REV'IT! Rodeo Boots
Best Wearable Moto Boots out there
I really wasn't sure what to expect from the reviews. Some people said it was thin and didn't feel strong. Others said was gods gift to man
I'll start by saying by these about 2 sizes smaller than what you would normally wear.
I did that and now I'm gonna gush. These things are amazing!!! I'm very into good fashion and I could walk a fashion week runway and no one would know the difference.
Also the protection while not as good as the heavy bulky boots is very good. The heel and toe box are reinforced very well and the ankle armor is sturdy and makes me feel protected.
And switching gears in these things is heaven.
These are officially my new go to boots. Buy them you won't be sorry
April 15, 2015
Very poor condition after only 3 months of usage
I am very happy with the comfort of these boots.
I am not very happy with the condition after only 3 months of usage considering how expensive they are.
First the sole of my left boot came unglued after less than 1 week of usage. Then the detail on the heels started to come off. And finally, the rubber on the heels and soles seems to be wearing down too quickly (too soft).
The layered look on the heels is really a very thin collection of leather strips. They are about 3/32 of an inch thick (1.5mm or so). Under that set of strips is a purely rubber heel. So the look on the heel is a veneer, not an actual stack of wood or leather as it appears in the photos.
Additionally the rubber heels, probably due to my gait, have started to wear off on the bottom near the back, and the rubber has worn down to a place above the bottom leather strip, so now it is hanging off and loose. This looks super tacky and cheap. These were twice what I paid for a pair of Doc Martin's that lasted at least a year before I had any issues, whereas the Rodeo's look like they are falling apart and cheaply constructed after only 3 months.
Other than this issue, I think the boots are great. They fit comfortably, I can walk around in them all day if I want to without feeling any pain and they are rather lightweight which is nice for mobility.
I would not recommend these for freeway/high-speed usage, as the protection they offer, which is more than a standard leather boot considering the ankle armor, is not sufficient for a high-speed crash. The leather is too soft and the sole is too flexible to offer any protection more than a regular boot at speeds greater than city commute speeds (25-30mph).
April 6, 2015
Overall great product. Wish it were just a bit heavier feel. No problem using it casually as a result though.
March 9, 2015
The Rodeo boots fit fairly true to size, are solid in construction, have quality materials, are comfortable and look pretty good! Maybe a bit expensive for just a riding boot, but the Rodeo has the whole package.
February 10, 2015
Very good on/off bike boot
I bought these in the dark brown because I wanted a protective and yet stylish boot that I could walk around off the bike in. I was looking for something more solid and protective than a pair of fashion or work boots. These fit the bill.
I really like the look of them, and have gotten compliments. As far as protection, the toe seems solid, the ankle disks are a nice touch, and when you lace them up tight, they do a good job of limiting ankle rolling.
They are heavier than fashion boots, so you'll notice the weight when walking, and they don't seem to vent particularly well. Not a huge issue for me so far and on par with what I was expecting given the protection level.
They definitely pair well with a nice dark pair of jeans and I expect to get some good wear out of them for the next several years (I even wear them sometimes when I'm not riding.)
February 9, 2015
Great Looking Boots--size runs a tad large--but pricey.
I am an absolute size 9 US. My feet are neither narrow nor wide. For me, size 8.5 US is uncomfortably small and 9.5 feels like I'm walking in scuba flippers. Needless to say, I am very particular on how my shoes fit. I don't want my toes touching the front of the shoe but I don't want the shoes to feel clumsy or too long. I used to be a "Sneakerhead" in my younger years so I cannot stand ill fitting shoes.
I have a pair of Teknic moto boots in size 42 Euro. Those fit me well. I wanted to order 42's in black but they were out of stock. According to the size chart, i should have been 42. I looked high and low and no one seemed to have them anywhere. Even Revzilla says they're out of stock until about March.
I took a chance and ordered size 41. If not for Revzilla's no hassle return policy, I probably would not have done so given the price of these boots.
They arrived today and they fit perfectly. The toebox is roomy but not cavernous. I have enough room to wiggle my toes and my toes do not touch the front end of the insides of the boots. I replaced the insoles--some type of thin foam--with Spenco PlySorb Cross Trainer insoles. These insoles are considerably thicker than the foam ones the boots come with and the boots still fit very well.
