Rev'It! Regent H2O product page
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.
I was delighted when Rev’It! announced H2O (waterproof) versions of their successful Regent and Royale boots. Although I’m very fond of the brown & olive colour scheme the Royale H2O’s come in, in the end I opted for the black Regent H2O boots. Their sole and overall shape closely resemble the much-loved Rodeo boots and I quite like the wooden part in the heel.
When trying them on for size, I was pleased with the level of comfort these boots offer. Until I had to take a five minute walk to the nearest post office. My feet are certainly not the widest, and still it felt like they were being put in a slowly tightening vice. I was honestly worried I had just spent good money on what could be the worst boot I’ve ever bought. I decided to persist and see if they’d break in.
A week filled with cursing later and they slowly but surely started to feel more and more comfortable when out and about. It’s come to the point that I can happily wear these boots all day long. In fact, last weekend I spent all afternoon walking through the Somerset countryside in them. Hell, I’m wearing them right now in the office typing out this review, but that might be because they’re quite the hassle to put on and take off: they’re a fully laced boot and you have to undo them a fair bit to get them off without feeling like you’ll pull your ankles out of their sockets. They could’ve done with a zip to the side, but that would deduct from their sleek looks and make it harder to keep these puppies waterproof.
And waterproof they are. I’ve been using these boots for nearly half a year now and have inevitably got caught in quite a few downpours while wearing them. Bone dry! Their waterproof and breathable hydratex membrane does its job brilliantly, just make sure your trousers are long enough so they don’t fill up from the top. I learned that lesson the hard way…
These boots come equipped with a Coolmax mesh liner that moves perspiration away from your skin and the breathable membrane keeps the inside of your boots from becoming a biohazard and threat to all of humanity. This works very well to a certain extent and no one in my near surroundings has fainted as of yet, but in the midst of summer when the temperatures hit their yearly peak, rest assured you’ll be aware of the fact you’re wearing a sturdy motorcycle boot.
And they definitely are sturdy: the reinforced heel, toe and ankle cup make this a boot with outstanding protective features that will keep your feet and ankles safe should the worst happen.
So what about those looks? I’m absolutely chuffed about how beautiful the leather is aging, and that with minimal maintenance. Take a look at the picture below, snapped only a few minutes ago.
Conclusion: My initial worries quickly faded and these boots have become my go-to footwear whenever I get on the bike, and sometimes even when I don’t. A worthy investment.