Dainese Torque RS Out Boots
This is the best pair of boots I have owned to date!
Fits mostly true to size, there is a tiny bit of extra room ahead my toes which only serves to make it more comfortable wearing and walking in it -- it's not pressing against your toes, which I would absolutely hate.
Foot bed is narrow by design in order to provide lateral support.
Wearing them all day is really not a problem at all.
Walking in them is not optimal due to the sole (more on that below). You get used to it after a while and it gets better when they break-in properly for your foot, but it's definitely not a walking/running shoe.
Extremely low-profile appearance, compared to other top brands, in large part due to the steel sliders which don't need to be as thick as plastic to provide the same protection/sliding. Riding in the A* Supertech R feels like wearing a dozen socks in a pair of space boots, they feel bulky, even massive, compared to the Torque RS.
The rear-entry zipper is brilliant. Takes less time to put on and take off than anything else I've worn. Preferable to the A* S-MX Plus because you don't have to open it up with both hands to stick your foot in and there are no buckles that can fail. The zipper has held up surprisingly well, I was worried about it at first because zippers have been the weak point on my Dainese jackets (3 zipper failures on my Racing Leather). I suppose a retention strap of some sort wouldn't hurt as they have a couple of millimeters of play when zipped up but that's after almost 2 years of use.
The color scheme is alright (I have the black pair). I prefer solid colors so I could go without the gray accents and grids but they're not a turn off by any means.
I took off the sliders and spray-painted them black to make them less-obvious at work and college. I would advise against doing it with regular spray paint, rubs off after a while and looks pretty Mad Max-ish.
The sole is extremely hard! Which I think is great for safety. If you low-sided and the bike were to fall on your foot, the sole will give you a fighting chance and not fold over allowing your foot to get crushed. It's not slippery on wet pavement. It has rubbed off a lot in the crease where my foot pivots on the footpeg to change gears, but that's to be expected over time.
The shifter pad above the toes is beefy but still provides tactile feedback when changing gears.
Shin guard is great. Protected my shin in the freeway collision (more on that below) earlier this year, so I was very glad to have those boots on. It has a soft foam on the inside part of the boot, doesn't feel hard or anything.
Adjustment velcro panels around the zipper allow customizing the fit. I thought it was silly at first, since I only wore them over my leather pants in the canyons and never needed to make them fit differently. It did come in handy when I made them my permanent commuting boot - I can expand them to fit over my leathers in the canyons or shrink them to fit under my jeans for commuting. Note: the smallest velcro "setting" is still not tight enough to hug my leg completely when wearing under my jeans, but I suppose that's OK -- more airflow.
I have the perforated version, which was a great investment, since in California we mostly have heat. The boots allow a surprising amount of air in, considering how tiny the perforations are. On a stupid hot day if you're on the bike and moving, you'll be fine. If you're off the bike and sitting around for a while, you will get hot, it is a full boot after all. That being said, I choose to wear the Torque RS over my Dainese Dyno Pro 2CB, Alpinestars S-MX1, and other garbage riding shoes I've owned (Icon, Speed & Strenght "Moment of Truth") because in hot weather my feet feel most comfortable in them!
Crash test 1:
I wrecked in the canyons last year, went into a decreasing radius curve too hot, leaned the bike over too far trying to make it and panicked when I started dragging hard parts... foolishly stood the bike up mid-curve going 60+mph and ran out of road immediately, low-sided in gravel just before slamming into the mountain. Left ER with no damage to my feet whatsoever, only scratched up sliders.
Crash test 2:
In morning LA gridlock, some moron decided to cut traffic by getting into the HOV lane by jumping over the double-yellow sharply and without signaling (or looking). She ended up slamming into my right side, bringing me to a full stop from 30mph. The Yoshi frame slider absorbed majority of the impact (and destroyed the engine case as a result), and I do believe I would have lost my leg if I didn't have the slider to provide some room between the bike and the car for my leg!
I had a massive bruise on my knee and shin right below the knee. No damage to my foot or shin where protected by the Torque RS boots, despite taking a heavy impact -- enough to bend the footpeg and heel guard.
I'm probably forgetting something but this is already the longest review on the entire website, so I'll stop here.
