Daytona Lady Star GTX Boots
Premium boot worth every penny!
Last year I needed to replace my touring boot, after a lot of research I chose to spend the money for a higher quality boot, one that I know I am going to have for quite awhile. I ride every day and am a motorcycle instructor, so I put my boots through their paces and they need to stand up to everyday use and a lot of walking on the tarmac. In the last 5 years I have gone through 3 pairs of boots and they each failed due to poor construction and were not waterproof despite their rating. I was done settling for less and wanted a reliable good quality boot that were waterproof, durable, offered maximum protection, and comfortable, thats a tall order for any boot, but these exceeded my expectations.
These boots are simply amazing and well worth the money! I've been riding in them for a year now, through all 4 seasons, and I live in a very wet rainy climate. These boots can handle anything mother nature throws at them, torrential rain, heat and cold. For the first time in 5 years I have dry feet after a rainy winter and spring, I love the goretex! They are perfect in the summer and breatheable. In colder weather I wear merino wool socks which keep my feet warm. I love that I can custom fit them with the adjustable calf. They were a little stiff through the front of the ankle at first, but loosened up quickly to a comfortable fit. The zippers are tough and zipper pull tab is strong and not wimpy.
The insole is extremely comfortable and I can walk all day in them when teaching basic motorcycle class. There were no break-in issues through the heel, infact they were extremely comfortable right out of the box. The toe box is comfortable and roomy. The fit is true to size, follow the fitment guide. The best part is the extra height the insole gave me, almost 2", which made a difference on my tall bike, allowing me to have more foot on the ground when stopping. There is also a good reflector patch on the heel, which lights up quite a bit when light hits it.
The finish of these boots is fabulous, they are extremely well made and when you look at them you can see the craftmanship that has gone into the boot. These boots offer excellent protection with ankle and shin protectors. The tread on the boot stands up well and is designed to handle any road surface you put your foot down on. They look great too and are super comfortable. They are easy to care for and I follow Daytona's care guide.
Would I recommend them - ABSOLUTELY YES! In fact I definitely recommend them to women riders who are looking to add a little height to their inseam length. Also just for the sheer quality of the boot. In future if I need to replace these it will be with another pair of Daytonas.
July 3, 2016
I have never spent this much on a pair of shoes/boots, ever!! But this boot is great. I ordered a smaller size like most reviews recommended. I have a fairly normal foot but like a little wiggle room so that was my error. Got the 37 in exchange and it was perfect. The zipper did not seem to slide up well, like it was too small at the turn of the ankle, took some force but only 1-2 times. Wore them around the house for about 3 hours and I could not have picked a better boot!! They have been in the storms of tropical storm Bonnie and not 1 drop of water inside. They fit like a glove and are becoming more pliable with continued wear and I love them!! They go under the gear lever great! I can wear them off the bike too without excessive heat!! The shin protection is great. Would be better not to have the big logo over the front of the boot but I love the fit and safety of it. Wish I had made this purchase before I spent money on all the other boots I've purchased.
June 4, 2016
Great boots. I am man, and I bought them to be more confident with my tall bike. I normally wear 7.5US so according to video and recommendations I read, I ordered in size 38 (one size lower). Big mistake! The fit was very tight, I tried to get used to it, but I couldn’t. Now I decide to give them to my girlfriend and order again but in size 39. In conclusion the sizing is real, don’t go lower in size.
March 29, 2016
I love my Lady Star!
I'm 4'10 and need help reaching the ground. My first boot added about 2 1/2" of height but wasn't sturdy at all. This boot doesn't give me as much reach but the support in the ankles and the solid bottom makes all the difference. I feel super confident riding in these. I wear a size 7 in asics shoes and ended up choosing size 38 over the 37's because I don't like my toes touching anything. Worth every penny!
January 25, 2016
A Really Great Boot!
I didn't purchase my Daytona boots from Revzilla because I needed them quickly for a tour and Revzilla didn't have my size in stock at the time. However, I am reviewing the boots here because I have had great buying experiences at Revzilla and want to assure other customers that these boots are worth the expense.
