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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.

Features:

  • 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.

Bang For The Buck
4.2 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.1 / 5
Features
4.2 / 5
Comfort
4.6 / 5
Style
4.7 / 5
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Alpinestars Men's Footwear Sizing

Sizing Notes!

We have found the EU-->USA sizing conversions as presented here to be slightly off. Our recommendation for Alpinestar's Men's Footwear: 43: 9-9.5 44: 10-10.5 45: 11

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

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

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Won't protect you in you crash.
I wore these boots almost everyday for eight months. They look good, and are very comfortable for use as an everyday boot. I was involved in a lower speed accident, and these boots did not perform as well as they should have, seeing as they are marketed for motorcycle riders. My left footpeg pierced right through the inside of the left boot, into the base of my big toe. I was going less than 30 MPH, so I can't imagine that they will do much good at highway speeds.
March 3, 2014
Ride:
2008 Husqvarna TE250
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
awesome boots
I always have a hard time finding shoes that fit and that are comfortable but these boots are actually one of the most comfortable shoes I own. The styling looks great and I wear them to work all the time. The shift protector has a cool carbon fiber look to it and has not picked up the black mark that my regular shoes did from the shifter. I ride in the mountains a lot and would feet comfortable using these as hiking boots if I ever got off my bike for a two-legged excursion. My feet get cold after riding all day in cooler temps but I'm not sure that is the shoes- I think it is my riding pants not protecting my shins enough. Because these shoes are water-proof the breathability is limited so they can get hot when I'm not on the bike but that is the price you pay for having dry feet. I like these boots enough that I have thought about buying a second pair so I don't have to go through the hassle of finding new shoes if mine should ever wear out.
September 29, 2014
Ride:
2007 BMW F650GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
13,000+ miles and I still love them.
I've ridden two full seasons in these boots and I can't recommend them enough. I did a 13,000+ mile road trip this summer from Maine to California and back and I loved them. I rode in 100+ degree weather in full gear to 34 degrees and sleet. My feet never got wet and with the right combination of socks you can really wear these in a variety of conditions. As a disclaimer I did put in some nicer insoles in that I had lying around, but regardless I was able to do three 11 mile hikes during the same trip in these boots and never once got a blister. Also, I can recommend the protective aspect of these boots as I went down twice in soft dirt and had a collision on the highway; the boots showed no sign of wear from any of the incidents. If you're looking for a road trip boot that has amazing value, you've found it. If your looking for something that'll protect you on the bike and you can walk in off the bike, you've found it.
November 17, 2014
Ride:
2008 Suzuki SV650
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Great fit, easy to walk in.
Great fit, easy to walk in and subtle style. All these things make a great boot. I've ridden in pouring rain for a hour and my feet were dry. Also being gore tex they do not make my feet sweat off the bike when hiking. I put cord locks on laces and made them easy to tie and keep tight ( about a $1 for 4 ).
June 18, 2015
Ride:
2013 BMW R1200GS
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Great boot for what its intended for
I have been using this boot for around 8 months. I originally bought the boots to ride the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route…big mistake. First time my F800GS tipped over this boot doesn't give you much protection and I hurt my foot. I now use the Sidi Adventure Gortex boot for trips like that. This boot is not for off-road. There is simply not enough protection. I have been using it on road trips…in the hot desert, in heavy storms of South Florida and the boot kept my feet dry and comfortable. One thing you will want is long rain gear to make sure your socks don't get wet as this boot doesn't go very high for true rain protection. This boot is also very good for hiking and camping when you get off the bike. Overall i think this is awesome boot for its class.
January 25, 2014
Ride:
2013 BMW F800GS
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
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4 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Difference from the video
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. Strange!!!<br><br>And also the reflecting material at the back of the boot is also smaller than the one show in the video.
August 23, 2013
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Versatile and comfortable... not sure how useful the Gore Tex is though...
I have ridden over 19k miles in these boots in the last two years. Most of these miles have been on multi-week cross-country trips so they have seen almost every type of weather imaginable- Death Valley in July, violent Plains hailstorms, 35 degree Michigan mornings, and the muggy oppressive heat of an eastern summer. All in all these boots have been great in terms of long-term comfort both on and off the bike. Their low-ankle design even makes taking a mid-ride hike in the mountains possible without changing into shoes. Never crashed in them so I can't comment on that.<br><br>My only complaint, and I'm not sure how A*s would fix this, is that if your pants ride up AT ALL when you are riding, you will have to put on waterproof overboots in anything other than very light, brief, rain. The Gore Tex liner is no doubt waterproof, but without an overboot, water drips off your pants right down the ankle opening. Last summer I rode through a Florida monsoon without an overboot and dumped probably a pint of water from both boots collectively once I got to my destination. This problem is a direct result of the comfort you get from having a low-ankle design. Since I don't mind throwing on a cheapo pair of overboots if I suspect rain, I have continued to use these otherwise very good boots.
August 7, 2014
Ride:
2012 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom
Bang For The Buck
2 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
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2 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
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4 / 5
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A poor hiking boot
