Daytona M-Star GTX Boots
A balance between touring and ADV riding
The sole is firm, but there is a flex point at the ball of the foot for walking around. I wouldn't walk too far, but they would function well for both standing on foot pegs, and stopping somewhere to stretch in a small town. I would not recommend them for more than very short "hikes" off the bike over uneven terrain due to minimal flex in the sole. The sole does have good grip, and the bit of extra height is a nice addition, although the boots are a bit heavier because of this, and take a bit of getting used to.
These have a fantastically, ergonomically comfortable footbed with good moderate arch support, however, they do run a bit longer in inner length than any other boots I've had in the same european size (41). The footbed is just wide enough to accommodate my wide foot, a narrow foot might slide around. If I had wanted to wait for an exchange, I actually would have gone down from my 41 to a 40, even though I have a wide foot (I wear a woman's 8.5, and choose wide width in other shoes whenever available). But with thick socks, they are manageable.
The adjustable calf area allows for a wide range of calf sizes, yet the inner gaiter fits snug and soft around your leg, so no cold breezes up the pants. There are no pinch points or 'friction spots' on the shin for me. The toe bed is tall enough inside for thick socks or inserts, however, I will have to adjust my shift lever up just a small bit, although not extreme.
The outside has two zippers. The zipper on the outer side of the leg runs about half-way down the foot bed and allows for easy off and on, however, I find it awkward to unzip the boot on the outside of the leg. I do use it though, because the zipper on the inner leg only goes to the top of the anklebone, and there is no way I can get my foot out using only the inner zipper. I do wish they were reversed, but it is functional.
Overall, they appear to have all of the features I was looking for in a long term boot, I have not had them in a downpour, but they are Goretex guaranteed, and I've properly treated the leather with the recommended product before wearing the first time. At this price point, I am sure to give them the best care, and expect many years in return. I found many pictures of these boots, well-used, posted by owners who loved these boots, and that gave me peace of mind. They seem to have held up well for others.
November 17, 2013
Come for the lift, stay for the incredible quality and comfort
So this is the famous Daytona M-Star boot, famous because it probably adds more reach to the ground (i.e., lift) than any other boot on the market. I went from balls of my feet to flat footing my VFR800, for instance.
But that great benefit aside, this boot is incredibly well made. Very high quality materials, very flexible fitment, very solid feel. The first 6 or so times I put it on it was a real struggle to get the full zipper up but eventually the leather loosened up enough so that it wasn't such a chore. In my mind that's a reflection of how securely this boot fits after break-in.
I haven't had the opportunity to test the watertightness of this boot, but I've worn it in 100+ degree heat and had no unusual discomfort. This boot will do it all.
I fully expect to keep this boot for years, and will resole it if I need to. I can't say the same thing about the Dainese Nighthawk boot this replaced, which isn't half the quality even though it was more than half the price. That's not a knock on Dainese, that's just how good the Daytona boot really is.
October 7, 2013