Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex Boots
Decided that I wanted to switch over from non-moto oriented boots (cowboy, hiking, work) to something that would provide more lateral stiffness, comfort and support, protect, as well as waterproofing. I decided that I wanted something that would be a do-all boot that could be ridden in year round and not have to worry about multiple boots. I did a lot of research and ended up with the Web Gore-tex.
The full leather design provides great comfort after initial break-in period, which for me was only a few days wearing around the house, with a footbed that was not overly wide so it hugged the foot to provide a secure feeling fit. The Velcro covering the full length zipper as well as the Velcro pull tap to keep the zipper up added to this security.
On the bike, they do take a bit of getting used to as the toebox is somewhat high, but after numerous shift I adjusted to accommodate for it. They boots keep you warm in cooler weather, I have ridden them down in to the 30's, but they do keep you feet somewhat warm in hotter weather. Being this is a four season boot, it is expected, so I will just wear thinner summer socks to help with the cooler. The sole is stiff and support while riding, but I am able to comfortably walk around most of the day in mine without any issues of pain or blisters.
They have kept their lateral stiffness after the break in and have hardened protection on the ankle and a stiffened shinguard and toebox. They provide enough protect for a touring rider, but if you are more aggressive, I would consider a different boot.
Alpinestars makes a great quality boot and when these wear out, I will end up purchasing another pair, Highly recommended.
February 26, 2015
Good Medium Weight Boot
These are a good medium weight boot, I wish I would have gone up one size as I had to stretch them a little you may want it go up one size, I am an 8.5" USA size and got the 42, the 43 would have been better, but now they are fine. no complaints. Easy to get into and out of. They work great in cold weather, they are a little warm in 95-100F degree weather, but what non vented boot isn't. They are working great as a year round boot and excellent in sub 30F weather.
December 23, 2014
"When the Boot Fits the Foot is Forgotten."
I bought these boots primarily to wear with wool socks in cold weather. When riding I never think about my feet. These are the Goldilocks boots...just right.
I wear a size 14 shoe, and the size 49 fits me like they were custom molded. My feet aren't hot or cold. They aren't squeezed or flopping around.
These boots are a breeze to get on and off. The three large Velcro patches and single zipper hold tightly. They are very comfortable to walk around in. They are water tight. As a bonus, they are also windproof. I get compliments on how they look. Highly recommended.
December 10, 2014
Chunky fit but comfy straight out of the box
Ok, so these are my first proper motorcycle boots and I needed them to cover a lot of basics in order to invest on a pair.
The ammount of riding I do ranges from daily commutes to week-long trips to plantations in the south of Mexico.
Before buying these boots I tried on a pair of AStars Toucan, TCX Track, AStars SMX5 and some Furigan I can't recall at several shops. However I couldn't find the Web GTX in size 43 so had to order them "blind".
My first impression was how comfortable they were and even though they felt stiff (due to the midplate reinforced shank) you could actually walk in them.
Having worked with Gore-Tex products before and even tested many of them I saw no reason to use any other waterproof membrane/material. In this regard, you get what you pay for.
As to the looks, they look chunky. Mostly around the ankle which is due to the foam padding/protection. And the footbed looks round and stubby. Pretty much like a Timberland boot.
Since mostly I wanted them for touring and walking around I believe they are right on the spot: not too heavy, not too tall being halfway up the shin and not too wide (allows room for heavy/thick socks). And the size 43 was true to size.
I have yet to wear them in hot and humid climates, usually the kind of places Gore-Tex has a little difficulty coping but I'm sure with the right pair of socks these boots will be not too hot, not too clammy.
November 25, 2014
Durable and comfortable
Having pair of these from april 2014.
Made around 10k miles. They are really durable and waterproof, but everything has it's limits. I'm a delivery driver and using them every day for 6-10 hours. Wateproofness is very well, but they let me down once (10 hours in massive rain, riding and walking - they got wet at the toes).
Also the air flow could be better (after 10h shift they are little bit wet inside cause of the sweat so i have to dry them inside with a hairdryer).
They are EXTREMELY comfortable either biking or walking (even on 5th floor by steps).
October 3, 2014
This is the second pair of Alpinestar boots that I've owned and the fit and comfort is fantastic. They are flexible and very comfortable. Haven't tested them out yet in the rain, but if they are like my older gortex Alpinestar boots, I'm sure they will be waterproof as well.
September 22, 2014