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Hi,
I'm looking to buy boots and have tried a few on at a few merchandise store in the Lower Mainland. I go to BCIT so I need something I could walk for hours and that doesn't feel like you are in a boot. I find the SIDI's heavy and feels like a workboot but I believe they offer the best protection. The Alpinestar is a little lighter than the SIDI but the ankle protection hurts the circle joint on the left side of my ankle. I find other brand seem to have the ankle problem too. Is it normal? I found a brand on the net with a gel ankle protection called Gaerne G-RS but I can't find it in stores here and not sure if it makes a difference.

Any inputs on your comfortability with your boots is gladly appreciated. thx
 

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I just picked up a pair of Magnum Stealth boots. They are like combat/law enforcement type boots. They are fantastic, I could walk around in them all day. They really feel more like Nike Airs than boots; you can actually run in them lol.



There's a shop on Yukon St. across from Canadian Tire, that I forget the name of, where you can try them on. I didn't buy from there though as they can be found for A LOT cheaper online.
 

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The shop is called 3 Vets. It's at Yukon and 6th. I bought a pair of cheap Bates there for about $120. They're okay on the bike (nothing compares to race boots) and pretty good for walking around in. If you spring the extra cash and get the good ones like Royale did, they'll be great for long walks and everyday use.
 

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I had a pair of Styl Martins for years that were VERY comfy and slim enough to wear under normal or relaxed fit pants. Fairly cheap and decent enough. They lasted about 6 years before using them for numerous trips as well as my early racing efforts pretty much tore them apart. The last straw was at Hannigan sliding around on the Husky on the hard packed dirt. Hit a little ridge or bump and ripped the sole away from the upper. Took a good hit to do it though.

I think BK sells this model for $200 or a hair less.
 

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The other option would be to buy boots that have been broken into. I bought a pair or joe rockets from someone. I don't think they are in the market anymore, but i know where you are coming from. I have flat feet, so finding the correct boot was so critical. I can't complain about the joe rockets, because i walked up to Iona and back to the parkcade (4+ km) without any aches.
 

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I'd look at some touring boots if you you're looking for willing to give up a bit of protection. Most of the big name companies make them (Sidi, Alpinestars etc.) and they're a lot more comfortable than a race boot.
Try some on to see which fit your feet best.
I have a pair of Sidi Warrior's and can (and occasionally do) wear them all day at work.
 
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