Alpinestars Gran Torino Gore-Tex Boots
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
Stylish With Functionality
I want a pair of boots waterproof boots that provide some protections and very comfortable. The Gran Torino fills the bill for me. I have tried other brands including TCX Infinity and the X-Five plus and they are both too big around. The Gran Torino boots fit like regular European style shoes/ boots which is a plus for me. I have very flat feet with wide front and quite narrow heels. For most shoes/boots, my heels just flop around while walking. The Gran Torino have deep sockets to keep my heels in place.
The leather quality is excellent while provide some protections on ankles, heels, and shins. Overall quality is excellent. The side zippers go all the way down to the sole making it very easy to put on and take off. I have not put them through rain yet, so I cannot vouch for waterproof feature. The sole flex a bit but still feel like motorcycle boots. But I think I'll get used to them after some use. The insoles are removable, so I remove them and use my own. The boots are a little tight for additional 3/4 orthotic support on top of the insoles.
Overall I am quite happy with the Gran Torino.
May 7, 2012
good value and fit for a leather gore tex boot.
I have a seven year old pair of Alpinestars gore tex boots that are the same size as my new Alpinestars Gran Torino boots. The Gran Torinos are a full inch longer than the old ones but feel less than half a size larger.
I am a US 8.5 or 9. The 42 is a generous fit but suitable for touring. For a track boot I would likely go to a 41.
The leather is buttery soft and moulds to your foot quickly. The soles are relatively thin and pliable offering good feel.
These are light, comfortable leather gore tex boots.
March 5, 2012