Setup Motorcycle Boots
Setup Pegaso Air Vented Boots
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
In the interest of
full disclosure, I'll have to admit right up front that
when it comes to vented motorcycle boots, I'm biased.
The truth is, I love my
TCS Sport boots. They're comfy and they flow lots
of cooling air over my tired ol' dogs.
OK, so they squeak like a rusty hinge and maybe the
racer styling isn't everyone's cup of tea, but they're
the only pair of vented boots I've tried that really do.
Vent, that is.
I read once that each human foot releases about 1/2
pint of water per day. Think about it -- if that's
true, it's a heck of a lot of water to be sloshing
around inside a boot. But even if it's half true,
it's still a lot of water that needs an escape route.
Which is why I'm amazed that there aren't more vented
motorcycle boots for sale.
As far as I know, Oxtar
never promoted the venting capability of the TCS.
And finding a motorcycle boot that's even advertised as
"vented" is like searching for an honest politician.
That's why I just had to grab a pair of these Setup
Pegaso Vented motorcycle boots as soon as I saw them.
Setup is a relatively new name in motorcycle apparel.
The Pegaso Vented boots shown here are labeled "Made in
Romania" (of all places), but Setup's President,
Giuliano Gazzola, is proud of the Italian styling in his
line of boots.
But there's a secret. Apparently, Setup boots are
made by Sidi, probably the best-known (and most
respected) motorcycle boot manufacturer in the world. According to Motonation, the U.S.
distributor for Sidi and Setup, Sidi decided to
manufacture a "mid-level and economy" line of boots
using the Setup brand.
"With the Set Up brand
consumers can now obtain a high quality Italian
engineered line of motorcycle boots at prices that were,
until now, only available when purchasing a less feature
laden and quality product", according to Motonation.
I think the price is definitely the hook; in fact, when I first
read the ads for Setup boots I thought there was
something wrong because the prices seemed almost too
Setup offers a comprehensive selection of motorcycle
boots, from a race-like replica called the Vision to a
combination street/walking boot called the Urban.
They feature modern styling at a very reasonable price
point. Based on our experience
with the Pegaso Vented boots, we'll probably be checking
out more of the Setup line soon.
The Pegaso Vented boots are so-called because of the vented panels
sewn in to the outer sections of the ankle area
and a narrow vented section across the toe. The panels
are actually made from a see-through mesh and the boots
are lined with a separate open-type mesh that looks
similar to the lining used in many leather motorcycle jackets.
Setup Pegaso boots are available in two different styles.
In addition to the Pegaso Vented boots shown here, Setup
offers the Pegaso H20, which has synthetic leather
panels in place of the mesh. Although they're
called "H20", Setup doesn't claim that the boots are
waterproof, at least as far as I can tell.
Whether you choose the Pegaso Vented or the Pegaso
H20, the boots have a slightly different styling than
the other motorcycle boots in the Setup line. They
look like they're about 7/8 scale when compared to a "normal"
height boot, like the Oxtar TCS Sport boots shown in
this comparison photo:
This may turn some people off, because
I'll admit that the Setup Pegaso boots don't quite look
correct when worn over a pair of leather riding pants.
But for touring use, worn under a pair of jeans or
underneath a pair of hot weather mesh pants like the
Alpinestars Air-Flo pants, they look just fine.
The leather (a synthetic variety?) used in the Pegaso boots is very soft and pliable but it also seems
thinner than the leather used in, for example, the
Oxtar Matrix, Oxtar TCS or other boots we've tried.
It almost feels a bit too thin, but all I ask is that
it does a one-time job of protecting my foot if I fall.
The boots have a small circle of hard
armor sewn in to the leather on
the inside of the ankle, a curious location. There is no hard
armor protection at all on the outside of the ankle because that's
just where the vented mesh panel is located. This
begs the question of how much protection the mesh fabric
will provide and, well, I'm not sure I want to know the answer.
I don't know why the boots couldn't have
been designed with the mesh panels in the front or
another location, but there you have it.
The "Davos" soles of the Setup Pegaso Vented
boots are nice and sticky, which, as we've noted
in the past, is very important because it provides traction when stopped at a
light or on a hill or when backing the bike into a
parking spot. This is especially true for novice
riders who may not have their motorcycle "sea legs" yet.
But the soles are also flexible, so
although they're comfortable for walking, they don't
offer the added protection of the "Torsion Control System", the "TCS" in the
Oxtar TCS Sport boots.
The Pegasos have a hard heel cup in back
of the ankle and hopefully that offers enough protection
to the lower part of the ankle and foot. The boots
also have the obligatory extra section of leather over
the toe for wear resistance for braking and shifting.
And the front of the boots have an articulated section
of leather that allows them to flex.
The zipper is on the inside ankle
section of the boots
and it's relatively exposed. There's a small patch
of "hook and loop" fastener up top to secure the boot to
the rider's foot, but the Pegasos do not have the
full-length leather flap that is normally used to cover
With the open mesh and unprotected
zipper, the Pegaso Vented boots are not really designed
for any wet-weather riding. Although we haven't
tried them, the Pegaso H20 boots would probably be the
better choice if you like this styling but need a
modicum of water resistance.
Our Pegaso Vented boots seem to be very
well made and double stitching is used nearly
throughout. The size 44 fit me perfectly, just as
it should, which indicates that the boots run true to
I have mixed feelings about the Setup Pegaso Vented
boots. Their soft leather makes them very
comfortable and the vents do a good job of allowing air
to flow through the boots, but I'm concerned about the
minimum levels of protection they offer.
But as we've also previously noted,
sometimes there are compromises that have to be faced
when the weather gets really, really hot. So I'll
leave you with two corny sayings: "You pays your
money and you takes your chances", as the saying goes.
And don't forget: "any boot is 100% better than
Review: Setup Pegaso Vented Motorcycle
From: Setup (As of June 2010, company is apparently
no longer in business).
||2006 List Price: $129.99
|Review Date: August
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