Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex Boots
Really great all weather boots
I've been wearing these boots for several months, in moderate to cold weather, and in rainy conditions. The feet stay warm and dry. And like other reviewers have noted, these boots look great and no one would really know they are riding boots unless they saw you on the bike with them.
I usually size 10.5 to 11 and have a large footprint. I bought size 44 and they fit perfectly.
Oh, and you don't have to strain or sweat putting them on.
January 26, 2016
Dainese never lets me down. These boots look cool and fit well. Warm and waterproof. What more do you want? They have a cool, "retro" vibe. Good for a more retro ride, or cruiser.
January 23, 2016
I bought this boot specifically because other reviewers mentioned that they are narrow. That is what I was looking for. I wear a 13 so most boots are very wide as most people who wear a 13 also have wide feet,. Not me. They are not cheap but the quality of the boot is first class in every aspect. Comfort, Style, Protection and wear ability. A thirteen was a size 47 (euro). The zipper is good quality and the Velcro is the full length of the zipper not just a tab at the top like some boots. I checked with a boot repair service to see if they can be re-soled when the time comes and was told he could re-sole them. I highly recommend these boots. Oh ya, I have ridden in heavy rain & my feet stayed dry.
December 6, 2015
Great boot at an affordable price
It is a very nice looking and feeling boot. I feel it was worth the price for what you get, better protection than many lesser boots, but not as protective as a full race boot. It does look more stylish than a fully armored boot.
I constantly have to remind myself that it isn't a work boot, and I should not use it for around the house work and wear it out that way.
On the fit, it is a snug fitting boot, not really tight, but your foot has little room to stretch out while inside. Something some people might mind, but doesn't bother me at all.
November 29, 2015
I just received my Fulcrum boots today and went for a short ride on my new BMW R1200RS. This won't be the most in depth review, but here are my impressions:
One: very comfortable right out of the box.
Two: The size is good, a little roomy (I'm a euro size 45, US: 11 1/2).
They'll be great when the weather is cooler. I'm in So Cal and its hot now, on Oct 31!
Three: Hard to fit Levis' 501 jeans over them, as in...not possible.
Four: Vanson leather pants tuck into them perfectly and comfortably, and ...look the part!
Now the funny part: I put the boots on and sat on my bike in the garage and thought that the sole of the boot was too sticky to slide off the peg to shift and that the toe was too tall to get under the shifter and that there wasn't enough "feel" to be confident on the bike changing gears and braking. However, once under way and riding, I forgot about what the dry run in the garage felt like and the boot didn't get in the way at all! I think that this will be a very long lasting and useful touring boot for me.
October 30, 2015
Far and Away the best "all around" boot on the Market
I bought two pairs of these so far and will order another if I hear they are going to change or discontinue them as they are the best travel boot for touring especially in the wet.
My first pair is still holding up good but developed a hole in the sole right where my right foot hits the centerstand lift bar and you really can't fault the boot for that. MY TEX is very heavy when full loaded and putting it on the centerstand is too much for reapeated abuse to the boot.
That said I bought a pair of Revit waterproof boots to go with my waterproof leather outfit by the same brand and after this weekend and only a year of use they are leaking pretty much in the toe box already where the Dainese are not after more than five years of service .. The Gortex is the bomb.
I should also mention I have hiked for miles in these at destinations with no blisters ore ill affects and there is not a more comfortable moto boot that I am aware of .
If I were to nit pick it would be getting them on when new especially. I have a high arch and sometimes have a bit of a time putting them on. Once in the boot though they fit like a glove .
Great boot. If you fine them on sale under 300 bucks buy them thet;re the cat's pajammas
October 7, 2015
Overall, I think these are a good boot
I had a pair of Cruiserworks Touring boots that lasted almost 9 years of wearing them virtually every day, year-round. They did have a manufacturers defect in the sole that caused me to have to send them back for new soles after two years. Recently, that failure happened again (sole just splits in half even though the tread is still in good shape). The leather was starting to get deep cracks and their customer service did not return my phone call, so I opted to switch brands. I settled on the Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex as the best replacement option. The quality/finish on the boots seems outstanding. These are the first boots I've had with a zipper, and I like it in some ways, and in other ways I don't. I wonder about the longevity of the velcro covering over the zipper with wearing these daily for years. I know, they say your boots should be replaced much more frequently, but... I also was looking for an all-season boot as I don't want to have multiple pairs of boots to cover the warm and cool riding seasons. These boots are definitely warmer than the Cruiserworks Touring boots I had. They may be too warm for many people on hot summer days. My feet have been very warm, but I did not notice any sweating/moisture build-up. They are certainly nice for the cooler weather riding. I generally wear a size 9 shoe, although I have recently needed to start wearing a 9.5 (US) in some shoes. So, given that they only offer full sizes, I was concerned a 9 would be too small, so I opted for the 10. The 10 is certainly working and will be fine, but I needed to remove the insoles and add a thicker insole after wearing for a couple days because the amount I'd have to raise my toe inside the boot before reaching the top of the boot to then raise it enough to shift was bothersome. It is much better (and the overall comfort is much better) with upgraded insoles. For the price, it seems they could use a better insole, but perhaps they figure people will want to customize to whatever insole works best for them. I'm not a huge fan of the looks of the patch on the toe for reducing shifter wear, but it is doable. One thing I liked about the Cruiseworks Touring boots was that they largely looked like normal shoes. The Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex look a little more specifically like a motorcycle boot, but still plain enough to not stand out to the degree that others will likely notice. I've had these a couple week (wearing daily) and I do like them. The velcro is really the only piece I wonder about the longevity.
September 28, 2015
Great purchase, very satisfied
I took delivery about 2 days before I left on a 8,625 miles in 21 day Harley tour from south Florida to Toronto to Sturgis to Montana and return. So, absolutely no break-in time or special care before hand.
My feet, on a foot sizing tool are exactly 11C. These boots fit perfect with the heavy socks I like to wear. Without socks they are a bit loose as you would expect.
On this trip, I saw heat, cold, sun, rain and even hail. While my body was exposed to about 50 to 95 degrees on this trip, my feet always stayed very comfortable. Never cold, wet or sweaty. The soles are flexible enough that I walked a lot in them sometimes not even remembering I was still in them instead of my daily hiking boots that I love so much. As It turned out, I happened to test their strength at the border toll booth. As I was rolling slowly up to the agent with my feel hanging down hovering above the ground next to the side of the bike, my left toe caught the curb that I didn't realize was higher and closer that I determined. It grabbed the boot and twisted it back and dragged it really hard along the curb. The toe and side surface was ground down pretty bad but the structure and the waterproofing were not affected.
As a comfortable touring boot, I couldn't ask for more. The quality of construction is great and the leather is premium too.
However, I can say that for my adventure bike, I want a little more rigid construction and more aggressive armor just because I am more likely to go down than not!!
August 17, 2015