Opinions on Dainese Virunga D-Dry Boots?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by 'Flagger, Sep 5, 2006.

  1. davidmc

    davidmc Been here awhile

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    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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  2. Boston12GS

    Boston12GS Banned

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    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. :D 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.

    Andrew
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  3. vedjetah

    vedjetah n00b

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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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  4. Boston12GS

    Boston12GS Banned

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    See my post immediately above yours for my experience with Virunga D-(not)dry.

    Andrew

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  5. ncpierce

    ncpierce Adventurer

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    I have been riding in a pair of Virunga D-Dry for the past 14months, including the British Summer :rofland 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
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  6. bigrichard

    bigrichard Long timer

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    [quote='Flagger]Any boot is hot on a GS.[/quote]

    Combat Tourings are good in hot weather
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  7. vedjetah

    vedjetah n00b

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    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? :ear
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  8. tomla

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    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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  9. ncpierce

    ncpierce Adventurer

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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. :clap
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  10. Boston12GS

    Boston12GS Banned

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    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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  11. ncpierce

    ncpierce Adventurer

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    OK 37months from purchase and a soaking wet 250mile ride home in torrential rain led to my left boot starting to leak. I think it is probably to do with where the top of the boot has worn from using the gear shifter as the right boot remained dry.

    Obviously now out of warranty so have been shopping for some new boots today.

    Tried on various candidates including:-
    Alpinestar Scout Boots
    Hein Gericke version of TCX Infinity
    Sidi Gore-Tex B2
    Alpinestar Durban Gore-Tex
    Dainese Virunga D-Dry

    I really liked the Alpinestar Durban but they are £130 ($212) more than the £165 ($270) Dainese so I bought the same boots again. The old ones have now been retired to light/dry duties and were quite good value. Lets hope the new ones are as good as the old ones were :D
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  12. ÖÖ.

    ÖÖ. Ajaa kuin mummo

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    Does anyone have any experience on Dainese Visoke boots? I think they are the new virunga.
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    I tried Alpinestars Durban, TCX Infinity, Sidi Adventure and all of them are too narrow in the toe section. These seem to be the only one that fit propely.
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  13. maximuski

    maximuski Don't Follow Me I'm Lost2

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    Too narrow at toes?? Rev'it Apache are the boots you're looking for! They're pricey but worth every penny
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  14. ncpierce

    ncpierce Adventurer

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    Well 39months from my last post in this thread the new replacement pair that I bought have now started to both leak. Water has definitely not got in from the top but has found its way in somewhere from around the foot...so what do I replace them with...

    TIA

    Nigel
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  15. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    Alpinestar Scouts. 2 years, much abuse, no leaks
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  16. maximuski

    maximuski Don't Follow Me I'm Lost2

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    I'm happy with my Dainese visoke. Very light weight. But the best waterproof boots I've ever had are my rev'it Apache. I fell crossing a little river in my Africa Twin. Two friends came to help me to lift the bike. They had cold feet for hours but mine were completely dry. It was unbelievable

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