Alpinestars Toucan GTX Boots
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
I compared to about 1/2 doz other boots recommended by Revzilla. Sidi, Dianese, TCX. These worked for me in a shockingly obvious way.
On the hottest days, I did sweat a fair amount. I used high-end tall sport socks that I hope kept me from blistering (or it was a placebo).
I have wide feet (E or even EE, rarely D) and these felt great immediately.
I wear 11 and that is what I took here.
I swapped in the after-market insoles from my running shoes and I could hike many miles in these boots. Once we encountered some deep-ish mud, I was even happier to have these.
Fantastic. Now they are appropriately dirty.
March 22, 2014
Most comfortable boots I own
Absolutely the most comfortable boots out of the box I've ever owned. I ride a lot of off-road on my adventure bike...and I often get off my bike and walk or hike. I can wear them all day without that "ski boot" feeling I have with motocross or other off-road boots. Only complaint is the lack of metal toe protection like more aggressive off road boots have. Other than that, these boots give me all,the protection, comfort, and style I expected. Dipped them twice in a stream crossing and continued with dry feet...that is a plus for a long days ride.
March 10, 2014
Really like these boots once they are on , there kind of a pain to buckle but i guess that comes with the territory. very comfortable and great protection
February 3, 2014
Great so far!
I've only had them for a few weeks, but their great so far! The things I like most are, light weight for the amount of protection and awesome styling! The one thing I don't like, they squeak! I read this can be fixed with some mink oil though! I'm am still breaking them in and sure they will only get better! They were a little pricey but you get what you pay for and so far I got an awesome boot!
February 3, 2014
Nearly perfect boot
First of Revzilla did an amazing job answering my questions. Philip gave me great advice on several boots as I was looking at the Toucan, the Adventure, and the Scout. Gore Tex was important for me so that got ride of the Scout. I have a slightly wider foot so I went withd the Toucans. Right out if the box they were very comfortable. Still needs a little break in but that will be easy. I could walk around the house no problem with them. They fit under my Aerostich Roadcrafter one piece which I was very thankful for. Also fit nicely under jeans. A little awkward climbing stairs right now but who cares. Also squeaks a little but I don't mind. You get what u pay for and I am very pleased with these boots!
January 27, 2014
Huge, but amazing boots
My intention was to buy a new pair of boots to replace my old ones, since I was going to do a major trip to the Atacama desert in Chile. I was going to buy an average one, but then, a friend of mine had an accident with his bike and hurt his feet wearing the same old model I had... The sole of the boot just felt off with the impact, somehow. That scared me...
I started looking for a model that would give me more protection. I found myself between Sidi and this one... I'm a big Alpinestars fan so I decided to go ahead and spend a huge amount of money for a pair of boots.
When the boots arrived it scared me. They are huge! I put them on and I couldn't move my feet. Despite of the fantastic looks and amazing protection features, I regret immediately. I pictured myself riding 3000 miles with boots that felt like they were made of steel... It felt like I was wearing casts on my feet.
But I decided not return and that was a great decision. After a couple of hundred miles, it starts losing up and fortunately, now, it feels great. Very comfortable boots. Yes'm they are still huge, give me extra work to accommodate it inside of the pants, and it takes a considerable space in the wardrobe, and my wife keeps reminding me about that... And yes, people call me crazy when they look at it, and they keep saying it's a motocross boot, but they are wrong. Alpinestars managed to combine great protection, fantastic design and comfort.
I walked a lot with this boots. They are a little "squicky" but do not hold your moves and doesn't feel as heavy and bulky as it looks.
January 15, 2014