Vendramini VR 500 Sport
by "T.C." for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments (Below)
Editor's Note: webBikeWorld reader "T.C."
sent these comments on a pair of Vendramini VR 500 Sport
motorcycle boots he purchased in response to
of the Sidi Strada Evo boots.
The Vendramini VR 500 boots can still be found in Europe
and other parts of the world; they are roughly a cross
between the Vendramini 498S and VR 700 boots sold in the
NOTE: T.C. generously donated his
honorarium from this article to Doctors Without Borders.
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I had a very similar dilemma to the author of the
Sidi Strada Evo boots review. At first I also
settled for the above mentioned boot and was ready to fork out the money but was
a bit disappointed by the use of fake leather... even if it was space age fake
leather. Then I found a
review on your site on a pair of Vendramini boots.
Obviously intrigued I searched the web and found their website which they also
use to sell products. I was immediately attracted to a pair of Vendramini
VR 500 Sport, which are similar in category to the Sidi's. So I went ahead
and ordered them and paid a good price for them (under 200 dollars including
fast shipping) because they were discounted.
First of all the quality is remarkable...these boots are made in Italy by hand
(you can even have them custom ordered). They use a really nice thick TOP
GRAIN LEATHER (hear that Sidi??) with a waterproof (tried and tested and they
really are waterproof) a layer of calf leather lining and finally some kind of
thick mesh type material for the final lining. They have a big shin
protector in the front, which doesn't only look nice but it s also a bit
flexible and has padding underneath
The waterproof system and the closure
system is the same as on the Sidi's, with the difference
that the Vendramini boots have YKK zippers and a larger
Velcro attachment for better adjusting
Also similar are the heel cup but there
has a double layer - one outer and one inner. Plus
-- and this is unheard of in my mind in regard to sport
touring boots -- big carbon protection on each side of
the area above the heel, one exposed and the other
enclosed in leather.
The heel protection, various hard carbon
insert on the inside of the boot in critical areas
everything is double stitched and doubled by leather,
plastic gear changer guards, a small reflective piping a
100% natural sticky rubber sole with a hard inserted on
the entire length of it, plus two sets of replaceable
sliders, one on the upper part and one on the lower.
This is in fact my only gripe with
Vendramini - the upper sliders look great and fit well
too, but the lower ones look like crap. But I did
not feel the need to mount them since I don't do hard
knee down cornering
The boots fit like a dream. I was
afraid that I would have to run them in hard since the
leather is outrageously thick but they felt right at
home in the first half hour. The sole really helps
when you re standing upright on the bike because the
sticky sole just grips the rearset and the hard plate in
the sole makes it easy on the legs.
I'll put some pics here if they are of
any help...sorry about the quality. The pictures
(on the Vendramini) website don't do the boots any
justice, and the black ugly stitching on the silver gear
change protector is replaced in my boot by a very nice
silver double stitch.
These (photos) were made when I first
got (the boots). I don't have any recent ones, but
they have done around 500 km, most of them through
either hot 30" Celsius heat or spring rain and I must
say that they are great."
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