There always seemed to me to be too big a gap between street boots and roadrace boots made for the track. I appreciate the protection of my Alpinestars SM-X racing boots, but on the street I don't need toe sliders and I could use something more comfy for walking. Meanwhile, my street boots were waterproof and more comfortable, but protection was limited to a couple of small coin-sized protectors over the ankles and a fairly flimsy shin guard. When the street boots were about to disintegrate, I started looking for something in between and found surprisingly little.
Where I ended up was the Dainese TRQ-Tour Gore-Tex boots
, which a lot of my associates over at RevZilla swear by.
They have good protection with hard plastic shin guard and heel cup, and more importantly, the D-Axial system, which ties those two hard sections together with a hinged attachment, so it's less likely your ankle will be twisted the wrong direction or hyperextended. But, no toe sliders or race track flashy colors that I don't need for my street and touring boots.
Gore-Tex means they should be as breathable as anything that's waterproof. And yes, I tested the waterproofness.
At a little under $300, they're not the cheap option, but after using them several months, I'm happy with them.
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