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Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR Boots
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Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR Boots

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.


  • Upper constructed from a combination of PU coated leather, suede and textile
  • Breathable mesh lining on the collar and tongue and features waterproof and highly breathable Gore-Tex XCR membrane
  • Foam backed, double density impact protector on the both sides of the ankle
  • Internal toe and heel counter are layered under the leather
  • Hiking boot style lace system with metal eyelets and top hooks
  • Wrap-around rubber outsole reinforced with metal shank in the heel and a TPU shank in the Plantar Arch for enhanced rigidity
  • PU coated leather shift area
  • Reflective inserts on the rear of the boot
  • Shock absorbing EVA midsole
  • Mesh lined, anatomically profiled EVA foam footbed

Note: ​Anthracite/Red colorway is more Orange than Red.

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Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR Boots 4.6 5 96 96
Great product in all ways Very comfy for motorcycle use and walking, also lightweight for a long day use, nice colours, specially the reflective orange. The best combination between hiking boots and motorcycle boots, one of the best options for touring. September 21, 2015
Perfect protection for I needed Fits true to size and looks good both on and off the bike. September 21, 2015
Great boot I really enjoy riding in these boots. I also don't mind walking in them when I have to. They are a bit warm in the summer, but that is to be expected with any water proof boot. They have held up very nice. September 15, 2015
Love & Hate Relationship These boots actually look good and are put together well. I wish I had ordered them larger though, The fit is a little small and my feet know it. They are great in the rain and keep your feet dry. I may sell them and order a larger size. September 14, 2015
Lived in boots for 10 days / 4300 miles I just finished a 10 day trip, 4300 miles, in these boots. Temps ranged from 98F to 32F (mountains and deserts), and these boots handled it well! My feet felt great when it was in the 30's, not cold at all. A little warm in the toasty weather, but that's expected. After a little break in these boots became super comfortable. They are waterproof, and the moisture wicking does work well (although it's slightly inhibited by long riding pants preventing airflow over the boots.) A great purchase - well worth the seemingly high price tag. September 10, 2015
Great casual riding boot I was looking for a casual riding boot that I could wear almost anywhere. These were a decent price and they seem beefy enough if I should ever take a spill. It feels like a hiking boot which I'm used to wearing. It doesn't breathe like a gore-tex boot but kind of expected with how sturdy it is. Didn't soak through at all in short unexpected rain. The soles are grippy and non-slip. Overall a good buy but I may look at the Rev'It leather series for a more casual/dressed up look in the future. August 3, 2015
Where Timberland meets MotoGP Built rigid and strong, as to how you'd expect any casual boot from Timberland. Style-wise, I LOVE the anthracite/grey. Only gripe perhaps is the lack of protection on the ankles, without the Flintstone bone. Grab it before it runs out as Alpinestars had mentioned this is discontinued. Had to take a gamble with the size given many were out of stock. Usual US9/EU42or43 so I went with an 8.5 and it fit just right. I'm a EU43/US9-9.5 in a Sidi boot and a 43 in a TCX boot. Turns out as the same fit for all. July 20, 2015
Good quality I just went on my first ride with the CR-4 boots. They have very good support as well as the right amount of armor in the toe area, enough so that the shifter feedback is just right. Today was hot, 80's and rather humid. My feet stayed cool and comfortable so ventilation seems very good. I typically wear size 12 with my feet being on the "wide" side, the size 12 boots fit perfectly. Too early to rate durability, but build quality is good. I'd say pricing/value is good. July 13, 2015
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Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR Boots
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Russell Z: Color, water proof, Gore-Tex and comfort. Jul 19, 2015
