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Old 02-02-2007, 02:04 PM   #16
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I'm looking at them on the kneedraggers website. That Orange won't do. Are you guys buying the "Anthracite" version?
Yep. Anthracite for me. The orange is, .... well, .....
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Old 02-02-2007, 02:46 PM   #17
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Yep. Anthracite for me. The orange is, .... well, .....
So that whole orange section is a different color, right? KneeDraggers wasn't much help when I asked for photos. Don't want to order and have to pay 20% restock fee if I don't like them.
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:01 PM   #18
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So that whole orange section is a different color, right? KneeDraggers wasn't much help when I asked for photos. Don't want to order and have to pay 20% restock fee if I don't like them.
From the Dainese website. It's says 'Dark Grey' in the photo, but that's what my anthracite boots look like.

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Old 07-26-2007, 08:25 AM   #19
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Comfortable, but mine are NOT waterproof

I've worn these for the last year (~18,000 miles on a 1200GS, all weather, Northeast winter/summer, rallies, track days, commuting, etc.). Pluses are they are very comfortable for both riding and walking. Recently I've become feeling "hotspots" on the bottom of my feet, not from heat but from pressure, but I suspect a padded insert will help there--keep meaning to try it, but forgetting. They feel very robust and protective, although the ankle area IS pretty much just leather, so no real protection against a really hard crunch between hard objects.

The negative--this boot, at least the ones I have, ARE NOT WATERPROOF, and this has been true since shortly after I purchased them. To the contrary, I suspect they actually suck in water. In even light rain my feet are sodden in short order. Maybe it's a defect in mine, I don't know, but I can pour the water out of my boots after a couple of hours in hard rain.

Worse, I have not been able to find good quality overshoes for them (once I'd gotten over the painful fact that you just paid a lot of money for allegedly waterproof boots that need overshoes in the first place). The exterior dimensions, especially around the ankle, are large enough that what would otherwise be appropriately-sized NEOS, for example, don't close properly. They may close enough to be effective against rain (haven't tried them yet in conditions), but the velcro overflap of the NEOS cannot close properly around the boot (the snap-down strap, however, does reach around, and that may hold things in place sufficiently to prevent water entry).

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Old 07-27-2007, 06:48 PM   #20
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I am going to compare them with the Dainese Zev D-Dry when Cycle Gear gets my size in a couple of days.
Man, what Cycle Gear are you going to? The one in Sacramento sucks. There are dealers up here that have more gear in stock.
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Old 07-27-2007, 11:16 PM   #21
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Man, what Cycle Gear are you going to? The one in Sacramento sucks. There are dealers up here that have more gear in stock.
I ended up buying a different pair of Dainese touring boots, I forget the model. The Cycle Gear here in SF ordered them directly from Italy as they were not available in the USA.

FYI, Dainese has just opened a new store here in SF, it opened on Monday of this week. I haven't checked it out yet, but it should be pretty cool!
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:15 AM   #22
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FS: Dainese Virunga anthracite boots

I'm switching to waterproof boots, I find I spend too much time riding in wet weather to do without.

So, my ~1 year old Dainese Virunga antracite-colored boots are for sale, $75 plus shipping (figure $10-$15) (boots were about ~$270 new). I've worn them for about 10,000 miles, so they are broken in. No defects (other than the waterproofness, or lack thereof), VERY comfortable for both riding and walking, no hard ankle protection.

EU size 44, true US 10.5, comfortable with single pair of sweat socks, also good with heavier wool socks for winter riding.

If you ride in mostly dry conditions, you will LOVE these boots. If you frequently ride in wet conditions, and don't like having wet feet, these boots are not for you.

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Old 10-16-2007, 06:06 AM   #23
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Question gaerne explorer vs dainese virunga

hey all

after a bad experience when i went offroad with a pair of Levior boots (my cheap side decided for these when comparing at the time with the dainese virunga) i'm looking for some boots that offer (by importance):

protection
waterproof
confort
looks

i came down to gaerne explorer and dainese virunga d-dry.
dainese are a little more expensive but if they offer more protection than the gaerne ones, i'll go with' em. anyone that has tested both? in your opinion which ones offer better protection?
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:41 AM   #24
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See my post immediately above yours for my experience with Virunga D-(not)dry.

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hey all

after a bad experience when i went offroad with a pair of Levior boots (my cheap side decided for these when comparing at the time with the dainese virunga) i'm looking for some boots that offer (by importance):

protection
waterproof
confort
looks

i came down to gaerne explorer and dainese virunga d-dry.
dainese are a little more expensive but if they offer more protection than the gaerne ones, i'll go with' em. anyone that has tested both? in your opinion which ones offer better protection?
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:26 AM   #25
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See my post immediately above yours for my experience with Virunga D-(not)dry.

Andrew
I have been riding in a pair of Virunga D-Dry for the past 14months, including the British Summer and have had no problems with them leaking. They are a nice comfortable fit, you can walk in them off the bike and the appear to be waterproof.

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Old 10-17-2007, 06:51 AM   #26
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Any boot is hot on a GS.
Combat Tourings are good in hot weather
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:27 AM   #27
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See my post immediately above yours for my experience with Virunga D-(not)dry.

Andrew
i was looking for a direct comparison between these two boots (dainese and gaerne) because i haven't found one yet.

i don't want to spend more in another pair of boots (being these more expensive) and get to the conclusion they're not any better than the ones i have now (levior, about 100).
also, it's the second time i hurt my ankles/feet. it hurts real badly and i know they won't be the same, it's been about 2 years and sometimes one of them still hurts from the first fall...

gaerne explorer VS dainese virunga
regarding protection, which ones?
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Old 11-28-2008, 04:27 PM   #28
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not bad

I tried on lots of boots today..a* effex, dainese axial, sidi vertigo, sidi onroad and canyon. I have to say these are the stiffest side to side, and pretty damn comfortable, too. there is a bit of ankle protection and some subtle rear of ankle protection, too. the sole is genius. We'll see about the waterproofness, but I suppose you could always treat them with silicone or some other protectant, too.
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Old 11-29-2008, 02:14 PM   #29
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I have been riding in a pair of Virunga D-Dry for the past 14months, including the British Summer and have had no problems with them leaking. They are a nice comfortable fit, you can walk in them off the bike and the appear to be waterproof.

Thanks

Nigel
Since someone else has bumped this thread back up I thought I would add some more info.

Boots now 26months old and have still not leaked over two winters. They get an occasional clean with Nikwax cleaner and an application of Aquawax still look reasonable as well.
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Old 11-29-2008, 02:37 PM   #30
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Since someone else has bumped this thread back up I thought I would add some more info.

Boots now 26months old and have still not leaked over two winters. They get an occasional clean with Nikwax cleaner and an application of Aquawax still look reasonable as well.
Good for you, seems to be some variability there.

I still have pair of NON-WATERPROOF Virguna Antrhacite boots, size US 10.5, perfectly usable condition, available for US$90, I'll cover shipping in CONUS. Haven't been worn since my earlier postings above.

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