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Crashed: Forma Adventure Boots product review

The Forma Boots are one of the cheaper adventure touring style boots money can buy[1]. In fact, Bert and I both wear a pair. My primary criticism has been the soft sole that I would prefer was harder. Sweat-foot Bert’s complaint has been that the boot is just too hot to wear in the Mumbai summer. And now, after putting my pair through literally tens of thousands of kilometres of riding, I’ve managed to test their crash protection as well.

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Honestly, on the day of the crash, if I had my race boots – the TCX RS2-Evos[2] – on, I might have suffered even less damage. However, to the Forma’s credit, they’ve done rather well.
They kept all the little bones in my feet from being damaged in any way. The heavy scrapes on the toe and on the little nubbin that raised on the outer instep also offered some protection. A tear on the pants and the broken lowest buckle suggests there was an impact across the top of the ankle joint as well, which also failed to penetrate the defences. The upper part of the boot was under the Dainese pant leg and it’s come through entirely unscathed.

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And I can promise you that the boot is still waterproof and fully useable. I might order a spare buckle and we’ll be nearly as good as new! That to me, is solid value when it comes to a good all-round motorcycle boot. It looks good, is comfy, is waterproof and it works as intended in a crash as well!

Forma Adventure Boots


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References

  1. ^ Forma Boots are one of the cheaper adventure touring style boots money can buy (overdrive.in)
  2. ^ TCX RS2-Evos (overdrive.in)
  3. ^ @odmag (twitter.com)
  4. ^ facebook.com/odmag (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ iOS (itunes.apple.com)
  6. ^ Android (play.google.com)
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Crashed: Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex pants product review

I bought these pants in September 2016 and today, about seven months later, they’re toast. And I wish them a fond adieu with more than a small amount of gratitude. If you read my column from the May 2017 issue, you would know that I managed to come off my Ducati, trapping my left leg in the process on April Fools’ Day.  I suffered a severely sprained outer ligament (LCL, to be precise), extensive soft tissue injuries from above the knee to the middle-of my foot and as I write this, I’ve only begun to walk normally a full 28 days after the fact.

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But here’s the kicker. My doctor, who runs the orthopaedics department in one of Mumbai’s larger public hospitals says, “You’re very lucky. Trapped lower limbs usually mean a compound break in the tibia and/or fibula. This usually arrives with a bone sticking out.” Cue surgery, plates and possible infections.  But in my case, he then saw the damage to the Daineses and noted that he would add, “A full knee rebuild and maybe some ankle work as well.”

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The basic job of motorcycle gear is to protect you from impact and abrasion. The tears on the pant suggest that very severe abrasion was kept at bay from my skin and I didn’t actually have any open wounds. The armour over the knee has scuffs inside that suggest my shin was saved from impacts as well. And we know for sure that the knee was, as well. All told, I’m about ready to spend another Rs 35,000 buying a replacement pair. Because these have just proved to be wonderful in every way. If you read my previous review[1], they met my expectations for fit, finish, materials as well as the functional needs of riding in the warm, cold and wet conditions. What was left was crash performance. Well, I am happy to say that this crash test dummy gives the Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex pants a full thumbs up.

The more important lesson, perhaps, is to spend money on good gear. And then, to wear it whenever you ride a motorcycle.

Dainese D-Explorer Gore-Tex pants

Rs 35,000, Dainese D-Store San-Francisco

Also read Crashed: Forma Adventure Boots product review[2]


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References

  1. ^ If you read my previous review (overdrive.in)
  2. ^ Crashed: Forma Adventure Boots product review (overdrive.in)
  3. ^ @odmag (twitter.com)
  4. ^ facebook.com/odmag (www.facebook.com)
  5. ^ iOS (itunes.apple.com)
  6. ^ Android (play.google.com)
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