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Old 08-26-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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Alpinestar boots

Im looking for some riding boots. I would like to get some alpinestars. I dont know exactly what to look for. People who have them, if you can share or suggest one. Some info about them, what you have found to be good and bad etc... All the info from personal experience wearing and using them would be great. Thanks.

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Old 08-26-2011, 07:57 PM   #2
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have you looked at Sidi boots?
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:01 PM   #3
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Im looking for some riding boots. I would like to get some alpinestars. I dont know exactly what to look for. People who have them, if you can share or suggest one. Some info about them, what you have found to be good and bad etc... All the info from personal experience wearing and using them would be great. Thanks.
I'm rockin the built boots from cycle gear as are a handful of people I know. Decent boot at a fraction of the cost. I think thy are like $70 right now, and a really decent boot. Pretty comfortable too
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:32 PM   #4
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spend the little extra and get something better quality.
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:41 PM   #5
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I have been wearing the A-stars W.E.B. gore tex boots for years, current pair is 7 years old and starting to wear out. I wear them on a daily basis for commuting. I also wear the SMX-5 boots from A-stars when the pace picks up. They are very comfortable and come in a size 14, so they fit me.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:11 PM   #6
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SMX-Plus

I had the SMX-Plus A* boots for about three years. GREAT quality boot, but made this popping sound from the plastic reinforcment in the ankle area.

Top shelf boot, just under what Nicky Haden and those guys run in MotoGP.

Down side? $350!

I sold them after wearing them on occasion, for $200.
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Old 08-26-2011, 09:30 PM   #7
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Nice keep em coming!

After seeing a disturbing pic of someones foot/leg. Saving money is not as big of a deal. Quality that will save my foot/leg going down is what Im looking for. I dont mind spending $250-$500 if need be. Looking around online as we speak for boots on the market. I've looked at some sidi/a* so far. Pants too, i will need to look into as well as back and chest protectors. Damn though! The joy of riding a mc is getting expensive ha ha.

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Old 08-26-2011, 10:50 PM   #8
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I talked to a few people whose opinions I trust before I bought mine. All of them said they would trust them in an accident. I have also seen an ankle injury first hand. I had a roomate back in 07 that was wearing tennis shoes that lost his ankle when he laid his cbr down in 07. I found the anke bone stuckto the bike when I went to pick it up.
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:54 AM   #9
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I talked to a few people whose opinions I trust before I bought mine. All of them said they would trust them in an accident. I have also seen an ankle injury first hand. I had a roomate back in 07 that was wearing tennis shoes that lost his ankle when he laid his cbr down in 07. I found the anke bone stuckto the bike when I went to pick it up.
Thats good to know, thank you. I will have a look at those boots also. Thats insane how you found the ankle bone on the bike! How was his injury? After seeing that pic, I really want to get boots asap.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:36 AM   #10
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I've had the SMX boots for a couple of years now. I love them. Very comfortable on the bike. I'm 6'6" and wear a size 13 and I have had no issues with them. With my height the thinner soles are a must. I would recommend them to anyone.
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Old 08-27-2011, 12:13 PM   #11
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Don't forget about Arlen Ness boots. They run $228 but they are awesome!!
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:39 PM   #12
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Thats good to know, thank you. I will have a look at those boots also. Thats insane how you found the ankle bone on the bike! How was his injury? After seeing that pic, I really want to get boots asap.
I'm pretty sure when the rar brake lever bent backwardsit was what shoved his ankle out the side of his leg. It was pretty nasty. I had just gotten in the sport bike scene and it scared me for a bit
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:16 PM   #13
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Sidi!
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:18 PM   #14
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Sidis are considered the "high end" brand of boots. Very good but priced accordingly. Have not owned Sidis. A-Stars SMX Plus... Also high end but in a Porsche to a Viper type of way. I loved them. They were always comfortable and I think they are the best looking as well as the Sidis. If you want A-Stars you wont be disappointed and can save some $$ by getting SMX5 vs SMX Plus. I currently wear Frank Thomas. They are comfortable and stylish. I bought them because my gloves, jacket, 1-Piece Race Suit were FT..LOL. THe Builts that pimpit is taliking about are an effective boot. They dont sweep the appearance class but you cant beat the price. They are far better than nothing. If its those or nothing... Builts FTW!! To fairly balance saftey, style and brand whoring... I say get the SMX-5
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:04 AM   #15
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I will check out Arlen Ness also. Thanks.

Looks like alpinestars smx 5 or smx plus are a majority of people going with based on this thread and my research, when it boils down to a* gear. Good to know which ones in their line up are getting good reviews from people.

Still doing some more research on boots... Sidi's are looking really good though. I have the money for them right now... I'm thinking why not. Protections is a must, I just dont know if sidi would be overkill on the street especially for a new rider lol... I have also read, comfort wise between the A* and Sidi's, sidi's tend to me more comfortable.

It's kind of a bummer no one in town carries sidi, so I can try them on. Even if I did, I doubt they would have them in my size ha ha.

Anyone know how accurate sizings are on a* and sidi compared to normal shoes... Also, since I have never worn riding boots... based on the temperatures we have here from the begining of the riding season to end, should I be considering vented boots or non vented? Thanks.

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Old 08-29-2011, 12:03 PM   #16
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I will check out Arlen Ness also. Thanks.

Looks like alpinestars smx 5 or smx plus are a majority of people going with based on this thread and my research, when it boils down to a* gear. Good to know which ones in their line up are getting good reviews from people.

