Alpinestars Toucan Gore-Tex Boots
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
Excellent product, fits perfectly
I live in Pacific Northwest. The climate changes significantly when crossing over the cascades. My feet never got tired, cold or hot. I stayed dry. Excellent product.
September 6, 2015
Everything I wanted
I purchased these boots for long rides and weekends on the road. I was a little hesitant at first as they are a little bulkier than I expected (yes I should have expected it), but after they broke in and I got used to shifting with them, I am super happy with the purchase. They broke in after roughly 700 km and I look forward to years of riding with them. Good job A-stars
July 21, 2015
This boot is comfortable with a good amount of protection. I get decent flex at the ankle and found it a little more comfortable to walk in compared to the Sidi Adventure Gortex. The better comfort of the Toucan was primarily due to the way the leather over the mid-foot would fold on the Sidi and create a pressure point. The Toucans are smooth, with no pressure points.
They are stiff enough that I decided not to use them for now while still learning to ride. I think they will loosen up, but they require some getting used to for shifting and breaking if you haven't used a boot like this before.
I have a couple gripes. First, the use of an ankle hinge on just one side is strange to me. It results in a weird bulging of material on the inner ankle of the boot (where there isn't a hinge) when you flex your foot. It's not uncomfortable, but it looks weird. I think a double hinge would increase ankle flex without hurting the protection level. Second, I'm disappointed with the buckles. They sit high off the boot when latched and I think they would be prone to breaking in a slide. Compared to the Sidi, which has flush buckles with raised protection, the Toucan buckles are pretty exposed.
July 7, 2015
Great boots. Very good fit for me. I have size 13 left and 13.5 right foot. Size 13's are very comfortable. They go on and come off very easily. The buckles look like those of ski boots, but these do not fit like ski boots. They fit more like a very comfortable shoe or boot. Great protection. Despite my expectations, mine do not squeak! These are comfortable riding and walking around. Glad I made the investment.
June 29, 2015
I couldn't be happier with the fit, even with my large calves.
I purchased the Toucans after trying and returning a pair of Sidi boots. The Sidis were fine but I simply couldn't fit them around my oversize calves. The AlpineStars Toucans were slightly larger, and would close, but there was so little hook-n-loop holding that they would come loose when I took a step. The huge advantage that the Toucans had was that they include a flap to which it was a simple matter to apply the appropriate hook-n-loop material to provide additional holding surface.
June 9, 2015