This is the best pair of boots I have owned to date!<br><br>Fit/Size/Shape:<br>Fits mostly true to size, there is a tiny bit of extra room ahead my toes which only serves to make it more comfortable wearing and walking in it -- it's not pressing against your toes, which I would absolutely hate.<br>Foot bed is narrow by design in order to provide lateral support.<br>Wearing them all day is really not a problem at all.<br>Walking in them is not optimal due to the sole (more on that below). You get used to it after a while and it gets better when they break-in properly for your foot, but it's definitely not a walking/running shoe.<br><br>Design/Function:<br>Extremely low-profile appearance, compared to other top brands, in large part due to the steel sliders which don't need to be as thick as plastic to provide the same protection/sliding. Riding in the A* Supertech R feels like wearing a dozen socks in a pair of space boots, they feel bulky, even massive, compared to the Torque RS.<br>The rear-entry zipper is brilliant. Takes less time to put on and take off than anything else I've worn. Preferable to the A* S-MX Plus because you don't have to open it up with both hands to stick your foot in and there are no buckles that can fail. The zipper has held up surprisingly well, I was worried about it at first because zippers have been the weak point on my Dainese jackets (3 zipper failures on my Racing Leather). I suppose a retention strap of some sort wouldn't hurt as they have a couple of millimeters of play when zipped up but that's after almost 2 years of use.<br>The color scheme is alright (I have the black pair). I prefer solid colors so I could go without the gray accents and grids but they're not a turn off by any means.<br>I took off the sliders and spray-painted them black to make them less-obvious at work and college. I would advise against doing it with regular spray paint, rubs off after a while and looks pretty Mad Max-ish.<br><br>Features:<br>The sole is extremely hard! Which I think is great for safety. If you low-sided and the bike were to fall on your foot, the sole will give you a fighting chance and not fold over allowing your foot to get crushed. It's not slippery on wet pavement. It has rubbed off a lot in the crease where my foot pivots on the footpeg to change gears, but that's to be expected over time.<br>The shifter pad above the toes is beefy but still provides tactile feedback when changing gears.<br>Shin guard is great. Protected my shin in the freeway collision (more on that below) earlier this year, so I was very glad to have those boots on. It has a soft foam on the inside part of the boot, doesn't feel hard or anything.<br>Adjustment velcro panels around the zipper allow customizing the fit. I thought it was silly at first, since I only wore them over my leather pants in the canyons and never needed to make them fit differently. It did come in handy when I made them my permanent commuting boot - I can expand them to fit over my leathers in the canyons or shrink them to fit under my jeans for commuting. Note: the smallest velcro "setting" is still not tight enough to hug my leg completely when wearing under my jeans, but I suppose that's OK -- more airflow.<br><br>Airflow:<br>I have the perforated version, which was a great investment, since in California we mostly have heat. The boots allow a surprising amount of air in, considering how tiny the perforations are. On a stupid hot day if you're on the bike and moving, you'll be fine. If you're off the bike and sitting around for a while, you will get hot, it is a full boot after all. That being said, I choose to wear the Torque RS over my Dainese Dyno Pro 2CB, Alpinestars S-MX1, and other garbage riding shoes I've owned (Icon, Speed & Strenght "Moment of Truth") because in hot weather my feet feel most comfortable in them!<br><br>Crash test 1:<br>I wrecked in the canyons last year, went into a decreasing radius curve too hot, leaned the bike over too far trying to make it and panicked when I started dragging hard parts... foolishly stood the bike up mid-curve going 60+mph and ran out of road immediately, low-sided in gravel just before slamming into the mountain. Left ER with no damage to my feet whatsoever, only scratched up sliders.<br><br>Crash test 2:<br>In morning LA gridlock, some moron decided to cut traffic by getting into the HOV lane by jumping over the double-yellow sharply and without signaling (or looking). She ended up slamming into my right side, bringing me to a full stop from 30mph. The Yoshi frame slider absorbed majority of the impact (and destroyed the engine case as a result), and I do believe I would have lost my leg if I didn't have the slider to provide some room between the bike and the car for my leg!<br>I had a massive bruise on my knee and shin right below the knee. No damage to my foot or shin where protected by the Torque RS boots, despite taking a heavy impact -- enough to bend the footpeg and heel guard.<br><br>I'm probably forgetting something but this is already the longest review on the entire website, so I'll stop here.<br>Bottom line:<br>Top notch boots for a fair priced and more than competitive with similar-featured boots from well-known competitors.<br>I would/will buy them again when they fall apart, although, at the rate things are going, that may not be very soon.