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PRODUCT REVIEW: Waterproof Riding Boots from Harley-Davidson

Simple, sturdy design goes a long way

By Tricia Szulewski
4/3/2011

No matter how you slice it, women riders are still motorcycling underdogs. For years, I wore men’s boots because women’s styles just weren’t available. I’m talking about real riding boots with reinforced and sturdy waterproof material, ankle protection, and nonskid soles. All I found on the women’s shelves were boots with ridiculously high heels and frilly adornments. Recently, the options for real riding boots for women have gotten better. I’ve always liked Harley-Davidson’s footwear, the line with the most style options by far. But as a discerning rider, I still found Harley’s selection lacking in terms of true function until last April, when the company finally addressed women as real riders by releasing a 100-percent-waterproof riding boot called the Hennie. I was one of the first to try them out. 

The Hennie is a basic all-around riding boot with the added bonus of being waterproof.
The Hennie is a basic all-around riding boot with the added bonus of being waterproof.

An attractive combination of full-grain leather and mesh textile upper, along with deep sole treads, makes the Hennie appear like a cross between a combat boot and a hiking boot. Note that these boots run a half or a whole size large. Tightening the laces helps achieve a perfect fit over the foot, but for easy on-and-off, I use the inside ankle zippers. A Velcro flap at the top of the zipper secures the pull and provides a good fit around the calf. The Hennie’s 7-inch shaft goes well beyond the ankle, but not so far that it’s difficult to get them on under pant legs.

A Hydro Guard waterproof membrane keeps the rain out.
A Hydro Guard waterproof membrane keeps the rain out.

The boot’s 1.75-inch heel height suits me well, as it doesn’t interfere with the ability to adjust my foot position on footpegs like higher-heeled boots do. The nonslip rubber outsole is durable for walking as well as riding. Fitted with a full-length, cushioned sock lining, these boots are comfortable enough to wear all day. In fact, the Hennies have been elevated to top riding boot status in my wardrobe. No longer do I need to bring along a waterproof pair or a comfortable walking shoe. I just wear the Hennies and have everything I need in one boot.      
  
Boots with tall heels can “trap” your feet in one riding position. The Hennie's flatter sole gives you more options for foot placement on pegs.
Boots with tall heels can “trap” your feet in one riding position. The Hennie's flatter sole gives you more options for foot placement on pegs.

Harley Davidson's Hennie riding boots are available in women's sizes 5-11 and retail for $140. For more information or to locate a dealer, visit Harley-DavidsonFootwear.com.     

Author Tricia Szulewski has maintained the woman rider’s perspective in RoadBike since 1999 as the magazine’s art director and staff writer. She is an MSF instructor and owns a Suzuki Bandit 1200S. Click on the link to visit RoadBike magazine's Web site.
Author Tricia Szulewski has maintained the woman rider’s perspective in RoadBike since 1999 as the magazine’s art director and staff writer. She is an MSF instructor and owns a Suzuki Bandit 1200S. Click on the link to visit RoadBike magazine's Web site.


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