Dainese Nighthawk Gore-Tex Boots
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
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
Great quality boots but very narrow
I really liked this boots, unfortunately I had to return them because they are too narrow. I'm very sorry because they look a very high quality product. I definitively recommend them if they fit your feet.
March 1, 2014
Excellent boots, great fit and waterproof.
The Dianese Nighthawk looks and performs great. I work in an office environment and have worn them all day with no issues or soreness. I have narrow feet, which makes it difficult to find boots that fit. The Nighthawk are on the narrow side so they fit great. I live in the northwest, which means riding in the wet weather - these boots keep my feet dry.
December 30, 2013
Incredible Boot, A Must Buy
I have now ridden over 10,000 miles with these boots. They are the best piece of equipment I've ever purchased.
I've ridden my FZ6, Fat Boy LO and Nightster while wearing this boot.
So, I was very hesitant about this boot initially because of both the price and the style. I wasn't certain that the boots would give the best bang for the buck, but I will tell you, I was wrong.
My initial impressions were eased by a few multi-hour cruises around Philadelphia and New York City. In pot-hole and road debris laden conditions and in variable speed riding you'll want these boots protecting your feet. The sole has a very solid feel and yet is comfortable to walk in, as I'll explain momentarily. The outer skin is virtually bullet proof and protected my foot when a leading rider threw a large piece of metal debris toward my foot peg. We were all, unfortunately, riding a little too close and there was no room for avoidance maneuvering. So I had no choice but to grin-and-bear-it. Long story short - the boot took the hit and served me well.
Comfort. At first, like any boot, it's stiff as heck. But after a few weeks of frequent use as my primary footwear for rides it started to loosen up. Me and some friends rode from New Jersey to Key West in November. Since we rode and didn't trailer, space was at a premium. I chose to use these boots as primary footwear both on and off the bike until I got into the 80 degree weather. They served me just fine as primary off-bike footwear and caused no blisters or discomfort.
I highly recommend these boots.
December 17, 2013