Alpinestars Toucan GTX Boots - 2013
These boots are 100% waterproof with the Gore-tex linning! Ive tested it! They are super comfortable on the bike and off! Ankle support is great with the right amount of give for an adventure/touring boot and not too stiff. These boots are kinda pricey, but well worth the quality you get! I know im not supposed to talk about customer service, but the staff at Revzilla have a world of knowledge about all the products they sell. If you have questions about a product, call them up like i did. They helped me with this boot decision.
July 21, 2014
7547 miles in 21 days from FL to WY to AZ to FL, these boots handled it all in great comfort. From 11,000 ft up in the Rockies at 45*F @ 70 mph to blazing across the AZ desert in 100*F temps to rock climbing in the Grand Canyon, to multiple 600 mile days, to walking around and exploring towns and National Parks these boots handled it all.
I only ever wore the Alpinestar tech coolmax socks, even in the cold mountain passes and my feet were never hot, sweaty or cold. Also completely waterproof as one would expect from Goretex.
I have an old but permanent ankle injury and need good support to be able to walk more than a hundred feet without pain, these boots give the best support of any boot I've ever worn.
June 27, 2014
I live close to Revzila so I was able to try these on. Fit like they are made for my foot. One of the main features I like about this boot is it's full welt construction. Adjustable buckles hook up well. Have not tested their waterproofness as of yet. Have so much confidence in all my other Gore products used in various other outdoor pursuits I have no doubt these will perform as expected. Heading out to Utah BDR third week in August to put them to the test.
July 28, 2014
Great boot for dual sport
I've worn this boot commuting to work (75 miles one way). I've also work it on muddy forest service trails. I've also worn in in rain. My feet were always dry and when I was setting up camp after a hard ride in the rain, I actually forgot that I was wearing the boots walking around (I bring sandals for that). You definitely should choose these boots.
July 7, 2014
Great protection; Great comfort
The Toucans have exceeded my requirements. Immediately after purchase I wore them on a 1 month adventure tour in Mexico. Rode 300+ mile days on varied surfaces. Boots performed great: comfortable all day, noticibly light weight, yet felt very secure.
May 12, 2014
I ordered these and the Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex. I ended up choosing the Sidi but it was a very tough decision. Astars are a bit too wide for my foot so the decision was made based on fit. I actually like this boot very much. It is softer inside than the Sidi and I like the stitched sole a bit more than the Sidi. I have a very narrow foot and very small calves so I had to go with the Sidi for that reason. I didn't keep this boot so I can't attest to long term use but my initial impression is that this is a great boot for even folks with a mildly narrow foot. It isn't super wide but was just too wide for my freakishly narrow foot and scrawny calves. Very light. If this boot had the same pivot hinge in the ankle area as the Sidi it would be perfect. My main rides for this boot would have been the my R1200gs and DRZ400s.
April 28, 2014
Protection at its best !
I think this boot has all the important features of a riding boot as well as the protection of a motocross boot, and the Gore-Tex lining is great when you get caught in a rain.
My only complaint would be that I wish the fastening straps on the buckles were longer. I have some swelling in my right ankle due to an accident a few years ago and was unable to buy my actual size boot since the straps would not allow me to fully buckle. I returned boot and went with next size up and now fits around my ankle.
Straps just need to be a half inch longer on every boot.
April 14, 2014
Good support in the foot bed, great protection, stylish, very well made
In searching for a boot, I was very concerned about size. I read the reviews on Revzilla's site and others to help choose what size to order. I have a narrow foot (width C) so I have trouble getting shoes to fit. I wear a 101/2 usually but sometimes need to go to an 11 to get the proper length which usually leaves me with a shoe that is too wide. I usually have to customize all my footwear with insoles and pads to get a good fit. The Toucan was a pleasant surprise. For me they were a little wide but an insole solved that problem. They feel great and they conform perfectly to the pockets of the foot right behind the ankle.
They are a bit stiff at first but they are breaking in nicely, and are surprisingly easy to walk in for a boot with such good lateral stiffness. Others have said they squeak, as do mine, but only the right one. Go figure.
I have ridden about seven hundred miles with them and they feel great on the bike. I did have to raise the shift lever one notch and since then no problems with shifts. The weather here in Wisconsin has been in the 20's to 30's and the boots are plenty warm. I have not been rained on while riding but I have waded through some ankle-deep puddles with no leaks.
The workmanship of the boot is excellent. All stitching is straight, the soles are grippy without being clunky, and there are no seams that rub you the wrong way on the inside. Follow the Revzilla recommendations for sizing, if I had followed A-star's I would have ordered a boot that was too large. The Euro size on the inside of the boot says 44.5 with a US size of 10.
I can't comment much on the airflow since I haven't ridden in hot weather yet. As far as durability and protection goes, only time will tell but they seem up to the task.
April 11, 2014