Alpinestars Roam 2 WP Boots
Everything I needed in riding boots, worth the price
I got these as a replacement for my Joe Rocket Sonic R Boots, which had broken its zipper a week before the 1 year warranty expired. Revzilla incredibly very helpful with the warranty process, and I was eventually reimbursed the full amount I had paid, so went searching for another pair of boots.
My specifications for what I was looking for in riding boots was now a) must have no zippers (never again after the issues I had previously), b) must offer excellent protection (Joe Rocket boots were great in this regard, I went down in them once and hardly felt it), c) must be waterproof (I only have one pair of riding boots, I need to be ready for anything).
These Alpinestars Roam 2 WP boots have everything I was l looking for. They use velcro straps instead of zippers, so I no longer need to worry about jamming my zippers all the time. Since they do not have sliders, like my previous pair had, I was skeptical about the protection, but since these are one of the few CE rated boots, I figured the risk must be minimal. They do get hot, since they're waterproof, but since I'm only commuting to work and back most of the time I don't mind this at all. Also, these are super comfortable to wear and walk around in, I was actually very surprised by this. After a month of ownership and riding a few days a week to work and back, these boots still feel great. I'm still getting used to the size of the tip of the boot for shifting gears, but I think it's just a matter of riding more to get used to the size. I'm also not concerned about durability, plenty of other riders have reviewed these and other Alpinestars boots, so I feel comfortable enough to not be worried about it.
Sizing was my only concern. Having size US 12 feet, Revzilla's size chart recommended I buy a 45 (US 10.5), which had been sold out. I decided I needed to try these on in real life to make sure that was right. What I found was that I could probably live with the size 45, but size 46 (US 11.5) was a much better fit for me! They are both tight, but my toes aren't making as much contact with the tip as they previously were. So if you're interested in buying these, I recommend trying them on first if you feel you're in between sizes. Revzilla is pretty good about exchanging items for the right size, so it shouldn't be an issue, but it's worth checking out if you want to ride sooner rather than later.
Overall, the Alpinestars Roam 2 WP boots are an excellent buy, and I look forward to using them for years to come!
June 7, 2016
Excellent after short break-in
I'm very happy with these boots.
Pros: waterproof, some airflow but not too much (plenty warm down to freezing with thermal socks, but flow well enough to wear in the summer with regular socks in a pinch. Wouldn't wear them at the height of Texas summer unless it was very wet, though). Very comfortable after breaking them in. Excellent sole, great build quality, incredible value for the price.
Cons: Stiff at first (not unexpected, but if I'd planned ahead I would've been wearing them around the house for a few days before taking a 300 mile trip in them, saved myself from a bit of soreness). Probably not warm enough for extreme low temps, a bit too warm for extreme high temps (but no more so than any other tall boots I've tried).
Highly recommend, but take my advice and break them in a bit by wearing them on short trips and/or at home before setting out on a longer trek. Not as bad as hard leather in that respect, but I wrongly figured that non-leather construction meant no break in period required. Not the case with these.
Don't let that put you off, though. I'd buy them again in a heartbeat. I've been very impressed with Alpinestars's budget touring gear, and this is no exception.
March 3, 2016
Kept my feet warm, no need for electric socks
The boots fit true to size and were comfortable right out of the box. As others have written I found them stiff/non-flexible when shifting gears, but after a few miles the muscle memory kicks in and I had no problem hitting the gears. I was riding in twenty degree weather and my feet kept warm without the use of my heated socks. I would not consider these boots for warmer climates and I felt no airflow, but I bought these to keep my feet warm not cool. I would prefer a toe cap over the tip of the boot as I worry about dragging my toe and pulling the sole away from the upper boot. I have not put them through a rain storm yet to determine if they are truly water proof.
February 10, 2016
I had a pair of Oxtar boots for a LONG time and when it came time to replace I shopped around. These are VERY comfortable, seem supportive and well made. I have a wide forefoot and these boots are wide enough to accommodate. I can't speak for full on waterproof claims during a deluge (although they did well after riding through a deep puddle). I also can't imagine these will flow any air so summer months may be a bit warm.
January 19, 2016
Happy with these boots
Good boot at a good price. Easy to get on and off. The velcro gives a good fit. Nice padding. Easy to walk in. I have an extended shift lever and it doesn't line up with the boot exactly, but not a big deal to me. I've ridden on a 40 degree fall morning and 75 degree afternoon my feet were comfortable in both situations. The only down side thus far is that the over flap has a slight bend at the leading edge when I strap them on. I'm thin with a skinny ankle and that may be the issue. However it doesn't interfere greatly with the style or at all with the function. I'm very happy with this boot.
October 26, 2015
Excellent commuting boot!
I wanted to live with these for a while before writing a review. I got mine in June, and have commuted an average of 4 days/week, since then. Prior to purchasing, I tried on 4 other boots. Initially, the velcro concerned me, but I haven't had any problems with it. The footbed seems to fit a little wide. I normally wear an 8-9, but ended up with a 7.5. Protection seems top-notch as they're rated CE level 2. Waterproofness was tested last week when I had to opportunity to ride home an a brief monsoon. Not a drop or even dampness inside. I've noticed no wear on the toe box from my shift lever. All told, I feel they're fantastic. I can don them in the morning and take them off when reaching work in seconds.
September 17, 2015
Love the fit.
I did a lot of research before buying these boots. They are true to fit. I wear a size 9.5 us and the 43 which shows 9.5 fit perfect. They are 100 % water proof. Was caught in the rain on my second trip after buying them. If you are looking for a boot that is water proof and under $200.00 these are the ones.
August 31, 2015
Best and light WP boot ever!!
The Roam 2 is the successor to the Roam, and the improvements in fit and design show. Alpinestars has always made a great product, but these are comfortable, and you can tell the attention to detail to the protection and function. I love them and recommend them to anyone who is a daily driver, and as tour rider.
August 24, 2015