Mid-Range Boot Recomendation? (Noob)

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I'm going on my first ride Sunday and I don't have boots. Can anyone recommend a quality mid-range boot with good ankle support that isn't super rigid? What are the good boot brands? I know Alpine Stars are good. What about Oneal/Fox/SIDI (I got some great SIDIs for mountain biking) etc?

Also do boots run pretty close to size? I'm a 10.5 but all my Nike basketball shoes are 11 or 11.5 whereas my disco/church shoes (kidding) are all 10.5 or 10

Thanks a lot!
 

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No personal experience here but I know 6 kids who got the new Stewart replica boots this year and 5 of them sent them back due to the boots falling apart very quickly. I think in the end Fox made good for them all but it was a fair bit of hassle.
 

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I would recommend the Sidi Raptor. It is a very nice mid-priced boot. The Vortex is very good also, but more money.
 
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If your riding trails you should try on the tech 4s by Alpine.There around 175 bucks and break in fast.If your riding tracks they might not be enough support
 
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I've been real happy with my ARC Corona's, they are no where near mid price at $80, but hey they work for me, plus they have a real sole that won't put you on your back the first time you have to get off your bike on the trail!
 
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Thanks for the help. I like the adjustability factor of the Vortex boots so far. They also accomodate knee braces pretty well. I'll be riding on a track so the the Tech 6 boots look good too. I got some good leads so far, thanks again. I wish I could try em on my roachstompers b4 I buy though.
 

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Look at O'Neal Hardwears/Diadora Rainbows. Same boot, made by Diadora.

But I just saw Bob's Cycle has Tech 6's on sale for $169. That's a dang good deal.

Why not head to a local shop to try a few pairs on? I think fit is more important than price. The O'Neals just fit me well. It's not about what brand or model. Your feet will thank you!
 

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I bought some of the ARC boots myself. They really are a midrange boot, but no fancy logos to boost up the price. Mine are holding up very well.

 

They are twice the boot of the O Neal elements.  My elements fell apart almost instantly.  My YZ frame also ate a hole in the sides of the boot.

 

 
 
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Thanks for the feedback guys; I ended up with the Tech 6 boots. I had checked them out already but the sale at Bob's sealed the deal. They feel great on my feet so far!