Alpinestars Supertech-R, £359.99
Time tested: One North West 200 and TT fortnight (over 1000 racing miles)
What’s good? The connection and feel is excellent. I put a huge amount of effort through the pegs and the last thing I want is for my foot to slip. At the TT you spend a huge amount of your time stood up on the pegs, levering and turning the bike through the pegs, all at very high speeds. Having feel, security and grip from your boots is so important. Despite the high level of protection, these boots are malleable rather than stiff. It feels like I’m wearing comfortable race slippers, not racing boots. Throughout the TT race miles this year, I never once questioned or even thought about my boots, they just did the job. The venting keeps my feet cool and I had no rubbing blisters. They passed the ultimate test, never let me down, just look a bit second hand now.
What’s not? They are on the expensive side, but how much do you value your feet? Despite the punishment at the TT I know after a clean they’ll look like new. That’s the only hard bit - keeping the bright colours bright, maybe I should have opted for a darker colour. The right boot has a fair amount of oil spread over it, which is going to be a nightmare to clean.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 4/5