View Full Version : Trials riding and the boots of their clan...

05-25-2005, 12:07 AM
I was browsing Gaerne's website (http://www.gaerne.com/) and looking at boots--this may be the last season for my beloved Sidis. I'm thinking of trying a different high-end brand, and I'm kind of enticed by Gaerne's Italian-ness and rarity in the US. Also, the giant "G"'s on the shins of their sport boots draw me--my initials are G.G., so it'd be pretty hard for me to not like them. :thumbsup:

I looked at their "Trials" boots, and I thought damn those look comfy. Looks like they're designed to compromise to get a maximum of mobility, feel, and grip at the expense of protection, but still, I'm intrigued. (http://www.gaerne.com/trial.asp?sezione=trial)

But... what IS "trials riding"? Would a trials boot be suitable as a lightweight street boot that is walked around in occasionally? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v353/Gleanerizer/idunno.gif I'll probably end up going for a pair of their sport-touring boots, but I'm always up for education... :werd:

05-25-2005, 12:41 AM
Trials riding is generally offroad, slow, and involves big obstacles like downed trees and rocks. If you've ever seen the demonstrations where a guy takes a bike and, from a low speed, jumps it up on a box, then up onto the roof of a building, that's trials riding. It is very technical and quite popular in Europe, but has a pretty limited following in the US. There are even trials specific bikes, like the ones from Gas Gas: And a good Trials pic, too! (http://www.gasgas.com/Pages/2005's/Trials-models-main.html)

As far as the boot goes, eh, I'd pass on it. It's an off road design that is intended to deal with off road problems. There is no heel cup and doesn't seem to be a toe box of any kind. I also can't see if there's a shifter pad on the left, but on some off road boots they don't bother with them.

05-25-2005, 12:50 AM
I've actually seen that--just on bicycles, not MCs. Well, cool--I'd see why trials boots are built the way they are then. Off-road durability and gymnastic flexibility--tough compromise to make!

I want a 125 Pro in my garage. :) 135 lbs? Geez, I could ride that around my bathroom.

Edit: Ok, make that a 200... I guess adults are supposed to start on that, according to Gas Gas. But man, it's 141 pounds, what a porker.

05-25-2005, 08:16 AM
If you're impressed by the antic of 'stuntas', you'd be blown away by the control that top level trials riders have over their motorcycles. Imagine having the front end up in the air, at 5mph, coming to a complete stop with the front wheel still up, and bunny-hopping from one boulder to another. Or riding along at 10-15 mph and hopping the bike over an obstacle, such as a person lying down the ground, without the assistance of any kind of ramp.

That being said, trials boots are made for very low speed riding, and I'd think they'd provide even less protection than a good pair of hiking boots at highway speeds.