Alpinestars Supertech R boots, £299.95 (non-vented)
Miles covered/time: 2000/four months
What’s good? Out of the box, they’re as comfy as 10-year-old boots. This is due mainly to the amount of synthetic material used in their construction that, unlike leather, doesn’t require ‘breaking in’. This comfort-feel also takes in off the bike walking.
The covering panel on the inner side of the boots is covered with a soft, grippy suede-like material to prevent scuffs and scrapes to bike bodywork and aluminium. And they are bloody light to give a lot of feel to the rider, plus they’re easy to get on and off.
The use of Velcro, zip, stretch panel and ratchet system is a simple but effective securing system.
But the best part is they have a high level of ankle protection care of the separate inner boot that not only absorbs knocks but helps reduce ankle twist – as I already carry x-amount of screws and metal plates in one ankle it’s the sort of armour I appreciate.
I’m also chuffed the elasticised boot tops prevent small stones going inside – especially the ones thrown by cretinous friends.
What’s not? The black/white colourscheme is new for this year and the white soon marks (spray-on polish keeps on top of it).
The mid-way mesh vents obviously let in water after a while but they’re not as bad as the track-biased versions with the foot-top perforation vents.
Contact: www.alpinestars.com or see Bikemart for local dealers.