Tried & Tested: Furygan Caprino boots

Tested by: John Milbank¦£179.99¦www.nevis.uk.com¦01425 478936

With a Sympatex waterproof and breathable lining, D30 ankle protectors and reinforcements to the toe and heel, these CE-approved leather boots look fantastic. Until you put them on.

Keep your trouser legs down when wearing the Furygans.

The protection at the sides is so thick that the tops of the boots bulge out; it may be that this gives better protection than my CE-approved TCX X-Blend boots, but they look a bit daft. Fortunately, once your trouser leg falls over them, the tops are hidden. But despite D30 usually being an answer for comfortable protection, I find the panels uncomfortable – unlike the X-Blends, these are not a boot I’d want to walk in all day. The leather midsole looks great – a real vintage style perfectly suited to today’s naked retros. A shame then that the rubber outsole is peeling slightly at a few points, and lost a centimetre-wide chunk from one corner after the first trip out. The thin plates should be replaceable by a cobbler, which is handy, as I don’t expect them to last long.

The sole didn’t even last one ride.

It’s very unusual to find a piece of kit so disappointing, but with some excellent alternatives out there, I can’t find a reason to recommend the Caprinos.

 

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