--- The boots felt perfect on my feet right out of the box! I unpacked them and walked around in them for an entire day, in complete comfort. I have narrow feet that are difficult to fit due to bunions. I typically wear an 8 1/2 to 9 in shoes. I purchased size 40 boots, to which I am able to comfortably add thick socks for warmth, yet the boots don't feel sloppy with only summer-weight socks. Also, the boot's high toe-box eliminates all pressure on my toes, which are frequently tender from arthritis.
--- The boots go on quickly and easily when worn with my pants over them, using only the outer, full length zipper. I assume that the second zipper and the adjustable back panel are there to improve ease of donning for those who wear the boots over the pants, but I have had no need for them.
--- With their tops covered, the boots have kept my feet completely dry during some very wet rides. I wouldn't, however, wear them in rain with my pants tucked into them; on my leg, at least, the boots gap significantly at the top and would quickly fill with water.
--- The boots are warm. My feet chill easily so this is definitely a plus for me. The boots have kept me comfortable with just light-weight wool socks while riding in the 50's. In warmer temperatures, with the same socks, my feet have remained reasonably comfortable in these boots into the mid-80's. After that, moisture-wicking socks designed for hot weather are mandatory, in my opinion.
--- The boots feel like they're built to last forever. I've ridden about 4000 miles in them now, subjecting them to wet weather and the rigors of motorcycle camping, and they still look new.
--- A CAUTION: The boots are fairly stiff in the ankles and you may need to adjust your shift lever to accommodate this if your pegs are in the foot-forward position. For example, I am unable to flex my ankle sufficiently in them to hook my toe under the lever of my Shadow, but have no trouble doing so when on my V-Strom.
The decision to spend so much money on boots was no small thing for me, but I am very glad I did!
August 30, 2015
Great protection plus added height
These boots offer great protection while helping you reach the ground better. I'm 5'7" and couldn't quite get flat footed on my XT250 so was looking for a boot like this. At first the boots were very stiff so I wore then around the house to help break them in. Then I realized that with the very tall insert, it was uncomfortable to work the clutch and brake so I removed them and put a decent standard insert inside instead (You still get a fair amount of added height with a regular insert). My pedals are not adjustable so the boots took some getting used to but with practice there are no problems. I didn't buy Daytona's leather products but rather am using a good quality waterproofing and conditioning mink oil and it seems fine. I wear a 7.5 regular and the 38s fit with plenty of room in the toe box for thick socks. Definitely don't go up a size without a good reason or the boots could swim on you.
June 28, 2015
Excellent boot worth the price!
I love these boots, I looked into them after searching for a boot that wouldn't be too tight since some of the italian brands are tight in the calf. Some of the women's blogs pointed out that these have the velcro flaps on the back that you can adjust the width of the boot with. The price did make me hesitant, and I researched a lot of other boots and read reviews on these boots from as many people as I could before finally biting the bullet and buying. So far I love them! They were a little tight at first, but after a few rides, and getting them broken in I couldn't see myself ever riding without them. I will say that I have a narrow foot, and I can not comfortably wear a thicker sock with the boot yet, I still have to wear athletic socks for my feet to stay comfortable in the boot over a few hours of riding. These boots are easy to walk in, I can tuck my riding pants in them comfortably. I have been caught in a few downpours in them already and the only thing to get wet was the top of the boot, my feet stayed dry and comfy.
June 24, 2015
Serious Cycle Boot with lots of lift and plenty of traction
I'm definitely a petite motorcyclist. This boot is quality with more height and stable traction along with great protection. (I was using a low ankle engineer boot with lug soles). The boot didn't get me to the point I could flat foot but the part of my foot that touches has more traction. The ankle support is wonderful. There is a break in period with these and until the leather softens a little the long front zipper was difficult to get zippered even with the side zipper undone and the back adjustments loose. My high instep might have had something to do with that. However the boots are beginning to conform better. I have muscular calves so the upper part of the boot is snug on my legs which allows for a secure fit. The toe box is roomy which is nice. I'm getting use to having a beefier boot on my feet. During a ride I could feel some airflow which was most welcomed. I wear a womens size 6 and these fit well. These will last for a long time I can tell.
May 5, 2015