I took a spill riding home from last weeks TNMR. I detoured into a slightly bumpy carpark to practice some slow speed knee down control when it happened. I hit a bump and rolled off the throttle momentarily as I slipped too far in my lean and couldn't turn the bike in anymore to counter it at such a slow speed. When my elbow started dragging at full lock the bike kind of rolled over onto its side on my leg. Good things: Going slow (under 20km/h). Leant right over so I didn't have far to fall. Wearing all the gear (full leathers, good gloves with scaphoid protector, back protector, boots, and a helmet). Naked bike. Not in the middle of traffic, nothing but seagulls to run over me. Bad things: Because I hung on until the very last, my leg was underneath the bike when it fell. From the knee down it acted like a meat-cushion for the 140 odd kilograms of VTR250. Injuries: Skinned my elbow (inside my leathers!?). Strained my shoulder. Bruises and scrapes from my foot up my lower leg. Ankle and just above it swolled up enough that my boots almost didn't zip up next day. Damage to the bike: Twisted the wheel in the front fork mounts slightly so the handlebars weren't pointing straight. Pushed up the front brake lever slightly. Little scratch on the muffler. Cracked the indicator mounting. Scuffed my leathers and boot a little. What I learnt: How little an upset to throttle control input at maximum lean angle can send you past the point of no return. How little it takes to injur you even in full gear at slow speed. How hard it is to control a bike properly at slow speed. A new found respect for asphalt, bikes and personal safety. I got up, dusted myself off, gave the bike a once over and called it a night. My boots (Rossi Vision, super comfortable but just leather) did bugger all beyond save a scrape on the toe where a slider would normally sit, and potentially stop some burns while my leg was trapped. I've been looking for new boots anyway but this sealed the deal. I'm sure the top of the line racer gear would prevent impact injuries much better but I wonder about crush style injuries. Safety features and a cheap price seem to be at odds. I want a boot with superior all-round protection including ankle movement restriction, metatarsal protection, heel protection, toe sliders, the works... They will see the odd track day too. I've been looking at: Oxtar TCS Evo RS (which are now called TCX) Alpinestars Supertech Puma 1000 (if I can get them cheap) Daytona Evo Sports. Any recommendations? Budget is up to $500.