Top notch boots for a fair priced and more than competitive with similar-featured boots from well-known competitors.
I would/will buy them again when they fall apart, although, at the rate things are going, that may not be very soon.
May 14, 2015
Thank you Dainese!
1st Dainese product, that turned me into a Dainese fan.
I had to choose between Dainese Torque RS Out and Alpinestars SMX Plus boots, and even if the Alpinestars were more comfortable, they were very bulky compared to Dainese.
I like that I can wear them inside the pants, and I don't look like I'm wearing a race boot.
I really dig the slim profile, and the back zipper, but I wish that the velcro size-adjust system in the back, could be set to be a little more snug.
I really regret that last year when I got them, the Air version was only available in white. Now, in Europe, the Air version it's available in black, and I would really wish that mine were ventilated, because in the summer it gets very hot when I wear them.
I never ride without my Dainese boots, I hope I will never use the protection that they offer, but I like to feel safe.
April 5, 2015
Saved me in a crash, bought them again
Got biffed off my larger bike by a cager on a freeway onramp while wearing my first pair of these, which were 11 months old at the time (about 5900 miles), and still looked like new.
Hit the pavement HARD and slid 30M face-down. The ankle protection frame saved my right ankle from possible serious injury (did I mention I hit the ground HARD).
Sliders and protection did their job perfectly and this pair, while well scuffed and thrashed, is still functional.
Bought an identical replacement pair from ZLA because of this experience. (Did the same with my Dainese Full Metal RS gloves as well.)
Nothing but praise for ZLA service (24 hours to order delivery!) and Dainese quality.
I normally wear a 13 shoe but for whatever reason, the 46 fits me perfectly (by way of comparison I need 47 in other Italian brand boots). Much less bulk than many of the other boots I own, which promotes movement and correct position on the rear sets on my supersport.
July 17, 2014
As advertised, this boot is nice and cool in hot weather. They seems to run true to size, although others found them small. I wear a 44 to a 44.5 in most other shoes and the 44 fit perfectly. They WERE, however, VERY difficult to get on or off the first few times because of the tight heel pocket....I almost sent them back for a 45. I'm glad I didn't, because after just three wearings with a thin sock they broke in and I can now wear a normal sock. Once I got them on they were immediately comfortable, heel and all. You do have to have something to sit on to get them on or off because of the tight heel pocket. I was surprised to find them warm enough down to about 50 degrees but still comfortable at 90.
I have Sidi Adventure Rains too, and these boots will now take over at any temps above 50. I bought the Spidi X-covers to go with them for rain, but we don't get much of that here so those will rarely get used. Once again, Revzilla's product knowledge and quick service shined!
May 26, 2014
Fantastic boot. Exactly what I was looking for after a lengthy search.
Looks and fits great. Excellent protection overall. Very comfortable.
December 16, 2013
The ONLY boots you'll ever need.
I was afraid at first on purchasing these Dainese Torque RS Out Boots. The youtube videos sure helped and did the trick on convincing me. Having this to be my first boots ever as a beginner rider, it was FANTASTIC! They don't even feel like boots half the time! I can run and walk around in these with no problem. They are very durable and stylish. When I first worn it, I was afraid of it not fitting right or that I won't get comfortable or that boots wasn't for me. I was wrong, Dainese sure did show quality and best bang for the buck. If I were to get another set of boots, I'd probably get these in WHITE! Looking forward to purchasing more Dainese!
November 20, 2013
Excellent protection that oozes style
Dumped a BMW F800GS with hard cases packed to the gills on this boot during a left low side skid out while doing some aggressive riding on dirt roads filled with silt. The boot took the impact so well, I was not hurt even slightly. Got right back on and was on my way. The single zip allows you to get in and out of these boots about as fast as a fireman suiting up. And of course, like all Dainese apparel the boots stop traffic. People who don't eve ride want to know who makes them. Love these boots.
August 9, 2013
Dainese Torque RS Out Boots
I wear a size 12 and got these in Euro 47. They fit great. They are easy to put on and take off unlike my last pair of Puma's. Very comfortable and have the protection I was looking for. And, they look good. What more could you ask for?
July 22, 2013