Daytona Road Star GTX Boots
My favorite piece of clothing.
These are probably the most expensive boots I've ever bought but there are AMAZING, let me type it again AMAZING.
I bought these in Philly so I had the chance to compare them to some others. I wasn't in the market for the Apocalyptic, Zombie skull crushing, Ankle deep Nuclear waste creek crossings motorcross-over style, nor was I jumping barbwire fences channeling my inner Steve McQueen....wish I could but my current bike cant jump that high.
The minute I zipped up the sides I could hardly believe my feet, these things are butter, no break in required, it felt I had owned them for years. "Sold"
I was looking for an everyday easy on easy off, go for a ride but end work most of the time MOTORCYCLE boot.
Fit and finish is top notch
These are the most comfortable boots I've ever owned
I have always had problems finding shoes, I'm a size 12-13 and most shoes are too narrow for me.
If you have big or wide feet you know when the proverbial shoe fits, and these fit.
I can easily wear these incognito at my desk, walk around town on shorts trips, I just unzip them and keep the velcro attached.
I tried some other boots on and I might as well have had a cinder block for a foot, I couldn't find, fit, or feel the shifter or brake on the demo bikes.
Keep in mind if you are looking for a more AT tread pattern these might not be the model for you, these have pretty flat street tread, not sure how the would work in muddy environment, and sole is pretty flat, these are made for hard surfaces.
Overall I really like these boots.
November 18, 2014
Great quality, great fit, no surprises.
Would be five stars in all categories except I haven't had them long enough to comment on durability. I have a wide foot and these fit perfectly right out of the box. Fit and finish are what you would expect of a premium product. (maybe better)
Have to mention the great buying experience at the philly store. Friendly, knowledgeable staff without a brand bias that seemed to want to find the best product for my need and price point. Pleasure to shop there.
October 27, 2014
One time purchase, never too soon.
I've been riding 48 years and purchased several motorcycle boots in time. Mostly BMW branded beginning in the early '80's. Excellent for the time periods. I wish I had bought these many years back. Now I have a closet of giveaways. Boots are of excellent quality inside and out, Superior waterproofed leather, quality sole, high grade zippers. Ease of entry. Double front and rear zippers with adjustable velcro closures provide easy on/off. Double lined with waterproofing which will not leak. Adjustable for placing leathers or pants in shaft of boot. I did change the footbed to a padded foam unit to my liking. I wear a 12.5WW and a 47 wide is a spot on fit. The boots are flexible but very sturdy with safety padding throughout. Easy walking. A pleasure to wear. Do the distance. Ironbutt.
September 23, 2014
Decided to make the jump to these after trying a couple of pairs of non-leather Alpinestars boots.
Just couldn't get the Alpinestars to break in (a problem with artificial leather boots) but the GTX's were comfy from the word go - no shin armor digging in in particular as I was getting with the Alpinestars.
Got a way to go yet before the GTX's are fully broken in but I've treated them with Daytona leather treatment as suggested and they're clearly starting to mold to my foot shape.
Highly recommended in summary - they really are money well spent.
September 22, 2014
I was hesitant
Yup been there, done that and got the tee shirt. I risked buying these but did. EXCELLENT choice. I am pretty darn happy with the fit and comfort. SURPRISING! My old feet feel pretty good in them and my toes .....lay flat and have room!
I would buy another pair in a heart beat.
The testing is not complete as it happens in September then I will know for sure. Glad at this point I bit the bullet and bought them. We will know more about the "rain proof" later next month.
(but I hope we will not encounter rain or snow)
Only bad thing for me, is I will be genuinely surprised if the long zipper lasts 1 year. Yes, I lubed the zipper with teflon made for the purpose. Hopefully it/they do last
Yes I would buy again. And the staff member I spoke with was excellent. Talked me into my birthday present with his suggestion.
August 17, 2014
Excellent comfort, protection, fit and quality. Hard to imagine a sport touring boot being any better. Very easy to get on and off while maintaining great style. May last for ever and definitely worth the investment. I wear a size 10 1/2 - 11 E shoe and the size 44 normal width fits perfectly.
August 11, 2014
My first boot :D
These are my first motorcycle boots and with some care & maintence, they look like they will be my only pair I will have to buy.
Daytona = quality. These look and feel like they will last forever. Not one bad thing I can say, other than the price; but like everyone mentioned, they are worth it. Tuck my jeans over the boot and they look pretty casual.
After some breaking in, these puppies slip on like Cinderella's slipper. It must be that kangaroo leather.
August 8, 2014
Just spend the money already. It doesn't get better.
If you take away nothing else: these have all the armor you really need for touring. They just don't look like it.
42 seems to have been the right choice for my slightly-wider-than-9D feet. Loving that these aren't as narrow as so many of the Italian boots out there. They fit just wonderfully. Well, the right boot is a tad tight around the widest part of my foot. But it seems like the sort of thing that will be long-gone after break-in. All my favorite shoes/gloves started off the slightest bit tight.
Coming from basic Sidi riding shoes and non-proper (read: thin and unarmored) leather riding boots, these are a bit of an adjustment. They're quite thick all around due to the Gore-Tex membrane, thick leather and hidden steel shanks. My feet have a lot less "feel" than I'm used to. The bulkier boot is going to require that I adjust the shifter and more of the pressure and clicking nuances of the foot controls are M.I.A. But again, this is probably just a matter of getting used to the boots.
They're definitely warmer than my thinner boots. But on 80-something degree days I'm not totally dying and sweat is at a minimum. I'm sure the slight extra heat is a small price to pay for the level of protection/windproofness/waterproofness the boots offer. Certainly they're a crapload more breathable than the Sidi Adventure Rain boots I tried for an afternoon. With those, I was sweating in air conditioning.
Subtle steel shanks in all the right places with padding so you don't feel them. If you were to look at this boot and didn't know Daytona's reputation, you'd think they weren't really armored. Not true. There's a decent level of flex, enough to be comfortable. Good enough crush resistance for me. There's not any focus on torsion resistance though. But again, they're for touring not the track.
I've honestly never seen a motorcycle boot with this level of refinement in material quality and construction. I'd compare the quality to the likes of Arc'teryx.
July 29, 2014