Still doing some more research on boots... Sidi's are looking really good though. I have the money for them right now... I'm thinking why not. Protections is a must, I just dont know if sidi would be overkill on the street especially for a new rider lol... I have also read, comfort wise between the A* and Sidi's, sidi's tend to me more comfortable.

It's kind of a bummer no one in town carries sidi, so I can try them on. Even if I did, I doubt they would have them in my size ha ha.

Anyone know how accurate sizings are on a* and sidi compared to normal shoes... Also, since I have never worn riding boots... based on the temperatures we have here from the begining of the riding season to end, should I be considering vented boots or non vented? Thanks.
my Sidi's are true to size. If you wanna ride out, you can try them on. they are a size 46 i think. i'll have to double check.
I would say get vented. even if it's cool out, your feet won't get really cold or anything. and they are nice when its hot.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:25 PM   #17
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Nice keep em coming!

After seeing a disturbing pic of someones foot/leg. Saving money is not as big of a deal. Quality that will save my foot/leg going down is what Im looking for. I dont mind spending $250-$500 if need be. Looking around online as we speak for boots on the market. I've looked at some sidi/a* so far. Pants too, i will need to look into as well as back and chest protectors. Damn though! The joy of riding a mc is getting expensive ha ha.
Go with Sidi over A*. Not only are the Sidi's lighter but they are way more comfortable. As someone who has lots toes in an accident, I wouldn't trust the rubber tops on the A*s. I even melted that part on my exhaust one ride.

Another plus on Sidi, you can replace every part of that boot. We have 2 dealers here in town - Big Twin and the old KTM Motosports on Overland. Cycle gear can order the boots for you too.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:28 AM   #18
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I bought Sidis as a returning rider. I hadn't riddern for about 5 years and when I bought my 06 R6 I knew that I eventually wanted to make it to the track, so I bought gear that would be track-quality. My Sidis went down with me 6 times (4 of which were on the track above 70 MPH) and I had some NASTY Heel-slaps and toe-kicks into the pavement, I wasn't sore once. One of those times I was t-boned by an old lady in a Buick texting her grandson. It was slow speed, but she hit me in the ankle with her bumper and it knocked the bike out from under me, my wrist was the only victim of that one. I also have A* dirt riding boots (Tech 8), they are rugged to say the least. I'd buy either brand, but there's just something about Sidi........ I wouldn't purchase with the mindset that "It's overkill, I'm only a beginning rider", I'd go at it thinking "This is an investment in a life-long passion and I intend to be a great rider some day". Your development will never stop providing that you keep an open mind and are always willing to learn, your equipment can't instantly morph into better equipment when you are feeling your oats or start pushing your limits (which you shouldn't do on the street anyway).
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Old 08-30-2011, 09:47 AM   #19
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to the OP. If you are shopping for boots, and decide to go with the astars smx+ I have a pair in a 42 i believe. too small for me so will let them go for cheap as I need a new pair that fit. let me know.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:29 AM   #20
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As someone who has lots toes,
Stubby has lots of toes So why do we call you stub.... Oh I get it, my bad...
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:17 AM   #21
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meant to say lost.
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:11 PM   #22
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Stubby has lots of toes So why do we call you stub.... Oh I get it, my bad...
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:30 PM   #23
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love my oxtar tcx boots sidis will be my next and i do not like the fit of a*
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:43 PM   #24
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I'ma street noob for sure but I got the A-Star SMX5 and I love em (despite my shitty quality Astar pants I bought). Breathe well, seem to be well constructed, even comfy to walk around in. I'd definitely recommend em!
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:37 PM   #25
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A lot more responses! Thanks for everyones inputs and sharing some experiences!!! Sorry to hear for the guys that shared going down, glad to see you guys are alive to tell...

I do look at it as an investment and to get myself set up for later. Which is why I have narrowed it down to the two boots. Just cant decide on which one of the two yet. It will either be the ST or the Vortice... The ST seems more convenient compared to the Vortice as far as getting in and out of. I'm still trying to find out safety wise, what the difference is between the two. I cant find this info for the life of me online. They both look to be the same boot except for the latching and ratcheting system. The price tag of the ST is very appealing, but I want to know what safety I am sacrificing by going with the ST.

To Steven and Ming... Thanks for the offer, but neither of your boots will fit me as I have kiddie feet ha ha. I think I wear a size 40, which in regular shoes I wear a 6-6.50.... yes yes I know... get the jokes out lol.

Problem with my small feet, no one in town will carry my size. With that said, I will have to bite the bullet and order online through motomummy. Hopefully I will get lucky my 1st or 2nd try to get the right size and fit. Now if only I can make up my mind soon, before it's too cold to ride. I haven't riden my bike since I decided to get boots... (Warning graphic pic below....) This has convinced me not to ride until I have boots.................































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Old 09-01-2011, 10:42 PM   #26
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you can't go wrong with either boot.
This is just my opinion, but I would say go with the ST. the Vortice is more expensive and you aren't getting a whole lot more. And you will like the ST's better because they will take a lot less longer to take on and off.
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:21 AM   #27
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That's about what my old roommates ankle (or lack there of) looked like. I wouldn't not ride due to lack of boots, I would just refrain from riding like a jackass. But that's me though. to each their own
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:42 AM   #28
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That's about what my old roommates ankle (or lack there of) looked like. I wouldn't not ride due to lack of boots, I would just refrain from riding like a jackass. But that's me though. to each their own
not riding like a jackass doesn't prevent others from causing an accident...
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:38 PM   #29
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No but it does help avoid accidents better
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