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#400 Wedge Sole

Aerostich Combat Touring Boots #400-480

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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)
awesome boots! Review by Eric
Although I don't rack up the mega-miles like the touring set, I have moto-commuted for 6 years and had these boots from the beginning. Break in is easy-peasy, just wear and ride a lot! As far as resoling, I have gone through 3 soles, I use a motocross resoler who has done a great job. The last time I sent them in, I asked if there was a limit to the number of resoles, he said nope, as long as the boot is intact otherwise. I prefer the cleated soles, they don't slip on surfaces and grip the pegs better on my supermotos. (Posted on 4/7/10)
Good Loyal Companions Review by Al in Oklahoma
This is my second pair of Combat Touring Boots, and I wish I had several more, in case there's ever a world Combat Touring Boot shortage. I gave my first pair to my Nephew after determining that I'd never be able to finish breaking them in. I thought it over better about a year or so later, and ordered another pair, in one size smaller. Bingo! Best boots I've ever had, along with my Lowa Trekkers. They were broken in almost immediately, and I found myself wearing them around, unaware that I was wearing my CBTs. I absolutely swear by them. It takes thought to get used to shifting with them on at first, but it could be that thinking about my bike while riding isn't really a negative.
Al in Oklahoma (Posted on 4/1/10)
Unbelievably durable, very comfy Review by josh
I'm getting ready to buy a second pair of CTBs. I bought my last pair in 1998, and they've been my primary footwear since around 2000, 2001. I've had them resoled twice - although I've never found a cobbler that knew how to resole them with the original soles. So yeah, the boots have lasted me 12 years. And frankly the leather is still good, and if I didn't mind that the gaiters have worn all away they'd probably be good for another 6.

After they were broken in, they were very, very comfortable and after several years they basically became heavy leather slippers that I wear everywhere. They're easier to get into and out of than most regular shoes, and are generally all-around awesome.

Yes, they're expensive at first. But amortize that $300 over the 12 year lifespan mine have had and they're one of the least expensive boots I've ever owned.

The only downside is that after 5 or 6 years the nice soft white leather lining started to fall away and it apparently can't be replaced, but that didn't really have any effect on anything other than that they weren't as pretty on the inside anymore. (Posted on 11/19/09)
Get it ! Review by dan in Evanston, il
I have put 20,000+ miles on these boots, many in the far northwest (Yukon. Alaska). If you expect the worst possible conditions, you need these boots because they will let you concentrate on the essentials and enjoy your trip. Wear warm socks. They're easy to walk in. Accept no substitutes! You'll have no regrets wherever you go. (Posted on 11/18/09)
Perfect Adventure Touring Boot Review by HowardM
At the time of this writing, I've had my Combat Touring Boots for 2 years. I use them on my KTM 950 Adventure and my KTM 640 Adventure bikes; the the boots are perfect for adventure touring; when you don't want to don a full-on Motocross boot, but you need/want more protection and support than a street boot. The stiffness of the soles gives you support for standing on the pegs for long stretches, but isn't so stiff that you can't walk in them. Same with the leather; I want stiffness for support but I want comfort as well. The heavier duty leather doesn't take that long to break in; and once the boot as conformed to your foot, you'll have the perfect combo of comfort and support/protection. Looking forward to many years from these great boots. They are made by Sidi for Aerostich - Sidi makes the best riding boots in the world. I Sidi for my sport/street boots as well as for my heavier duty motocross boots. The Aerostich pricetag on these boots is actually lower than what you'll pay for a Sidi branded high end boot (my Sidi Crossfires cost over $400). Highly recommended boot. Will last you a lifetime. (Posted on 10/26/09)
Resoling? Review by Craig
Love my boots..I've had them for about six years and would like to know how to go about having them resoled with original material since they have worn so well (Posted on 9/26/09)

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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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