Alpinestars Ridge Waterproof Boot
Nice All Around Boot
I've been wearing these boots on and off the bike for about a month now. I am a size 9D (size 9, medium width) in Chuck Taylors, Red Wings, Nike trainers, and most other brands of popular shoes.
These Alpinestars boots fit true to length (from back of heel, to tip of toe), but they are a little wide on me. I was expecting this to be the case, and it's desirable as they will be a cold-weather boot for me. I am wearing thick wool socks with them, and this makes them fit perfect (good quality wool socks will be thinner on the heel and toe, and not effect sizing lengthwise). But do know that these boots ARE WIDE when considering what type of sizing you need, and riding conditions you will be wearing them in. They are perfect for me the way that they are, but I would be really disappointed if they were going to be a warm weather boot.
I would say that they are average for a motorcycle boot. They have good ankle and foot protection, but don't have any distinct armor in the malleolus bones area, lower shin, or toe. They are very well constructed, and feel strong, there is just nothing special for something like racing applications. It offers about what you would expect from Alpinestars, Dainese, etc., for a sub $200 boot for basic riding.
These are very comfortable boots. They are well designed. I had no problems with breaking them in, or stitching poking me, etc.. Walking around in them is fine. I wouldn't take them on a hike or all day trek, but that's not what they designed for. I could imagine them not being too bad on your foot if you had to do those activities though. I ride to school, work, shopping, meetings, and they are fine. Very comfy for those kind of activities.
They look great under my jeans and Dainese riding pants. You could totally pull these off at the office without anyone noticing. They just look like normal boots. You don't get any "spaceman" sort of look with these. They are aesthetically quite neutral. They are also very easy to clean. A little Mr. Leather, and they look brand new.
I read some complaints about the velcro here on RevZilla reviews, but I haven't had that problem. Maybe that have fixed that since those other folks have bought them, but mine are doing fine.
These boots don't breathe that well, but they're not horrible. They are very warm for winter riding, and I'm sure that the lack of ventilation has a lot to do with that.They are good for my cold-weather application, and on hotter days they are still good on the bike, but only while riding. When I'm off the bike they are really hot. But again they are motorcycle boots, not Cole Haan loafers. My foot has never gotten swampy while riding, even in 75+ degree weather.
I haven't ridden in a full on downpour, but in a light rain they were fine. My feet stayed dry, and I was happy.
All in all, I really like these boots. But I did do quite a bit of research before I bought them, and had a certain riding application in mind. These boots look cool, feel good, keep my feet warm and dry, and make me feel confident as far as protection goes. And remember, they are a little wide, so keep that in mind before purchasing. Hope this review helps in your boot choice.
November 14, 2013
Good for the price
I have worn these for about a year now. Took a while to get used to the taller toe and shifting. Over time they are getting pretty loose on my foot since I have a narrow foot. The ankle & top remain adjustable with the velcro.
August 7, 2013
Better than I expected
They are easy to put on fit very nice and are easy to get off. They are also good for walking around, Very nice for riding makes shifting gears very easy. They are warm but not to the point of being uncomfortable.
June 21, 2013
Those are a nice pair of boots for all-day riding, good with a pair of jeans or riding gear (you can easily go into a meeting without people noticing your are not wearing social shoes).
Since is not gore-tex, does not breath at all, so your feet can get a little murky.
I haven't experienced the problems with the velcro others mentioned when going up and down the stairs.
May 29, 2013
i don't like velcro closures on boots. i like something that stays tight, and with these boots, as soon as you bend your ankle, the velcro closures at the top of the boot loosen up. it feels floppy.
i also don't like the lack of a stepped heel. it looks and feels weird. i like a defined heel on the bike and off.
of course, i did try these on at the showroom, so it's my fault for buying them. but i pretty much just wear my vasque hiking boots or chippewa engineer boots instead of these.
May 28, 2013
Good all-round boots
I have had my Ridge boots since about 2009 and they are my only riding boots. If and when they ever wear out, I will probably get another pair.
They are comfortable and easy to get on and off. They are subtle enough that if I wear them to the office and have to go right into a meeting nobody notices, and mobile enough that it doesn't feel like walking around in ski boots. My feet have stayed protected from the elements on highway blasts in cold, rain, and even blizzard conditions. Ples, they kept me intact when I had to plant a foot to keep my 800lb Triumph Rocket up after putting her sideways to avoid a car that ran a red light.
The pans: While they keep your feet dry from the outside, they don't breathe so you will get pretty murky from within. Have some foot powder on hand (or foot) for all-day riding. And the velcro strains a bit if you bend down or go up stairs.
February 20, 2013
First off Im still breaking these in and this is a pre purchase to my new ride so not used on bike yet. I would have to agree with velcro issue with it coming loose when on stairs or bending down or any moment requiring movement on upper part of boot. Due to this issue I will shy away from any velro only type boot from now on. Other than that fit is good, nice boot, can wear on or off bike.
January 28, 2013
These Boots are very nice, comfortable and offer good protection. My only negative comment is when walking mainly going down stairs the Velcro on the right boot tends to come loose. otherwise very nice for normal riding
October 20, 2012