REV'IT! Rodeo Boots
Just to start off, I own a pair of Alpinestars SMX (unvented) and SMX plus (vented).
I used the SMX for track days and normal riding. Hot, really hot, but were comfortable all the time. The SMX plus I now use for track days and they are cool, perfect. These Rev'it boots are warm right in between the two. I bought them and promptly went on a 17 day bender with a 1975 goldwing (Around 5,000 miles). The leather held up well to bugs, dirt roads, working on the bike, and crawling on concrete. I will shine them up and they will properly look good again.
Sizing, they are big, but not huge. I wear a 13 normally, 12.5 often. My SMX plus is a 47 and they are a smidge too big. These fit like they are a 13.5. Width is ok though.
Soles, comfortable, I hiked up Angels landing in them in Zion. I did get a blister on my heel and big toe though. I think from the protection. On this trip we camped, a lot. DO NOT kick fire or move coals with these shoes, the soles will melt very easily. Vibration dampening is a medium also.
What looks like leather packing around the heel is a vernier. After 2 weeks they have started to fall off. Not impressive.
Laces are good fit and finish. Stitching has held up really well also. Not sure how waterproof, I never did hit any rain (weird, I know!).
tl:dr, WAY too expensive for what you get. Leather on the rubber heel is a vernier and will fall off. Sole melts easily. Leather holds up well. Finish is pretty.
I would rather find a good pair of used Red Wings.
October 28, 2014
These are great: solid leather construction - they feel like they will last a very long time. Comfortable - I wear them all day at work, and I'm standing most of the time (I teach). The ankle protectors line up just right with the bone and feel like they'd protect me well in an accident. Last but not least, they look really good, both on the Tiger and the Bonnie.
The fit is a bit large for me (am US size 8, ordered size 41). I put in some gel insoles and wear thick socks and it's just right. I have a feeling that the size 40 would have been too small.
Very happy with the boots.
October 21, 2014
Excellent, sturdy boots - highly recommend
Short version: These boots are comfortable, stylish, and offer great protection. I found them to run true to size (9.5 M = 42). Minimal air flow. Great grip. Medium/heavy weight.
If you're looking for the vintage brown boot style with modern protection, this is the best option on the market right now. (Think Bates military boots with better grip, better toe/heel box, and real ankle protection.) These boots aren't quite as sleek/narrow as some European options, but they're certainly not as boxy as H-D boots.
The boots are very comfortable, though as others have mentioned it might be worth it to replace the inserts. Also, they do not breath well, and I find my feet getting hot on warmer days.
I wear a 9.5 M and find that the 42 fits well, with ample room for wool socks. (If you like a more snug fit, I'd go a size down.)
The reflective tab on the back is pretty amusing. It's too small to use to help pull the boot on, and it's invisible if you're wearing pants. (And if you're riding without pants, you're doing it wrong.) Seems like a poorly integrated marketing feature added as an afterthought.
These boots are great. Buy 'em!
October 20, 2014
Not really a motorcycle boot
Take a comfortable pair of tall leather lace ups, stitch in a set of ankle pads and shifter patches, and double the the sales price, and you've got these boots. I'm not sure you're any better off with these than hiking boots in a crash. Sole flex is high, especially compared to hiking boots. Good grip and shock absorption in the rubber sole. These are very comfortable to walk around in. Other than the requisite shifter patch, they look like normal shoes under pants. If you're not put off by the high price, you aren't requiring high protection, but do want high comfort and style, these are for you.
October 6, 2014
It's hard to find classy moto shoes on Long Island. Most places I've found so far carry boots that are cheap feeling and super clunky, or they sell Harley boots - which can be fine - but still stylistically, they're a little gruff.
These boots are just classy and comfortable. You can wear them from the bike to a restaurant without a concern.
A few things that might make this just a little better... A slightly wider rim around the edge of the sole, or a slightly more squared toe would make this a little kinder when reaching for the gear shift lever.
The insole is super cheap and you'll probably want to replace it with something more supportive if you have flatter feet like me.
Otherwise, I love this boot. It's pretty much exactly what I was looking for.
October 1, 2014
Cool style and good protection
I love these boots. They have great cafe racer style. They are not identifcal to the work & combat boots on which the style is based. If you are a Brooklyn urban hipster and motorcycle poser, these won't work for you. However, these boots are a much lighter and offer greater protection than the traditional boots and are intended for real riders. The quality is very good. I find them a little hotter than my touring boots, but that is in Atlanta on hot days. They are also more trouble to put on and take offwith the traditional laces. Some of these cafe style boots have laces in the front and zippers in the back. Not these boots. However, overall a great compromise between traditional and technical.
August 4, 2014
Very comfortable boots with enough protection for my needs
Took a chance on these boots after watching the video review and reading the few comments by other customers.
I used the size chart to make my purchase. I wear an 11 1/2 dress shoe and 12 1/2 running show so I bought size 46. They turned out to be too big for me. Exchange was simple and customer service was excellent. I should have written down the customer service reps name so I could give kudos directly to him.
The next pair was a size 45 and fit much better. The heel was a little stiff, but after a week of wearing them on the bike and walking around it softened up. Now I wear them on my ride to work and leave them on all day they are that comfortable.
The other thing I love about them is the sole of the boot. When I place them on the footboards they don't slide at all.
Yes they are a little pricey, but for me they are well worth the price.
August 3, 2014
Durable and Looks Great
The boot is very stylish and feels very durable in your hands, the leather is soft but strong and can take a beating. The sole of the boot is very thick and looks as though it will be tough to wear out but if it does it can also be resoled.
July 29, 2014