Co-owner Will has been using the Rev'it! Ginza Boot over the last 14 months, here is his assessment.
What have you been 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.
Why did you choose the Ginza?
I chose the Ginza because of their height, just above the ankle, not too many laces to do up. Also because they don't have a synthetic waterproof membrane but are water resistant due to the natural oil in the leather. Many modern waterproof membranes result in pongy feet if you are planning on spending all day in them. Crucially the Ginza has the tongue gusset sewn in, so water doesn't get past the laced opening. As most of my riding is short journeys the lack of total waterproofing doesn't matter to me, I prefer the breathability and comfort. Stylistically they mimic the shape of a Timberland boot and I like that.
How have they performed?
The good: The boots are instantly extremely comfortable, they broke in only after a week of use and the white sole dirtied up nicely. They genuinely have gotten better looking with age and use. I haven't needed the protection in them but with thermoformed sections front, rear and in the ankle I expect them to do well upto 50mph. Also worthy of noting is that these boots manage to carry this level of protection without feeling cumbersome. The laces are good and strong, a criticism of some of my previous motorcycle boots.
The not so good: The sole on the back is wearing down through the heavy use. I think I will get at most 3 years of use out of these boots, but I think that's acceptable for the price.
Finding a balance between everyday comfort and protection is a dark art. Rev'it! have nailed it with the Ginza. I highly recommend the boots. Some people aren't sure on the colour at first but see the pictures, they look great with a bit of use!