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DXR Code boot test


It's not always easy to reconcile a sporty look, road comfort and a contained budget. Especially when it comes to equipment as technical as the motorcycle boots. With the dXR Code boots, the designers at DXR attempt to take up the challenge, by adding a (very) large dose of versatility. Of the boots with a strong racing look but whose preferred terrain will be mainly the road, even if the level of protection offered will allow you to calmly consider the track on an occasional basis.

Onward to testing these boots Made in Motoblouz , offered at an ultra competitive price for the category. The DXR Code boots will have accompanied me for a little over 2 months at the time of writing these lines, on my daily journeys and my walks.

DXR Code boots: a neat sports-racing look

As is often the case with DXR , and despite a ultra content price, the DXR Code boots have a rather flattering look ! Available in 3 colors (Black, Black/Red and Black/White, the one tested), the Codes are in microfiber synthetic leather. The same material present on the dXR Go-Fast sneakers that I tested last spring. And it is clear that it is a very robust material, because I am indeed far from sparing them.

Compared to conventional leather, microfiber is less susceptible to scratches. Above all, it holds up very well over time, while requiring no maintenance. Negative point: this is not “made” by following the morphology as classic leather can do. Although it is true that it becomes more flexible with time.

THE injected polyurethane protections of the shin, heel and calf inspire solidity. They have shiny or matte surfaces for the most beautiful effect. However, be careful with the shiny parts which are susceptible to scratches.

The seams, all lined, are of excellent quality. Small note: the threads used are the same color as the inserts on which they are found. A simple detail that demonstrates the care taken in the design, where many manufacturers low cost would not have hesitated to cut corners on these kinds of little things in order to limit manufacturing costs.

Remarkable comfort, worthy of a touring boot

This is probably THE strong point of the DXR Code boots: comfort !

These boots are easy to put on. Even with my problems with “rugby calves” which I spoke to you about in the jeans test DXR Boost. This is exceptional enough to be mentioned, because I had no problem closing them. Whether over a racing pants, a jumpsuit or, of course, jeans placed inside the shoes. The closure is done with a solid zip and a large velcro on the side of the boots, like the racing boots from Alpinestars.

Inside the boot we find a lightly padded mesh lining. It contributes enormously to comfort as well as thermal comfort.

Still like the DXR Go-Fast, under the closing zip there is a membrane. It completes the waterproofing by preventing any infiltration of rainwater in this area. Because yes, the dXR Code boots are waterproof. Thanks to the presence of this rain-proof membrane which is nevertheless breathable. A waterproofness that I had the opportunity to test during a downpour at the very beginning of this test.

A downside, however, concerns comfort when walking. A “fold” (visible in the photos taken on the motorcycle) forms from time to time on the side of the ankle, and can become unpleasant during long walks. Nothing prohibitive though. The problem disappeared after a few outings, although it remains present.

DXR Code boots, a pair of multi-season boots

Regarding thermal approval, they showed themselves exceptionally comfortable. This, even on the hottest days at the beginning of July, with temperatures close to 30°C (yes, in the North!). Likewise, they are quite protective in the cool of the morning, at temperatures close to 10°C. When I spoke to you about versatility!

Concerning the size (test carried out on a pair in 44), it corresponds to the usual civilian sizes. Pilots with fairly strong feet will find what they are looking for here. And there will be no problem putting on a pair of thick socks during the cold season.

Boots to suit every style

On the road, the comfort gussets present at the instep, Achilles heel and calf, allow DXR Code boots to adapt to all positions. From a position with strongly bent legs on a sports car to the much more upright position of a roadster, boots never hinder movement.

Also note, the large selector reinforcement is ideally placed. And it poses no problem when changing gears on the different machines with which I have ridden these two months.

I'll come back to this later in this review, but the DXR Code boots offer a very good compromise between comfort and stiffness. Thus, the feel of the controls is particularly good compared to a purely racing model. As a result, these “sport” boots are perfectly suitable for a first pair in this category. For example, compared to my Alpinestar smx plus, the feeling of the selector and the brake is much less confusing during the first outings. Which represents a significant advantage for a beginner.

DXR Code: safety objective

THE dXR Code boots have everything you could expect from a sports boot in terms of protection. Large rigid shells at the shin, calf, heel, and long reinforcement at the toe. In addition, thanks to the well-thought-out placement of these protections, they are completely forgotten! We also find removable sliders (secured by two easily accessible screws). But their resistance to abrasion is not exceptional due to a less resistant plastic than that used at Alpinestars or Dainese for example.

Even if it is less rigid than on models purely intended for the track, the sole and the entire boot offer excellent torsion resistance. It has nothing to envy of what the competition offers in the sport-touring category. An excellent point.

Finally, a malleolus reinforcement is of course integrated into the appropriate place in the boot. Also, it should be noted that the DXR Code boots are cE 13634-2015 approved.

