Alpinestars SMX Plus Gore-Tex: £299.99
Time used: One year
What’s good? They’re warm, comfortable, completely waterproof, sturdy, beautifully-made and don’t look big and frumpy, like a lot of all-weather boots can do. These are my everyday boots, which toured across Europe, been on countless road-riding launches, come with me to work and have been my companion on many a weekend away. I’ve even worn them for racing, when it’s been wet. Alpinestars is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and it started out making boots, so these represent half a decade of expertise. A hard plastic heel, ankle and shin guards should offer protection in a crash (although thankfully I haven’t had to test them yet) and the soft leather sections are perfect for comfort. The soft padded interior is a nice, comforting thing to step into in the morning, before heading out on the bike, the main zip is sturdy and they have replaceable toesliders for when you’re low. They’re simply excellent.
What’s not? The plastic sections squeak a bit when you’re walking.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 4/5