Daytona Lady Star GTX Boots
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
Confortable and Versatile Boot
I started by buying my wife the Dainese Women's Svelta Gore-Tex Boot. She wears a 7.5 M and always buys Dansko's in a 38. After speaking with customer service, I ordered the Svelta in a 38. The boot fit great, but it fit so well that it didn't leave any room in the toe area for a thicker sock in cold weather riding or for comfortably tucking the rain liner of her riding pants inside the boots calf area. So I returned them for the Daytona Lady Stars in a size 38 after watching Revzilla's video. These boots felt and fit great right out of the box plus the toe area is wide enough to accommodate a thicker sock if need and the adjustable back makes it very easy to tuck in a rain liner or a pair of pants. They are stiff which makes zipping them up a little difficult, but with time they will soften and that issue will go away. They are very sturdy and offer great protection plus the added heal height is a bonus if you have a shorter inseam. As others have stated, Daytona recommends that you use their Boot Leather Polish before your first ride. My wife hasn't tried them in the rain yet, so I can't comment on how well they keep your foot dry. My thanks to Revzilla for making the exchange process painless!!!
May 4, 2015
Gives me the extra height I need
I bought these boots to help me feel a bit steadier on my tall bike, and they're great. They broke in really quickly and are very comfortable.
April 27, 2015
Great boot for short riders.
I've had a pair of these boots for six years now. So glad to find them on the East Coast! Great quality boot. The shifter pad is beginning to wear but otherwise these boots are in great shape. They are comfortable on the bike and allow me to put both feet on the ground at a stop. They are ok for short walks off the bike but I usually bring shoes to change into if I expect to do much walking. When it's time to replace them I'll buy these again.
April 14, 2015
Anthony from Revzilla tells you pretty much everything you need to know about these boots in his review, but I will attest to the sheer quality of these boots. First off, I'm a man with small feet. They scream premium right out of the box. I normally average a 7.5 in most men's shoes, and I ordered a 38 since Anthony said they run a size large. Make sure you look at Daytona's sizing chart, then go down one. Hindsight I should have got a 39 since my feet are pretty wide, but they started to feel better after about a week of wearing them every day. They are fairly universal with the styling, so that's no issue with what you ride. Watch Anthony's review and make your decision!
April 6, 2015