Rarely are sequels as good or better than the original, but the smartly refined Mohawk 2 boots offer a clear upgrade over their predecessor. These new boots are better constructed, cost $40 less than the originals, and are now available in black as well as the classic Redwing reddish brown/white color combo.
Like the original REVIT Mohawk boots, this redesign is an homage to Redwing’s classic 877. At least to the naked eye they are a dead ringer. But there's a big difference between these CE-approved moto boots and those general-purpose work boots from Redwing's archives that first appeared on a 1971 cover of Sports Illustrated.
The toe profile of this relatively svelte moto boot is about half the size of the huge moc toe on the original Redwings—making it easy to slip under a shifter. Underneath that toe lies a thermoformed toe cap—matched by another at the heel cup. Throw in interior and anterior ankle armor, and we wind up with a real wolf in sheep's clothing.
While it's not waterproof, that aspect is in-line with the Mohawk's intednded use: it’s an urban boot equipped with outsized protective features. If you’re going interstate touring and want total protection from the possibility of rain, get a higher, non-laced GoreTex option. If your'e going to the track, or want track-boot protection, then get a track boot with lateral support, maybe an exterior tendon designs, ultimate protection that's ultimately impossible to walk in, too.
But for a quality leather boot that combines everyday wearability and walkability with discreet protective features, look no further than the new Mohawk 2. Even the thick waxed laces are well-made, addressing one of our few qualms with the Stylmartin Indian Boots. And while they lack a waterproof membrane, they're sufficiently water-resistant for most urban outings—get caught in a drizzle around town and you'll still likely emerge with dry feet.
In sum the Mohawk 2 offers one of the best combinations of real moto features and everyday wearability we've seen.
*The Mohawk 2 boots are a big step up (pun!) from the first generation Mohawk boot REVIT came out with back in 2015. Namely, the sole has been totally redesigned. Some boots from the first generation suffered from warranty issues with the sole coming off. That's been addressed, the price has even dropped some, and the the Mohawk 2's are ready to rip.