Product Review: Alpinestars Supertech R boots (£379.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Supertech R?

Alpinestars have revamped their popular Supertech R racing boots with a new sole, screw-in metal toe-sliders and a redesigned plastic shin-plate, among other tweaks. The new boots have a familiar Supertech R feel but are sturdier, more cossetting and are as comfy as slippers. The grippier sole took me a few rides to get used to, but they’re far more tactile for bike control, especially when I’m racing. The toesliders are more durable and with grub screws now holding them in place they’re more secure and easier to change. The leather now is easier to keep clean, so they stay new-looking for longer. I love the Supertech style, comfort and they’ve protected me in so many track crashes over the years, I wouldn’t wear anything else.

And what’s not?

The sliders on the old Supertech R could be used on left or right boots, but these new ones are handed, so you’ll have to buy a new pair of sliders when you wear one side out. They’re pricey, too, but worth it.

Time tested

Nine months/5000 miles


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