Dainese Fulcrum C2 Gore-Tex Boots
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
Great commuter & touring boot
I live in DFW Texas and wanted a 4 season riding boot for my daily commute. I have a narrow size 14US foot, so I went with a size 48 Dainese boot (known to be more narrow), and the fit is nearly perfect!
Pros: The leather feels and wears nicer than the synthetic. The boot has little to no break in period. Simple inside-the-ankle zipper and huge velcro panel over the Gore-Tex gusset make the boot water tight, slightly adjustable, and easy on/off. The style on these is classy and understated. These boots aren't just for old guys on Goldwings! Snugged tight, these boots will fit under even my fitted jeans, so I'll never look a storm trooper. That said, you can give the velcro some space and stuff your slacks, jeans, or riding suit down in the boot if that's your agenda.
Cons: The top of the zipper strip comes to a point ABOVE the gore-tex liner. the end of the zipper strip poked into my calves on the inside of both legs, making my legs bleed. After a week of break in with tall socks the boots no longer rub my legs. As expected from such a large velcro panel, removing the boots is a LOUD process.
I've tried a lot of boots, and nothing beats the style and quality of these Dainese Fulcrum boots. Those with big & narrow feet will love these or a boot with a laced inner booty or external lacing system.
June 24, 2015
Best Boot I've ever owned....
I love this boot! Initially I was not in love, due to the somewhat narrow sizing of the boot. However, over a relatively short time, the boot did conform to my wide foot, and all was well. Not only is this boot good looking, it is a reasonable walking boot, and provides bike protection too. Although the upper portion of the boot is flared, the boots fit quite easily under straight leg leather pants. Fit and finish is excellent...from stitching to zipper quality to gobs of velcro on the zipper fly covers. I've not yet experienced the GoreTex waterproofing of this boot, but have GoreTex in many other boots, all of which have remained virtually waterproof. Last (but not least) is the super ease in putting on/taking off of these boots. Who could ask for more?
May 11, 2015
Great boot !
This boot was comfortable right out of the box! Would recommend if you have narrow feet. Great looking boot!!
February 16, 2015
Best fit, quality, and price.
The high quality I have come to expect from Dainese. I can't believe how nice these boots are. They were snug putting on the first few times, but then they were perfect. A little narrow at first, but they conformed to my feet. True to size. These are 12.5s, and I normally fit between 12 and 13. I have owned a lot of motorcycle boots, these are the best so far. I even leave them on when I get to work, 12hr shifts and some concrete walking in an aircraft hanger. These were recommended to me by two other motorcyclist, one who owns two pair, one of which he takes to the shoe repairman once in a while for the soles. I also like these soles, easy to walk in and are not slippery in an aircraft hanger environment.
January 2, 2015
Rode in temperatures ranging from 50 to below freezing and have never had a problem with feet getting cold or sweating. No water leakage. Great to walk around in. Did Christmas shopping in these boots walking all through the mall. There was no break in period. Feet never got sore. Love the boots. Have not rode in summer weather yet but have not had problems with them being to warm.
December 24, 2014
Best boot for street riding
This is the boots I've been looking for. I wear a size 48 with a narrow width and these fit true to size. They fit under my Dainese riding pants and offer good protection. The boots aren't too stiff and provide good foot control feel.....unlike a full race boot. Quality is great and the leather is soft and broken in. Best of all I don't feel like Frankenstein walking around in them!
December 18, 2014