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#400 Wedge Sole

Aerostich Combat Touring Boots #400-480

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Do not buy the cleated sole! Review by Neville
I bought these boots to replace my Sidi Touring -On Road. I took forever to spend the money, and I regret buying them. Sorry. They are high quality, and after many blisters I finally broke them in, now they are very comfortable. Only buy these if you do serious off road riding ALL the time. I have a GS BMW, and I tour, and these boots are overkill. Also, the Cleated sole sucks. It has no heal, and should assist in walking, but that is not the case, and the no heal thing is probably why i dislike them so much. In addition, they are NOT as water resistant as i expected. I rode to Canada last year and had soaked feet for 10 days, and yes, i treated them like they suggested. Either buy the combat lites for touring, with the Wedge sole and heal, or just buy the original Sidi with a waterproof lining. If I can find someone to buy these boots from me, i'll get Sidi Touring -On Road again. (Posted on 5/3/11)
nice boot Review by Richard
I purchased these boots on sale with the cleated sole, would have preferred the wedge sole but the savings of the cleated sole was to much to pass up, besides when the sole wears out it can be replaced. I like the fit and breaking time wasn't near as bad as others would lead you to believe. Walking isn't to bad for a heavy boot, no hiking with these, but you need some stiffness. Boots are water resistant with mink oil. A little water does seap in in downpours. I like the design, but hate the laces, why not change the laces, the velcro really pulls at them. Good boot overall. (Posted on 3/27/11)
Mixed quality, excellent customer service Review by Matt
Last September (it's now February) I got over the sticker shock, and ordered a pair of CBT's. Like everyone said, they were very stiff and difficult to break in. I opted not to "case" them by soaking in water, and instead just wore them and oiled the hinge lines with Neatsfoot oil. After three weeks of daily wear, going to class and work, walking around the house, etc, the blisters on my feet had healed and the boots were quite comfy. I proceeded to wear them on a daily basis on my commute, and was very happy with them overall.

Then, about a month ago, the soft, white leather lining began to disintegrate, for no apparent reason. Perhaps I got a bad pair. Perhaps a bit of moisture got in behind it. Who knows. Regardless of why, one day when I took my foot out of my boot, there was tacky white gunk on my sock. It looked like the kind of thing you'd hang posters on a wall with. I reached my hand down inside, and the leather lining had turned into some kind of sludge stuff. When the boots cooled off after a few hours without my feet in them, the edges of the hole in the lining had turned brittle and hard. My $350 boots weren't going to last very long at this rate.

So I called up Aerostich, and they said "send 'em back." So a trip to the post office and $25 later, I had sent the boots in for an inspection. They called me up a week later, and told me that they couldn't repair them, but that they'd send me a new pair for free.

Well darn. I was growing rather attached to those boots. On the up side, I've got a pair of intact boots. On the down side, they're very, very stiff and very, very new. Which means that I'm now breaking in my second pair of CBT's in six months. Hopefully these will last longer.

I've learned some lessons breaking in this second pair: train the leather. Sit down on the couch for an hour or so, right when you take the boots out of the box, and bend the leather by hand to establish crease lines exactly where you want them. Because where the first crease lines form is where they'll stay, for the rest of the boot's life. I opted to give mine an "X" pattern at the ball of the ankle, much like the pattern you'd see on a pair of police motorcycle boots. One of my last pair of boots did this naturally, and it was much more comfortable to break in than the other boot, which had some strange Z pattern to the creases. Now, both of my boots have been trained, and are behaving properly. The crease at the heel breaks straight across, and the outside crease comes right under the buckle.

