alpinesstars or sidis
Posted June 27, 2003 - 06:29 AM
Tech 8s feel good but really don't support ankle enough in severe overjump bail offs. I broke both ankles that way with the Alpinstars and personally know of others they did the same.
The Sidis protect the ankle and foot much better but again the trade off is slight ankle rotation force instead of being absorbed by ankle is transferred to the knee joint.
So it's pick your poison.
Posted June 27, 2003 - 06:34 AM
I don't know if they are the best but they have saved my toes, ankles and foot several times. When first looking for boots I did want to check out the Tech 8's and the Sidi Force boots. I couldn't find any Sidi's to try on ended up liking the Tech 8's and bought em. Haven't looked back since.
Good luck and purchase whichever you prefer
Posted June 27, 2003 - 07:24 AM
On the other hand there is plenty of folk on here that will tell you the SIDI's are top notch too.
I think you'll be happy with either choice.
Posted June 27, 2003 - 07:42 AM
Posted June 28, 2003 - 06:07 AM
Posted June 28, 2003 - 05:43 PM
I chose a pair of SIDI Vortex (about $50.00 less than the Tech 8 or Force) and I love them. They are well armored, and very comfortable. Make sure you get a boot you can semi-walk in if you are trail riding because sooner or later, you will have to walk in them as well as ride in them.
Posted June 28, 2003 - 06:19 PM
Posted June 29, 2003 - 07:08 PM
Posted July 03, 2003 - 10:03 AM
Posted July 03, 2003 - 12:12 PM
I always thought the sixes were for guys who didn't like the booty...
I also think that Gaerne's SG is the equal of the Force or Tech 6/8, I have a pair and they are holding up very well, better than my last pair of Tech 8s with their disappearing sole...
I would say the best thing to do, if this is available to you, would be to try them all on, Vector, Force, Tech 6/8, SG1, and buy the one that fits you the best.
Posted July 03, 2003 - 03:10 PM
Posted July 06, 2003 - 11:49 AM
Posted July 06, 2003 - 02:12 PM
I received my SIDI boots on January 16 of 2003, and this is what they look like now:
Notice the screws on the adjustable calf plate. They will rattle out if you do not loc-tite them, or check them for tightness after 2-3 rides. Also, I pulled out a couple of the metal backing plates, so I had to jimmy-rig another out of a washer. It works....
Pretty beat. I do run IMS Pro Series pegs, which are stainless steel, and the teeth are SHARP. But still?
Pay particular attention to how I am now past all of the plastic, and I am now going through the leather. I need a patch job to save these boots. They were comfortable out of the box; they give excellent support and protection; but I hope yours look better going into their 7th month of use....