Alpinestars Toucan GTX Boots
Great protection and comfort
I love these boots. I have a wide foot and these fit great. My normal boots are BMW Santiago boots which I have been wearing for years. They are extremely comfortable but don't offer near this level of protection. These are a great compromise if you don't need a full out motocross boot but still want to feel protected.
December 4, 2013
Outstanding quality control
I tried on the SIDI Adventure Rain Boots and the Alpinestars Toucan GTX Boots in the RevZilla Philly store. I spent about an hour wearing, testing, and comparing.
Although I felt the SIDI was more attractive, the Alpinestars Toucan GTX was the better fit for me. (your opinion and fit may vary)
Both products seemed sized correctly however I'd say the Alpinstar was a little roomier in the forward width, so I purchased the size 12 Alpinestars, (typically I'm a 12.5 wide shoe).
Both the above mentioned boots are very high quality and appeared to be in direct competition with each other at this price point, so it's really a matter of personal preference.
Quality control is superb. No missed stitching or blemishes anywhere. The Alpinestars Toucan GTX will not disappoint you!
November 20, 2013
Great Adventure Boots
These boots are outstanding! I bought them as an upgrade to the Alpinestars Scout boot. To frame this review properly, I must describe the Scout briefly. The Scout is a decent boot and works nicely for it's price point. I put many miles on them in Europe and the USA. However, it is very stiff and inflexible, especially in regards to ankle flex. Off the bike walking about, they were okay but I walked as if I was in ski boots. They breathed, but not very well.
Enter the Toucan, and all those problems are gone! The day after receiving them I set out for a 6 day adventure tour. The first night, I was scaling steep, wet hillsides in a frantic scramble to gather firewood before loosing daylight. The sole handled well as I did not slip much and the flexibility of the boots are far far better than the scout. Not as comfy as hiking boots, but pretty darn good for riding boots. I made camp and trounced in the snow for quite a while and hardly noticed I was in riding boots. During these hikes to gather wood, I worked up a sweat but the boots breathed very well. My feet were warm, but not wet or swampy inside the boot. I also walked around national parks and on other hiking trails and they were really easy to get around in when off the bike. The flexibility when shifting gears is excellent. With the Scout, I had to flex my ankle hard and swing my toe out around the shifter to fit under to shift up. With the Toucan, I can simply flex my foot naturally and the toe box follows easily. I think Anthony talks about the design of the back side of the boot allowing more flex and it really does work.
Waterproof? Yes. I hit every mud puddle I could find on NF roads and, as mentioned, was walking in snow and running water continuously (walked in the river to test the boots) and they were completely water proof.
Fit: I wear a 10.5-11 US mens running/hiking shoe. I wear a size 10 in these boots. From heel to toe, the fit is very nice and athletic like a hiking boot. I am 6'1'', 190 lbs in a thin but athletic build. My feet are narrow and not very bulky, have bird ankles and chicken lower legs. So yes, my feet have some wiggle room inside the boot. I noticed this during the hill scrambles but have come to accept my non-beefy feet. I said 'average' on the footbed width because my feet are so narrow I didn't want to skew your opinion too much. If you have beefy'er feet than I do, you'll fit even better in them than I do.
Side note, for the GS riders, the shin of the left boot does not bash up against the throttle potentiometer like the Scouts did. Bonus!
I highly recommend the boots. They are very pricy but I feel as though you will get what you pay for with this boot-a must for serious riders.
Plug for the Revzilla sales staffâ€¦they are excellent. They always go above and beyond especially with size/fit questions.
October 28, 2013
Great DS Boot
Switched from my Scouts to the Toucan primarily for better shin protection and the Gore Tex guarantee. I took these boots on a 900 KM ride recently and rode through pouring rain, rain, snow, hail just to name a few climate conditions. No issues with staying dry at all. I really wasn't too concerned about the H20 proofness. The fit is typical AP. I am a female, usually wear a 39 in AP but they do not make my size so I ordered a 40.
I will add an insert to tighten up the foot bed a bit but the extra size up did not pose any problems. I had to raise my gear shift on my '13 BMW F800GS a bit but I also just added pivot pegz. Once I played with the buckle settings the boots fit great and very comfortable. A little stiffer than the Scouts but again I wanted that and a higher boot too.
The boots squeak probably because they are new and again does not bother me. Can always use a little lube if it gets annoying. I feel better protected in this boot. I always seem to hit my shin on my pegs at some point when riding. This time around I did as predicted, hit my shin but the boots are high enough that I did not feel it. Like the styling, really like the two buckle system, easy on easy off, not too stiff, easy to walk in and waterproof. Obviously not able to test how they do in really HOT weather since it's the Fall but I wore my Scouts 4 seasons just used different socks. Recommend for the DS biker out there. Oh, and as far as standing on your pegs, the sole is great with no pressure or aches after standing for quite some time.
October 2, 2013
Perfect for the naked sports bike
I tried a fair few pairs of different makes of boots and these were just right. I always used to ride in Sidi race boots, but wanted a bit more protection and different look. The boots are sturdy, but still gives you a lot of connection to the bike and feeling. I have wide feet and normally wear size 43, but 44 are perfect for me. Someone said you could hike in these, I got them and although they felt good, called BS...after about a day and they broke in a little more, I would agree with them...other than they are heavy. I rode them on a hot day, being English and not a fan of the heat, was pretty pleased how I did not have an issue with them being too warm.
September 23, 2013
Very good waterproof adventure boot
I wear this boot off road trail and adventure riding, boot has kept my feet dry and are comfortable. I did injure my foot on a root offroading, toe box doesn't offer the same protection MX boot. Wish someone would make a waterproof MX boot! Boot has good shifting and braking feel on both my KTM xcf-w & BMW 1200 GS. Fit is accurate and are easy to walk in! I like them better than the SIDI rains, I returned because they leaked badly. I highly recommend these boots for adventure riding.
September 23, 2013
Great boot for all riding
I bought these for trail riding my klr250. The sole grip when my feet are down on my heavy triumph explorer was an important aspect for me. I liked the extensive protection around the ankle while still have enough flex to walk around in. These boots had zero break in time and were comfortable right out of the box. They are great adventure boots! I like them so much I wear them riding my street triple all the time now as I prefer them to my street boots. To me they are like my jacket and helmet , a crucial part of my riding protection gear.
Only nit picks I have is they do squeak a little and the buck can be a bit hard to latch, but I do like them snug. The boots are very water proof and I find them comfortable even in the Florida heat.
September 17, 2013
Great boot......for me
I have a size 8 average width foot and this boot fits perfect. Fits under the shifter nice, easy to walk in and not too flash. It has the normal squeaks, but I'm working on that. Hoping it just goes away with time or some lube. One of the footbeds looks like it was from a larger boot, because it is wrinkling up at the heal. Overall, Very pleased and happy I bought them.
September 16, 2013