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The Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR Boots offer motorcycle protection with hiking-boot style and comfort. They'll get you through the worst of weather conditions thanks to the Gore-Tex XCR waterproof and breathable membrane. Although it is quite a mouthful, the Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex Boots deliver in performance what they lack in brevity.
Note: Anthracite/Red colorway is more Orange than Red.
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This is the CR-4. It's Gore-Tex XCR. What does that mean? It's lots and lots of letters for those of you new.
The boots called the CR-4. The Gore-Tex membrane is built into this boot and it's Gore-Tex XCR. Gore Tex XCR means it's waterproof, it's breathable for life. You can wear this in the snow, sleet, rain, pounding rain! It will not get your foot wet, if it does, we will replace the boot because that means the membrane has failed.
But the XCR part means it's kind of a different style of Gore-Tex that's meant to be more rugged. You typically see it only used in boots. So it's a piece of apparel that takes an impact that's getting high use, that's constantly beat on. The Gore-Tex membrane that lives, basically built into this boot, is going to be more rugged than your typical Gore-Tex membrane that you'd see on a piece of apparel.
So, you're looking right around the 200-dollar price point. For a boot like this, that is a ton of the bang for the buck. It's a touring boot, it's going to be high around the ankle, it's a hiking boot style construction, and has a relatively stiff sole. So you're looking at a boot that you can use in a lot of scenarios -- adventuring, touring, light dual-sporting. I will say light because if you're doing heavy dual-sporting, you'll probably want a little bit more protection.
But you also have a boot that's not so heavy that you can't wear it off the bike, and can potentially wear it under a pair of jeans and hang out all day. So new for 2011 are three colors. There's always going to be your black. There's also a silver tan, which is a little bit lighter color. And then finally for this color that I have in my hand -- it's considered Anther Site Red. But it's really Anther Site Orange if you can see this color.
I finally have a reason to high-five the guys at Alpinestars in a bigger way than before. We said to them forever, "You need to do a RevZilla-color way." They said, "No, no, no, we typically do KTM Orange." We said, "No, no, no, you need to do something that's a little closer to RevZilla colors." I don't know if the message got through. All I know is that we finally have a boot now that's got an orange flavor and I think all of our staff is going to be wearing these by the end of the season.
So if we look at it, it's a synthetic suede upper, with a mixture of textile, and then, a more abrasion-resistant nylon or textile that's woven towards the top. You do have a different style-buckle system or a style-lace system. Its round laces, they're more durable. But then, we have metallic or metal eyelits that go all the way up, and it unlaces like a hiking boot. Again, it's a style element. It's built that way to be a bit rugged.
See the way the tongue comes? Notice that the tongue gator goes all the way up. Again, that's part of that Gore-Tex booty that's going to keep you waterproofed and breathable -- keep you dry bottom line. I'm going to give this guy a three season rating, I think in the dead of summer, it's going to be worn like any other boot that's not going to have any breathability to it, venting to it -- direct venting. Fall, spring are perfect, and the winter, it really depends on your temperature tolerance -- how far you want to take it down.
We look what we have -- a TPR thermal plastic rubber, laterally on the toe, just a little bit of extra bounce protection there if you go down to the low side or the outside of your foot. On the front, we have more thermal plastic and a toe counter, extra toe-box reinforcement. You have a slight patterning here for extra grip around the shift pad. We have again, a medial TPR mirroring this lateral side, again, for style but as well as some extra abrasion resistance.
As you move around to the back of the boot, you're going to see that on the backside, we have reflective, great Alpinestars logoing. But, we have this high heel counter here, again, against shock, against crushing -- there's a solid ankle cockpit built in here. And as we go up around the outside, you do have some hard protection around the malleolus. That's that little bone on the inside and outside of your ankle -- I just call it the Fred Flintstone bone -- and people know exactly what I'm talking about.
You have some hard protection built into the outside of the boot, as well as on the inside of the boot, and notice, there's some reflectivity in here as well. As we flip it down to the sole, different style sole -- it's a more rugged sole from Alpinestars. You're going to have two shanks, one in the sole that's a steal shank, and you're also have a polyurethane shank in the arc support for added protection and support.
You're going to have some flex in the front of the boot. But notice, we're starting to talk about more of a touring boot here, so on that one to ten scale that I use for hardness, I'm going to give this guy about a 7, 7.5. It's less flexible than your riding shoe or your more-sneaker or riding boot-oriented basic sport shoe.
On the inside, you do have an EVA foot pad, that's for comfort and shock absorption. And then, the interior guts on this are going to be really a wicking material that's meant to pull that sweat away from your foot, allow it to evaporate through that Gore-Tex membrane.
So like I said, three colors. Size-wise, it's an average foot bed. I don't consider Alpinestars overly wide. I also don't consider them narrow even though they are a European boot manufacturer.
Three colors in this guy, right around that 200-dollar price point. This is going to be gnarly competition for some other Italian and European brands that make touring boots. I think this boot's really well positioned, and depending on how it holds up in the extreme long run, I think that Alpinestars has a winner on its hands for Fall, 2011. Remember, this is the CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR boot from Alpinestars. Find it at RevZilla.com/alpinestars.