mark l: heard excellent comments on both alpinestars cr-4 gore-tex xcr boots and revzilla, so why wouldn't i choose to order here, thanks Jul 16, 2015
CHRIS H: Anthony talked me into it! Seriously, I have a pair of Alpinestars boots that are NOT waterproof, but loved the fit and hiking boot style, so these are a natural step up. Jul 7, 2015
Alison M: These had all of the features I need in a MC boot: extra material on top of the toe for shifting, strong reinforcing in the arch to take the force of my kick start lever (large single without thumb start), good looks, easy laces, good toe box and ankle protection. Solid boot. And, they were comfortable even when new -- I did't have to break them in. Jun 28, 2015
Kurt B: Good price point, love the look, and of course the Revzilla review was great. Replacing a previous pair of Alpinestars waterproof boots that wore out, love their products. Jun 15, 2015
Erik R: water proof and can walk around in them without needing to bring another pair of shoes with Jun 7, 2015
michael G: wanted a waterproof boot with a a little more protection than just my hiking boots May 24, 2015
John A: Looks, comfort. Have had these shoes for 2 years now and love them. Fit is great. Comfortable to wear on the bike as well as walk around in. May 13, 2015
Daniel S: Waterproof, better than regular shoes for riding Goldwing and don't look like biker shoes. Apr 30, 2015
DAVID M: Only shoe style boot that fit me that also has gortex. Apr 1, 2015
Peter B: Wanted a Sport Touring shoe that I could hike in but had better protection than a normal hiking boot. Mar 2, 2015
A s: These boots are my go-to boots for any riding I do. Although I am a touring rider I still want something I can walk in at bike meets or sight-seeing. If I want to hike up to that waterfall on the Blue Ridge Parkway I have the comfort and traction to do it. Also the waterproof feature comes in handy both on and off the bike. I also find the lace-up and protective features of this boot give me peace of mind rolling down the interstate. Mar 2, 2015
Dave M: I was looking for a weather resistant boot for touring that I could also wear when I got to my destination. I travel to bike races frequently and once there I doff my riding pants and put on lightweight comfortable pants. Tall or clunky riding boots with hiking pants or shorts look odd and are uncomfortable for walking. Feb 26, 2015
Daing Muhammad A: It doesn't look like a motorcycle boot Oct 4, 2014
Robert B. W: Gore-tex. Sep 25, 2014
John C: Awesome boots...Look great and are very comfortable. Not as much protection as some...but they sure feel great! Sep 8, 2014
Kris A: I wanted good protection but not the moto boot look so I can use it for dual purposes.
Also, I did not want a high boot at this point, but will eventually get one for longer trips and light
off roading.
Sep 3, 2014
David R: I needed a riding boot that would double as civilian shoes for a cross country trip two up on the bike, I can't take a second pair of shoes - no space. Jul 22, 2014
Ravi S: waterproof boots, look good enought to wear to work Jun 23, 2014
omar i: looks lightweight and comfortable soes Jun 14, 2014
Jacob K: new boots/waterproof Apr 11, 2014
Nate R: Trying something new hoping they really are waterproof! Mar 21, 2014
Vijay P: Choose this riding boot due as it closely resembles a regular boot so you can wear it under a pair of jeans. Also love the Gore Tex water proof layer. Mar 9, 2014
Dennis F: Wanted a good combination of walking and riding boots that were gortex rainproof. These definitely fit the bill. Have not been disappointed and when these wear out I'll replace them with another pair. Mar 8, 2014
E V: recommendations from gear geeks needed on bike boot/shoe and comfortable off bike Jan 16, 2014
S A: Love 'em. Nov 29, 2013
Allison H: Warm and good ankle and slide protection. I ride throughout the winter (down to 40 degrees). Nov 15, 2013
Leslie S: Very good reviews! Nov 5, 2013
Douglas S: Italian quality and waterproof!! Oct 27, 2013
Craig G: Wanted a comfortable waterproof/Gore-tex boot for on-road trips on my Victory Cross Country. It had to be comfortable for riding as well as when walking around off the bike. These boots worked out great on their inaugural trip to Daytona's Biketoberfest 2013! Oct 26, 2013
Eddy L: style Oct 19, 2013
Holy C asked: From the video the boots should have an arc design on both side at the front of the boots, however, the pair I received only have arc on the outter side.WHY??????

