Alpinestars Gran Torino Gore-Tex Boots
You get what you pay for
Before ordering these, I'd ordered and returned a pair of Cortech boots. The pictures looked good and the price was right. However, after three rides to work and back, they were literally falling apart. I decided to spend a bit more and, based on reviews, thought these looked like a good choice. So far, it looks like I was right.
They offer a larger fit. The Cortechs were a 49, and so are these, but while the Cortechs were tight, these feel just right. The Cortechs were stiff and would have required break-in had they stayed together, but the Alpinestars were immediately comfortable.
The one thing I don't like is that they're pretty roomy around the calf, with no way to adjust that. I'd like to be able to adjust them for a closer fit, but it's not a huge issue.
I keep trying to find bargain 'stuff' for me and my bike, but once again, I'm reminded that usually, a little more spent on a 'premium' brand is wholly worthwhile.
October 5, 2015
I've been searching for a pair of street boots for a while now, and happened on this pair being on sale. Bit the bullet and am happy I did! Super comfortable right out of the box; I estimate the width to be a D (I normally wear a 2E) but not overly narrow. Revzilla's gear geek recommended I get the 43 as I normally wear an 8.5. There is enough room at the toe, I most likely have been safe getting a 42, but the 43 will give me room for winter socks. Another nice feature is the toe box is NOT bulky, fits comfortably under my gear shift.
September 22, 2015
Bought these for my boyfriend as a gift and he absolutely loves them. He says they are incredibly comfortable and look a lot better than some of the other bulkier boots. He rides to work most of the year and these are comfortable enough to wear all day and they look good too.
December 29, 2014
A fantastic commuter boot!
This boot is very nearly perfect. As a bike commuter doing 15K miles a year, this boot is perfect for my every day wear. When I get off the bike, I continue to wear them all day while at work. Wearing these boots nearly every day for 10-12 hours a day, I really enjoy these boots. They are water proof, neither too warm nor too cold. They don’t squeak or click when walking, and fit the bike and my feet perfectly. They provide adequate protection for riding, with good quality and weight of leather, some ankle protection with the rigid inserts over the area. Grip of the sole on various surfaces is solid. It handles everything from the foot pegs to wet hardwood very well, and there are no surprises when wearing these on a variety of walking surfaces. After about 7K miles of riding, they still look and feel great. No notable wear or break down.
For a frame of reference, in street shoes, I wear a wide shoe, and depending on brand/model, anywhere from an 11.5 to a 13. The street shoes I am currently wearing right now (when I’m not wearing the A* Gran Torino) are a pair of North Face Ultra 106 (a Gore-Tex trail running shoe), and the label says US 13, EU 48. These are borderline too narrow. I cannot wear Adidas, Nike, Puma, Salomon or any other narrow shoe, they simply don’t fit. The Gran Torino in size 47 is spot on for me. There is plenty of room in the toe box without being too wide to fit the foot controls. Around the ball of the foot at the widest point, there is no binding at all. As I unfortunately have a Morton’s Neuroma, any foot wear that is too restrictive around this area will cause significant discomfort.
This boot fit great and is a comfortable all around boot, on or off the bike. There are only two downsides, and they are completely subjective, style and armor. The styling is rather plain, however they don't stand out as screaming motorcycle boot when walking around. They do look better in person than they do in the product photo. Secondly, if you want a heavily armored boot, “these aren’t the boots you are looking for.”
November 5, 2014
they fit perfect right out of the box; not very heavy - i can wear all day at work. i get compliments on them too. provide good protection. i might try its big brother next
November 3, 2014
These boots were comfortable right out of the box. They have gotten even more comfortable with the wearing. i wanted a boot that was as comfortable walking in as riding in, while providing excellent protection, and these fit the bill exactly. The all-black color scheme make them blend nicely with regular clothing when off the bike. One could stand or walk around (even dance) for extended periods wihout discomfort. Protection is excellent on ankles and shinbone without creating discomfort in regular wear. Materials inside are soft and comfortable even with short socks. I have yet to test them in wet conditions on the bike, so I cannot comment on how effective the waterproofing is. Temperature inside is excellent on the bike, a bit warmish in regular wear. Overall an excellent product I highly recommend.
August 31, 2014
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