Dainese Axial Pro In Boots
Great Boots but Didn't Last the Season...Twice
Other than riding, my passion is running so I place great importance on motorcycle boots which will properly protect my feet and ankles in the event of a crash. I have tried most of the higher end boots on the market but settled on the Axial Pro In boots for several reasons. Unfortunately the first pair I had let me down after a few months modest use. Their replacements just did the same after less than a year of careful ownership (see below).
The boots themselves are the only ones I have found which offer the combination of a high level of protection, ease of putting on and taking off, aesthetics and feel (the latter being one of the most difficult objectives to satisfy in my opinion). They fit easily under jeans and are relatively discreet when you want them to be and the boot to suit system means that they do not catch on footpegs when riding or in the event of a slide. This “in” boot system works relatively well in practice and looks much cleaner than a bulky traditional boot but it’s not perfect. Firstly, not all Dainese pants have the system (effectively an extra expansion zipper and velcro). This is ridiculous. If you create a proprietary boot system you have duty to ensure all relevant apparel you produce works with it. If I commit to an “in” boot I can’t use it with pants made for regular “out” boots which is pretty much everything not made by Dainese. Unfortunately this incompatibility also extends to some items made by Dainese. If I stump up $500 for the top of the range boots I expect them to work with all that manufacturers suits and pants. I also feel that the extra calf zipper in it’s open position is too loose with some pants and suits so I favor the models with an elasticated ankle and calf. I can then usually close the expansion zipper which cinches the pant leg properly to the boot.
The synthetic material the upper is made of is also a bit of a pro and con. It does not breathe and no vented or perforated model is available to the hoi polloi (Rossi wears perforated ones on track). It is said to be stronger and more uniform than natural leather but In summer it is like wearing plastic bags on your feet which is most unpleasant. When do we do most of our riding and all of our track days? That’s right…in the good weather. Nearly all the major manufacturers make perforated versions of their boots so this is a glaring omission.
Despite the odd drawback I have yet to find anything else which hits all my objectives so I kept coming back to these. However, I have had serious issues with the durability of the boot. The first pair I purchased wore through the suede at the inner ankles in a matter of weeks. The fabric was completely punctured where the boots made contact with the bike. The second pair I purchased have a large gash in the toe box where it looks like something has punctured the upper from the inside. The boots are in otherwise near mint condition. If it was wear and tear and not a manufacturing defect I am very concerned at the durability of the upper. I am a careful rider and take great care of my gear. How anything could have caused this in the course of regular use I have no idea (I ride brand new bikes with no defects or sharp edges around the foot pegs).
It’s very disappointing as these are the best boots for comfort, fit, feel, price and protection I have tried but I can’t wear something which I can’t trust to last the riding season, or worse, survive a crash. Unfortunately the closest product I have found is the Daytona Security Evo boots which retail for an astronomical $1000. Sadly the two pairs of Axial Pro Ins I have had to purchase in the course of the year would have cost the same. I’m down 2 pairs of boots, $1000 and that’s not including the cost of another replacement.
August 6, 2014
Great boot, I find it fitting a little more comfortable than the torque in.
This Boot is GREAT!!!!!!
Really nice stiff sole, ankle, heel and toe protection. Anthony has a great video review already up on the site. Basically covers most if not all the key features you'll need to know about this boot.
July 8, 2014
Originally I bought to go under Dainese pant with the suit to boot connection but returned the pants because I found a GREAT deal on an Alpinestar race suit. These actually fit in the suit but had to cover the Velcro so it would not fray the suit liner. I have skinny ankles and calves so I don't think this would work for everybody but it I got lucky. Boots are very comfortable to walk in after they broke in.
I used the size chart and it was spot on for me.
June 30, 2014
These boots are lighter than my nike running shoes!
These boots are so light and comfortable its crazy..
