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Old 02-28-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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boots: ankle protection overkill?

Im shopping for my first pair of boots, and the guy at the store recommended a different sidi that I was looking at because it had ankle protection (a solid bar connecting the top and bottom parts). It was a lot more expensive, but since Im gonna put money into something that's supposed to protect me, Im wondering if it's actually worth it.

Seems like any standard bike boot that is shin high will do... but what do you guys think? Should I be looking for the ones that have that bar or extra mechanism to prevent twisting?
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:46 PM   #2
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There is no such thing as gear overkill. I bet those boots are cheaper than a hospital bill!
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Old 02-28-2011, 01:49 PM   #3
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I doubt its overkill, I have seen some photos on Gore's internet with some dudes that had their ankle ground down from a slide, I'd bet they never thought it would happen but sure enough, pavement grinds them bones to dust pretty easily indeed.
As for me, I'm one of those guys who think it wont happen to them and wear vans..... I know, I know.....
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I doubt its overkill, I have seen some photos on Gore's internet with some dudes that had their ankle ground down from a slide, I'd bet they never thought it would happen but sure enough, pavement grinds them bones to dust pretty easily indeed.
As for me, I'm one of those guys who think it wont happen to them and wear vans..... I know, I know.....
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I settled for sidi Fusions for $200. I luv em. I think the reinforcing links down the sides is more for helping your ankle to not fold over.
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A friend of mine crashed at TWS (Texas World Speedway) about 3 years ago and just returned to work last week. He has had 6 surgeries oon his ankle, and it's now fused. No more bending in the ankle joint, it's solid bone.
That was with good boots.
I can't stress enough that have ankle restraint (that's what the solid strap that connects the top and bottom of the ankle does) is worth the extra money. IMHO
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Absolutely worth it.

I think those "street" boots that cost 100+ are retarded. What protection does that offer that a set of Wolverine boots don't? I have a pair of A* SMX-R's that have the ankle cover/support, and are comfortable enough to wear to meets.

Spend the extra cash and get some good ankle protection. It's hard to get around, work, etc. when you can't walk...
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it will take a very very rigid boot to truly prevent crushing and/or twisting in a high speed accident.
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of course ankle protection is worth it. it keeps your foot from twisting in directions never intended, plus there is no meat over your ankles. that means the slightest contact with road surface and it is instant bone-to-road grinding.
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it will take a very very rigid boot to truly prevent crushing and/or twisting in a high speed accident.
That's true but it's better than no ankle restraint. The injuries you get with good boots will be less than the injuries you would get with basic riding/work boots.
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i crashed wearing the sidi vertigo airs and they protected me very well!
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There is no such thing as gear overkill. I bet those boots are cheaper than a hospital bill!
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i crashed wearing the sidi vertigo airs and they protected me very well!
me too. as a matter of fact, the car rear-ended me and the exhaust wadded up and actually hit my ankle and heel. a little bruised nerve in the foot, but no damage otherwise
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You see how quickly MMA fighters tap on an ankle lock? What does that tell you? It tells me it doesn't take much to put an ankle is a painful position.
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My favorite boot of choice is the Sidi Canyons. Just make sure you get a motorcycle specific boot. They are designed to stay on your foot and protect your ankles. Laced boots fail, I know.
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I dress for the wreck, Not the ride. I hope that I never go down on the street again, but if I do, I won't be saying that I wish that I had on more/better gear while waiting for the ambulance. Gear does not mean that you will never get hurt, but better gear means less pain.
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I dress for the wreck, Not the ride. I hope that I never go down on the street again, but if I do, I won't be saying that I wish that I had on more/better gear while waiting for the ambulance. Gear does not mean that you will never get hurt, but better gear means less pain.
QFT, more gear gives you options during a crash to. In my experience when you are sliding or rolling it is easier to relax and be aware of your environment and make the right decisions to minimize the damage when you feel safe then when if your ankle is
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^relax???
This is just the first google search article I've probably read a dozen just out of curiosity. But the generally accepted policy is while sliding or rolling relax, fighting it tends to cause more damage.

http://www.oldguy.us/easy-riding/articles/sa-crashing.php

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cant say i had "time" to relax when slamming into the side of a truck as they cut across my lane..

back on topic i guess lol
Just gotta learn to relax faster...
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cant say i had "time" to relax when slamming into the side of a truck as they cut across my lane..

back on topic i guess lol
well obviously every situation differs. just like not every accident does damage to your feet. In the event it occurs though the extra comfort and protection offers more than just a barrier, it can also offer peace of mind.

Like when I looped the 50, had i been wearing gear I doubt I would have broken my leg, because I wouldn't have taken the fall the way I did. I tried to stop it with my leg and shoulder to save my uncovered head.

The same thing can apply to an incident with an unprotected foot. the lack of peace of mind that gear can provide may cause one to make a poor decision.

... Or I could just be a freak, but every accident I've had feels like a slow motion ride of terror filled with decisions.

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