Alpinestars Magnesium Toe-sliders, £11.95
Time tested: 5,000 miles / 3 months
What’s good? Until recently I’ve been doing a good job of keeping my tootsies proud of the road surface, thanks to many years on sportsbikes, and a toe-warming trackday many years ago when I wore through my boots. Nonetheless I did the same thing in May, ruining my Supertech Rs when I took the GS to Sachsenring, and needed to use my toes as a guide to how much lean I had to play with. The resulting damage shows how the layers of materials comprise a boot, but they now offer no real protection or integrity. Sadly I’d failed to plan ahead. If I’d fitted a set of these magnesium sliders instead of the original plastic ones, I’d still have a functioning pair of boots. They clip directly on without any mods, and they’re extremely resilient – although they do get warm if you’re really abusing them. They make a lovely scraping sound, too.
What’s not? There’s really nothing much to bemoan. A colleague said ‘how much?’ when I mentioned the price, but I don’t think £11.95 is unreasonable for a solid lump of metal bonded to the plastic mounts – and which protects your £300 boots from becoming unusable.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5