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Alpinestars Toucan Gore-Tex Boots
A technical and durable touring boot brimming with intelligent design features, the Alpinestars Toucan GORE-TEX Boots are ideally suited to long days in the saddle. With 100% weatherproofing provided by a GTX liner, integrated protection systems and superb comfort and flexibility features the Toucan Boots are indispensable for rugged roads. The Toucan's unique buckle design is pulled straight from Alpinestars' dirt boots and helps to shed dirt and mud while maintaining a low profile to minimize the likelihood of damage to the buckle or your bike.
- A fully CE-certified boot incorporating full leather and suede with a 100% waterproof GORE-TEX membrane
- Innovative lateral ankle protection system forms flexible link between upper boot and lower foot area for added control and support
- Medial side structure is contoured for perfect fit and flexibility fit, with reinforced polymer sculpturing for grip and protection against bike’s heat and impact
- Advanced TPU protection layer covers the internal heel counter and toe box enhancing support and rigidity in key impact areas
- Coated leather panel forms the outer surface of the toe box providing effective abrasion and weather resistance
- Heel housed in molded external protector for increased impact dissipation and absorption
- Contoured polymer shin guard incorporates an innovative vertical blade system for improved forward and rear control and support
- Advanced instep and Achilles’ accordion flex zones for superior comfort, control and support
- Medial surface stamped calf suede panel improves grip and protection
- Wide-entry aperture for convenience with combined hard polymer and VELCRO® brand closures closure to allow wide range of calf fit adjustments
- Closure system features replaceable, slim, aluminum buckles for security with memory adjustments and quick-release locking system
- Upper boot collar and inner lining constructed from breathable mesh for added comfort
- Removable anatomically profiled EVA foam footbed
- Alpinestars exclusive rubber compound for the optimal combination of comfort and grip
- Sole construction features integrated steel shank for improved comfort and durability
- Lateral side vent for added airflow
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I have had these boots for years and recently had the opportunity to test out how they would do in a crash. I hit a culvert head on...direct impact on my right shin. Although i broke my shin all my docs said I need to thank AP because if I weren't wearing these boots my shin/leg would have shattered. I hit my leg right on the shin protector...hard enough to break my tibia but that boot as I said kept my leg from falling apart.
Overall this boot like I have said before is 100% H20 proof, comfortable, technical and great looking too. I am a lover of AP for price and durability but Now? Safety gets huge points and I am living proof. My leg will heal and I will no doubt continue to wear AP ADV boots. REVZILLA gear geeks please feel free to share my story with AP, my blog post http://advgrrl.com/2015/10/23/2015-bmw-1200gs-foliage-ride-crash/ tells my real life story and my leg thanks them for protecting me.
My initial impressions of these boots are:
BACKGROUND: I’ve owned a pair of Aerostich Combat Touring Boots (CTB) for the last 15+ years and put hundreds of thousands of miles on them and resoled them 3 times. They finally are at the end of their road. My Aerostich size is a men’s 11.
FIT: The Toucans definitely run a little large. I’d estimate about a ½ size large compared to my street/athletic shoes. I’m normally a men’s 10.5 US. I have med/wide feet with high arches, narrow heel & ankles, and large calves. Using the size chart, I’m between sizes for these boots and wasn’t sure which way I should go between a size 10 or 11.
I read tons of reviews here (all 56+ reviews), watched video reviews, and read up on forums, and I was still confused as to sizing, especially if you are between sizes. Some said they fit small, others a size large and some even said they fit to size. After shooting my info to Revzilla the recommendation was to go with the 10. I can say that Revzilla’s suggestion was spot on. In fact I still have a little extra room if I wore a heavier sock during colder weather.
Hopefully this helps others in the fit department.
BUILD: Unlike some reviews, mine came perfect. This is my first boot since the CTBs so I don’t have a whole lot to compare it to, but I’ve read that Alpinestar’s can be inconsistent in their build quality. The typical comments seem to be related to sole issues (i.e. uneven sole stitching and warped sole bottoms). Of course knowing that, the first thing I did was to check out the soles and they are perfect.
The rest of the boot is also very well put together. All the panel stitching, buckles, and insides are perfectly put together.
Mine do squeak. I don’t really care. So did my other boots. IMO when you mix leather and plastic it’s gonna do that.
RIDING: Granted I don’t have a lot of time in these boots yet, but like any new boot it’s gonna feel different compared to what you already have. I’ve found that foot positioning, especially the left boot, is going to take some getting used to. The more rounded top foot area compared to my CTBs requires a different foot action to get a positive shift, specifically during an upshift. I missed my fair share of shifts today. It’s too early to say if I should just raise my shifter slightly, but I’m going to put a few thousand miles on them first on/off road before I decide.
The ankle flex is great. It’s something I really had to work on as I broke in my CTBs but is near perfect right out of the box with the Toucan.
COMPARISON: Again I don’t have a lot to compare it to but compared to the CTBs it’s night/day. Dimensionally they’re pretty close. They’re pretty much the same height but the top of the CTBs are a touch flatter compared to the Toucans. The Toucans are more rounded on the top of the foot.
The Toucans have a larger shin guard area which is pretty obvious considering the extra protection it provides over the CTBs, but the part that was a pleasant surprise is that they still fit under jeans, 5-11 style cargo pants, and all of my riding gear (Roadcrafter, BMW Rallye, and Aerostich Transit). Under jeans it does take a little work to get them over the shin guard. I wear loose fit jeans though vs. the latest skinny jeans. Not baggy but a little looser than 501s. Of course YMMV on the jeans.
