Review: Gianni Falco Mixto ATV

After almost riding a year with the Gianni Falco Mixto ATV’s as a replacement for the Held Gear (that leaked), I’m now ready to write a review on them.

Material
The Mixto is made from leather. Brown nu-buck/suede leather to be more exact on the model I have.
The leather is impregnated with a water repellent, but wears of after a few days of riding in rainy weather. Still, the High-Tex membrane keeps my feet dry and not sweaty.
The boots also have an injection molded rubber boot protector to protect the boot from scratches from the shift lever.
It is recommended to spray the boots with a water repellent spray once a month.
I also recommend to throw away the factory inner soles and replace them with shock absorbing soles, just to get more comfort out of the boots.

Safety
The Mixto ATV has a shin plate made of polyurethane, but is rather short.
Aswell the clasps are made of the same material, and are adjustable using an internal ratchet mechanism.
Ankles are protected by D3O material.
Soles are made of rubber with a generous amount of profile.

Flex
The flex is rather a “meh”. It’s too flexible to really go offroad, but it’s good for onroad touring. Shifts feel really good in these boots.

Look and feel
When walking around wearing nothing but black textile gear and suddenly seeing brown boots, everyone that didn’t ride a motorbike said “What are thooose!!!”.
I did like the brown color, but after a few months riding with them, the brown turned a bit ugly. Oil stains are also a PITA to get out of the boots.
The boots squeak when walking, and it gets on my nerves from time to time, but they still keep my feet dry. Function over form I say.

Fitment
My feet are a bit wide, so these boots were perfect for my feet. The only downside is that my cheap textile pants don’t have a wide opening to fit over the boot, so I’m struggling with that. Sometimes they fit, but sometimes they don’t.

Price
I bought these boots for the price of €199,95. Not cheap, but also not that expensive.
The price-quality ratio is rather nice, but the price should be around €165 if I’m being honest.

Verdict
I like the boots, but they are squeaky, and need a lot of attention because of the brown nu-buck/suede finish leather. They are still watertight, even after putting my foot down in a deep puddle of water. I feel safe in these boots.

The only thing is: I won’t buy them again, because I now already wrote a review about them 🙂
My next boots will be the Gianni Falco Avantour (€249) (High-Tex), or Alpinestars Toucan (€359) (Gore-Tex), just to see how these compare to the cheaper Mixto ATV.

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Freezing my hands off, how to fix it?

The blog wasn’t kept up to date, that’s because nothing special has happened for the past months. Just the regular “idiots on the road”, and some minor maintenance on the XF650.
It was freezing cold for about a week, and I bought some GoreTex gloves, but they aren’t as thick as I thought they would be.
Already having some handguards (from plastic) I thought these would protect me from the wind chill and rain. Boy was I wrong!

My hands were freezing, and when I turned up the heat on my heated grips, nothing happened, I didn’t feel a tiny bit of heat.
Now I know, heated grips only work with thin gloves, but the windchill was so hard that I couldn’t even feel it.

I went online and searched for handguard wind protectors, but they cost around €20,00, which was too much for me (I’m a cheapskate), and delivery will take a few days.
So I took a plant tray with some thick plastic (PVC), and snipped it with some generic scissors.

I then drilled some holes in it, and bolted it straight into the existing handguards that were too small.

This is the result:

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I thought they’d flap in the wind, but fortunatly they didn’t. It kept the rain from my hands, but the wind still finds a way into the handguards, but it isn’t that bad.

The extensions don’t look homemade, and it fits the grayish color on the front cowl.
I didn’t even have to turn on the heated grips and it was about 3°C.

This was a fun little project (which took me about half an hour) that you can do it yourself to your bike when you have the same problems as me!

Go on, make something and have a nice day!