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I bought a pair of gaerne rx-2's for total of $203, then I was thinking I could almost buy some alpinestars for alittle bit more. I found some tech 6's for $259 but just don't know if it will be worth the extra money? Is there a difference really in the boots and if so is it worth the extra 60 dollars for them?

what do you guys think?

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There is no comparison between Alpinestars and any other. Well...maybe Sidi or FOX are good. Get either the Vectors new for $200 or spend a little more for the ultimate Tech 8's. You get what you pay for.
 
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I have a set of SIDI's that I bought on sale last spring direct from Motonation. I think they were about $160. I can't remember the name of them right now but they aren't the high-end MX boot. I've been really happy with them so far. For trail riding and hare scrambles I like a boot that's a little more flexible and has a decent tread pattern vs the stiff, slick-bottomed MX boots. The SIDI's are gread in those respects and are also quite comfortable.

The thing that I don't like about the A-Stars is that they leak like a screen door in a submarine. I hate wet feet. My riding buddy is about ready to make the switch also and he's worn Tech 8's for the 12 years I've known him.

Just my $.02
 
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Gaerne RX-2 <a href="http://www.gaerne.com/boot_rx2.html"><B>HERE</B></a>

They are nice, I like them but why are the alpinestars better for an extra 60 bucs?
 
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check out the Gaerne's at the link 2 posts above, what do u think, those are the ones I bought but I could get alpine star tech 6's at a store locally, I need boots for this Saturday so don't have time to order something.

any more feedback?
 

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The new Fox Forma Pros are amazing and list for $225 in black, some cool metallic colors are also offered for a little more. Definitely worht checking out, and I got mine for quite a bit less so shop around.
 
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Hello ,
I brought gaerne sp1's and I reckon they are second to none I think they kick any alpinestars ass.
But what you really need to do is try both boots on and wear them for at least 20 mins to see if they suit your feet , any good bike shop should tell you that.
Dont be sucked into all the hype about alpinestars go with what feels better on your feet.
remember you will be riding them for a fair while so if they hurt after a few mins they will hurt even worse after a few hours riding.
Hope this helps.
 
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thanks for the feedback, I'm going to check out some tech 6's and bring my rx2 along to try both of them on. I'm already leaning toward the gaerne's since I already have em and they are cheaper, I'm pleased with them.
 

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I had ultra cheap Oneils that disintegrated and now a pair of mid price MSR's that are coming apart after one enduro season. I am done with cheap boots and will buy Alpinestar next time.
 

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Just like everything else in the world..............you get what you pay for. You take Alpinestars out of the box and its apparent these are some fine Italian workmanship.
 
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This is a very interesting article on motorcycle boots that you all might be interested in reading before buying new boots. http://www.teamorthopedics.com/boots.html
 
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My new Oneil Elements are trashed already ... 1/2 season of of mellow riding. What a waste of $90. My previous Alpinestars lasted 10 years ... you get what you pay for
 

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If you want the most solid, comfortable boot then buy the Alpinestar Tech8s. The Tech6s are also really good but don't have the nice inner booty. Protection in both these boots is as good as anybody else.

On the other hand, one problem with the Tech 8s is that if you have a big foot, they are realy, rally HEAVY! (Not sure that the Tech6s are the same).

So heavy that when I borrowed a pair from a friend, I could barely use the rear brake with any feel.

My friend has since sold his Tech8s and bought some great Fox boots (he said it was a struggle to get his leg forward in the mud!)

My main point - most topline boots are brilliant and worth the extra money over the entry level, but that doesn't mean that they are perfect. You may find that the entry/mid level is better for you.