I always rode my gsxr 1000 in skate shoes so I could be comfortable on the bike when doing stunts and 100mph plus wheelies down the interstate. Any good rider knows you have to have good feeling with foot position of the pegs and shifter and brake. I've tried other boots but they felt so bulky and I couldn't feel the shifter or brakes hardly at all which make doing stunts or wheelies dangerous. I felt that I was going to crashed do to the fact I couldn't feel the foot controls with precision with other bulkier boots. These boots are not bulky at all and feel so good and you can feel everything perfectly with your feet. The price of 500 dollars is very hard to understand if you have never worn these boots before. But once you put them on and walk around you will know there worth the money. These boots have all the sensitivity of a skate shoe but the are way lighter. These boots are lighter and more comfortable then my nike cross trainers, no joke. I first saw these boots at Road America when Blake Young got off is bike and I had to take a second glance at him because It looked like he was riding with skate shoes on but the second look confirmed I was looking a set of boot made by Dainese. Also here's a kicker for you. Valentino Rossi has a net worth of 120 million and so obviously money is no object when it comes to what he is going to wear. Check out a moto gp race in person or look up some pictures of him racing you will see what boots the legend in his own time is wearing. Dainese in boot. Also I wear a 10.5 in nike mens and the dainese 11 fits me perfectly for sizing reference.
May 11, 2014
Love Hi-Viz colors and fit.
Buy the same size as your normal shoes! I initially got one size too small.
Bought size 46 boots at a local store because this was the biggest size they had and the salesman advised that this kind of boots were supposed to be tight (I wear size 47). It was too tight for my toes to ride and walk for more than a couple hundred meters, returned and bought at Revzilla size 47.
Love how compact they are, fitting even under jeans. Can interface using velcro with some Dainese pants. Have none on both my textile (Talos) and leather (Delta Pro EVO Perforated ), but they grip the lower lining of these pants anyway.
Amazing feel on the shifter.
Really only two downside s
1) on my KTM Duke, where the plastic heel of the boot touches the guard plate behind the peg, the plastic of the boot is so hard, that it scratches off alloy off the guard plate. As a result, the inner heel is shiny from a layer of aluminium.
2) You should always wear either high socks or base layer pants, because the top of the elastic cuff near the zipper at the back is rather rough and can cause abrasions from walking .
Feel very secure about these boots. 10/10 would buy them again if I have to.
April 18, 2014
By far the best boots I have ever had.
Upon pulling out of the box, the first thing you notice is how well made and extremely light compared to other racing boots. Out side size is also more compact to the point that I thought they had sent the wrong size.
Note that they are very tight in ankle at first and hard to get your foot in. This makes them seem way too small when putting on, but once your foot is in, correct size will feel fine in the foot, tight in the ankle. They do break in after the second ride and getting on an off becomes easier. Be carful you don't get them too big, as first impression may cause some to do just that.
Function is like warring slippers. Very comfortable with better dexterity than with other race boots and feel for the controls and bike is phenomenal.
March 10, 2014
Great product! I can see why The Doctor wears these boots.
This product is sooooo well built. I wear a 10-10.5 American and the 44 fits perfectly. They are so light it feels almost like you are barefoot on the bike. It took a little adjusting to that feeling. These boots have it all, looks, ankle protection, light weight, and durable. I wouldn't recommend walking around in them like shoes too long off the bike, just to preserve them as long as possible. The only gripe I did have was the shipping carrier UPS. I received my package damaged and opened but thankfully the product was not damaged. I also witnessed two UPS guys tossing packages out the truck & onto the ground and one delivery man was stoned. Not Revzillas fault but I wished other carriers were available to choose from. Revzilla customer support is very helpful and informative and the person I talked to on the phone helped me pick the right size boot because I almost ordered the wrong size, basing my info solely off of the Dainese size chart.
December 17, 2013
Best Boot to buy
This is my second pair of motorcycle boots, with my first being some Cortech ones. I like the styling on these cause you can wear them underneath a pair of jeans and not look weird. The only negative I've found is the price and the metal plate at the toe with the Dainese logo gets scratched easily.
December 11, 2013