Alpinestars Toucan Gore-Tex Boots
I wanted to get the Sidi but they were simply too narrow for my foot. The Alpinestars are wider and have now broken in to the point of being comfortable to ride and walk in. So far so good.
January 12, 2015
Excellent fitting and comfortable waterproof boot
Day one with this boot started out with rainfall that was flooding the streets, it was a deluge. The temps were in the 50's, and while the boots kept my feet dry from the rainfall, they also kept them warm but not muggy. Getting to the office provided dry socks and warm toes.
I've since been riding daily with these boots for three weeks now and from 31F to sideways rain these boots have kept my feet warm, dry and i look forward to more days with these boots.
January 5, 2015
I was really surprised to find a sturdy-ish boot that fit my feet. I'm used to 44 or 45 Vivo Barefoot shoes, which are definitely not normal shoes, with the soles removed and very thin socks. I wore Chaco sandals for a decade or so, mainly because finding shoes that fit my wide feet such a pain.
I purchased the Toucans sized 44.5. One size up was painful, as was one size down. I wear them with SmartWool Ski Ultra Light socks. This size is tolerable for long rides and even pretty long walks, which is fantastic! I'm surprised at how far I can walk in them.
The only thing I could complain about (and to be honest, I actually like it a little) is how loud they squeak when walking.
I purchased them September 24, 2014. I have put 7000 miles on them so far. I love them!
December 27, 2014
Comfy, protective, but expensive all weather boots from A-Stars!
Been riding in these for a few weeks in rainy California "winter" weather, and I can confidently say that my feet are dry and warm. I normally ride with light hiking wool socks to keep my feet dry, but these have been exceptional during the downpours these past few weeks.
I chose the Toucans because I was looking for boots that were waterproof, off road capable, high level of protection, and quality made. This narrowed the search to Sidi Adventure Rain, Sidi Discovery Rain, A-Stars Toucan, and a few others from TCX/Gaerne. My A-Stars SMX-Plus (regular) have been an outstanding boot for track/daily commuting use, but are far from waterproof. Also was looking for something rugged, that I could wear for trail riding & could easily hose off at the end of the day.
It was unfortunate that they didn't come in size 45 like my SMX (those fit perfectly), but the size 11 fits adequately. I needed to tighten the boot more than "normal" to keep my heel from lifting during normal use. I'd say they run true if not a tad small, as I normally wear a 10.5 in most everything else including Red Wings.
Many ask if they squeak. YES they squeak out of the box, they're 90% plastic, what did you expect?! Haven't worn an Alpinestars boot that didn't squeak. Don't hear it when I'm riding, don't really care.
I wouldn't say these were as "walkable" as other boots, but it's probably due to the one-sided ankle pivot. Would like to try other boots in the future as I like the feel of SIDI Discovery and Garne trials boots, just lack the ankle protection I was looking for. Super easy to get on/off, not the fondest of the velcro at the top but it isn't a problem yet. If they made them in 45, I'd probably give them a 5 star. Great boots, look forward to using them thoroughly!
December 23, 2014
Great protection and very robust.
I use the boot on long trips (about 500km in a day) and I have nothing to complain about.
The only thing is that it makes a little noise when walking (NHEC NHEC)
December 15, 2014
These are great boots!
I'm a street rider of 20 years who recently added an ADV bike and the gear to go along with it. These boots are MUCH more robust than my street/roadracing boots are and the biggest thing for me to get used to was how much thicker the sole and toe box was when I went to shift gears on the bike. The boots are very sturdy and have excellent comfort, fit and closure hardware. They grip very well on the sharp, wide footpegs I have but show no signs of wear on the sole so they appear as if they'll last a good long time and MANY miles of riding. In a way, the best thing I can say is that I don't think about them when I'm riding. I'd highly recommend these boots.
December 1, 2014
Typical Alpinestar quality
Super nice boots. Just not what I needed. But then again, my dad always told me to dress for the crash not the ride. Great fit and very comfortable.
October 20, 2014
Outstanding Build & Fit
I've been a fan of Sidi adventure-style boots for years, but I really wanted a lighter boot with a better (lower) toe height while still having decent protection.The Alpinestar Toucan Gore-Tex is terrific alternative.
A fine fit and finish right out of the box with virtually no break-in. The weight savings is significant over the competitor.
I've used them on days-long highway treks and knarly off-pavement riding as well. The boots have a very confidence-inspiring feel. Walking around off the bike is a whole lot easier, too. No more tired feet. And no squeaks.
September 29, 2014