Dainese Carroarmato Gore-Tex Boots
I thought at first these were a bit overkill. Then I took my Tiger on some dirt... The tough grippy soles were much appreciated. The tougher, stiff construction kept my foot from getting smashed when the bike took a nap. Full on rain storm, and my feet remain warm and dry. The only drawback is the heavy weight and the tough break in. However compared to other brand adventure boots, these are actually lighter. After a week of commute riding, they feel much more comfortable. I really like the wide toe box. Very similar to the tcx version. I suspect they may even come from the same factory. I like the look of the Dainese boot much better overall.
November 29, 2014
Bad, bad, bad. Will break on the ankle!
The Carroarmato is a overpriced piece of s....! I had them for my tour in the ´stans´ and the result: they broke after few thousend of km of PAVED road!!! Of course Dainese rejected my complain because I did not treat my boots properly in extreme conditions!!! WTF??? If a paved road with one (1) day of rain is extreme... let´s stop driving bikes! Anyway...don´t buy those boots... will broke on the ankle due to bad production! Don´t believe me... will send you pics!
November 10, 2014
Pricey but Great Boots
These are overall great boots. The sole is very stiff, ankle and heel protection is great, toe protection is great, and the shin padding is a plus. They're also very quick to get in and out of. Comfort is pretty good too but I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time walking around in these. If you can afford them you should be happy with the purchase.
September 8, 2014
I got them for ADV touring and after lots of research, I was drawn to this model because there aren't any hard plastic parts on the outside but they still provide plenty of protection. The style is tasteful and refined which sets it apart from some other ADV boots. The price is great for Gore-Tex and nice leather. The gaiter comes up mid-calf. I fold it to the outside of my leg and it lies flat without any discomfort. Another thing I like is the toe box. There's plenty of room in there to wiggle around and it's not too tall so it's easy to shift. Soles are nice and stiff for standing on the pegs. I wish the tread were a little luggier but it'll do. A little tight in the instep but I can see walking around town in them. They lack hard ankle-roll protection but the boots aren't flimsy in any way. I got them at the RevZilla store in Philly. Cool place, nice people.
February 23, 2014
I got both the Black and the Grey/Blue.
They are both good looking.
They seem to provide only marginally better protection than the TRQ (which I also have).
The sole is beefier to be sure. The toe is also more ridgid. However, if I am not stocking my whole home in motogear, I want a boot that radically different for those times that I plan to go off road.
In a one-boot quiver where you may someday go off-road, this is a good choice.
Since I already have the TRQ, I am going to go more serious for my adventure boot. Maybe the AlpineStars Toucan. I am returning both of these.
On fit, I have wide feet and found these to be good. Much better than Sidi boots for me. Flexing, I do feel some of the folds of the boot come through. Maybe this would lighten up with heavier socks or more time in the boot.
February 18, 2014
Pricey yet good
Love the boots, yet to start riding though. Sizes are perfect, need to break in,can wear over a jeans. Good choice!
May 29, 2013
Pricey but definitely worth it!
I totally love these boots. I bought them almost a more than month ago and decided to wait until I went through two rains to finally give them a proper review.
First off, the negative, if it is a warm day (>80 degrees), don't expect these boots to breathe very well. If you're flat footed, don't expect much comfort after walking around in them for more than 30 minutes. If you wear jeans with anything narrower than boot cut, don't expect to pull them over these massive boots.
Now the positives! My Yamaha FZ8 is my daily driver, I have nothing else to drive. With that in mind, these boots are awesome day in and day out. The leather is still in prestine condition with only minor scuffs from the foot pegs that easily rub out. The TPU shifter pads show no sign of wear. The velcro is still strong, the buckles still click like new, and the soles are still intact despite dragging them on the concrete.
As far as the heat issues, I just wear breathable socker socks to wick the sweat away and I am comfortable all day. As far the flat foot issue, I purchased a set of SureFeet Black-DMP insoles to replace the factory ones and now it is the finest, most comfortable setup that I can wear all day despite living in hot Houston weather. As far as the jeans issues, my Levi's regular straight cut jeans fit over the top of the boots with easy. I can even add the Tour Master Sentinel rain pants over them without difficulty. If I want to get that CHIPS, motorcycle cop look, I wear my Wrangler jeans and tuck them in the boots.
You can't go wrong with these boots. Yes, they are quite pricey, but they are worth every penny. Combined with my Dianese Scapel gloves (also purchased from Revzilla.com), I have an awesome commute to work and school, from sunrise to sunset.
The pictures were taken today after wearing them since the day I bought them and after the rain we had today.
April 10, 2013
Another great boot from Dainese
Just got this boot and rode only once, so no comment on durability, but it being Dainese I have no worries. This boot is comfortable, no tight, hot spots, the inside liner folds in very well. Its warm as well, was riding highway speeds in 28 degree weather and was plenty warm. It is much beefier than it looks on pictures, which is a good thing. Shifting and braking was not an issue on the 2009 FZ1, despite it being a full boot.
So far I am pretty happy with the purchase. The only issue I had so far, is you can't put jeans/pants over it, as the top of the boot is pretty bulky. Motorcycle winter pants go over just fine though.
February 11, 2013