Co-owner Will has been using the Rev'it! Ginza Boot over the last 14 months, here is his assessment.
What will you be using the boots for?
I commute across London 8 miles each way in all weathers, I spend all day in them, walking around the office, showroom or workshop. On the weekends I might be out on a ride or doing some DIY. I confess to not being someone who particularly looks after their kit, so any boots I own are in for a tough life.
When shopping in the higher echelons of the retail market we are often told that a premium brand’s goods can be justified because they last far longer than those of their more competitively priced rivals. Patek Philippe emplore us to look after their watch “for the next generation”. Our customers often talk of a good Belstaff or Barbour jacket as having lasted a lifetime.
It is increasingly rare to find items built to last like these. Many designers are required to factor in a built-in obsolescence so that their goods last past the statutory warranty but will need replacing every few years, ensuring a regular stream of income for the brand.
Kriega have always approached their products from the opposite perspective. They build the product they want, using the best materials and worry about the details such as pricing later.
Writing this review made me realise I have now been riding over 10 years. When I started, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, I spent all my savings in one go on cheap gear. I hated the look of all of it and to make matters worse it didn’t even work and, within no time at all, had fallen apart.
My Kriega R25 rucksack was the first item I purchased after deciding to invest in decent gear.
For a few years, I’ve been on a seemingly never-ending quest to find a decent pair of waterproof motorcycle boots. They need to be protective enough to give me peace of mind even when on longer motorway rides, be comfortable enough to allow me to stroll around town without tormenting my feet and lastly they need to not make me look completely out of place when I get off my bike and mingle with the non-biker masses.
I’ve always loved the looks of the Rev’It! Rodeo boots: classic, clean, tough yet not too bulky. They’d be a no-brainer for me, if I lived in a place a bit dryer than good old soggy London … I spend two hours a day sat on my bike, commuting through London to and from the Urban Rider headquarters, and I tend to clock quite a few miles outside of that too. I like my feet dry.
Watch our preview of what's new for the 2016 Belstaff Pure Motorcycle Collection. We will be stocking all items featured in the video and you can also check out our detailed product reviews for each item in the colleciton. Delivery expected around the end of November 2015. We are taking pre orders now. Get yours in time for Christmas.
The Pagnol M1 leather jacket is a new item from a new brand. Pagnol Moto are a team that hail from the USofA and are made up of a small group of guys with a wealth of backgound in product design from the motorsports sector. The M1 jacket is the first jacket to be released and has been a success over the pond. With a blend of retro and modern styling the jacket is designed to be both functional and all day comfortable, and a look at these early samples suggests they have succeeded in creating this as well as a jacket that is rather original. Watch our Pagnol M1 leather jacket review for a full run down of the features. We hope to receive stock in Spring 2015 and in the ematime would love to hear your comments and feedback on what you think of the jacket and whether this is something you'd want to see in store.
The Belstaff Esses leather motorcycle gloves are from the new 2015 Pure Motorcycle Collection. They are the only gloves in the range. They feature a full grain nappa leather outer which is also waterproof and breathable. Theya re stylish and comfortable but please note, thy come up very small. Check out the size guide on our website or watch the Belstaff Esses gloves video review for a full run down of the features.
The Rev'it Royale boots are a mix of waterproof leather and suede with a velcro upper strap for extra comfort. The boots are in stock and available now with free next day UK delivery from Urban Rider. Watch our Rev'it Royale boots video review for a full run down of the features.
The Rev'it Regent boots are a mix of leather and suede outer and are waterproof, protective and breathable making them a great option for a city riding boot that can be worn on and off the bike. The boots are in stock now and available with free UK delivery. Watch out Rev'it Regent Boots Video Review for a full run down of the features.
The DMD Racer helmet is a carbon tricomposite retro inspired full face motorcycle helmet. The jaw guard is based on designs from 1970s motocross helmets. Extremely light and comfortable this is a great addition to our helmet line up going into 2015 au Trban Rider. Watch our DMD Racer helmet video review for a full run down of the features.
The Hedon Hannibal Face Mask is made of calfskin leather and features machined brass anti pollution filters. Hedon helmets have designed this to work with their Hedon Hedonist helmets range but it will work with most open face helmets and is a universal fit. Watch our Hedon Hannibal Face Mask video review for a full run down of the features.