Gear

Rev’it! re­thinks the rid­ing boot, a gag­gle of gog­gles, and overnight es­sen­tials.

Motorcyclist - - Contents - —Zack Courts

MO­TOR­CY­CLING IS A small world some­times, and in­no­va­tion of­ten doesn’t come eas­ily. The Dutch ap­parel spe­cial­ists over at Rev’it! searched out­side the two-wheel in­dus­try for in­spi­ra­tion in cre­at­ing th­ese Pi­o­neer rid­ing boots.

A quick look and you’ll no­tice there are no stan­dard laces, buck­les, or zip­pers. In­stead, a dial-and­cord cinch from out­door com­pany Boa—twist the knob clock­wise to tighten and pull out to re­lease. It’s a sys­tem that was in­vented in the early 2000s and has sold more than 83 mil­lion units.

For the sole, Rev’it! en­listed the rub­ber com­pany Vi­bram, which has been mak­ing shoe bot­toms since 1937 and is head­quar­tered ad­ja­cent to so many footwear mak­ers in north­ern Italy. Vi­bram is prob­a­bly most fa­mous for the wild-look­ing Five Fin­ger shoes with the in­di­vid­ual toes, but the com­pany has soles on ev­ery­thing from dress shoes to hik­ing boots.

More tra­di­tional tech­nol­ogy is used to keep feet safe and dry, namely rigid heel and toe cups and the patented Outdry wa­ter­proof­ing—a one-piece coat­ing heat-bonded to the outer layer of the boot that makes wa­ter bead up and roll off. For abra­sion re­sis­tance, the Pi­o­neers use good ol’ fash­ioned cowhide, as well as 500-de­nier Cor­dura tex­tile pan­els.

It’s a de­cid­edly dif­fer­ent piece of moto-footwear— part out­door-in­dus­try DNA and part mo­tor­cy­cle ex­per­tise—from the looks to the tech­nol­ogy. Th­ese Pi­o­neers sell for $400, with a taller, shin-plated sib­ling, the Discovery, re­tail­ing for $460.

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