REV'IT! Mohawk Boots
Beautiful, Functional, Flawed
Coloration and design drew me to this product.
The refined brown leather motorcycle boot market is pretty scarce. This model seems to sit at the top of the pack of this website's boot inventory.
-Design. I think this design is spot on. I would think that even if they weren't moto boots.
-Full grain leather is pretty nice.
-Stitched moc-toe design is very appealing. The moc-toe design wins on aesthetics alone, but there is another reason to like this boot. A moc-toe will always have a slimmer vertical profile than a regular toe. This helps minimize movement needed to shift and extends comfort factors.
-Malleolus protection isn't at all obtrusive. I could EASILY wear this boot off my motorcycle and not have a single person notice (in fact I plan on doing this).
-Sole. Obviously this is a take on the famous Vibram Christy Wedge sole. However, this sole is much better suited for moto use. It is much lighter and much thinner than the Vibram equivalent. Again, this reduces shifting movement and increases the comfort factor. Welted soles are always cool, and this is no different.
-Weight. It weighs practically no more than a tennis shoe.
-Comfort. It's a really nice boot to wear with padding in all the right places. You almost forget that they're on.
-Sizing. I usually wear a 13 (bordering on wide depending on brand). I purchased a 46 and it fits perfectly. Even with the toe-box protection, my huge/wide feet fit really nicely.
-Profile. With a size 13, my leather boots are normally the size of cinderblocks. These do a fantastic job of limiting the profile. These features add to riding comfort as described above.
-Build quality. This made-in-portugal shoe doesn't have a single loose thread or out-of-place stitch. Really nice.
-Leather. I've see nicer leather for less. While this full-grain stuff is nice, I was expecting a nicer feel/look/patina out of the box. This could largely be due to waterproofing agent applied to the leather, who knows. I would have liked to see the tongue/toe made from the same piece of leather.
-Color. It's still eye catching, but it differs from the photo (which also differs from the video). I would describe my pair as chestnut. I realize that with tanning/dying processes, color variance can be expected. I would have liked a slightly less reddish pair.
-Laces. They may have gone function over form here, but I'm not sure. The laces are very beefy and significantly darker than the tongue/boot leather. When the boots are tied up, they are fairly visually dominating. They are also on the short side for my preference. A 2nd pair of laces wouldn't be shocking for a boot of this price.
-Insole. The insole is cheap. It is a cheap piece of single-density foam. At 260lbs, they squash under my weight and provide virtually no arch support. (*This does add to the slim side-profile of the boot, which I love). For this price, I had better not need to buy an insole.
-Gusset. The gusset only comes up to the 4th eyelet. (It is a nice thin leather that is soft and gets out of the way, which I like). For the money, though, I think the gusset should extend to higher eyelets.
-Eyelets. The top eyelet is yellow. I think this takes away from the boot stylistically. The yellow eyelet is also narrower than the others. This acts to almost cinch the lace. I like the idea, but I suspect that eventually this will shave down/weaken the laces. Eyelets don't extend all the way up the boot. When fully laced, there is a sense that the boot just could be just a bit more secure.
-Aglets. I feel these could have been of higher quality. I've had converse sneakers with more robust aglets.
-Shift/Toe cover. This is a nice feature, but it's too narrow to rely on. Additionally this cover is not full grain leather. It appears to be vinyl dyed to match the full grain body (it's not identical, but it's close). I will be buying a different toe cover to protect these bad boys. These are such great-looking boots, I don't want to scuff them up unnecessarily.
These boots are highly recommended. For this price, I would have liked a few issued to be addressed considering I can buy American-hand-stitched Chromexcel boots for the same price (albeit with no moto functionality). However, the moto boot market is much smaller than the pedestrian boot market, which should be factored into pricing. All things considered I am EXTREMELY happy with the purchase. If I had to buy a new pair of boots right now, I'd buy these again in a heartbeat. Nothing comes close stylistically; the protection is sufficient for my needs.
***If you buy these, I would personally recommend using a leather cleaner and then a leather conditioner immediately. These boots have a beautiful full-grain patina. You never know how long the leather has been sitting in storage. Given the uneven nature of full grain leather, unconditioned leather may present wear patterns/creases prematurely in certain areas if untreated. You may/will have to reapply waterproofing agents following treatment.
Great work Rev'It! I love these boots.
July 3, 2014
Very light and comfortable. High quality. Overall very satisfied.
June 30, 2014
Safety protection that looks good!
Boots look and feel great! Everyone that sees them is shocked that they actually are motorcycle boots. They are comfortable enough to walk around in, but they can tend to get a little warm. Not a lot of arch support, but an aftermarket insole should do the trick.
Only complaint, the shifting strap fell off two weeks into owning them. I ride to work everyday, so I guess that was inevitiable.
Overall: boots look and feel great.
June 9, 2014