Dainese Women's Avant Race Boots
Good, but not perfect.
I bought these boots to wear on the track. They got good reviews and I though they would look fabulous with my Dainese race pants. So, here's the skinny.
They look great. Nailed it not that one. As for fit. I'm a solid 37.5 in euro sizing, perfect size 7 in US. These don't come in half sizes so I had to order the 38. They're a bit big, as in trip over the toe while I'm walking big. On the bike, however I don't notice it at all. The heel hooks nicely on the foot peg and my foot is stable and slid forward in the boot. No problem shifting/breaking. All is good.
So you're probably wondering why I didn't send them back and try the size 37. Well other than I didn't want to pay return shipping I was concerned about the ankle well being small on the 37's (although I don't know if it actually would be). The biggest annoyance for me is that they are a real pain to zip up over my race pants. It could be because I'm short (5'3") and my pants bunch up around the ankle. I have to pull up the pants at the knee so the excess bunches up outside of the boot to get it to zip. Even with that it still takes some effort with the zipping (and moving the adjustable back all around). First time I tried I broke a sweat, no joke. I'm a bit concerned about the strain that it puts on the zipper, but we'll see how it holds up over time. Delightfully easy to get out of though. I kind of wonder if the Alpinestars may have been easier to get up over the boots with the zipper on the side.
Overall though they look great and are comfortable (although a little big).
March 29, 2015
These boots are awesome
I purchased these boots for my wife sometime ago and she loves them. She loves how they fit and the fact that she is a rather petite female and dainese makes something that fits her comfortably. She wears them for street riding as well as the track and is extremely happy with the purchase.
October 6, 2014
Love Love Love
Very comfortable riding and for walking. They look Great!! Always hearing compliments about them. Very Pleased with my purchase.
Pros: The adjustable calf feature
easy on/off because of zipper down the back
no break in period
Cons: Have to adjust your shift pedal up a little for the boot to fit comfortably, but its a quick fix.
August 19, 2014
this boots is designed well and is as comfortable as sneakers. my only concern is walking the heel slides. however, I can feel the gear and brakes with no issues
May 6, 2014
Great boot for Ladies
I grabbed these as they were in stock in my size and I needed boots on location ASAP. What a surprise. Instead of a small men's boot, I got a boot that fit. I love the adjustable calf - I have thinner legs and most boots fit like bathtubs. The Avant ST is easy in and out, and the velcro also makes switching from leathers in-the-boot to textile pants over-the-boot a snap.
The soles are good, don't expect much traction on cold surfaces, though. The air flow is decent, seems to strike that good balance between flowing and not - the boots stay pretty warm down to 40°F or so.
It was a pleasure to go from one Dainese boot to another with almost no acclimatisation required. Next time, I want more colors to pick from, though. The sexy red stripes on mine are awesome - so more of that, please!
The only update to the boots that I made was sewing a pull on the zippers so that I could grab them with gloves on.
February 14, 2014
Love my new boots
At first I was skeptical of the boots when they arrived. But, after repositioning the enclosure and finally getting them to zip over my race leathers I was hooked. They look great and they felt great!
October 14, 2013
I love these boots!
I mostly commute in and around the greater Boston area. I also go on longer weekend rides.
I’ve only been riding for a year and hadn’t really found a boot I was crazy about until these. I agonized over getting a boot or more of a riding shoe--initially I was looking for something I could wear on the bike and to work and all day at work but I wasn’t crazy about any of the women’s shoes out there.
These are so comfortable! I don’t even want to take them off when I get to work except that I want to keep the soles in as good of shape as possible. I feel like these offer great protection maybe a little more than I need for a short commute…but you can never be too safe right? They make such a difference compared to the other boots I was wearing—shifting is easier—they are dexterous without being flimsy and they aren’t so solid that I feel I have decreased mobility. They are just right!
An aesthetic thing that I love about these boots is they don’t have any floral or swirly embellishments. I wish there were more womens boots without these types of designs on them.
The sizing seems true to size--I'm normally a 7.5 or 8 depending on the shoe so I went with the 38 and they fit great. The zip in and out is easy and I like the adjustable Velcro back to tighten the calf area. I only wish there were more adjustable features. I have the Dianese D25 jeans and these look perfect with them.
April 4, 2013
Good boots for a new rider
My boyfriend and I have been riding cross country and we like to take frequent stops and camp where we can. Sometimes we take quick walks up a hill or head down towards a creek (for a photo op, bathroom break, etc.), without changing into sneakers/boots. These boots are pretty comfy to walk in--I don't really notice I'm wearing motorcycle. I haven't tested them in heavy puddles/rain, but I've walked through muddy stuff and come out dry.
Compared to other boots, these fell nicely in the middle for me--not bare (they have ankle protection), and not super rigid. It could probably be more protective, but I'm not a racer or hard core dirt rider, so it's been fine for my purposes. I have dumped the bike on and off road tons of times, and my feet and ankles are still okay!
I'm considering getting the white/red ones as well because they look pretty hot :)
March 31, 2013