Rev'it Freestyle Boots
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Boots Page | Owner Comments (Below)
Summary: Interesting no-laces
design, comfortable with a good peg feel.
Relatively light weight and
the upper section is very flexible for walking. Claimed waterproof and
uses breathable membrane.
UPDATE: Rev'it Redesigns the
Freestyle Boots for 2008 (See Below)
It took a while, but I've become a short
motorcycle boots believer.
All of the shorter-height boots I've tried are
much more comfortable than "race" style boots, and this goes double (or
triple) for walking. Thanks to the street/stunt crowd, short boots are
Don't get me wrong -- I don't have a problem
with race-height boots. I still wear them more often than not and they
usually don't get a second look when I'm cruising the aisles in the local
But try wearing a pair into a non-motorcycle
store and they'll figure you're from another planet. Uranus maybe?
And it gets worse: some race boots, like my
favorite Oxtar TCS
Sports, squeak and creak enough to wake the dead. They attract way
too much attention for anything other than riding. The boots, that is.
So it's interesting to note that I can walk into
a restaurant -- well, a diner anyway -- with these Rev'it Freestyle boots
under a pair of jeans and not an eyebrow is raised. Unless a fetishist
is secretly eyeballing the under-table footwear, I can pass for any other
working-class stiff looking for a short beer and a steamin' plate o' grub.
The Freestyle boots are about as comfy as you
can get, too. Their most unique feature is the absence of shoe laces,
which bothers me not one whit. The entire top folds forward, much like
the Roadgear TDF boots
we reviewed about one year ago.
The fold-over system on the Roadgear boots was
too fussy though, and it didn't close tight enough, but the Rev'it design
works much better. Sure, it is different and it feels rather strange
at first, but the nicely padded tops provide a cushy ankle surround and the
hook-and-loop is nearly hidden when the boots are secured, so they don't
look like those no-lace sneakers favored by nursing home patrons in walkers.
I actually didn't even realize that the Rev'it
Freestyle boots were missing the laces until after the first time I put them
on, believe it or not. I didn't notice it in the catalog photos and I
didn't even notice it when I opened the box. I managed to get them on
the first time and then after I took them off and looked them over, I
realized that they were designed to fold forward. So this is a pretty
good indication that either I'm getting senile or that Rev'it has some
pretty crafty designers. I obviously prefer the latter conclusion...
The fold-over tops are attached to the boot
using the same waterproof membrane material to form a gusset on either side
to maintain the waterproof integrity. The gusset is wider on the
outside than the inside, which led me to discover the trick to putting them
Rather than pulling the entire front back to the
boot in one piece after your foot is inserted, it seems more efficient to
first attach one side or the other (I prefer the outside) to the
hook-and-loop, then pull the other side tightly across the front of your
shin and push the hook-and-loop together on the other side.
This seems to make the boots fit the way they
should, nice and tight. If too much room is left in the front, the
puffy tongue can cause your pant legs to get hung up and you'll end up with
your pants up around your shins.
Which, by the way, is one of the cautions when
wearing short boots. Since they are designed to be worn under the pant
legs, the rider must make sure that the pants are long enough to cover the
short boot top. Motorcycle pants are usually worn about 50-75 mm (2-3"
or so) longer than normal anyway to account for the bend of the legs on the
foot pegs, but be warned that a pair of normal-length street pants will most
likely be too short to wear with any short boot.
The Rev'it Freestyle boots are pretty light
also; each boot (size 44) tips the scales at only 684 grams (1 lb. 8-1/8 oz.).
The soles are motorcycle stiff-ish and with just a touch of padding in the
footbed, they give an exceptionally good feeling for the pegs, which is
important because this is one of the primary unconscious pathways for
feeding bike feel to the rider.
They have more protection than most street
boots, but not as much as full race boots. The malleolus (bones
that stick out on either side of the ankle) are protected with thermo-formed
inserts. They're not the hard armor found in a race boot, but they do
offer good protection. Both the heel and the toe also have the
thermo-formed inserts, so the Freestyles all told offer better theoretical
protection than just about anything short of a race boot.
