter when a cat threw itself under my front wheel while I was halfway around a corner, probably doing about 40kmh. I ended up highsiding over the handle bars and my foot got stuck under the scooter as I slid down the road. I was wearing my office shoes as I was on my way home from work, and "only" riding my scooter. My sock looked like it had been run over by a lawnmower and my ankle has a permanent scar to remind me. I don't ride without my Sidi boots anymore. You'll probably find a lot of people on here with similar stories, and the same advice :)
 

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You can never protect your feet and ankles too much. After trying a pair of shorter boots I settled on a pair of full length Alpinestars boots and they remain, 3 seasons later, one of my best gear purchases. Good boots aren't cheap, but they're worth the price.
 

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Good boots are a very good idea - no matter what size motorcycle or type of riding you do.

I wore some leather high-top riding boots for a while, then found some Sidi sport/race boots on Craigslist for $75. That's all I'll ever wear now, even on short trips.

Anyone that has dealt with ankle injuries will tell you they are terrible.
 

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Save up and buy a good quality boot. Like others have said your paying for the name. I am not always wearing leathers when I ride around town, thats my choice. When I know I am going to the track or going to the local canyons I gear up and wear all my protection that includes racing boots that cover half way up my shin. These are my riding boots. Expensive but very much worth it.

TCX R-S2 EVO Boots - RevZilla
 

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Just remember - the closest body parts to the ground are your feet. Spend as much as you can afford protecting them properly to avoid future ambulatory issues...
 
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