Alpinestars Toucan Gore-Tex Boots
Picked these for all-weather, paved and un-paved riding. I don't go seriously off-road with my 1190, but wanted good protection nonetheless.
When I first put them on, I was impressed with the cushioning, feeling like my feet were wrapped in protection and comfort. The toe box is a little narrow and I ordered size 11 when I would normally wear a 10.5
The velcro closure at the top of the boot does not fit my (apparently) under size calves - when the velcro surfaces are mated, The inside of the top edge of the boot has some rough stitching or something that was pretty uncomfortable - suggest tall socks.
The two buckles are simply brilliant - would definitely consider getting new motocross boots just to have those buckles.
The first two rides I took wearing these were 250 miles the first day and 350 the next in moderate temps with no moisture. My feet felt great at the end of the day and was happy to put them back on for the second day. Only sore spot was my calf - my socks dropped down and the boot rubbed on bare skin.
Overall, feel well-protected, very comfortable and love the easy-on easy-off. Makes me much more inclined to put on on proper boots - if only I could get my street pants (Carhartt for example) over the shin protection.
April 11, 2015
Super Comfortable Boots
I went from BMW Santiago boots to these and the difference is night and day. The Toucans are very comfortable to walk in and the soles seem to absorb more shock. I normally wear a size 14 shoe, but the 13 fits perfectly. Pricey, but I'm very happy with them.
February 9, 2015
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I bought these as a replacement boot for riding on the street on my BMW GSA. A bit overkill in rhetrospect, they're beefy, stiff and non-sensitive. They're designed for a specific purpose: to save your foot/leg in an accident/crash from direct or indirect impact. They are more of an off-road friendly boot than a road friendly boot; they don't allow much movement in the joint (ankle) so shifting is easier when standing (a more dirt oriented position) than sitting (more street oriented). They also, like I mentioned earlier, are not very sensitive so it's hard to "feel" the brake and shift pedals and the pressure applied to them until you feel the bike react to your input (good luck finding neutral). This might sound normal and how it works anyway but you litterally can't feel the brake pedal under your foot and the pressure you apply is based on muscle memory and blind faith, so it's not really "normal." These boots are designed for the hard core adventurer who's about to ride to Patagonia or Dead Horse, or the guy who wants the utmost protection for his feet short of wearing a motocross boot. Which leads me to the dirt part of this review. I also ride a Husqvarna FE350 enduro/trail dirt bike. I am in need of a new oair of boots and recently my group was planning a ride in the high desert in northern Nevada in late January. Cold conditions, stream crossings, rocky desert terrain, etc. I decided screw it, I'll wear the Toucans. They're not being utilized to their potential on my GS, they're Gore-Tex, lots of plastic and leather; they're really just a shorter motocross boot that happens to be Gore-Tex (waterproof motocross/dirt bike boots are like unicorns). Besides, I wear over-the-boot off road pants so I knew the shorter height wouldn't be an issue. And it wasn't nothing was. These boots were made for off road. Kicked them on bolders, drug them around corners, fell down with them once or twice (I never said I could ride) and they were AWSOME. I have zero complaints about these boots and they've become my new full-time trail riding boot, as well as street boot. The only thing I wish was different is they're LOUD to walk in. They squeek and you're not going to sneek up on anyone. People look because they're so loud but then I think "yeah...check out my boots. I know you wish you had a pair..."
January 31, 2015
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