Alpinestars Supertech Touring Gore-Tex Boots (Size 40)
Two Years Later : Not "Heirloom Quality"
Almost perfect, but marred by some quality control/design defects that have a huge impact on "Bang for the Buck" and (Lack-of) "Heirloom" quality - for ~$450 (originally MSRP), they should have been perfect.
After wearing these for every ride for two years - cold (29F), rain, hot (97F+) - and walking (or doing improvisational theater! or skateboarding!) around in them at my destination I think I'm pretty qualified it say they are darn COMFORTABLE touring/commuting boots, with some SERIOUS FLAWS.
The TOTALLY AWESOME selling point: the speed inner laces are why I bought these boots and are what "set it apart". The BOOT ALWAYS FITS SNUG, just as a boot should, every time - fat socks or thin socks. (The ankle and inside zipper-cover velcro also allow fine-tuned calf adjustments.) - I wish other manufactures offered a FAST INSIDE-LACE system as it totally rocks; but see the "BAD".
The GOOD: the water proofing is good (the Gore-Text inner has been properly applied and is a separate [fixed] bootie) even though it only goes a bit above the ankle - proper wet weather pants make this a non-issue. However it was disappointing that the "above lace" cover doesn't have a water barrier.
The BAD: the eyelets (on my boots) had SHARP EDGES on them which eventually CUT THROUGH the speed laces. I've tied mine together several times and am now trying to resolve the issue (e.g. get new laces or a service) from Alpinestar - we'll see how that goes.
The UGLY: the reflectors on the heal are covered with a separate plastic'y film (without the plastic the panels don't even reflect), but this plastic CRACKS and DISINTEGRATES over time - it makes the reflectors not reflect and makes the boots look like trash from the back, like they are falling apart.
The LAME: one of the pull-up boot straps broke after two weeks. Come one manufactures .. use a piece of leather and put a long tail on those suckers. They are for pulling, not decoration!
The WORRISOME: these things seriously need more protection instead of a few flimsy plastic inserts. I never, ever, felt like the design would actually protect my ankle from a foot-peg crashing through it. And the ankle outside "protection" seems equally as phantom. I'm not expecting moto/off-road protection, but more thought should have been put in this area.
The STUPID: the "pointy side" of the velcro faces out. How freaking hard is it to apply velcro correctly? Put the soft side out! Otherwise, as is the case, you're $450 boots will slowly chafe and ruin the inner layer of your $450 pants..
As far as styling, I think the boot looks fine and I walk around with it in public all the time. It will fit under a reasonably wide slack legging - but they do also look a bit "fat" in the middle, sort of like a platypus, due to the zipper covers. This is mostly a preference thing and it's never really bothered me; although my next pair of boots will be zippers-out.
These suckers appear to be discontinued: so if you can pick up a pair for 50% - or less! - of the MRSP (~$450), go for it! But for me - I paid $250 too much given the issues I've experienced. They're worth no more than $199 - as they are NOT "Heirloom grade" - given quality flaws.
December 7, 2014
Very happy with these Boots
I bought these boots for my adventure ride from the US down to Peru and back . In El Salvador now on my return journey and have had these boots on nearly every day for 5 months and 14,000 miles to date . Very comfy straight out of the box , and happy to have them on for long days . Walking around in them is great .
They are a "hot" boot but that has not been a problem to me . A bit fiddly to fasten , but easy to slip on and off when the draw string is loosened , a good thing when tired at the end of the day . Overall very happy and would purchase again , but they show no signs of wear and are standing up very well , even after being filled with water a couple of times from walking through stream crossings .
February 26, 2014
The boot I've been looking for!
After buying pair of alpinestars smxplus waterproof boots and having them repeatedly allow water into them (I even sent them back to alpinestars and they replaced them) I realized there is no alternative to a gore tex membrane... The fit and finish of the boot is top notch, I found the depth of the vamp and toe box to be considerable, even wider feet would do well. Nice stiff sole and heel counter. Good toe protection and descent Tib/fib shield. The inner booty quick lace gives a real sense of performance as the overlay Velcro strap and zipper will be effective at keeping the elements out and the boot on.
February 3, 2014
My everyday boot for the next several years.
Love the speed lacing system and ease of entry/exit. Spent the first two days of break-in riding in constant rain and my feet stayed completely dry. I'm in Florida and even on hot days these are as comfortable of a boot as you can get and still stay dry in an unexpected sunshower.
I use mine for everyday commute and touring (HD FLHRC) and think these will do just fine for years to come. Ankle and shin protection are suitable for touring but If you're adventure riding you may want to consider something with some "hard" armor.
My only complaint is that the soles are very firm and don't allow much tactile feedback from the rear break.
Overall I'd give this product 4.5/5 stars.
January 27, 2014
Good riding boot
I have had the boots for about 3 weeks now and can say that I really like them. The construction is first rate. They are very comfortable for a riding boot (note, they are not tennis shoes) and you can spend a fair amount of time walking in them without trouble. They make an excellent touring boot in my opinion. I have not ridding in the rain so I cannot vouch for the waterproof characteristics of the boots. I love the speed lace system. It gives me a really secure fit and feel. They are pricey, but you generally get what you pay for. I can feel some air flowing through the leather, but I suspect they will be a little warm in the summer. The shin protection is good as is the toe and ankle protection. Leather is heavy and the soles have good grip.
December 24, 2013
Great boots for all temps
Have used in temps ranging from 28-70 degrees. Always warm, never hot or cold. Just right. My feet don't feel bound up while riding. They feel more like an extension of my body, making me able to enjoy the ride more. Highly recommended!
November 4, 2013
Heavy duty boot with full touring support.
Nice big heavy boot for touring. Alpinestars did a nice job for riders who want maximum support for large touring bikes. Great protection and stability in a wearable boot.
October 7, 2013
Best in Class
I've had the Alpinestars Supertech touring Gore-tex boots for a year now and they have performed great in all riding conditions.
From 98 F during a South Florida monsoon to 30 F in the middle of the night, my feet have never been too hot, cold or wet. The boots with their breathability and waterproof Gore-Tex always maintain a well protected and temperature regulated cocoon around my feet. As far as traction, they are the best that I have worn, even when stopping on the oil slicks that are at every tollbooth in south Florida in the rain I have never lost traction.
They are a serious touring boot with serious safety features. For walking around they are all day comfortable.
They require minimal break-in time, but do require a bit of break-in.
The protection is un rivaled. I didn't realize just how vulnerable my shins, foot and heel were wearing combat boots, until I got these.
October 2, 2013