Dainese Nighthawk C2 Gore-Tex Boots
I usually wear a 10.5 so I got the 11 and its a little snug after replacing the insole with something that isnt like concrete. I took the advise on another review and took them to a shoe repair store and had them stretched. These are narrow and a tad small. I probably would have been better with a 11.5 if they had them. They are hot but anything is hot in south georgia. I had a 70 mile ride in them today and the temp on the bike read 104. My feet were hot but they would be hot in anything at that temp. Overall a great boot. Once they break in a bit they should be awesome. I havent tested the waterproofness but they are guaranteed water proof for life.
June 13, 2016
Glad I got this...
I don't know if this is a proper review because this is my second time wearing it on and off the bike. The fit is just right for me because the boot is size 44uk/11us narrow and my foot is narrow also. I got this for it's waterproof feature, style and quality.
March 1, 2016
Stylish, waterproof, short boot
This boot is exactly what it claims to be. It is a short boot, and it is waterproof.
In even heavy rain, this boot has completely kept my feet dry. Obviously, you'd need a waterproof suit or trousers as water can run in from the top. The sole of the boot is quite grippy, and performs well in the wet. My feet felt secure on the foot pegs and when down on the road.
The boot doesn't ventilate as well as my regular boot (Alpinestars S-MX 3) though I never felt that my feet were hot (temperatures up to about 35C/95F). The boot COULD be worn as a regular everyday riding boot, but other boots would likely be more comfortable in non-wet weather. In my view, this boot is probably best as a supplement - a wet weather option (especially when rain predicted but uncertain).
In terms of fit, I usually buy European size 42 (when footwear is in Euro sizes), and that is the size I bought. The boot fit me perfectly - not tight in the toes or the forefoot. I have narrower feet, and my impression is that the boot does have a relatively narrow fit. People with wide feet might want to consider a size up.
The boot is quite stylish and could be mistaken as ordinary business footwear with trousers - though, this isn't really the purpose of the boot.
February 16, 2016
My sister in law loves them
These are the best shoes/boots I have ever owned. They are put together very well and are so stylish that my very cool sister in law saw them and loves them! I don't think that the boots are too stiff, but I am walking around in them to break them in a bit anyway. Tell me if that is stupid. These boots are the best! They fit super well (size 43) right out of the box and I have room enough inside to wear thick socks if I want. I love the zipper/velcro combo closure. It is very convenient and strong at the same time.
November 24, 2015
Great Boots but Easily Scuffed
I picked these up as my first pair of dedicated boots for my bike. I use them as commuter boots, they are comfortable on the bike and off of it. You could wear these all day if need be without much issue.
They look great and are well designed, however I noticed that they are very easy to scuff and show wear fairly fast. It appears the most on the inside of the heel and toe area, basically anywhere you might rub against the bike.
Grip is solid. I have yet to have an issue when putting my foot down, rain or shine.
Another thing to note is that the velcro around the calf isn't the easiest to get a tight seal as it is very firm in its form. This isn't a hug deal but is worth noting as I tend to have a little extra room around the calf. It also may take some extra time to break it in further.
As far as fit is concerned, I tend to wear between an 8 and 9 depending. A good comparison would be some LL Bean Katahdin's I wear at 8.5, which seem to be comparable to what I got here in length, height and width.
Would I recommend this product? Probably. Definitely if it were on sale!
November 2, 2015
great every day boot good look and comfortable.
Great all around boot. Not to much not to little. You can actually walk with them on all day. Went to Billings Mt MOA rain, hail, the boot did great. And I a love the look.
July 27, 2015
Definitely need to order the next size up
I like the boots. They are easy to put on and you can walk in them (for a little while). I haven't put too many miles on them but when I used them it was way too hot and my feet were comfortable enough not to be a distraction - hopefully the Gortex works).
June 29, 2015
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