A boot, with a racing look, suitable for beginners

To complete the advice I gave in the File “choosing your motorcycle equipment when you are a beginner”, this is one of the rare pairs of boots that will be perfect for young bikers. Even more so if they are looking to equip themselves, while adopting a racing look, but without having to undergo all the rigidity of a model purely intended for the track. Obviously less comfortable and practical than a pair of half-boots or motorcycle sneakers, the DXR Codes constitute an excellent compromise between look, comfort and protection.

And if you have never worn motorcycle boots of this type before, it will be an excellent introduction to the subject once you have spent the necessary adaptation time in order to correctly feel the position of the selector. A very weak constraint in exchange for a significant gain in security !

N.B. : Don't hesitate to watch bruno's video regarding the DXR Code and the “Choosing the right motorcycle boots” buying guide. They will give you general information on choosing boots.

PROTECTION3.5
COMFORT4.5
ERGONOMICS3.8
PRACTICAL ASPECTS4
FINISHING4
THERMAL APPROVAL4.3

My opinion: A model of accessibility!

The DXR Code boots prove to be exceptionally versatile boots, very comfortable for the category. They are more "sport-touring" than "racing" oriented, even if they allow you to be properly equipped to take an occasional lap on the circuit in complete safety. As is often the case with DXR , the Code offers unbeatable value for money, coupled with accessibility which will allow even beginners to adopt a racing look without suffering the inconvenience. The icing on the cake is that these boots can accompany you all year round and whatever the weather!
4.3

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Cedric

Driving teacher since 2008 and motorcyclist for almost 20 years, I am the motorcycle manager of the CFSR road safety training center, located in Valenciennois. We prepare students for their license but we also train future instructors throughout the region. I also launched the site “Le Moniteur Hors Des Clous!” in 2016 with the aim of sharing the particular view that I have on auto/motorcycle news and popularizing the principles of road safety. Benefiting on a daily basis from a privileged observer position, I try to shed particular light on road safety, legislation and training.

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  1. The outstanding monitor! august 18, 2017 at 01:57 Answer

    Hello Laurent, thank you for stopping by to read my essay and thank you for your very interesting feedback.
    Glad to see that you are satisfied with these boots, we have the same feeling 😉
    For the size, obviously not being an expert like you, I am basing this solely on my own experience, and my feet are indeed a bit strong. My 44 seems to fit correctly, even if I actually had a lot more room "in width", which will allow me to wear thick socks in winter. In comparison with “civilian” shoes, a usual 44 suits me just as much, even if I am tighter in them. At Bering for example, it's difficult for me to put big socks in a 44 boot. That's it for the small clarification regarding the size, I hope that our opinions can help other people who go through this :)
    For the finish, I gave it an 8/10, which corresponds to the feeling I have on this subject, keeping in mind the very tight price (unlike the size!) of these shoes. In this category, it's quite honorable I think compared to everything I've experienced in a similar budget (or else you have to go for half boots).
    Almost 3 months passed with it, and I continue to use them daily. I am very satisfied with it, although I also confirm that the sole wears out quite quickly.
    Thank you again for your message 🙂

  2. Alban GIRARD august 8, 2017 at 12:23 Answer

    Good morning,

    I don't understand how the overall rating of 8.5/10 is obtained. By calculation, I get exactly 8/10.
    A prohibitive point for me noted in the Motoblouz reviews by a DXR Code owner: after only 20 minutes of use on the track, slider and front of the boot destroyed. For a boot approved EN 13634:2015, that’s quite a challenge. Initially setting out to buy boots that had successfully passed this standard (the most recent), I ultimately preferred to set my sights on Dainese Nexus approved EN 13634:2010 Category II despite their higher price.

    • Loic august 8, 2017 at 3:07 p.m. Answer

      Hello Alban,

      The overall score is not necessarily an average of all the criteria. Certain notions not listed in the rating criteria may be taken into account, such as the quality/price ratio. The final score is rather a reflection of the tester's feelings, which can go beyond these points.

      Since you raise this question, Cédric returns to how the notation works in this article recently published on his blog:
      http://www.lemoniteurhorsdesclous.fr/2017/08/08/choisir-son-1er-equipement-conseils-pour-rouler-sous-la-pluie-ssais-materiel-moto-lmhdc-cest-aussi-des- articles-elsewhere-on-the-web/

      V,
      Loic

      • The outstanding monitor! august 8, 2017 at 8:39 p.m. Answer

        Hello Loïc and Alban,

        Indeed, there is an additional note (and indeed not apparent in detail) concerning the personal appreciation of the tester.
        As a result, the note is also representative of this feeling that Loïc talks about and that I address in my blog article.

        For the sliders in fact they wear out quite quickly, I have also worn mine and the edge of the boot well throughout this test, and only with road use.
        I also talked about it in the test, the plastic used is softer than that of the competition, at least from Dainese which offers better. At Alpinestars , I wore out the boot sliders (original plastic) in the same way over about 3 or 4 months, which is why I switched to the optional metal sliders.

        Clearly for the track the DXR Code will only be suitable for very occasional use, more beginner oriented in fact.

        It's more of a very good versatile boot with a sporty look and offered at an ultra-low price than a real racing boot in my opinion.

        Thanks for stopping by to read the article anyway 😉

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