It might not seem like it now, but the riding season will be back upon us sooner than we realize. As part of their annual spring product launch, REV’IT! is coming out with two new touring boots for 2016. Looking at the features, these boots are “touring” in name only, and would be a great option for commuters, sport tourers, and more aggressive riders alike. Now let’s dig right into those nitty-gritty details!
First up are the REV’IT! Gravel OutDry Boots, which are going to be the top of the line touring boot from REV’IT! for 2016. The biggest news here is the OutDry laminate waterproof membrane that’s being used with a full-grain cowhide upper. At this point, we’re all familiar with Gore-Tex, but there are other breathable waterproof membranes out there, and it’s nice to see REV’IT! encouraging some friendly competition. Another departure from the norm is the use of SeeSoft armor in the boot combined with synthetic toe and heel protection. We are seeing more and more brands turning to this lightweight and comfortable molecular type of armor in boots, after the success this armor has had in jackets and pants. Working our way down, REV’IT! teamed up with Vibram to create the sole for the Gravel OutDry boots. The midsole acts as a shock absorber, while the inner part of the sole is reinforced to act like a metallic shank, without the weight.
REV'IT! Gravel OutDry Boots Review:
Coming in just below the Gravel boots price-wise are the new REV’IT! Compass H2O Boots. The biggest difference between the two is that the Compass boots are using the proprietary REV’IT! Hydratex liner, which is a traditional floating liner, and not a laminated membrane like OutDry. The breathability is cut in half with these boots, but that actually makes them a better proposition for colder, dryer climates, as the Hydratex liner will keep more hot air inside the boots. Besides that, everything else is the same with the Compass boots. You still get the same Vibram sole, the SeeSoft armor, the full grain cowhide upper, a generous wide footbed, and suede covered shin protectors and accordion panels.
REV'IT! Compass H2O Boots Review:
See what I mean? Referring to these boots as just “touring” boots is certainly selling them short. Both the Gravel Outdry and Compass H2O Boots would be great everyday riding boots for anyone short of track day riders, and aggressive canyon carvers.