Alpinestars Alpha Touring Waterproof Boots
Good Value But Ergonomics Compromised by Zipper Location
These boots replaced a similar pair of Alpinestars that I totally wore out. The zippered opening is now on the outside of the boot, which makes it nearly impossible to get two hands involved in zipping it up. The previous boots I had from this outfit had the zipper on the inside, which is easier to get two hands involved. They are very stiff, especially on first wearing, but the zips loosen enough to make them less frustrating with a couple of uses. Functionally, they are waterproof, warm, and very supportive. Great value with just a little annoyance with the zipper location.
November 25, 2013
First pair of motorcycle boots
Previously I had ridden in hiking boots only so these are my first pair of motorcycle boots. They are comfortable for the most part although my ankles can get sore occasionally from the positioning. Mine have been waterproof so far having ridden in a couple of moderate showers but nothing too heavy.
October 1, 2013
Escolha um número maior do que o que você usa normalmente
Se usar tamanho 12, compre tamanho 13 (USA).............
September 23, 2013
Little small in the calf but might break in over time
NOTE- I have not rode with these boots yet, I'm on a cross country/ multi-stage trip and my bike is in NY
My foot is btwn 8.5 - 9 US and a EEE (mostly due to a high instep)
Went with the European 42 and was concerned it was going to be way too tight/small.
Did a lot of research on boots. Alpine stars were well covered in groups. Found that the sizing in the footbed works well, snug but good fit.
1. Construction: the way the boot is constructed is solid.
2. Footbed : Wide enough to accomodate my width
3. Rain flap (inside) : The rain flap provides enough room to get in and out.
4. Zippers - extremely solid #10-12 YKK zipper with a Pull on the top of the zipper pull with Velcro on the back so you can synch it to the flap.
1. Calf Sizing - I've not been able to get the zipper all the way to the top of the zipper. (15.5" - 16.5" calf). It works as the exterior flap can still velcro down. My hope would be over time ; a) the boots break in a bit allowing for full zipper range, b) that the zipper stitching doesn't breakdown (but looks really solid).
Hope this is helpful for you. End of the day, great boot, great protection, and worth the investment.
August 26, 2013
On the bulky side
Maybe I'm spoiled but I have used a pair of Sidi boots for years and needed a backup pair. I opted for this product based on reviews and price. Fit was as expected (44 = 10.5), but the feel is so much bulkier and stiffer than the pair I currently have that I just can't see using them. Will be returning them.
August 20, 2013
I have used these boots for the last few thousand miles and found them to be very comfortable and sturdy and as a bonus broke in quickly. Revzilla recommends a slightly smaller size chart than Alpinestars, and even with my wide feet, the Revzilla's recommendation was right on.
August 19, 2013
Stylish boots for the road
These boots are comfortable on the bike for long periods and comfortable enough on foot to wear at the office.
They fit looser around the calves than i would expect.
August 5, 2013
Perfect height for tucking in riding pants
I got these to replace (most of the time) my Alpinestars Ridge boots as I needed something taller to keep my pants tucked in.
These are about 12" tall and that's ideal for tucking my leather riding pants in. When I want to wear my pants over the boots I go back to my Alpinestars Ridge boots.
They have a side zip that keeps the boots on and a velcro wrap at the top to close the boot. Unlike the Ridge boots (reviewed elsewhere) the velcro on the top of these does not pop open when I take stairs, as the zipper does the holding closed.
So far they are comfortable but still need to break in a bit. I wore them today in 88 degrees for 45 minutes and my feet felt comfortable, no sweating.
I looked at a few other 12" boots of this style and bought some..only to return them after walking around the house. These I will be keeping :-)
August 30, 2012