Alpinestars Toucan Gore-Tex Boots
Saved my Shin from a head on crash
Update to my previous review.
I have had these boots for years and recently had the opportunity to test out how they would do in a crash. I hit a culvert head on...direct impact on my right shin. Although i broke my shin all my docs said I need to thank AP because if I weren't wearing these boots my shin/leg would have shattered. I hit my leg right on the shin protector...hard enough to break my tibia but that boot as I said kept my leg from falling apart.
Overall this boot like I have said before is 100% H20 proof, comfortable, technical and great looking too. I am a lover of AP for price and durability but Now? Safety gets huge points and I am living proof. My leg will heal and I will no doubt continue to wear AP ADV boots. REVZILLA gear geeks please feel free to share my story with AP, my blog post http://advgrrl.com/2015/10/23/2015-bmw-1200gs-foliage-ride-crash/ tells my real life story and my leg thanks them for protecting me.
November 1, 2015
Good overall adventure boot
I have only wore these boots two times now but I am really happy with them. I have had boots that I can hardly stand to walk around in but these seem quite comfortable. Riding in these boots is also comfortable but of course, you need to be aware of re-adjusting your foot placement for brake and shift lever. Yes, they squeak. I don't know why everyone makes a big deal out of this but if you want a quiet boot for walking...good luck. I like the new buckles they put on these boots. They are easy to adjust and stay put. I where a 101/2 or 11 shoe, I ordered 11 for these boots and they fit well. I like that they accommodate a large calf. These boots are very expensive, but you get what you pay for. I think there worth it.
October 28, 2015
All day comfort for a dual sport/dirt riding boot.
I've been out riding in the dirt with these Alpinestars Toucan boots a few times now and I really like them. They are all day comfortable and still offer a lot of protection for duel sport and general dirt riding. They are more comfortable and have better "control feel" than my old Tech 3's. They are also much easier to get into and out of and the the clasps on the Toucans are awesome. As for the fit: I wear a euro 43 Ecco walking shoe, 9 1/2 running shoe and my BMW touring boots are a 42. For the Toucans the 43 fit perfect. I would recommend these boots to anyone.
October 27, 2015
Great Boot for your off road Adventures
This boot is only half a step down from a full motocross boot. It offers great protection, but that comes at a cost in weight and stiffness. It's 100% waterproof, but doesn't breath very well and gets hot. You can walk in them, but I pack my hiking boot if walking any distances more than a few 100 yards. You'll never be able to sneak up on anyone either, they squeak pretty bad.
If your riding a large bike off road, this is the boot to get. If your going to take your GS to Starbucks, save some money and go ahead and get something a little more comfortable.
October 5, 2015
I have not been able to test this boot yet in cold or wet conditions, but am happy so far. They are surprisingly comfortable for such a big beefy boot and fit my wide feet. I wear size 10-10.5 shoes in EE width and these boots in size 10 fit. The protection looks pretty good especially for the shin and the buckles feel stout. Obviously they don't have much ventilation so your feel will get sweaty at warmer temps. You get what you pay for so if you want a nice boot, I guess you gotta pay up.
October 5, 2015
Completely worth it
Worth it in every way. Got in a really bad wreck and the only reason I was able to walk after was because of these and theyre still going strong. Ill back alpinestars forever. Take a while to break in and they squeak but so worth it.
October 3, 2015
Higher price gets you top-end features. Do you like plastic?
I have a pair of Scout WPs that are roomy in the toe and are my standard for comfort. The Toucans' fit was spot-on for Alpinestars,
With the abundance of plastic on it I was expecting a rigid boot and lengthy break-in. I put them on to walk around as break-in but took them off shortly afterward as they were "smooth" from the start.
Hey...they didn't squeak!
There seem to be tiny mesh-covered vents below the lowest buckle: they don't seem to work but maybe if I can ever go fast enough they might. I can imagine them filling up with dirt before that but I can't imagine them being missed anyway.
Speaking of dirt, the inboard plastic panels have a diamond-texture pattern for grip. They'll soon feature a cool (for me) wear pattern but don't expect to be wiping your boots clean like Scouts...you'll be brushing more than wiping these boots clean.
They're no different from other Gore-tex boots. I live in the tropics where humidity and temps stay high so boots are warm. Lots of water everywhere so dryness is the main criteria and these boots breathe as well as can be expected. No water crossings yet.
Alpinestars MX DNA is all over. These boots shout protection from the sheer amount of plastic and stitching. The toes are bulkier and I'm relearning how to shift. I may raise the lever but since I've been off the bike for six months it may just be me. The ankle plate is bulky and so are the buckles and...how do I explain this...they seem to spread out the center of mass. Like when I stick a leg out for balance I can really feel the boot's weight around my foot. It might be because I've been off the bike for so long but just looking at the boot will tell you it's bulkier than others, thus my lower mark for style.
I'll tell you now: the clincher for me was the stitching! My last plastic waterproof boots started separating at the soles after paddling through, not a river crossing, but a few water-filled tire ruts. I suspect that a floppy sole was the reason my foot stayed planted as my bike fell in slo-mo, resulting in a badly broken leg.
After that experience I'll pay for the protection and the stitching.
September 14, 2015
Had the Toucans about three months now and they've been great. Took my time researching and wondering if the expense was justified - it was. Commute with them regularly. Feet fine on a 12 hour day of rocks, trails and paved. Just finished 5 days on the Olympic Peninsula; lots of rain, epic at times, deep puddles, boots were great, feet stayed dry. Comfy. Noisy as has been already been said. No regrets, I'd buy them again. I'm a 10.5, gear geeks said size up, I should have stayed with the posted wisdom, 11's were huge, even 10's are roomy.
September 8, 2015