Motocross boots are an investment. Sure, you can buy an inexpensive set of boots, but if you are serious about riding then you will eventually need to get serious about your boots as well. Something to consider when purchasing a set of boots is whether or not you can repair them. Of course, buckles and toe pieces on most boots can be replaced, but a major consideration is whether the sole can be replaced.
Many if not all top scale boots have replaceable soles. If you are dishing out several hundred dollars on boots, then this should be expected. Typically, the sole of the boot gets chewed up long before the life of the boot ends. Also, more expensive boots may have soles that wear more quickly than cheaper boots for performance reasons. A serious rider or racer needs to have his or her feet secure on the foot pegs, so a more pliable sole could be used to facilitate better grip on the foot pegs.
For example, I currently use Alpinestars Tech 7 boots, but I also have a cheap pair of Thor Quadrant boots that I use as a spare set. The Tech 7’s are light years better than the Quadrant in every way, but I will wear out the soles on the Tech 7’s more quickly. This does not mean the soles on the Tech 7 are of lower quality. They are what they are to achieve the desired grip, so I expect to replace them.
In years past, I always replaced the soles myself. I have done so many times on the Tech 7’s as well as previous Tech series Alpinestars boots. While I always managed to get the job done successfully, I dreaded doing it because it is a fair amount of work. One of the challenges when gluing soles back on is getting the soles to stay put while the adhesive makes a bond. I found it necessary to continually press and squeeze back and forth over and over until the sole bonded. I would typical wrap the boot tightly with tape and wait at least a full day to use the boots. This always worked great for me but I hate doing it.
Recently, I decided to ditch my pride and send my Tech 7 boots in for repair. I decided this after watching a video by mxbootrepair.com on how they replace boot soles.
See the video here:
Nothing in the video was new to me regarding my specific boot soles, but the technique and equipment they have for pressing the soles on proved to me it would be beneficial to have them do the replacement. I cleaned up my boots and shipped them. Behold, I had them back in about 9 days time.
I had replaced the soles on this particular pair of boots twice before, and when I shipped them, the soles were tore up pretty good. I did send them in before the soles wore through though and I do think it pertinent to replace the soles prior to a sole wearing through to the base of the boot. Again, you want your very expensive boots to last as long as possible.
I was quite pleased with the quality of work done by mxbootrepair.com. The quality of the replacement appeared to be as good as new. Out on the race track has not been a disappointment either, as the boots have felt like new again. So, if you are wondering where to get your riding boots repaired, I recommend mxbootrepair.com.
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