Dainese Axial Pro In Boots
Solid boots and homemade velcro covers.
These are solid in-boots. They do take a bit to break in but once you do they are comfy. All the features make this boot easy to get in and out of. They are a perfect match for my Dainese racing leathers but I also wear them with jeans and other riding pants. The velcro on the boots is always exposed so when you ride with pants that do not have the velcro to secure them you end up picking up all sorts of lint and having your pants getting stuck high on the boots. I made some velcro covers to place over the boot's velcro when not needing them(see photos) and now these boots are spot on..no issues at all. I used one-sided velcro with stick-on fasteners and fastened black leather straps to the outside, then cut to shape. Dainese should have provided these for us but it was a quick and cheap fix for me.
May 26, 2015
Takes a while to break in and get comfy. Fantastic boot though. Nice and light and gives me a full range of motion. Carbon kevlar supports look and feel sturdy on my leg, although they might move around in a crash reducing safety a bit. Very clean style and super solid construction. I couldn't imagine a motorcycle boot feeling this comfortable.
April 27, 2015
Yes, its expensive, yes it fits great, yes it makes wearing a full race boot something easy, yes it looks good delivering motogp protection levels
took me a long time but i purchased this puppies. I do not regret at all the value spent, it makes me feel happy wear them and protect myself with the best.
You can tell the overall quality 9,5/10, the use of Kevlar carbon protection matched exactly my expectation (very high). Giving the fact its a full race boot, its very easy to put on//off also its very lightweight. Fitment is spot on, I wear 10 1/2 US. I purchased 44, feels confortable, not tight at all and not overloose. please notice that I use FOX Racing socks since they are thick and not cotton which makes a great complement to fitment, temp management and wear comfort score: 9/10.
They hide very well with riding jeans, I also use dainese ones, perfect fit. You look properly equipped to ride but not like an astronaut.
Lets see, What are your doubts:
-too much money? yes, but they worth the price of quality protection and easiness to wear
-other dainese models close to it? sorry but no, the carbon kevlar makes a difference in weight and protection + the top part is protective, but easy and discrete to hide.
-too much boot for commute? not at all. waaay better to ride than common shoes, inspire confidence, good feedback and again discreetly fits under pants.
-way to flashy for me? nahh, the black ones are toned down, the metal slider is what gives away their intention.
to wrap it up, best boots ever, for me they defined a new standard to riding full protection boots. my new problem is when dainese will release their update and I would really like a low boot version of them like an enhanced c2b pro's.
April 2, 2015
The boots are stylish and you feel secure wearing them
The boots are stylish and you feel secure wearing them. Perfect to commute to work. I already tested them in rain and kept me dry for almost 30 min until the water (just a few drops) started to enter trough the back zipper but it was nothing to worry about.
Very easy to use and easy to take them off with one hand.
October 6, 2014
Dainese Pro Axial
Dainese boots were a new pick for me as I have used many of the competitors boots but prior to this experience always liked Dainese's products. A design flaw leaves the boot susceptible to rendering these $500 boots as garbage, having always changed my rear-sets for a better feel than stock but the use of a high traction peg leaves the nylon zipper open to abrasions. My brand new Dainese boots are garbage as Dainese won't warranty a broken zipper although one nick damaged the zipper and you cannot get the zipper replaced.
If your going to walk around in them then there great or hope you have enough celebrity status to get free pairs.
September 17, 2014
Remarkably Comfortable for such a protective boot
I have been looking these over for a few months and finally pulled the plug and ordered them. I have only 500miles in them of 70 degree dry weather. I ordered them is I wanted a very protective high tech racing boot that I could wear inside of my pants. For my track leathers, I wasn't concerned as I have a pair of perforated "outy" boots, so I didn't need them to work with these.
The boots are remarkably comfortable from on onset. They are easily adjustable. If I choose to leave them them looser for commuting, they are even quite comfortable to walk in. When tightened, they are snug, very supportive and without any annoying areas. My foot is somewhat wide in the forefoot area. With ski boots I am always dealing with pain in this region. With these I noticed a little pressure in this area, but not pain and by the second day, it was gone.
They are not overly hot, but these weren't very hot conditions. My perforated boots flow much more air, but this is expected and wasn't my intention.
Regarding the upper portion, they have fit under multiple pairs of riding pants, jeans AND my leathers. I find the velcro beneficial in many of these, even though non have the corresponding portion to connect. The only caveat is I need to wear full calf socks, as with street length socks, allow some irritation wear the boot contacts skin directly.
Basically I am more than pleased with these and they have become my go to boot. I thought I'd only be utilizing for hard riding days, but they're more comfortable than anticipated and way more protective than any of my other boots.
September 12, 2014
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