Falco has two interesting technologies for 2012 that will be incorporated into some of the boots.
First, the one-piece outer protective molding structure, seen in the photos below, eliminates the need for the “Goodyear” type stitching along the top of the soles that can separate and allow water to leak in.
This technology is applied to the Dust enduro boot shown below, which has a very clean look and styling, in part due to the absence of the traditionally heavy stitching where the last meets the sole.
It also appears to be not as bulky as some of the enduro boots from other manufacturers.
The one-piece welting system is featured on these Falco off-road boots:
The 113 Extreme Pro 2 (MX top range); the 111 Extreme Pro (MX mid-range); the 107 Dust LS (MX entry range) and the 108 Dust WTR (enduro range). I asked Mattia about sole replacement and he said that it is possible to replace the soles.
But the R.L.S. system is expected to provide a much longer life to this type of off-road boot, which typically gets used in mud and water, which can quickly deteriorate the Goodyear-type welt and fabric stitching.
Also, both the Dust and the new Atlantis sport/touring boots will incorporate the Falco “R.L.S.”, or Removable Liner System.
This is, as its name suggests, a removable/replaceable inner liner that is easily installed in the boots.
The R.L.S. is a one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?” ideas — make the liners removable, replaceable and interchangeable, which allows them to be removed for cleaning or drying.
The R.L.S. system allows different liners to be installed, such as the available insulated winter lining, shown in the photos below.
This gives the owner a pair of summer, winter and waterproof boots all in one!
The insulated liner, which is available as an optional accessory, has a fleece-like outer layer with a thin metallic textile-like material insert sandwiched between the outer and inner layers of fabric to keep you warm and dry.
The other big news at Falco is the use of the d3o brand armor in some of the boot models. In the Falco “Atlantis” boot, shown in the photos below, the armor is also installed in the R.L.S. insert as you can see.