I have used these insoles in bootcamp as well as inside my dress shoes. They make all my shoes feel like running sneakers. With the insoles, I am confident I can be on my feet all day.
As the video suggests, these boots are not overly stiff but the padding and the stiffness of the heel, ankle protectors, and toebox provide a level of confidence. On the bike, the shifter pad is placed perfectly where my shift lever goes. I just wish the rear reflective loop was placed somewhere more visible. Also, a side zipper-entry would've been AWESOME. For the price, I don't see why or how this could not have been made possible. These boots are a bit more flexible than Timberland 6" waterproof boots and weigh about 1/2 as much! But at nearly three times the price, I'm hoping these boots will outlast Timberlands. WARNING: I owned a pair of Timberland 6" waterproof boots that served me for over 13 years!
For boots--even moto boots--they are a bit pricey. I believe for the price you are paying for the ability to pass them off as regular boots and not look like a Storm Trooper. Also, the leather, interior liner, laces, and sole looks and feels of very high quality.
Although, for the price, I probably wouldn't be using them when I'm not riding. The high cost is the only downside I can see so far.
The boots came with a white (ashy?) waxy material that is said to be a protectant. It also comes with a cloth to buff off the white residue if you're not into the "look". I chose to leave it on and just let it get wiped off on its one. Later, rather than sooner, I hope, I anticipate going over it with shoe polish to keep it water resistant and to remove any scuff marks.
Here's hoping that these are the last moto boots I'll ever have to purchase!
February 4, 2015
I read the reviews and pulled the trigger on the blacks. 9.9/10 for me.
1) I am a size 9.25 - yes between 9 and 9.5 so normally buy 9.5 or 43 euro as I prefer mid-weight socks like sport socks - not dress socks. Based on other reviews suggesting 42 I was apprehensive but trusted the review and it was the right choice. 43 would have been too big for me and probably closer to size 9.5-10.
2) the heel was ever so slightly stiff for my liking so I took it to a hockey place which stretches skates. Reason was they have experience stretching boots that have plastic reinforcements like this boot has in heel and toe cup. For free, They oven heated just like a skate for I think 7 minutes and worked the heel cup for a prefect fit...no blisters all day long comfort. I gave them $10 bucks anyway.
3) insole sucks nuff said. I had insoles I keep from old shoes and found one that fit well with arch support. Remember that an insole with arch support will make your feet a tad shorter in a shoe/ boot and offer much better circulation.
4) leather is superb soft but beefy and round tough laces as well.
5) I love to wear them done right up like army boots for best comfort but they feel great and stylish as well opened up with skinnier jeans tucked inside...
6) extra leather for shifter abrasion is quite subtle so can wear boots as regular fashion without screaming "bike boots".
7) protection seems a perfect compromise between style and function which was the main reason I bought the Rodeos. Ankle cups are very sturdy and soft inside for a cozy wrap on ankles.
8) soft sole has very good grip even in snow now in Canada.
9) soft heel makes them very quiet without a thud when stepping down - good if you are sneaking up on someone, bad if you like the thud of bike boots.
10) the black as they come have some great waxy but dry coating making them more charcoal irregular in colour. They can be buffed to shiny black but I love the natural look
11) only wish for 10/10 rating would be a slightly wider sole and heel to look a tad beefier for cruiser bike but perfect as is for Cafe racer.
Hope this helps make up your mind.
February 1, 2015
Better than Dianese Cafe Boot
Owned the Dianese boot prior to this one, and it became flimsy and wore through very quickly (1 year with daily use). Now to be fair, I haven't laid down the bike with either boot, but logic would certainly dictate that, yes, there is a sacrifice here in protection for aesthetic. That being said, boy is the aesthetic on point. The brown really shows off the strong lines of this design, and I recommend that color. The leather effuses a slight white coating over time, it's a little strange at first, but it seems to be responsible for the leather's supple feel, it's look, and that residue can be easily wiped off from time to time.
Definitely recommend it as a style-y boot with great comfort, and with hopefully a little more protection than if one was to go down in a pair of Timberlands.
January 26, 2015