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Just be sure which one you're filing, it's the one that you have to pry the metal buckle out of.
I ended selling my tech 3's and getting tech 7's mainly because of the hinges and low foot toe box. The hinges really work well and allow movement. I thought about getting a more soft more flexible boot, but I know someone who destroyed they're ankle in a freak accident and it's just not worth it. He got his leg stuck between a rock and the peg when laying his bike down at slow speed.
What worries me about the forma adventure boots is the lack of lateral support. When I watched the guy in the video do what he does in the pic below it made me nervous.
Last edited by Deepseadan; 02-13-2017 at 12:04 AM.
Current bikes 2016 KTM 500 EXC, 2016 Yamaha TW 200
Life shall always be a series of minor disappointments as we try to balance conflicting goals. Sure all the Adventure boots out there lack significant protection compared to an MX boot, and all the MX boots out there lack the comfort and tactile feedback of Adventure boots. One just has to decide which unsatisfiable goal one would rather bitch about...Comfort and versatility VS. bullet proof armour.
Personally I got tired of bitching about MX boot's ski-boot like clumsiness every time I stepped off the bike, the ease of tripping, inability to feel the shifter and brake pedal, the need to carry spare shoes if I wanted to get off the bike and do something once I arrived at my destination ( I do more than just ride to be riding, I ride to get somewhere and then un-ass and scamper around trying to have an adventure). Instead now I can bitch about possible risk of injury and disappointment in the boots if I ever do get an ankle injury. In the meantime I will continue to get constant gratification from the Forma's ongoing comfort which is more satisfying than just knowing my feet and ankles are well protected while I fumble around trying to correct the occasional uncommanded inadvertent downshift.
So pick your disappointment and revel in your chosen bitching. If I do get the ankle injury I'll likely beg the Emergency Room nurses to please do not cut off my Formas. I do know my abandoning of MX boots was cemented when last time I wore them I stepped back, caught a rock and fell over backwards before my clumsily MX booted foot could regain balance on an uneven surface . My helmeted head hit a rock pretty hard. That near accident retired both my helmet and the boots. Gave boots away, cut off chin strap and deep sixed the helmet.
Is she gonna ride off-road? If so it's probably better to be foot protected than it is to walk (see Fred's post). I broke my foot while not wearing the proper protective boot off-road when my foot hit a rock. Since getting my "stiff" off-road boots I've banged my feet many times on rocks only experiencing bruises. No broken footsies thank goodness.
If mostly on road or even tame forest service roads, you'd be fine with what everyone is mentioning.
Fred, that's exactly why I ordered the Formas. My MX boots were acting like a safety hazard at times. Getting on and off the bigger bike was scary because I couldn't bend my ankle enough to get me toes on the ground. Inadvertent shifts etc. Granted they weren't broken in but still. Time to try another option.
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