DAYTONA BOOTS – Made in Germany by hand
A family business located in Lower Bavaria, the Frey brothers have been producing boots there since 1963. In 1973 that took the name ‘Daytona’, and now employ 140 highly-skilled craftsmen who make and assemble their boots by hand. Every year, some 70,000 pairs of boots leave the factory in Eggenfelden.
The Daytona range is characterised by legendary continuity, and new boots are added at longer intervals, because many of the models are in constant demand by the customers, and so remain on offer.
WHY DAYTONA BOOTS HAVE NO COMPETITION
Stable, comfortable, truly waterproof, and almost indestructible, the decades-long reputation enjoyed by Daytona boots is second to none.
Each and every boot is hand-made – even to punching out the leather by hand. And leather is still the main component of a Daytona boot. In all, more than 120 separate parts go into every boot.
Daytona boots (waterproof models) are truly waterproof because each pair is lined with a three- or four-layer Gore-Tex membrane. To ensure the seams are waterproof and remain waterproof, each seam is covered in Gore tape, which is then immediately tested for waterproofness. This tested waterproof membrane is then built into the boot, and sits between the lining and the leather. This is exactly why Daytona boots are different to other boots. The waterproof layers is not treated as a kind of ‘sock’, but is installed as a lining. This allows the membrane to withstand the constant chafing by the foot for much, much longer, and it makes it easier to check during production that the quality is second-to-none. Nothing is spared during production.
Daytona never rests on its laurels. And the best way to improve the boots is to examine the used boots of the customers. And many of its customers send their boots to Daytona, to maybe have the soles replaced after many years of use, or for a damage analysis after an accident. The purchase of a high-quality boot must pay off for the customer, and Daytona boots are now waterproof for more than 60,000km – with some customers getting 100,000km out of them.
There are Daytona boots and then there are other motorcycle boots.