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Daytona Lady Star GTX Women's Motorcycle Boots
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Retro styling conceals modern features in this top-of-the-range touring boot.
All-season, waterproof, and with a built-in height advantage that shorter riders
will really appreciate.
I promised myself a pair of Daytona Lady Star boots when I passed the Institute
of Advanced Motorists riding test, following a glowing recommendation from one
of the instructors.
Usually boots would be a routine purchase rather than an indulgent treat.
made these suitable as a reward to aim for was the price tag: the Lady Stars
retail at around £300 in the UK ($400 in the US), putting them at the high end of
the scale for road boots.
I bought mine online from Germany and saved myself a
bob or two, but in my experience so far they're worth the full price.
German manufacturer Daytona is well-established in the field of motorcycle boots
and has built a reputation around their practical, long-lived creations. My
flashier acquaintances might not be seen dead in Daytona (the brand, that is -
the beach is another matter), but friends who enjoy touring in all weathers
swear by them.
The Daytona Lady Star GTX Boots
The Lady Star is closely related to Daytona's popular Travel Star GTX touring
boot, but has been designed specifically for the female rider.
What's so special? The Lady Star's unique feature is a raised platform inside
the boot which adds 2.5cm of height to the heel area and 8mm at the toes.
Combined with a chunky sole, this gives the rider about an inch and a half of
valuable extra height.
That might not sound like much, but for the vertically-challenged it's a real
godsend. It can mean the difference between standing on tiptoe when your bike
is stationary and putting your feet flat on the ground - a huge confidence boost
- and helps if you're hopping on a friend's pillion too.
The boot also has a lower shaft than its big brother the Travel Star, making it
a better fit for shorter legs.
The upper is constructed from leather panels, held together with double rows of
small, neat stitches that so far show no inclination to break or come loose.
Daytona's website says their boots consist of up to eighty separate components,
and I can believe it, but they're all held together well.
There are two zips, one on the outside of the leg which stops an inch or so
short of the sole and one which runs halfway down the inside. Each is covered
by a broad strip of leather and closed with Velcro to keep the water out.
There's also a panel on the back of the boot with a Velcro tab on each side for
All this means it's easy to get the boots on and off and they should fit
comfortably whatever shape and size your calves happen to be - you can even
adjust according to the thickness of your socks, should you feel the need. I
wear them inside my overtrousers, but you could equally tuck close-fitting
leathers into the boots.
I found the fit excellent and the boots comfortable right out of the box. One
caveat, though, is that the sizes seem to run a little small: I'm usually a
European 39 (UK 6), but I take a 38 in the Lady Stars.
Surprisingly for a high boot, the Lady Stars are very easy to walk in. The
thick tread on the soles means you won't slip up, while the embossed brand name
lets you leave little 'daytona's everywhere you go. Two ribbed and padded
areas, one at the back of the ankle and one over the front of the ankle and top
of the foot, allow for foot and ankle movement on and off the bike.
Sometimes I'll take a spare pair of shoes to put on at journey's end, but very
often I don't bother. Peeking out from under a pair of jeans, these boots are
socially acceptable on almost all occasions. The rubber gear change panel is a
giveaway, but there's one on each foot so at least they look symmetrical.
Looks-wise, the Lady Stars are about as far from the cutting edge as it's
possible to be. Designed to be practical rather than stylish, they're black,
plain and simple - and, dare I say it, boring? T he retro appearance of the big
lowercase 'daytona' embroidered across the front can also put off those
potential purchasers who value form over function.
Daytona's website bristles with testimonials from happy customers, some of whom
have been riding in the same pair of boots for longer than it takes to put a
child through school. Perhaps it's to please these clients that the outward
appearance of the boots has changed so little over the years, despite
technological advances under the bonnet?
To my mind, however, their no-nonsense look is just right for a touring boot.
'These are Serious Boots, and I am a Serious Rider' is the message I like my
footwear to put across - when I'm not wearing my Doc Martens with the Union Jack
toecaps, that is.
The boots have a Gore-Tex lining and a slightly gathered lip to stop water
trickling in from the top. They are hands down the most waterproof item ever to
grace my feet. I've ridden through some real downpours and emerged warm and dry
from the ankle down (more than could be said for the rest of me), while off the
bike I can splash through the deepest puddles with impunity.
The Gore-Tex does mean my feet can get a little too warm on the two or three
days per year which count as summer around here, but if I'm absolutely 100%
certain it's not going to rain I can always wear something else.
You might be protected from getting wet feet, but how about protection in a
crash? I'm confident that the Lady Stars, with their thick leather and firm
ankle support, would keep my lower legs from harm if the worst should happen.
There's a cupped pad under the leather at the ankle and a high, stiff plate
over the shin - which is nonetheless flexible, unlike the rigid plastic found in
racing boots, so it doesn't hobble you when you're strolling around.
For added safety there's a small panel of 3M reflective silver above the heel -
not that it's much use to me, as I ride a scooter! I suppose it might help if I
ended up face first in a ditch, or if I broke down and needed to walk along a
darkened road to safety.
I have owned my Lady Stars for almost two years now, during which time I have
commuted to and from work in sun, rain and snow, as well as heading out into the
countryside at weekends and holidaying in Europe. The only signs of battle
fatigue I've noticed are a little wear to the rubber soles at the heels and
outside edges, and some pitting of the leather around the right toe.
In the boots' defence, I had made no effort at all to look after them - leaving
them encrusted with mud and letting them dry out unaided when they've had a
Everywhere else the leather has remained supple and glossy, and happily for
my boots I've now been shamed into a more regular polish and wax routine. I
can't vouch for the lifespan of the gear change panel, mind, since I've never
used it in anger (that scooter thing again).
If you do break a zip or wear down a sole, Daytona offers a repair service.
Given the boots' quality and longevity, this might well be a good option to go
for - you could squeeze just one more decade out of your old faithfuls.
It's easy to understand the rave reviews and brand loyalty the company
inspires. I am totally satisfied with the quality and performance of my boots
and I hope to be wearing them for many years and thousands of miles. They might
look as though they rolled off the production line in 1970, but why mess with a
design that works?
I'll leave you with these words of wisdom from the English version of Daytona's
"To improve the dirt resistance and to prevent the
leather becoming blocked up, we recommend that the boots be impregnated."
Steady on. I may love my Lady Stars, but not in that way!
Review: Daytona Lady Star Women's Motorcycle
||List Price: $400.00 /
|Colors: Black. Sizes:
35 - 39 European (the M-Star for men is available in 40 - 43)
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