And also the reflecting material at the back of the boot is also smaller than the one show in the video.

Please refer to the photos in my review
Sep 2, 2013
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Michael K: I can't answer as to why they are this way. Personally I think they look nice with a one sided arc. Oct 14, 2013
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A shopper asked: My Alpinestar Tech 2's, bought from the US, are labeled US11 - EUR45.5 - JPN29.5
They're a comfortable fit with motocross socks.

I also have a pair of AS Ridge boots, labeled US11 - EU44 - JPN28.5
They are a bit tight even with thin socks.

Note the difference in fit between the Tech2s and Ridge, despite both being US11

For the CR-4 XCR boot, I'm wondering if I should get the US11 or US11.5 ?
Mar 5, 2015
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Dennis F: I have a pair of 9.5 CR-4 XCR boots that also list as EUR 42.5. and while they are a little snug they aren't uncomfortably so. If I were you I would use the EUR sizing rather than US. If 11s are EU44 and the 11.5s are EUR45.5, I would recommend going with the latter.
Hope this helps.
Mar 5, 2015
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Robert W: These are great boots for wet weather and temperatures under 80 degrees for cruising and touring on my Road King. They are also very easy to walk in. For warmer weather I wear the ICON 1000 Truant Boot in size 11. I would go with size 11in the CR-4 if that is your true size. Mar 5, 2015
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Patricia G: I wear a size 10 men's shoe. I bought the U.S. 10 eur 43 cr-4.Fit is perfect. I wear both think and thin socks depending on weather and work just fine with laces you and tighten etc. Great boot in summer, rain, cold weather. Would buy again Mar 5, 2015
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David M: I wear a US size 9 tennis shoe so I bought EUR 42. They fit me spot on with thick socks. These boots are very comfortable but in my opinion they are in the "light weight" class as far as protection goes. Mar 5, 2015
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Joseph R: They run true to size for me. I wear 10.5 in most boots, and the 10.5 Alpinestars fit me fine. Mar 5, 2015
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Michael S asked: Basically, I think products that try to do too much, usually fall short in all areas rather than excelling in one or two. I occasionally ride my bike to go hiking. It's a bit of a hassle to take off my my motorcycle boots and switch to hiking boots. Then back. I've thought about riding with my hiking boots, but they're just not made for it, with insufficient ankle protection, and no padding for toe shifting.

So, would these boots work for hiking? And I don't mean a lovely meander around a park, but I mean technical climbing, possibly with a pack? I'm about ready to replace my hiking boots, and these cost just about the price of a good pair from REI.
Dec 10, 2013
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Paul M: Michael,

You are correct in your assumption. These are great riding boots, but will fall short on the trail. Being a hiker myself, I would never attempt to wear these on the trail due to a lack of adequate tread depth and hiking support. I've ridden to my hiking spots many times and have always switched to my Asolo TPS for the hike. Could you hike in the XCRs? Absolutely. But they are more for a rider looking for the hilking boot style but geared more towared riding function. That's said, I love these boots on my bike. Not only for the style, but also the rigid shank, ankle support, toe cap, and Gore Tex water resistance. If your looking for high end ankle protection you may want to look elsewhere for a higher end riding boot as the XCRs ankle protection is comprable to a high end hiker. I have the grey w/ high viz orange. Great boot e great style and function.
Dec 11, 2013
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Radomir S: I have a pair of these and I'm very satisfy . They are light and strong but comfortable. I did some hiking in Europe in Alps without any problems Dec 11, 2013
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Jorge G: No, they don't have the aggressive sole you need for hiking Dec 10, 2013
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John P: Hi Michael:

I have these boots in grey and yellow. I wanted something I could wear with jeans or technical riding on my Tenere. I've done some walking in these at certain destinations. I wouldn't want to hike in these. They may look like hikers, but they don't feel like good hikers. Hope that helps! John
Dec 10, 2013
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Trevor M asked: What length are the shoelaces on these if I need to get replacements? Oct 14, 2013
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Michael K: My boots came with 63" laces. Too long. I replaced them with 46" laces.
Love the boots.
Oct 14, 2013
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Patrick M: These boots are basically hiking boots in their size and fit, so any laces for standard hiking boots should be fine. Just my two cents. Oct 14, 2013
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Gary J: I would need to pull one of the laces out to measure it. You might try the same thing. Oct 16, 2013
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Michael H: The length that came with the boots are sufficient Oct 15, 2013
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Mike C asked: Hello all. I just purchased these boots in a 10.5 size. It is the size i wear in all of my shoes, with very few exceptions. I noticed that they feel a little snug in the width. Before i send them back and get the 11's, I wanted to know, for the people that have these, do they stretch any? It is my first pair of Goretex anything and i know very little of the elasticity of the material. I worry about sending them back, getting the 11's and them being much too long. The length is great for me in the 10.5's. Thoughts?
Thanks in advance for the responses!
May 18, 2014
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Rodney B: Hi Mike
I'm new to these shoes also, but I might offer some insight to your question. Your issue is not the Goretex that's the issue, it's the outer material. Leather boots can stretch and therefore will experience a "break in". These boots however are not leather, it is a faux leather and most synthetic materials will have very little stretch. They need to be comfortable from the beginning.
It all depends on how tight and painful they are. If it's just snug, they may eventually loosen up a slight bit. The problem is that by exchanging them, you'll get extra length, which you don't need, but you might not get a wider shoe.
What would I do? If they're uncomfortable to walk in, I'd exchange them. If the 11's are too tight, just return them and search for another type / brand of boot.
May 21, 2014
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Michael R: Had mine two years with many miles; no stretch. Minimal break-in time. They do fit "medium" width. I still would at least try the next size up. I love these boots. On days I ride to work I wear them all day! 11 hour days standing most of the time very comfortable. Good luck. May 22, 2014
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Mike C: Never mind answering this. I'm sending them back. Thanks anyway. May 19, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is the insole removable? Jan 21, 2013
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Fatbob: Regardless of the official answer, I ordered the boots anyway and was happy to find the insole is removable. They slip right out (without a cobbler) so I was able to slip in my Superfeet insoles without a problem. Feb 10, 2013
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Adam W: I'm wearing the boots right now and just took them off to resolve the debate. The insole comes right out with a gentle pinch and pull. Victory goes to Fatbob. Sep 18, 2013
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RevZilla: No. The insole is not removable without the help of a cobbler. Jan 22, 2013
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gary s asked: I'm torn between the CR-4 and the Sierra. I want the heal of the CR-4 but the breathe-ability of the Sierra. Being from PA, I don't ride as much in the depths of winter. I'm much more spring-summer-fall rider. I'm leaning towards the Sierra. What would you recommend? Aug 25, 2015
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andrew p: I have the CR-4 and like them very much. I think the weather protection is awesome and I really don't suffer from lack of ventilation.

