Dainese TRQ-Tour Gore-Tex Boots
Great commuter boot.
Dainese TRQ-Tour Gore-Tex Boots have been the best purchase I've ever made. They fit better than some sneakers and shoes I have bought.
I wear them from the height of summer to the end of season in New England and they are comfortable, waterproof and breathe nicely. You need to wear better, warmer socks in colder weather, but definitely worth every penny I spent.
I've put 3000+ miles on these boots - both commuting and touring - and they still look and fit as good as new. The Skywalk soles make it easy to walk in when you stop. I've even worn them all day at the office accidentally and had no problems with movement or comfort.
As noted, they run a little narrower than many American manufacturers, but once you find the right size they fit like a glove.
If you're a commuter or touring rider, these will make the trip comfortable.
Rate these a buy.
April 14, 2014
Perfect For Specific Uses/Users
This boot is not for those with square feet. The toe is very pointy so if your foot isn't a little pointy as well your end toes will constantly be digging into your middle ones. If you have narrow feet then this is the boot for you. . . that is if you're also looking for a more covert race boot.
A lot of race boots with this level of protection are flashy, but this is something you could take to work without getting a second glance. This is why I bought this boot and also why I gave it a high rating, if you're looking for a race boot for the track or weekend riding go with something else.
The waterproof is also a reason I bought this, but it also means awful ventilation - it could be much much worse w/o the Gore-tex, but it's still bad.
I almost want to give it a 3-star in regards for the "bang-for-the-buck" because you would really expect a boot this expensive to have toe sliders or at least an option, but once again, this boot seems to be purposefully designed to be the most covert yet protective race boot you will find. You're also paying because it's Dainese and you know that they're going to have quality leather/protective features and this boot does that. The leather is thick and flexible at the top-ankle of your foot and still/durable at all the crash prone areas. The shin protection is fantastic and the toe, bottom, and heel are very hard.
I rated this 4 stars because if you're looking for a boot for someone with narrow feet, who needs quality protection from both asphalt at 100+ mph and rainy weather, but is willing to pay extra for a bit of extra breath-ability and all of this being wrapped up into a covert package than this is the boot for you. Otherwise don't buy this. I still ended up deducting a star because for the price I would expect at least an option to put on some toe sliders, but it's a pretty minor thing from a racing perspective.
April 10, 2014
I love these boots
I'll start with the only "bad" thing. Took two tries to get the right size. I take a US 9.5 and have normal width. Ordered the size equivalent for a 10 as I had heard Dainese boots run narrow. I got them on but had to get someone to help me pull them off. Returned to exchange for the equivalent of a US 11. By the way, the return process was excellent and quick. The fit is now okay length-wise, still a tad snug on width but not uncomfortable at all.
As to the rest, all I can say is these boots are great. Sturdy but not too stiff. I was able to walk around easily right out of the box although as expected the new soles are still stiff and need to break in a bit. Rest of boot was as if I had worn them in for months. Very comfortable. Great looking with perforated leather, cool trim, etc. Nice safety features. Quality construction and materials. Have done a couple several-hour rides, light rain on one. Boot breathes very well. No clammy feeling. Brushed off light rain as if it never happened. One of the rides was in the upper 30s and my feet stayed comfortable wearing just lightweight sport socks.
One of the better buys of cycle gear I have made.
March 17, 2014
Great 3-season boot.
I have worn these for a whole year now in all 4 seasons, wet and dry, cold and hot. They breath well enough that a full-day ride in the 90's won't make you sweat too much. They are great in the rain too. As for cold/damp weather I have ridden in these for trips up to 1 hour in temps down to the upper 20's and that is all I can do. In the mid-30's you can ride in them all day. The only thing stopping me from riding down into the teens is the flat narrow toe box. I just cannot wear thicker socks (I wear hiking socks which are thick enough already) and if I try wearing something thicker the sock gets very compressed in the toe box which makes the thermal performance go down and the comfort level of the boot go down too. So I would say if you ride from early spring to late fall and not in temps lower than mid-30's or over 95 degrees these boots will serve you well in wet or dry weather. Just be aware the foot is narrow and the toe box is flat so if you have chubby feet or high arches then forget about these. But I love my pair after one year and several thousand miles.
March 8, 2014
I agree with "way small" comment
I ordered size 46, but these are pixie boots. To get into these boots you would have to be able to go on point like a ballerina, and flex your foot then to get into the rigid L shape. I managed to get them on wearing the thinnest socks I have, then wrestled them off & returned them. I agree with other reviewers, these are so small that I checked the label. TRQ are beautify made pixie boots.
March 1, 2014
I wear 10 1/2 medium shoes. Always have. Sizing chart says size 44 = US size 11. The boot was a little narrow and the heel snapped onto my foot so tightly I could not remove the boot. Had to get my GF to help and it took her about 5 minutes to painfully pry it off. Perhaps they were mislabeled?
March 1, 2014
This boot was the previous Dainese race boot design, with added Gore Tex, just a HUGE value boot IMO. More comfortable than I expected, and the Achilles zip entry is a real nice plus. When I went to the Revzilla showroom to try on several different pairs, I would not have predicted that I would have chosen this out of the box comfortable boot, and I am very, very picky. I'll buy a backup pair when they get discontinued.
February 20, 2014
Tight in the toe box.
Im a size 13 and they fit ok. The toe box is a little tight. Nothing too bad but restricts what you can wear in cold weather. Having said that, we are all different and I wouldn't let this put you you off if they fit you.
Easy to get on and off and comfortable straight out of the box. No leaks in some heavy rain and easy to clean due to the lack of buckles.
Despite other comments the one issue I have had is the sole and lack of grip. Nearly dropped the bike once due to my left foot slipping and consistently inducing a lack of confidence in my foot plant.
In Summary: I am dropping them down on my rating due to small toe box that doesn't allow extra socks. And the poor sole that reduces foot plant grip.
February 9, 2014