Gaerne G-Impulse Boots
Wish it Came in Size 10 1/2
Very convenient and reasonably protective street boot. Easy on/off, good zipper plus Velcro closure (Velcro is not overdone). Have not yest tested waterproof feature. Have spent two long days in hot weather in reasonable comfort. My only reservation is limited toe-box space. I normally wear 10 1/2 shoes/boots. I opted for size 10. It works - just a little snug in the toe box. I am confident size 11 would have been too large. Hoping the leather will break in enough to give me some room. One review mentioned an issue with the Velcro zipper tab being too long and needing trimming. I don't recommend that. In my opinion, proper positioning of the tab, straight up and down with no Velcro "hooks" above the boot line, works better.
August 6, 2014
Comfortable and Protective
I had originally ordered the TCX X-Miles WP Boot but they were way to big on my skinny calves. The Revzilla folks suggested this boot as an alternative.
This boot fits great on the foot but is also a bit too big on my long skinny calves. I suspect this shorter style of boot just isn't a good style for long skinny calves and I'd be better off getting a taller "full" boot.
The footbed is really comfortable; more comfortable than the TCX boot was. The zipper pull has a nice bit of velcro on it so that it can connect to the boot when it is zipped up. That seems like a nice design decision as it will keep the pull in place underneath the main boot's velcro flap.
These seem to have a nice amount of armor on them. My toes, ankle, and heel all feel like they are going to be pretty well protected.
I've attached a photo of the boot on my right leg so you can see the spacing around my calf.
July 11, 2014
Bang for the buck
I shopped boots for a long time looking for the right combination of features and price. I finally pulled the trigger on these. My foot is a little wider than "normal" and I didn't have any issue with width in the foot bed. I do have some trouble getting the zipper over my ankle bone. That is the only width issue and it is not enough of an issue to return them. I wear a 12 in most shoes and a 12 was right on the money, but I won't be wearing any super thick socks in there. If you wear big fluffy socks you may want 1/2 size bigger. I also had to move my shift lever up a couple notches for the boot to slide naturally underneath. I think they are well made and I haven't tested the waterproof yet. My only real complaint is that when covered by jeans, the bottom looks more like an ugly dress shoe than a mc boot. But I'm secure enough in my manhood that I'll keep them.
November 11, 2013
Overall, happy about what this product offers
Overall, I'm happy with these boots and recommend them to other riders.
Fit: I normally wear a 10.5 US, but I have the 44.5/10 US boots, because the boots do not come in a 10.5. The size feels true. My 10.5 foot is snug in the 10 boot with thin socks. There is a little pressure on my toes while standing/walking, but not when in a riding position. They do feel like they have broken in a bit after a few rides, and the snugness doesn't bother me. Additionally, they feel similar to Dainese boots that I have tried on - a little tight in the toe box, but a little loose in the heel area.
Protection: These boots have good protection in the toe and heel, and a little ankle protection, but that is about it. They cover up to mid shin, but there is not really any armor above the ankle.
Comfort: These boots are comfortable. The mid-high length allows for more movement than a full-high length boot. Also, I can feel air flowing down the top of the boot, and, if my pants are not tucked in all the way, a little through the front breathable panel.
Performance: The toe of these boots is lower in profile than other boots I've tried, and, as a result, they feel more like riding with shoes, e.g., I don't have to put my ankle in an unnatural position, to rest my toe under the shifter, like I do with some bulkier-toe boots. These boots have a Gore-tex-like liner, but I haven't ridden in rain to try out its waterproof-ness, yet.
Look: These boots look good, however, I think they look slightly better in the picture. They do look well-made though. And, they are made in Italy.
I like these boots and would buy them again, but I wish Gaerne would have added some armor in the shin area. I think Gaerne could have put some armor in the shin area without compromising any comfort - it is too bad they didn't add some.
September 3, 2013
I wear them to work, so it is nice that the zipper/ Velcro is on the inside, makes getting in and out easy for those of us that a larger than normal:) They are comfortable and broke in very easily. Reasonable grip on wet streets when you have to out your foot down and dry in the rain. They do not have any air flow as advertised, but they are really not that hot down here in Naw'lins.
August 13, 2013
Sizing was a bit off, but after exchange am very happy with the boot
I run a pretty consistent size 10 (U.S.) so I wasn't too concerned that they didn't offer half sizes. Until they arrived and felt way too large, even with a second pair of (thick) socks. Figured I really needed a 9 1/2 and would be out of luck, but tried the size 9 and they fit just fine... the slightest bit snug at first but conformed very quickly. Longest wear time to date is only about three hours since I don't enjoy riding in the summer heat, but no comfort concerns so far. Also got caught in one pretty significant downpour and my feet were the only part of me that stayed dry. Hopefully they hold up well because everything else about them rates a big thumbs-up.
August 12, 2013
Great waterproofing but very warm
I bought these for rainy days and I can confirm these boots are very water proof. You can stand in water and they stay dry on the inside. They are comfortable to wear at work all day with one caveat, they can get really warm. Due to the waterproof nature they aren't really breathable but I have worn them on multiple days without any issues.
May 28, 2013
Great boots! Fit true to size.
I've only had these boots a little over a week..They fit great, are very comfortable, and are well constructed. I'm hoping to post a yer from now and say the same things. Revzilla customer service is AWESOME. I ordered my first pair a little large, only to find out that they fit true to size, so I had to return them for a different size. Big props to Eric from customer service for being so helpful! I've ordered severl items from Revizilla and will continue to do so int he future because their customer server can't be beat.
May 10, 2013