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Aerostich Combat Lite Boots
- Product Review (submitted on August 10, 2012):
I agree with other reviews that said, "I wanted to like these boots." and I may still get to like them. The pair I received last month is very stiff, and I walked around the house in them for several days to try to loosen them up before going for a ride.
Even with a break-in period, it was difficult to move the boot around enough to shift when I took my first ride on my '92 R100 GS. It is also very hard (so far) to nudge the trans into neutral at stop lights - the boots are so heavy that there's no feel in the toe. Of course, heavy boots are a good thing for crash protection, so I'm going to live with that.
I also agree that the laces are awkward and get snagged in the velcro closure flap, so I cut the laces off shorter and I don't use the plastic "speed lace" fastener. The large velcro flap seems to hold the boots on tight, so the laces seem redundant.
And I agree with the review that said the boot's rubber "tongue" material has no structure and so you have to hold it out of the way with one hand, and use the other hand to put the boot on. Annoying.
The edges and stitching of the Aerostich labels inside each boot were really irritating to my calves unless I wore tall socks. I used some 120 grit sandpaper to smooth down the edges of the labels.
I like the protective height of the boot and the grip of the sole. The reflective patch on the back is a nice touch, and so far I don't have problems with the buckles.
I may try the overnight soak-and-walk technique and see if that speeds up the break-in period, and then update this review.