I ride in the mountains and like to do a little hiking. My Vasque boots with Vibram soles were wearing out. My new hiking boots have tacky soles that will not take pavement grinding. I really liked the look of these boots and figured they'd be ok for the short jaunts I do off the bike. I thought these might give a little better protection than a good hiking boot but I don't think they do. Toe box, sole stiffness, heel counter are no better. The ankle protectors are a thin bit of plastic with virtually no padding behind them. Again, no better than a hiking boot. You give up the same safety features (no shin protection and exposed laces) so why not get a boot that's good for hiking. You can buy a pretty good hiking boot for $199.<br>I have Alpinestars boots for the winter and like them as they are a bit wider in the ball and toe box area for my wide feet. These are wide enough but are tight across the top of the ball of the foot for me. They get uncomfortable after a while, sometimes I can even feel a rivet from the shoe lace system.<br>An aside, Anthony describes goretex XCR as being an extra rugged type of goretex. XCR stands for eXtended Comfort Range - it's extra breathable, not extra tough. Very popular in lots of active sports. Its as cool as it gets for waterproof gear (which is not very cool).
July 10, 2012
very happy with this boot
Great fit and look AND very comfortable. This in a "all day" wearable boot.<br><br>Although I yet to be in a heavy rain, they have been water proof in light rain.
September 16, 2014
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3 / 5
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4 / 5
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Best motorcycle boots I've owned yet.
I love these boots. They fit and look a lot like hiking boots so you can wear them all day off the bike. But they have protection features of better motorcycle boots to keep your feet safe. Plus the boots have a great, stiff sole that doesnt burn easily. My last pair of boots kept burning into my pipes. This pair doesnt cause that problem.<br><br>Overall these boots are well built and very comfortable. They have a nice wide fit. There is little to no arch support, which is a must have for me. You could add an arch insert if you sized the boot up. The default insole is removable and comfortable.<br><br>The boots really look great and you wouldnt assume that they are motorcycle boots. Very nice quality overall. They feel really durable and the hard plastic and resin should be more protective in a fall than any non-motorcycle hiking boot.<br><br>My only criticism is that he top two lace holes are boot hooks instead of full holes. That's fine on hiking boots, but seems like a bad idea for motorcycle boots. You don't want your laces to get loose on the bike and wrap up in your shift or brake. I added Lock Laces so that they can't come untied and just slip them in and out of the hooks when I put on the boots. Its a lot safer and faster than tying regular laces. The default laces are nice if you want to keep them though.<br><br>Overall great boots and the best I've bought yet. Worth the money considering how comfortable they are and the fact that you can wear them all day on or off the bike.
May 19, 2012
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Why did you choose this?
RevZilla Store
needed waterproof boots that were also comfortable to walk in and these were the best option for me
Duke S on Apr 9, 2016
style
Ruben C on Nov 2, 2015
needed waterproof boots that were also comfortable to walk in and these were the best option for me
Duke S on Apr 9, 2016
Water proof and very comfortable
captrob68 on Dec 16, 2015
style
Ruben C on Nov 2, 2015
Color, water proof, Gore-Tex and comfort.
Russell Z on Jul 19, 2015
heard excellent comments on both alpinestars cr-4 gore-tex xcr boots and revzilla, so why wouldn't i choose to order here, thanks
mark l on Jul 16, 2015
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.
CHRIS H on Jul 7, 2015
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.
Alison M on Jun 28, 2015
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.
kurbennett64 on Jun 15, 2015
water proof and can walk around in them without needing to bring another pair of shoes with
Erik R on Jun 7, 2015
wanted a waterproof boot with a a little more protection than just my hiking boots
michael G on May 24, 2015
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.
John A on May 13, 2015
Waterproof, better than regular shoes for riding Goldwing and don't look like biker shoes.
Daniel S on Apr 30, 2015
Only shoe style boot that fit me that also has gortex.
DAVID M on Apr 1, 2015
Wanted a Sport Touring shoe that I could hike in but had better protection than a normal hiking boot.
Peter B on Mar 2, 2015
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.
A s on Mar 2, 2015
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.
Dave M on Feb 26, 2015
It doesn't look like a motorcycle boot
Daing Muhammad A on Oct 4, 2014
Nice boots. Windproof.
Robert B. W on Sep 25, 2014
Awesome boots...Look great and are very comfortable. Not as much protection as some...but they sure feel great!
John C on Sep 8, 2014
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.
Kris A on Sep 3, 2014
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.
David R on Jul 22, 2014
waterproof boots, look good enought to wear to work
Ravi S on Jun 23, 2014
looks lightweight and comfortable soes
omar i on Jun 14, 2014
new boots/waterproof
Jacob K on Apr 11, 2014
Trying something new hoping they really are waterproof!
Nate R on Mar 21, 2014
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.
Vijay P on Mar 9, 2014
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.
Dennis F on Mar 8, 2014
recommendations from gear geeks needed on bike boot/shoe and comfortable off bike
ECM99 on Jan 16, 2014
Love 'em.
S A on Nov 29, 2013
Warm and good ankle and slide protection. I ride throughout the winter (down to 40 degrees).
Allison H on Nov 15, 2013
Very good reviews!
Leslie S on Nov 5, 2013
Italian quality and waterproof!!
Douglas S on Oct 27, 2013
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!
Craig G on Oct 26, 2013
style
Eddy L on Oct 19, 2013
Water proof and very comfortable
captrob68 on Dec 16, 2015
Color, water proof, Gore-Tex and comfort.
Russell Z on Jul 19, 2015
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
Holy C on Sep 2, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I can't answer as to why they are this way. Personally I think they look nice with a one sided arc.
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 ?
A shopper on Mar 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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.
Michael S on Dec 10, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
What length are the shoelaces on these if I need to get replacements?
Trevor M on Oct 14, 2013
BEST ANSWER: My boots came with 63" laces. Too long. I replaced them with 46" laces.
Love the boots.
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!
Mike C on May 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.
Is the insole removable?
A shopper on Jan 21, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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?
gary s on Aug 25, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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).
Do they add any height? I am looking to buy something which might help add 1".
Ashwin K on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not that I can tell and I put superfeet insoles in them
I have a pair of Alpinestars S MX-5s in a size 8 that fit me like a glove, but my normal shoe size is 9.5. Are the sizes consistent across the Alpinestars product line as far as boots go?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: For me yes. I wear a 12 normally and 12 fit the same.
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?

thanks
Gonçalo
A shopper on Aug 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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.

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.