If you are serious about touring, this is the boot for you! The top-grain G. King also uses Gaerne's exclusive Drytech breathable liner to keep your feet dry and comfortable on those long wet rides. Additionally, we have added internal protection in the shin and ankle areas to provide more support. The closure system uses and inner zipper with an outer Velcro flap to provide a secure fit. on the rear heel cup we have inserted a reflective safety strip and for the sole we have used an anti-slip rubber lug sole.
Comment: Took quite a while researching boots before deciding on these. I've had "biker" boots before but never boots like these. They are top shelf! Very well made and very comfortable. I have a high arch and these boots fit well with good support. I have not been caught in the rain yet so I can't report on their claim of being water proof but everything else is excellent.
One note on size. I bought the size I normally wear and they fit well if a whisker snug. You might consider going up a half size if you plan on wearing heavy socks. Great boot at a very fair price and quick delivery.
The G-King boots are one of two men’s touring pairs from Gaerne with a tall upper, the other being the Altus. The G-King is slightly less expensive than the Altus but not for a difference in features. The G-King just has a simpler design aesthetically. There are less panels and stitching so they require less work to assemble. Like all of Gaerne’s touring boots, the G-Kings feature an all top grain leather upper and a DryTech membrane in between the wicking comfort liner and the shell. DryTech is a material that allows water vapor to pass through it, but repels water as a solid, so it’s waterproof but still breathable. It’s a fancy way of saying your feet are going to stay dry, and therefor real comfy. They’re available in men’s sizes eight to thirteen and will fit very similar to your standard boot or shoe size as far as length is concerned. Remember, though, Gaerne is an Italian boot manufacturer, so the width is going to be a little to the narrow side. If you have very flat feet, or feet wider than the narrow side of E, or if you’re a duck, the footboard just isn’t going to be wide enough to support your instep, and the reinforced heel cup can put pressure on the medial side of your foot. For an average foot, though, these boots are going to provide a lot of comfort. The top of the foot and the Achilles areas are equipped with flex panels to promote mobility, and the insoles are removable and can be replaced when they wear out, so you’ll always have sufficient padding beneath your foot. The outsole of the G-King is its thinnest at the point of flexion, so the boots have a broken in feel right out of the box. These are easy to get on, too, because the zippered side entry extends all the way to the bottom of the boot. Gaerne has hooked you up with a little bit of protection, as well. Again, you get the reinforced heel cup. You also get a reinforced toe box and shin plate. You also have reinforced TPR inserts on the top and outside of the foot. And, there is a highly reflective panel above the heel to keep you visible at night. I’m sure you’re wondering by now if there is ankle protection. Let’s take a look Yep, there it is. Says right there, ankle protection. The feature branding is honestly the only thing I don’t care for on this boot, and it’s nitpicky. But, listing a product’s features directly on the product is a little funny to me.