Tested by: Mikko Nieminen // RRP: £ 329.99 // Sizes: EUR 37-48 // Colours: Black // Info: www.alpinestars.com
The Supertouring boots from Alpinestrs are premium touring boots, incorporating CE-certified impact and abrasion protection, Gore-Tex waterproofing and ergonomically profiled comfort. They are not a cheap pair of boots, but they are high quality stuff.
The boots are made from premium full-grain leather, offering high levels of comfort, durability and abrasion resistance. The instep and achilles areas feature flexible accordion zones constructed from microfiber for comfort, control and support.
Integrated waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane makes these boots a great choice for longer trips as your feet stay nice and dry in all conditions.
The soles are fairly firm, but flexible enough to be comfortable off the bike as well as on it.
There are protectors for ankles, toes and heels, as well as TPU shift pad and shin plate. Put all that together and what you have is Level 2 CE-certified boots. These are the only motorcycle boots I have ever used that have such level of protection. The great thing is that the protection does not mean excessive rigidity or bulkiness. The boots are comfortable and reassuringly substantial, but not particularly heavy or bigger than regular pair of boots.
The boots are easy to put on, although the fastening system is somewhat different to what I’m used to: instead of a zipper, there’s a micro-ratchet fastening just above the heel and a Velcro panel at the top. The boot opens wide to make it easier to get the foot in and once it’s in the fasteners do a great job in securing the foot in place, resulting in a snug and comfortable fit. The foot hardly moves in the boot at all, but doesn’t feel restricted.
If you’re after a high quality pair of boots, the Supertouring boots are worth considering.