Alpinestars Gran Torino Gore-Tex Boots
Comfortable, subtle, all-round boot
Got these boots as I wanted something full protection, that didn't look too crazy under a pair of riding jeans.
First of all, I wear 10.5 in Nikes, and I measure 10.5E on a brannock device (Standard foot measuring device found at all shoe stores), and got the size 45 recommended on the size chart which fits perfectly. The 'E' in that measurement means I have a slightly wider foot than average, but this boot doesn't feel tight for me unlike another certain italian brand.
Looks excellent. The silhouette is like a standard boot, rather than a bulky 'tacticool' or power ranger boot. Full height, but the top is low profile enough to fit under my slimmer fitting riding jeans. Aside from a bit of accordion stretch panel, and the shift panel (left side only thankfully), they look like a regular pair of black leather shoes once under jeans. See the attached picture
Protection feels solid. Lacks inside malleolus protection, but this area is unlikely to strike the ground in an impact. The exterior malleolus is hard aluminium which is nice. Heel and toe are rigid but not uncomfortable, and the sole is stiff through the mid and rear, with a bit of flex at the toe area (perfect design IMO). Very little flexibility left/right which is great. Reflective logos on heel are a nice touch. Overall the protection COULD be more heavy duty, but it would come as a sacrifice to comfort and aesthetics.
Very comfortable on the bike. The sole has enough grip to not slip when you put your foot down, but unlike a heavy duty lug sole, it's easy enough to move your foot around on the pegs. The shift panel on the left boot lines up perfectly with my shifter. The accordion stretch panels are in the perfect positions (you can see them flex when you move your foot).
I have no problem wearing these all day off the bike either. The inner liner is soft, which means you DONT need to wear high socks. They're easy to take on and off thanks to the single big velcro and heavy duty zip, but no chance of losing them in an accident.
At some point I may put a superfeet inner sole in, but it doesn't need it right now.
It's summer here in Australia, and i rode in 35 degree C temps yesterday (100ish F). The boots were warm, but not bad. I'm happy to ride in them year round. Obviously a really well vented boot won't be waterproof, but these are gore-tex so it's the best compromise.
Overall the quality and attention to detail is really high. Definitely going to be a long lasting pair of boots. One of the features that was important to me is the fully replaceable sole, which means a much longer service life for a small investment.
I'm really happy with these boots even with the high price tag. I wish I'd spent the extra from the start rather than wasting $150 on a crappier pair from another brand which I'm not likely to wear again.
Obviously these aren't your track day boots, but I wouldn't hesitate to wear them on a round the world trip (one day.)
October 13, 2013
When my ancient Gaerne boots finally died, I tried on several replacements before settling on the A* Gran Tourino Gor Tex. These boots offer a great combination of comfort, style and protection at a competitive price point.
Style wise, I think these boots are handsome without being flashy; they look great with either jeans or leathers. I typically wear them outside of Dainese Alien leather pants. More importantly, they offer solid protection with a plastic (?) panels covering your shin and ankles.
Sizing is a bit tricky with boots. I typically wear a 10.5 medium width and EU size 44 fit well. The Gran Torino boots run slightly large, so I have room for an insert if I'm wearing light weight socks, or I can pull the insert out and wear heavy winter socks. There's room either way, without being too big. They're also comfortable walking around off the bike.
September 17, 2013
Good protection, comfortable boot
I wanted a boot that provided adequate protection for adventure riding but would also be comfortable when getting off the bike and walking. These boots hit the mark on both aspects and I liked the casual styling as well. My only gripe is the one piece closure flap which doesn't allow the top of the boot to be wrapped snug without wrinkling at the bottom. I can see why it was changed to a two piece flap on the newer model Web-Gortex. I believe this boot has been discontinued so I'm glad I got a pair before they sold out. Sizing was accurate.
August 7, 2013
I can definitely that these are the best sport touring boots from Alpinestar. They very comfy ,feels like sneakers ,well constructed ,designed and great adjustable velcro flap for secure fit and preventing water getting into a boot. Boots are 100% waterproof thanks to gore-tex membrane. I have not had a chance to test them yet in rain but I am pretty confident that I won't be disappointed. Boots are stylish yet safe.If you looking for boots for long day or night riding this is your choice.
April 22, 2013
These boots are really comfortable, with plenty of width, which is usually my main concern when purchasing footwear. I wear 11.5 in Jordan's and these fit accordingly, with maybe a little wiggle room, plus the leather is soft even though it seems pretty thick.
There aren't many hard parts, just front of the toes, heel, and shin. Also, the hard parts aren't connected, but that probably adds to the comfort. I feel comfortable walking around town in them.
The huge Velcro patch helps with adjustability, but these are mostly outwear boots. Loose pants will go over them though. I haven't had any issues with the shift pad not lining up like another reviewer mentioned, and use them on both a Honda Shadow and Suzuki GSX-R. There is no perforation, but I haven't had any sweating or overheating issues, but that may change come summer.
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase. I really like the subtle styling, and the reflective part on the back of the heel is a nice touch.
March 28, 2013
Comfortable and Good Looking.
The boots are great. They easily passed my "keep them for an entire office day" and "go walk with them for a couple hours after riding a lot" tests, so the comfort part is totally validated for me.
Having Gore Tex is good, but there's a lot of extra room on the top of the boot. Therefore, if it's raining, you need to have large rain pants that can cover the boot, or you are unfortunately at the mercy of cold water getting your feet wet.
I did not experience any fall with them, but they seem to provide a decent amount of protection, even though the toe cap isn't steel.
I was hesitating between those and the SMX, and I think I made a good choice, as the SMX, even though it probably offers better protection, does not look nearly as comfortable.
November 12, 2012
Pretty good. Not perfect
I've had this boot for about a month now, and have ridden it around town and on the highway. The leather seems very high quality, and the "hard bits" in the toe and shin strong, if not motocross level. No protection in the heel area. On and off is easy and fast. I have not been in the rain in them yet. They get hot in the height of summer temps, which is what we are in right now in Maine, but that's the tradeoff for this level of protection. Good style if you don't mind looking a bit like George Jetson. Walkable.
Two issues. The rubber insert on my left boot is a stylish swoop intended to protect the leather from shift wear, but my shift hits in front and to the right of the swoop, and the boot already shows scratching there. Couldn't them have been less stylish and just covered the entire toe? And the fit, while only a little loose for me, is not very adjustable, so if it didn't work for you, you could't really tighten (or loosen) it much.
If you get them, see if the fit works, and then go test the left one against your shift position - by the time I realized mine didn't fit, the boot was scratched, so unreturnable.
July 22, 2012
High Quality Waterproof Boot
An excellent pair of boots. I rode from Syracuse, New York to Charlotte, NC, then to San Diego and back to Syracuse in them. I think they are exceptionally made. The boot keeps you foot dry when raining, and is extremely comfortable when riding and walking around. When walking for significant amounts of time the boots are still comfortable, yet I would change into sneakers, in order not to reduce the thin outer sole.
When riding I incorporated a pair of wool hiking socks, in order to wick away the moisture from my feet since the boots are waterproof and anything that is truly waterproof has no decent ventilation. This worked very well. I used a pair of Smart Wool socks.
The features are great on the boot as well. I am not worried about destroying the leather of the boot when shifting because of the toe pad, and the protection that is offered is great in the lower shin, and ankle.
I recommend this product to anyone who rides, whether it be day trips or long hauls across the country.
June 11, 2012