Dainese Nighthawk C2 Gore-Tex Boots
Took them to a cobbler, never been happier
I fell in love with the style of the Nighthawk while I was shopping for waterproof cold weather boots. I was a bit hesitant to engage in the European sizes, but the boots were to cool. I have wide/odd feet (10-1/2 W), so online shoes are a struggle. I purchased the boots, and when they arrived they were a bit too tight. I took them to a cobbler, had them widened and they worked like a charm. I even stood ankle deep in a 40 degree Montana river for a few minutes and stayed bone dry. They are a tad stiff, but they are durable as anything. Very happy with them.
April 29, 2015
Great lightweight boot on or off the bike.
I bought this boot specifically because I wanted a lighter boot that would be comfortable walking around off the bike, but that had decent support and protection on the bike. So far, this is exactly what this boot delivers. High quality construction. Fits exactly according to the size chart. Definitely a little stiff out of the box, but with use, it is breaking in nicely.
February 17, 2015
Great boot, but order one size up
Love the boot, waterproof, and easy to walk in. Good trade off for a little bit less protection, but gain in all day comfort. Make sure to order one size larger though, or even consider two sizes up if you plan on wearing heavy socks for road trips.
August 29, 2014
Great Boot - I hope
So - I only received these boots this morning, so it might be too early for a full review - but I'm off on a four day ride this week, so I'm sure to know more after that.
They look great, feel good (well, perhaps a little stiff, but I've only had them on for 2 hrs).
After looking, thinking, researching, I ended up coming back to these boots - I think I've been contemplating this purchase for a year or so! My aim is that these will become my day to day commuter boots, with the hope they work well enough in an office environment to wear most days.
Anyhow, first impressions. Very nicely made, comfortable and easy to put on. They definitely look low key enough to wear under my jeans/pants at work. The sole is quite stiff, as is the leather, but I'm sure that will soften up a touch.
The big thing for me is the fit - after reading all the reviews I went to a size 43, although I'm typically a size 42. I think I probably should have stayed with the size 42. It may be that the American v's European size chat is a little off, I'm not sure, but I often purchase shoes in Euro sizes, and 42 is my go to size. From looking at all the reviews, I can only guess that Dainese may have loosened up the fit a little, as I feel like I have slightly too much space around the main areas of my feet - although the toe box feels a little tight. With the velcro synched up nice and tight, the ankle fit is good. I'm not quite sure if the 42 would be better (my guess is that it would be fine), but to get the boots back and forth from Australia is a bit expensive/time consuming... so I'm going to wear some thick socks and see how they go. If it was more simple, I'd probably go for the 42, and try to loosen them up a bit. Anyhow - they do look great, I'll post back after breaking them in. Oh - and thanks Revzilla - this order came swiftly, with no hassles - love it!
June 9, 2014
Great boot. Returned it immediately.
I don't think I've ever written a glorious review about an item I immediately returned. The boot is a work of art. Belongs in a museum. But, it's for the very few whose foot size is just below the average and not wide. My foot is not wide but long. I wear 12 in Frye boots and their sizing happens to be perfect for me. But Dainese is an Italian brand and for those who have been in Italy, they like small. Small is quite big in Italy. Size 13 was still not large enough for my foot. The workmanship and craftsmanship are spectacular. I highly recommend it for those among you who are lucky enough to have... Italian feet.
June 3, 2014
Well I have just one thing to mention to everyone who is willing to buy this boot, stick to the EU size chart as the US size chart is not accurate it's a size down.
May 20, 2014
Very good looking boots, robust construction but very tight fit.
These boots are very well made, beautiful leather and workmanship. I've got two issues with them: 1st, they fit a bit on the tight side so get one size up, they will take a while to break in due to their robust construction; 2nd, the padding is very minimal, I would not be able to wear them for longer than my usual commute. These boots were not made for walking...
April 29, 2014
Good boot for the price, too narrow
I ordered these boots because they were stylish, waterproof, and were a decent price.
I read all the reviews that said these fit very narrow, but I had to give them a try anyways. The size I ordered fit everywhere else, but were too narrow. I wore them around the house for a few hours, and realized I just couldn't do it, so I returned them.
Maybe if you wear them around for a week or two on the bike they will loosen up, but I didn't want to take that chance for 200 plus dollars.
If they fit, I would have kept them.
June 2, 2014