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RST Stunt Boots v Rossi Roadster Short Ankle Boots: A Rider Perspective & Review

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Hello Fellow Riders,

Wanted to share some personal experience and insight into two types of riding boots that I've been using of late. The old pair that I've had for four years, ROSSI ROADSTER SHORT ANKLE, versus the second and new pair I purchased being the RST STUNT BOOT (without heal). 

After 4 years of use and 2 seasons of North American Winter (lived in NY for 2 years & didn't want to buy walking boots) the Rossi's were looking and feeling a-little worn. 

The Rossi boots have been and are very sturdy and strong. They were my first pair of riding boots. Without any comparison, I've not had reason to complain about them too much. My only real issue was the stiffness and lack of flexibility when walking. There was never any real bend to the boot.  As for riding, the Rossi's were very sturdy and you could feel the protection around the ankle. The Velcro pull across the side gave extra grip but at times almost made the boot feel like a track boot. I mean that in terms of the overall stiffness of from upper ankle to heel. Yes you could release the Velcro but I found a loose Velcro let in water.   

The verdict? RST wins hands down for the following:

1. Excellent clutch feel at the toe & upper foot. The Rossi were very stiff and had a touch too much extra padding across the toes. See the photo of the extra leather strap across the left foot boot. 

2. Manoeuvrability for every day ridding (mainly city). The Rossi were like cement 

3. Comfort overall. 

4. Walking comfort. The Rossi were like walking on platforms. 

5. Flexibility. The Rossi were not flexible at all but in their defence they are not sold or made as a flexible boot.  

For our whichbike membership in Australia I picked up the RST's from the friendly people at Peter Stevens (http://www.peterstevens.com.au/) . For our inquisitive whichbike members in the USA, Europe and South America who are always interested in price differences the RST cost me AUD$139.94. (equates to around USD$110.42 as of the exchange rate 21st May or GBP£71.00). 

Ride safe everybody & respect to you all.

PS: this isn't a paid add for Peter Stevens but they do know service. 

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