I can't comment on the Sierra but I have 4 different bikes and the CR-4 works great with all, (race, naked, touring, sport bike).
Aug 26, 2015
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Robert S: I have experience only with the A*, I've ridden with them in 85 degree weather and there wasn't an issue. The one thing I've noticed is that the right heel gets warm from the CBR 1000RR exhaust. I really like them and they feel stout. Aug 26, 2015
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gary s: Thanks for the info Robert. I assume "A*" means you have a pair of the CR-4 and have ridden up to 85°? Aug 26, 2015
A shopper asked: Hi

I can't figure out what would be my size. I'm a 45 and I got confused looking at your conversion table.

Could you tell me what would be my size in this Alpinestar CR4 boot?

Aug 19, 2015
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Andrew H: Hello - I too wear a 45 - 46 Euro size. I went with a US size 11.5 which is the size I wear in tennis shoes. The boots fit well with enough room to wear thicker socks in the winter riding months.

I have worn my boots for two years and have been very pleased with the comfort and ruggedness while ridding.
Aug 19, 2015
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A shopper asked: How tall are the boots? They look to be about a 7"? May 19, 2015
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Robert B. W: Inside foot bed to top of tongue, 7.25"
Ground to top of tongue, 8.25"
Nice boots, comfortable, great traction. Not heavy, nor the best impact protection.
May 22, 2015
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Robert S asked: I won these boots in silver/anthracite and love them, but after 1.5 years of almost daily use they're dirty, including a fair amount of grease and oil. What's the best way to clean them? May 13, 2014
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dean f: My guess would be to lightly scrub them with a solution of water and Dawn dish liquid (because of the oils). A year or so of daily use? Might be time to buy new ones, for church on Sundays :) I love mine too but I only wear them riding and don't bother cleaning them. Good Luck! May 14, 2014
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Robert S: Thanks for the response. Already tried dish soap - no effect on the grease stains. I commute in these and wear them all day at work and they're looking a little shabby for the office. Probably time for a new pair, maybe black this time! May 14, 2014

Alpinestars Men's Footwear Size Chart:

Use this chart for Euro-sized footwear
EU Size USA Size
36 3.5
37 4
38 5
39 6
40 6.5
41 7.5
42 8
43 9
44 9.5
45 10.5
46 11.5
47 12
48 12.5
49 13.5
50 14
Use this chart for USA-sized footwear
USASize  EU Size
5 36
5.5 37
6 37.5
6.5 38
7 38.5
7.5 39
8 40
8.5 40.5
9 41
9.5 42
10 42.5
10.5 43
11 43.5
11.5 44
12 45.5
12.5 46
13 47
13.5 47.5
14 48

BOOT SIZING NOTES: In RevZilla's experience we have found the EUR->US sizing conversions as presented here to be slightly off. Below is RevZilla's recommendation for Men's Boots. 

EU Size

USA Size
42 8
43 9-9.5
44 10-10.5
45 11

As always, this size chart is only a guide and provides no guarantees of a perfect fit.

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

Click here to see the full Alpinestars Size Chart
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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