05 December 2011 15:16
Alpinestars S-MX5 boots, £149.95
Miles covered/time: 3200/three months
What’s good: Everything (almost). The S-MX5 is the entry level sporting boot from Alpinestars, but it’s far from basic with double injected polyurethane providing protection for the shin, ankle, calf, toe and heel, replaceable toe sliders and further internal protection supporting the ankle.
There are small vents on the ankle, heel and forefoot that allow a bit of air in, helping to keep your toes cool, but not so much as to be noticeable in cooler temperatures allowing them to be used all year round.
Other than being fully-featured to the extent that it’s hard to imagine what more you would get from the more expensive models, they are comfortable enough to be worn all day and the race-inspired styling looks fantastic.
What’s not: The sizing seems to be on the smaller, narrower side, as the correct size for my feet felt a bit tight at first, but after a month of use they started to give and are now snug yet comfortable.
Fastened with a zip and a wide flap of Velcro they always feel secure, but the zip can feel worryingly strained and stiff.
Contact: www.alpinestars.com or see classifieds for local dealers.