Lel from Brake Magazine hit it on the head here. You just can't wear "adventure" boots and hope to not be injured. Read the whole thing. Another good point he makes is that you'll especially need boots like this when you're learning (falling more). I crushed my right rear Achilles tendon wearing the old BMW GS Rallye 3 boots (Forma Dominator Comp) so I went with the Gaerne SG12's and now the Alpinestars Tech10. They are heavy but I really need the protection and have seen way too many a rider with a busted food, fibula, tib/fib, etc... wearing "adventure" boots.