Alpinestars Toucan Gore-Tex Boots
Great boot for dual sport
I've worn this boot commuting to work (75 miles one way). I've also work it on muddy forest service trails. I've also worn in in rain. My feet were always dry and when I was setting up camp after a hard ride in the rain, I actually forgot that I was wearing the boots walking around (I bring sandals for that). You definitely should choose these boots.
July 7, 2014
These boots are 100% waterproof with the Gore-tex linning! Ive tested it! They are super comfortable on the bike and off! Ankle support is great with the right amount of give for an adventure/touring boot and not too stiff. These boots are kinda pricey, but well worth the quality you get! I know im not supposed to talk about customer service, but the staff at Revzilla have a world of knowledge about all the products they sell. If you have questions about a product, call them up like i did. They helped me with this boot decision.
July 21, 2014
7547 miles in 21 days from FL to WY to AZ to FL, these boots handled it all in great comfort. From 11,000 ft up in the Rockies at 45*F @ 70 mph to blazing across the AZ desert in 100*F temps to rock climbing in the Grand Canyon, to multiple 600 mile days, to walking around and exploring towns and National Parks these boots handled it all.
I only ever wore the Alpinestar tech coolmax socks, even in the cold mountain passes and my feet were never hot, sweaty or cold. Also completely waterproof as one would expect from Goretex.
I have an old but permanent ankle injury and need good support to be able to walk more than a hundred feet without pain, these boots give the best support of any boot I've ever worn.
June 27, 2014
I bought these boots about a month ago. Even though these boots have accordion zones, it has taken a few weeks to get them broken in and feel confident wearing them while riding. If you have been riding with regular shoes or even with riding shoes and you decide to start wearing these, it will take some getting used to. These aren't as stiff as motocross boots, but they are extremely stiff compared to shoes. At first, I was barely able to shift correctly, but I can now. I can't adjust my shifter and getting a different shift lever is still out of the question.
Putting on and taking off these boots is quick and easy. The two straps are easy to use, and the top of the boot is secured with velcro.
The length of the boot is correct. I am between a 2E and a D in foot width, and the boot still fits perfectly. Although this works out well in my favor, some people may find this boot to be slightly wide. In my opinion, the toe box is a little large, which initially made shifting difficult, but this seems to make the boot more comfortable.
As far as being waterproof, I can say for certain they are waterproof. After riding in downpours my feet are completely dry. I haven't tried submerging them, but I have a good feeling they would still keep the water out. So far, the insulation seems to be comfortably warm, but not too hot. I probably wouldn't want to wear this boot in sweltering heat all day.
Compared to other stuff out there, these are expensive boots. I have wasted money on cheaper riding shoes, but hopefully these will stand the test of time.
May 12, 2014
I have been wearing the boots for a few weeks now and I have no issues with them. They fit great right out of the box and are very comfortable. My only minor issue is that my motorcycle pants are tough to get over the shin protector....I highly recommend these boots....by the way, I do have the redesigned buckle and they work great. But then again I never tried the old ones.
May 10, 2014
Great protection; Great comfort
The Toucans have exceeded my requirements. Immediately after purchase I wore them on a 1 month adventure tour in Mexico. Rode 300+ mile days on varied surfaces. Boots performed great: comfortable all day, noticibly light weight, yet felt very secure.
May 12, 2014
I ordered these and the Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex. I ended up choosing the Sidi but it was a very tough decision. Astars are a bit too wide for my foot so the decision was made based on fit. I actually like this boot very much. It is softer inside than the Sidi and I like the stitched sole a bit more than the Sidi. I have a very narrow foot and very small calves so I had to go with the Sidi for that reason. I didn't keep this boot so I can't attest to long term use but my initial impression is that this is a great boot for even folks with a mildly narrow foot. It isn't super wide but was just too wide for my freakishly narrow foot and scrawny calves. Very light. If this boot had the same pivot hinge in the ankle area as the Sidi it would be perfect. My main rides for this boot would have been the my R1200gs and DRZ400s.
April 28, 2014
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