Alpinestars S-MX Plus boots review (£259.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars S-MX Plus boots?

I’ve worn Alpinestars Supertech R boots ever since the Italian firm released them, and despite trying several other brands and boots down the years, I’ve never found anything that could match them for comfort or protection at a similar price. Until now. These S-MX Plus jobbies are superb for all-day comfort, without relinquishing much in terms of performance. They feel well constructed, and the internal lining is plush enough that a full day on the bike, combined with a lot of wandering about off it, can be dispatched without sore soles or chafed calves. I wear these boots every day (rain or shine), and they’ve stood up well. Some of the white plastic areas have discoloured a little, and the main white upper is hard to keep spotless – but overall they look almost new after more than 6000 miles. The new screw-fixed toeslider system is a big improvement over the old clip-in version too.

And what’s not?

The white areas do discolour, and white areas of the synthetic upper are hard to keep spotless, but that’s hardly a shock. The price is obviously quite high, but commensurate with the quality and features. I reckon that if you’re an average UK rider, these will last you a decade.

Time tested

Four months/6000 miles


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