Alpinestars Adventure Boots

Alpinestars cut its ‘boot-making’ teeth in the off-road scene. It’s not a surprise, then, that the brand has a complete adventure boots range. Regardless of how determined you are to follow in Ewan McGregor’s foot steps, one of these three adventure boots should be on your list to check out.

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Alpinestars Adventure Boots Range

Alpinestars Toucan Gore-Tex Boots

The Toucan boots are the daddy of this adventure boots line-up. In many ways, they are the authentic and most technical choice. The design mixes top-notch materials with ‘the best’ from the Alpinestars motocross footwear range for protection and fit. Plenty of comfort features, including soft edging along the top of the shaft, mean this is a boot that will travel the distance with you and can be worn all day.

  • Gore-Tex waterproofing: The most breathable membrane to keep your feet dry, and guaranteed to be waterproof for the life of the boot
  • Goodyear-style stitched sole construction: The most traditional method of constructing off-road boots complete with the ridge detail some motocross riders use to control their shift changes with
  • Self-locating Aluminium buckles: The top of the range closure system, straight from the motocross boots range with the advantage of the patented ‘self-locating’ buckles (which to you means ‘ease of use’)
  • Impact protection: External shaft protection, sourced from the original Tech 3 motocross boots with extensive shock absorption, all of which comes at a cost and contributes to the technical aspects of the boots, but also their price point
  • Bracing: Detailed bracing including a ‘blade’ system over the front of the boot to prevent hyper-extension injuries means these boots don’t just look the part, they are your first line of defence from a number of direct and indirect injuries
Alpinestars Toucan Review

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Alpinestars Corozal Drystar Boots

The Corozal boots are the more contemporary adventure boots. They are available in traditional black leather but so much more attractive in the rugged, brown oiled leather finish shown here. The stand-out feature of the Corozals, apart from the looks, is the sole. Unlike the Toucan with its stitched sole, the Corozal boots feature a newly engineered moulded, multi-component sole: superbly comfortable. It is probably one of the best footbeds available in any ADV boot on the market. It also offers top-of-shaft adjustments and padding that mean that despite the shaft height, you will not experience the discomfort you might associate with tall boots.

  • Drystar waterproofing: Alpinestars’ own waterproof membrane, almost as breathable as Gore-Tex, hugely reliable, and not as pricey as a material as Gore-Tex, all contributing to a keener price point
  • Michelin-style moulded sole construction: One of, if not the most comfortable footbed available on any ADV boot
  • Self-locating Nylon buckles: Identical in type to the Toucan closure system, but crafted in durable Nylon, instead of aircraft Aluminium, to improve the price point
  • Impact protection: External shaft protection, sourced from the original Tech 1 motocross boots
Alpinestars Corozal Review

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Alpinestars Belize Drystar Boots

The Belize boots are a shorter shaft version of the Corozal Boots. They look less tall on the photos than they actually are: The Belize adventure boots are the height of a traditional touring boot, similar to the Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex boots. Other than the shaft height, the Belize and the Corozal share the same DNA.

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Alpinestars Campeche Drystar Boots

The Campeche boots are the touring option. The Campeche boots and the Corozal boots share the same sole developed for off-road use, which means to you these boots are extremely comfortable on and off the bike. That is the stand-out feature: Comfort. And, they look great to boot. Where they are different is that they are softer in construction, lighter in weight, and less tall compared to their brothers. With that focus on touring practicality, you also find that the external hard protection is replaced by protective features situated behind the leather outer, and the buckle closures are replaced by a zip and Velcro combination.

  • Drystar waterproofing: Alpinestars’ own waterproof membrane, almost as breathable as Gore-Tex, hugely reliable, and not as pricey as a material as Gore-Tex, all contributing to a very keen price point
  • Michelin-style moulded sole construction: One of, if not the most comfortable footbed available on any ADV boot
  • A traditional touring boot closure: Long, zipped opening with a large Velcro adjustment panel for a close fit around the calf
  • Impact protection: Shaft impact protection, covered by the outer leather, as well as the touring boot protection features you would expect over the ankles, and around heel and toes
Alpinestars Campeche Review

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Adventure Boots Features

There are important elements that make adventure boots different from traditional touring boots on one side and from motocross boots on the other. Adventure boots are less ‘stiff’ than motocross boots but significantly more structured than a standard touring boot. After that, they vary in how they tackle the opposing needs for long days on the bike and the protection required when you take your motorcycle off the tarmac and onto the road less travelled. Here are some aspects to consider:

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Shaft Height

Adventure boots are some of the tallest motorcycle boots you will encounter. Out of the three styles, the Toucan and the Corozal boots are broadly the same height. The Campeche boots are the height of a traditional touring boot. Which height is right for you?
Adventure Boots Shaft Height

Protective Bracing

Motocross boots are engineered to ‘break the fall’, using a sophisticated range of braces and components with varying flex to absorb torsion and avoid hyper-extension. Out of the three styles, the Toucan boots are the most technical and feature the most elements with a rear brace and a front ‘blade’ system, as well as an articulated ankle brace. The Corozal boots also feature an ankle brace at a reduced level, using the Alpinestars ‘Blade’ system. The Campeche boots do not have a brace system. Are you going off-road enough to benefit from the additional structure and weight these protection features add?
Adventure Boots Ankle Braces

Buckle Adjustments

Borrowed from the motocross world as well are the distinctive buckle closures. The reality is that the more structured and the taller a boot is, the more precise it has to fit to make it comfortable and wearable for hours on end. Buckles are an extremely effective way to get the fit just right for your foot and leg shape. But: Buckle is not equal to buckle – The Alpinestars self-locating buckle system is an eye-opener and a feature you would not want to miss after first experiencing the ease with which the buckle ‘self-locates’ into the right position for you to ‘buckle-up’. A God-sent when balancing on one leg on a gravel road!
Alpinestars Self-Locating Buckle

 

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