REV'IT! Rodeo Boots
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
I am very happy with this purchase
These boots fit and look great. You know how once in a while you make a purchase that you keep reflecting on and smiling because it was money well spent, this is one of those purchases.
December 29, 2014
very good buy
sturdy and strong
very good but slightly expensive....
December 16, 2014
Great style boot
Great cafe style boot and you can ware all day long if needed. Boot slightly larger but a good fit. Its also reasonable light when compared to some other boots of the same style. Safety appears to be ok considering what the boot is. People do comment on how good the boot looks.
November 2, 2014
Buy these if style is your number 1 criteria
When I bought these, I was enamored with how good they looked. After wearing them for a couple weeks, I am less attached to them. I have a narrow foot and these fit wide. I expected them to be stiffer, and the insoles blow (they are paper thin). I replaced the insoles with a pair from some running shoes I have. This has helped with both comfort and fit. Would love them more if they were water proof. 5-10 minutes into a ride in the rain and they're soaked out. I'll have to wait a while before I can comment on the durability. I'm just a sucker for great looking boots...
October 31, 2014
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