Dainese TR-Course Out Air boot

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Dainese TR-Course Out Air Boot

The TR-Course Out Air boot by Dainese is a multi-purpose sport riding boot with excellent protection technology derived from road racing R&D that incorporates comfort and practicality for street riders. Equipped with stout ankle and heel support, protective yet breathable materials and a simple ingress/egress system. This piece of motorcycling footwear seems to have all bases covered. After extensive track and road testing, this boot proved itself a sleeper, exceeding our initial expectations and surpassing some of the top players in the category at double the TR-Course Out Air’s price of $299.95.

The main boot structure of the TR-Course Out Air boot is comprised of perforated rawhide wrapped around the lower foot and upper heel/lower calf area with high strength microfiber surrounding the remaining shin and upper calf regions. This creates a very breathable and lightweight core structure. Overlaying these materials are external protection systems mainly comprised of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) which is the same material commonly found in impact areas of automotive interiors, high-tension drive belts and even protective cell phone cases – so you know it’s strong! These great abrasion resistance and shock absorption properties allow for the “ADC D-Axial” ankle support system, heel cup and shin guard to function so well while minimizing total unit mass and maximizing mobility. The nylon toe box and hell enclosure offer another line of defense in the especially vulnerable areas of the boot. Each safety feature hedging against injury to one of the most fragile parts of the human body in a motorcycle crash contributes towards the full CE certification of the boot.

Dainese TR-Course Out Air Boot

Slipping the boot on is a quick and painless process without the hassle of a stiff inner booty or finicky strap/ratchet system. The inner booty is very breathable and flexible with a protective TPU shield reinforcing the lower calf area. Once this shield is tucked up against the calf, the exterior of the boot simply zips up the rear with a locking YKK zipper system. Though not as adjustable as traditional strapping systems, fitment around the calf can be fine-tuned by repositioning the zipper tracks on the main boot structure via Velcro. Once the boot is all “laced up”, the TR-Course Out Air is one of the most comfortable and nimble sport boots we’ve tested in recent years. The toe and ankle areas are very compact without any protruding edges to get hung up on bike parts or foreign object debris. Shifting, foot peg repositioning and weight transferring can be conducted quickly and precisely. This is not something than can be said about some of the bulky full-on road racing competitors in higher pricing tiers.

Dainese has produced a near-perfect mix of foot protection, performance and comfort with the TR-Course Out Air boot. Superior impact and abrasion defense is accomplished with an array of systems and materials proven on the race track and beyond. At the same time, comfort and convenience are addressed with the effective yet simplistic design. This well-rounded package is a functional work horse on the street as well as on the track and RideApart’s set of TR-Course Out Air boots will definitely be seeing many more miles on both beyond this test.

[Lead Photo: Dito Milian / gotbluemilk.com]

  • erall

    any comments about the Dainese TR-Course In Boots?

    • Ayabe

      I have them, very happy with them as they’re narrow enough to fit under any pair of pants I own. You get most if not all of the safety features of the Axial Pro in at $500. I think the next step up is the Course In/Outs and really all you get is metal sliders instead of plastic/TPU whatever it’s called. You can buy metal toe-sliders if you need the bling, I don’t.

      I did have some rubbing on my shin the first few times I wore them but they’ve since broken in quite nicely – wear full length socks.

      One thing that’s a little annoying – the inner velcro, some Dianese pants have them and some don’t – on the pants that don’t the velcro will latch onto the bubble liner and cause some piling. Not a huge deal but might wear the inner liner out/tear after some period of time.

      I would never consider going back to traditional “out” boots unless I was going to a Star Wars convention.

      • Harvard J. Nasty, Esq.

        Thanks for providing some real information about these boots instead of the pap in the article!

      • Clint Keener

        I have the Corse In boots. I think they are overpriced. But they are super comfortable, except for the shin rubbing. I think I have permanent marks since I wear them every day. But they have held up to daily abuse quite well.

        But for $420, they aren’t as cool looking or as beefy feeling as equally priced Sidi boots, but are undercover enough to wear around off the bike. So it depends on what you want.

        • Doubtful Guest

          I’ve had the TR-Course In Airs for a couple of months, and they were $300 at the D-Store in Costa Mesa, CA (not sure where your $420 came from — maybe you’re thinking of the Torque RS?). Before that I was wearing Sidi Apex, and besides having less protection, the Sidis were stiffer and didn’t fit under pants as well as the Daineses.

          I agree about the shin rubbing initially, but I just stretched out the elastic at the top by putting a book in them overnight, and I’ve belatedly started wearing over-the-calf-socks, which are more comfortable in any boot.

          The left one squeaks a little when I walk (a block from the parking to my office, and again they’re more comfortable than the Sidi), but very happy with them.

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  • Davidabl2

    It’s a sad sign of the times that the substantive part of the review is in the comments.i.e.. the comment by Ayabe.
    That said, I WILL be looking at these boots the next time I need to buy boots…

  • Libertatem

    Got the Torque RS Out, which are basically the same just more expensive. They are great! The only minor problems is that they are quite difficult to remove (at least on my feet), and I think the outsole doesn’t last long either if you walk in them. Which is a kind of pity as I don’t want to replace the whole boot just because sometimes you actually have to walk in them. But everything else is the right stuff. They look great, they are not bulky, and then don’t look like power rangers’ boots. You get form *and* function with those.

  • Adrastos34

    Have owned these boots as my every day street boots for a year now (I have the non perforated version and even then they don’t get swampy in the summer with sport socks). Pretty much everything in the review is bang on. My bike is my only transportation so they get used a ton and have held up extremely well. I don’t think I could come up with a single complaint about them. I was blown away that I had found a boot that provided so much protection, looked great and were super easy and quick to get on/off. I have a wider foot and usually have trouble with footwear being too narrow. I tried on a US 11.5 / Euro 45 and the length was good but the width in the center felt a little claustrophobic. I decided to try on a US 12.5 / Euro 46 instead and it fit very well. Going one size up also gives me a perfect amount of room in the toe box to comfortably fit a thicker thermal sock when it gets into the colder months. As a tip for comparison I am a size US 12 / Euro 47 in similar Alpinestars boots. Like Ayabe said though wear full length socks. Its not that they chafe or scratch me but it is more comfortable with higher socks. I find that walking around in them isn’t bad but it definitely isn’t a boot you want to spend all day in if you have to walk. They don’t so much cause soreness walking around as much as they change your walking stride enough to make you aware/conscious of the steps you are taking.