Comfort was a big improvement. CTBs are notoriously tough to break-in. However after 15 yrs they were perfect. I can walk in them, set up camp after a long days ride, search for firewood, as well as, wear them all day at work which requires being on my feet for most of the day.
From the moment I put the Toucans on, they felt great. I might be exaggerating a little in saying they are as comfortable as my running shoes, but not by much. They are that comfortable from day one. After my first 100 miles in them, and going on 10 hrs of continuous wear, not one hot spot or area of discomfort. In fact I’m writing this review with them still on.
They are a little warm but not uncomfortably so, but that’s a very subjective thing.
CONCLUSION: Needing a new pair of boots, I was drawn to these because of the extra protection while riding, but also the walking comfort off the bike. High on the list was also the ability to resole and replace bits that wear out. I obviously keep my gear for a long time, so my intent was to find a boot that would last me another 15+ yrs. Waterproofness wasn’t as high on the list. I’m used to waterproofing my CTBs which are not ‘waterproof’, but with a little work and maintenance they’ve never leaked on me in driving rain or while walking through streams/rivers to scout out the best line. One thing I do like about the CTBs that very few boots in this category offer is a full leather lining….obviously it wouldn’t be gore-tex. IMO they breath the best, and the durability of a leather lining compared to other synthetic options is superior.
The Sidi Adventure Gore-Tex (because of the full grain leather), was high on the list, but I quickly remembered I don’t have SIDI feet. In the times I’ve tried on different SIDI boots in the past they’ve always been too narrow for my feet. I realize that the CTB is made by SIDI, but they must use a completely different kind of last, because they are very generous in width. The Gaerne Midland was also a consideration, but the extra protection of the Toucans w/o the downsides of off-bike use, made the difference for me. I wanted to get all the protection I could get while still keeping walking comfort.
If I had SIDI feet I may have gone that route. I personally think they look better than the Toucans and all the other features I was looking for are there also. I prefer the plainer toe box and more subdued look of the SIDI. But because the SIDIs were not an option, the Gaerne was going to be my second choice if the build quality of the Toucans was lacking. From what I hear Gaerne build quality is the bench mark in the high quality/consistency of their boots.
I am not sure if Alpinestar QC has improved or if I just got lucky, but I’m very impressed and happy with the Toucans. With all the positive reviews on this boot, my guess is Alpinestar’s quality issues aren’t nearly as bad as what is purported on the internet, but maybe still not as perfect as the other brands.
I hope to wear these a very long time. Thanks for reading and I hope this helps.
Ride: BMW GSAW
over 2 years ago
If your riding a large bike off road, this is the boot to get. If your going to take your GS to Starbucks, save some money and go ahead and get something a little more comfortable.
over 2 years ago
However, I would not recommend them for "REAL" adventure riding. I recently completed a trip to UT, NV, and back to CA on harsh trails & dirt roads, and they didn't last through the trip. The ankle pivot pulled out of the boot, and now lacks any sort of ankle protection as it doesn't limit range of motion. The assembly is poorly thought out, and should have some sort of stronger bracket internal to the boot to fasten to, instead of soft boot material.
For $500, I thought they would last longer than 2yrs of normal/mixed use, but I was disappointed. Based on this, I'd recommend going for a full MX style boot like the Tech-8 Enduro or similar, or a less expensive option from SIDI/Forma. They'll provide more support/protection when you really need it, vs. this half-calf hybrid boot.
I have contacted A* to see if they are repairable, but I'm not holding my breath. I'll update the review when there's resolution. This does not deter me from purchasing from Revzilla, as their prices and customer service are top notch!
With the abundance of plastic on it I was expecting a rigid boot and lengthy break-in. I put them on to walk around as break-in but took them off shortly afterward as they were "smooth" from the start.
Hey...they didn't squeak!
There seem to be tiny mesh-covered vents below the lowest buckle: they don't seem to work but maybe if I can ever go fast enough they might. I can imagine them filling up with dirt before that but I can't imagine them being missed anyway.
Speaking of dirt, the inboard plastic panels have a diamond-texture pattern for grip. They'll soon feature a cool (for me) wear pattern but don't expect to be wiping your boots clean like Scouts...you'll be brushing more than wiping these boots clean.
They're no different from other Gore-tex boots. I live in the tropics where humidity and temps stay high so boots are warm. Lots of water everywhere so dryness is the main criteria and these boots breathe as well as can be expected. No water crossings yet.
Alpinestars MX DNA is all over. These boots shout protection from the sheer amount of plastic and stitching. The toes are bulkier and I'm relearning how to shift. I may raise the lever but since I've been off the bike for six months it may just be me. The ankle plate is bulky and so are the buckles and...how do I explain this...they seem to spread out the center of mass. Like when I stick a leg out for balance I can really feel the boot's weight around my foot. It might be because I've been off the bike for so long but just looking at the boot will tell you it's bulkier than others, thus my lower mark for style.
I'll tell you now: the clincher for me was the stitching! My last plastic waterproof boots started separating at the soles after paddling through, not a river crossing, but a few water-filled tire ruts. I suspect that a floppy sole was the reason my foot stayed planted as my bike fell in slo-mo, resulting in a badly broken leg.
After that experience I'll pay for the protection and the stitching.
over 2 years ago
I purchased the Toucans sized 44.5. One size up was painful, as was one size down. I wear them with SmartWool Ski Ultra Light socks. This size is tolerable for long rides and even pretty long walks, which is fantastic! I'm surprised at how far I can walk in them.
The only thing I could complain about (and to be honest, I actually like it a little) is how loud they squeak when walking.
I purchased them September 24, 2014. I have put 7000 miles on them so far. I love them!