Alpinestars Afrika XCR boots, £139.99
Miles covered/time: 700/three months
What’s good: These Alpinestars Afrika boots are comfy on and off bike (important, ‘cos I’m a lazy arse who hates changing in and out of bike gear), stylish enough, shower-proof, quick to get on and off ‘cos of the clever pullstring mechanism and they are proving pretty durable, too.
What’s not: One of the drawstrings has somehow shredded its cover so surely it’s only a matter of time before it snaps and I’ve no idea how to, or even if, I can replace it. The strap/Velcro system is annoying and nor are they as good value as they might be.
Contact: www.alpinestars.com or see MCN classifieds for local dealers