Finding a pair of quality motorcycle boots or shoes that are comfortable off the bike is a big win in my book, so I’m always on the lookout. REV’IT! always catches my eye on the page and I knew from seeing its stuff in person at trade shows that the company’s build quality is high, but I’d never had the chance to try any product for more than a few minutes in a convention hall.
So I finally got hold of a full collection of REV’IT!’s waterproof, cold-weather capable gear, including a pair of the Royale H2O Leather Boots. The Royale H2O differs from the standard Royale boots by way of a Hydratex Z-liner which is in place between the inner boot liner and the exterior shell. The Z-liner is a key component of the H2O’s waterproofing and is designed to allow heat and moisture escape while keeping wind and water from entering.
The interior liner is a COOLMAX mesh fabric that’s intended to draw perspiration toward the outside of the boot through the Hydratex Z-liner. I can confirm that this set-up helps keep the feet from becoming a sweaty, swampy mess.
The wind and water protection have also worked exactly as promised, from riding through light drizzles in cold temps to stomping around in the snow.
The H2O’s exterior shell is made from a combination of water repellent, abrasion resistant material including PWR I shell oxford (a polyamide and spandex combination). There’s also a fair bit of WP full grain cowhide used in the exterior construction, adding to the abrasion and water resistance. The tongue has gussets sewn to the inside of the boot to help keep any water or debris from sneaking inside the boots when you’re not looking.
Impact protection is provided by hard-plastic reinforced heel cups and toe caps along with injected ankle cups.
The ankle cups were one of two items that caused me discomfort when I first started wearing the Royale H2O boots. I’m a US 10.5 and so went with the Euro size 44, and fitment was spot on for me. But during the break-in period, the first month or so, the right, inside ankle cup pressed on my skin in such a way as to create some pain after prolonged use. The inner sole was a bit rigid at first too, creating pressure on the balls of my feet. It was worth breaking them in though because after the initial month, the boots loosened and the pain and pressure went away. Now, the Royale H2O boots are all-day comfortable whether walking, riding or doing both.
Other features include stylish-looking gear shift pads on both boots. The Royale H2O boots lace up, and have Velcro adjustment straps at the top of the boots to tighten the cuff and keep any loose laces from flapping in the wind.
Despite a few comfort issues early on, feel on the bike was good from the start. The H2O boots aren’t too heavy or cumbersome and allow for easy movement on the pegs. The bottom sole is sturdy and grips the pavement well, providing a sure foot at stops regardless of conditions.
Plus, they look good. The textile/leather combination gives the H2O boots some character and the shift pads are a nice addition which help them stand out as not just another pair of work boots.
There are two colorways available for the Royale H2O boots, black and a brown/olive combination. A pair of these boots will run $349.99. It’s a little on the pricy side, but I have full confidence that my Royale H2Os will measure life in years rather than months so as far as I’m concerned it’s a solid investment.
REV’IT! Royale H2O Leather Boots
Sizes: Euro 39 – 46
Colors: Black & Brown