So my first pair may have been a bust, but Aerostich fixed the problem. My second pair, after careful crease pattern consideration and training, are breaking in nicely. If anything goes wrong with this pair, I'll be sure to post something here. (Posted on 2/10/11)
Good boots, not much protection though Review by SQURL
These are very nice boots, but I feel there is a lack of shin and ankle protection that comes in all my other street and or off road boots. There is just foam instead of hard plastic inside the boot protecting ankle and shin area. I wear a 10-1/2 and ordered size 46 and they fit almost perfect, with no break in required for me. I just figured from SIDI there would be alittle more protection. (Posted on 1/27/11)
Plastic coated cloth tongue falling apart. Review by Gareth
I have had these boots for about ten years and have 40k+ miles on them. They are a great boot with a few longevity problems. The laces are no big deal, and I had the Velcro changed when it wouldn't stick any more. The problem I have now is the inside plastic coated cloth tongue is shedding the coating in little chunks, exposing just the cloth. I took them to the boot repair place I used to replace the Velcro to see if they could replace the cloth tongue with a thin leather one. They could... for about $100. I think Sidi should use a much more durable material on this part of what is otherwise a great boot. If anyone has a "fix" for this problem, like some sort of coating I could apply to the cloth to make it more durable and waterrproof, I'd love to hear what ideas you have.
Thanks. (Posted on 11/21/10)
Good Boots Review by Mike
Purchased a set of Combat Touring Boots five years ago from Aerostich. When they arrived, I put them on, and could hardly bend my ankles.
Clunking around the house every night for two weeks, they slowly began to flex. When I finally ventured out on the bike, I could hardly feel the shifter. But I stuck with them, and it was worth the effort.
I've ridden in heavy rain, wore them all day in 32" deep snow clearing the lot, and they've yet to leak.
I'm on my third set of laces, but a little bit of polish and the occational buffing, after 40,000 miles of riding they still look like new.
They're comfortable, easy to put on and take off, wearing like iron, and worth every penny I paid for them.
(Posted on 8/31/10)
Great Boot Review by AJ
Great boot- I'm glad I gave them a chance to break in.Very stiff at first. Took about 2 weeks following Mr. Subjective's advice. Would buy again. (Posted on 5/20/10)
Completely wrong for me Review by Gail
I bought these boots after waiting a long time because of the price and lack of free shipping. In the end I bought them for use on my Vstar Cruiser. Forgive me for not fully understanding the jargon, but I was under the impression they were for ON road riding. With forward controls, they are impossible since they don't flex at all to actually shift gears. I'd end up killing myself using these things. Clearly these boots, which are very high quality, are not intended for anything other than offroad/sport use. Too bad for me. Now ebay will get them for half what I paid. (Posted on 5/15/10)
No Worries. Review by Don Marco del Toro
I found there was little break in necessary and have ridden x-continent 5 times with them and through all kinds of weather; hot, cold, wet, very wet, dry, extremely hot, etc., and three Iron Butt runs.
Do a seasonal maintenance of cleaning and water proofing.
The general grouch I've heard is the cheezy laces get hung up and fuzzy on the hook and loop. This is true. Miserable laces. Easy fix: Leather boot laces. Get rid of the little plastic slide and tie the leather laces like you were taught.
Keep the rubber side down. (Posted on 4/29/10)
Very Nice, worth the money Review by Craig
The boots arrived promptly. The leather is beautiful. Thick but supple. I typically wear a 14 tennis shoe and ordered a 13.5. They fit perfectly. As my feet are narrow I was worried the boot would be too wide but that wasn't a problem. Some have commented that the boots are too stiff, but I wore them to work right out of the box and spent ten hours stomping up and down stairs. I was comfortable all day. There are no rough spots inside the boot. Interior seams are super smooth and the stitching and workmanship are excellent. I don't regret spending $300.00 on these boots. (Posted on 4/24/10)

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The brief CBT History...

These were the first general purpose riding boot of this style in the world. Their origination story is simple: We wanted a basic old-fashioned heavy-duty rider's boot that provided support like an MX boot, was fast and easy to get in and out of,and held onto one's foot well -- but without all the added-on MX boot armor. More supportive than the classic 'engineer' style boot, and much heavier-duty than the typical zippered race, street or touring boot. A de-contented MX boot.

In hindsight it's hard to believe that twenty five years ago there wasn't anything else like this available. The CBT boot was the original. A new type of hybrid existing halfway between a street boot and an off road boot. It created an entirely new product category.

After about ten years we'd sold a good number of them and (also as 'adventure' style bikes became more popular) other boot companies started to make their versions of the CBT boot. Even Sidi came out with a version. All these subsequent versions from others were more complicated or 'improved' in some way: More buckles, pleated areas, waterproof liners, etc. The others wanted to be able to say they were better than the CBT boot.

This is like the way designer jeans manufacturers sometimes say they are better than original Wrangler's, Lee, and Levi's 501's maybe. Every market works like this. There's an original...and if it's successful there are others that are similar but supposedly 'improved' in some way.

Mr. Subjective 11-13

CBT Boot Break-In:

Breaking them in? I did it last week, to have a pair to leave with a motorcycle I co-own in Arizona. This was the fourth time in twenty years I've had to break in a pair. I ride in the third pair every day. The first pair are still in use by a friend, after 20 years. They were the prototypes. The second pair are also in use.  My feet got longer and this pair went to another friend. This time and the last time (#3 and #4) I soaked the boots in a sinkful of water, let them drip dry for a couple of hours, then went for a two mile walk in them. And got blisters. Then I left them for several days to air dry fully, with the tops propped open with a chopstick. The I oiled the folds and hinge lines, and let that soak in for a couple of days. Now I've worn them for about the last week on a motorcycle trip (I'm in the middle of it now...) and they are perfect. I added our fancy semi-orthotic insole and I'm set for life, probably. A pair in MN and this pair which will stay in Arizona...

Executive Summary: They need two things: 1. A two week break-in, starting with soaking overnight in water, draining for an hour, walking in them wet for a couple of miles, then slow drying for several days, propped open.  Then lightly lubricating the hinge folds (or the whole boot) with a soak-in leather dressing. 2. A higher quality insole. I use the more expensive of the two we sell.  The standard insole is not supportive enough for me.

Mr. Subjective 12/09
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