Boots Review: Dainese Anfibio Café

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Dainese Anfibio Café, £165

Time tested: 1200 miles/two months

What’s good? These are my dry ride to work, around town and short journey boots and in that role they have been perfect so far. I wanted something that was subtle, offered some basic protection over non-bike boots and so far they have been excellent. The fit from the start was comfortable and the 1960s/paratrooper (some might say jackboot) style is exactly what I was after as they can be worn to the bank without creaking and groaning like race boots can. The non-slip shifter guard works well.

What’s not? Despite nylon ankle guards I am aware the crash protection on these boots is not at race standards but as a daily commuter (in dry weather) and for shorter journeys I accept that risk. They are a pricey when compared to a set of genuine paratrooper surplus boots, which can be bought for £100 less and probably offer similar protection. The boots have slightly silly-looking ‘pre-scuffed’ soles and I have no idea why.


Quality rating: 4/5

Value rating: 3/5


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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter