Kalahari Boots / GS Boots product
Motorcycle waterproof boots - Gore
ago, I decided to trade my standard
leather motorcycle boots for something a
little more robust. More support, more
impact protection. I was also looking for
motorcycle waterproof boots.
Kalahari boots (commonly
referred to as BMW GS boots) fit the bill
perfectly as versatile and all around
tall motorcycle boot,
offering good lower leg
impact protection at shin
inner liner to provide
for motorcycle waterproof
ratchet-style side clips
I found the BMW
Kalahari GS boots offer excellent
versatility. In addition to sport
touring, I've used these
motorcycle waterproof boots for
light off-road motorcycle riding,
a few track days, as well as
remember any break-in period as
such. Maybe the first couple of
Materials are top
grade throughout, with the Gore
Tex boots having a look and feel
of enduring quality.
leather on the GS boot is thick
and high quality. The inner boot
liner is similarly of high
The Gore Tex boots
are comfortable to wear in hot or
cold weather and can be used for
walking short distances.
The Gore-Tex inner liner
does have a benefit. Contrary to many to
other liners that claim to be breathable,
Gore-Tex actually breathes quite well.
One benefit of Gore-Tex boots is that
they allow quicker evaporation than
standard boot linings. This enhanced
evaporation provides a noticeable cooling
effect when riding
in hot temperatures.
The BMW Kalahari
GS boots come with removable steel toe
tips covering the sole. These might be
useful in off-road riding but they
compromise traction on city streets. I
removed a couple of screws and off they
Entry and exit
from the Kalahari boots is quick and
easy, allowing a custom fit every time.
There are 2 ratchet-style side clips that
bracket either side of the ankle bone.
The upper part of the boot consists of a
wide Velcro wrap that allows you to
tighten just whats needed. This
accommodates different calf sizes. This
variable snugness also allows wearing
your pants inside or outside of the
boots. Additionally, the circumference of
the calf perimeter is elasticized,
ensuring a snug fit.
Note: there seems
to be a love-hate relationship with the
ratchet boot clips. There have been
reports of riders experiencing failures.
Mine have never been anything other than
perfect. In fact, I find having them is a
real plus. Allows me to slip on the
motorcycle boots in a jiffy. Click them
in, ratchet 2-3 cycles and Im done.
Never give them a second thought.
My BMW Kalahari
GS boots have been mostly waterproof. The
first time that I noticed a leak was
during a ride through strong winds and
heavy rain that endured for over 6 hours.
Prior to that, my feet had always been
completely dry, including my first tour
in Newfoundland where it rained for 5
But even an
extended ride in Monsoon rain will only
give me a damp sock on one side of the
right foot. Ive been suspecting
some lose stitching around the ankle cup
guard. It doesnt take much. If the
equivalent of 6 drops an hour infiltrate,
that means 36 drops of water over 6 hrs.
My observations are that they have leaked
less than that. I will be experimenting
with some Shoe Goo around the suspect
Price: a little expensive,
but. . .
When I purchased
the BMW Kalahari boots several years ago,
I felt that they offered good value for
the price. More expensive, yes, but also
In this respect,
it's similar to purchasing a Vanson
leather jacket. You pay a little more,
but also get more.