The uppers are made from real leather and the
toes have a nice, big, long extra wear patch sewn on that continues down the
inside of each boot. This is a very nice extra that helps protect
against wear if the boots are rubbing against the frame of the bike.
A large hook-and-loop strap covers the front of
each boot and it can be tightened up to make sure the boots stay put.
I was surprised to discover that the Freestyle boots are very difficult or
impossible to pull off when the hook-and-loop is located and secured
correctly, so there shouldn't be any worries about the absent laces.
The boots also have a big pull ring at the back
of the heel to help yank the boot up on to the foot. I hope the loops
stay on -- they appear to be glued in between the fabric rather than sewn,
although the holes associated with sewing may have made the strap weaker.
The soles are rather flat, and I think the
heel/sole interface could have been a bit more defined, because I'd rather
have a chunkier heel that I can firmly shove up against the pegs now and
then to locate my foot. And Rev'it says the soles have steel
reinforcement, which is a definite plus and which is usually missing from
less-well-designed motorcycle boots.
The soles are also slightly less sticky than I
thought they would be -- I'll give up wear any day to get sticky rubber
underneath, because it helps give critical traction when paddling the bike
around or holding steady at a stop light on a slope. They're not bad,
and better than most, just not as super-sticky as I'd like. The soles
are claimed to be oil and fuel (petrol) resistant.
The rest of the boot uppers are made from our
old friend, Cordura. The waterproof and breathable membrane is
Hydratex, used in other Rev'it clothing.
And finally, this wouldn't be a Rev'it product
without a touch of style: the Rev'it logo is discretely sewn in to the
Cordura fabric on the outer side of each boot; it can be seen in the photos
The Rev'it Freestyle boots are a successful cross between a "normal"
high-topped motorcycle touring boot and a short street/stunt boot.
They're nearly as comfortable as street boots and they work great for
touring or for casual trips to the store.
Review: Rev'it Freestyle Boots
Retail Price: $149.95
|Colors: Black. Sizes:
(Euro/Metric) 36 to 47
2007 Comments: Boots provided by Rev'it for this
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UPDATE on Rev'it Freestyle Boots: Rev'it
showed a revised version of the Freestyle boot at the
Dealer Expo (see our report) in Indianapolis in February of 2008.
They've incorporated your feedback and added laces to the boots (here's the
Rev'it 2008 online catalog).
They have also completely redesigned the soles, with an interesting "wave" shape
that cants the shoe into the correct position when riding on footpegs, but that
also takes into account walking on smooth and rough surfaces.
The Freestyle will also be available in a summer mesh version (the "Air Blend"
left in photo below) and a waterproof version (the "Fighter" right). Here
are a couple of photos of the Freestyle, which is the most popular boot sold by
From "L.S.": "Just my two cents worth - I owned a pair of
these a while back and really liked them...for less than a year. After
that, the top part that uses hook and loop to secure the boot around the tops of
your ankles wouldn't hold. That's the part that has continual
on-again/off-again pressure put on it as you walk. Once that means of
attachment begins to weaken and/or give way (which it did on me several times
while riding), the boots no longer feel secure or "protective." Too
expensive to get that little use out of them if you ask me."
From "F.F.": "I have owned these boots for more than a year
and they are quite comfortable for all day wearing. They are also totally
Unfortunately even my longest motorcycle pants tend to slide
above the top of the boot causing water to leak into the boot from the top in
the rain. I have solved this problem with a pair of
Scrambler gaiters from EMS. These are stretchy so that they seal off
the top roots very nicely. They also have metal hook on the bottom of the
front that attaches neatly to the strap that goes across the front of the boots
to keep the gaiters in place. The gaiters are also waterproof so the whole
system works fine when attached correctly.
The second problem I have with the boots is that the side hook &
loop fasteners tend to come undone when walking more than a few steps.
This is also neatly fixed with the gaiters.
However, putting the boots and gaiters on each use sort of
defeats the purpose of the whole low boot thing. I do continue to use the
boots (sometimes with the gaiters) for summer riding because I haven't found
anything better but I am keeping my eyes open. Hope that helps."