Alpinestars Durban boots?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by TIGERRIDER007, May 4, 2009.

  1. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 North GA RAT

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    These things look awesome, does anyone own a pair out there? They are very pricey, but if they last and remain waterproof, could be the next pair. They seem fairly new as well, are they? Anyone have any information?
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  2. blackmamba

    blackmamba Been here awhile

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    No answer sorry
    I started a thread a while back about the same boots.
    Local dealer not getting them in at the moment, and I am too scared to buy without trying on.

    Looks awesome.
    I think if I can get a pair to try on , they will be my next.
    My Alpinestar tech 7 's are to stiff for GS use, and my old Savanah BMW boots are worn out

    good luck hunting

    cheers
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  3. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 North GA RAT

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    I guess it's the price that stops these from being seen? I mean that's pretty hefty when you look at the competition. I'm going to save my pennies in the meantime and keep looking for reviews. I think these have potential as well, they look comfortable and sturdy.
    I'll keep checking back...thanks for the heads up.
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  4. AdventureObscura

    AdventureObscura Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Well, gentlemen ...and ladies, I bit the bullet and purchased a pair of these bad boys. I bought them sight unseen, except for online photos, the 3 prior posts here on advrider, and few other comments across the web here and there.

    Suffice it to say, I'm not disappointed. Yes, they were very very expensive. However, they fit my personal style. I didn't want to go with a full on mx boot. Though I would have probably purchased the Tech 7's had I not come across these.

    Unless you look very closely, you'd never know they were Alpinestars, or any brand for that matter. To a degree they look like the boots that Keanu Reeves wore in the first Matrix movie. I was a little concerned because the plastic overlay and straps in the photos look a bit bronze. They actually aren't. The whole boot is fairly monochromatic.

    From what I understand, these are brand new for 2009. No one in Las Vegas had them in stock, so I had to trust my instincts. I ordered them from revzilla.com. They have a fairly pain-free buying experience. I figured I could return them if something wasn't quite right with these.

    Yep, they are fairly tight, like I suppose most boots like this are. I wear a size 9.5 and these come in whole sizes, so I chose a 10 ...and that seemed to be the right move. Move up a size guys, not down. The right boot will require more breaking in than the left, but overall comfort isn't bad.

    I ride a BMW G650X Country and it is extremely hard to find the shift lever when I'm wearing these. I'm hoping that the adjustable Touratech lever I just ordered from Germany will fix that problem when it arrives.

    These boots seem very waterproof up to about the top buckle. That's where the inner Goretex lining ends.

    I hope this review helps out those of you who are wondering about these. At times my purchases go the wrong way and I end up re-selling them after a month or two. In terms of these boots, I'll be keeping them for years. I trust they'll break in and become more flexible over time.

    Regards,

    AdventureObscura
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  5. keiji

    keiji Long timer

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    Can you get a few pics of the boot? Sometimes it is nice to see the product when the photos are taken in real life.
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  6. AdventureObscura

    AdventureObscura Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Certainly, I'd be happy to oblige. I agree. User submitted photos do provide a completely different perspective than professionally produced product shots.

    I'm going to be tied up (not literally) until week after next. Don't be hatin' if I don't get some shots posted until then.

    Regards,

    AdventureObscura
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  7. Mugatu

    Mugatu Sidewalk adventurer

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    Nice boots.
    How are they like protectionwise, is it substential?
    Would you compare it to Santiagos, Infinities and the like? :ear
    Looking forward to the photos too!
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  8. AdventureObscura

    AdventureObscura Las Vegas, Nevada

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    I apologize for taking so long to get these photos posted. Life gets in the way sometimes.

    In terms of protection, I would say that it is rather substantial. I mean, they're not armor-plated, but they do seem like they'd protect the heck out of you if/when you take a spill.

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  9. sunsurfnride

    sunsurfnride Been here awhile

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    Where are they made? Is the size true to fit or narrow?
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  10. sunsurfnride

    sunsurfnride Been here awhile

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    Never mind on where, my system is running slow so that photo hadnt downloaed by the time i wrote.
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  11. AdventureObscura

    AdventureObscura Las Vegas, Nevada

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    I'd say that they're fairly true. My foot is a standard width. They aren't crunched ...nor is there too much room. I'd only suggest ordering up 1/2 size.
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  12. ruedaloca

    ruedaloca just me

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    good looking boots, another option to consider for my next boots after the RevIt Apache .

    Too expensive !! maybe.:huh
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  13. testrider

    testrider Been here awhile

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    Nice boots!

    - Anything inside to protect the ankles or is it just leather?
    - Anything inside to prevent the feet from over-extending or is it just rely on the thick leather?

    - I wonder if it's also good enough for street riding on a sport bike too?

    Thanks!
    -mike-
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  14. Matttys

    Matttys Matt the Balloon Guy

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    Beyond Gore-Tex and $200, what is the difference between the Durban and Scout?

    Scout:
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  15. matthelimech

    matthelimech Been here awhile

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    The soles are different and the leather isn't as purdy on the Scout. I have the Scouts and like them so far!
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  16. DiscoDino

    DiscoDino Long timer

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    And did you try them in the rain? I'm very interested in them...right price, right look, right features...
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  17. matthelimech

    matthelimech Been here awhile

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  18. Matttys

    Matttys Matt the Balloon Guy

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    Is there any protection in the Scouts or are these pretty much AStars version of the Discovery?
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  19. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    I've had two pairs of Alpinestars boots over the years (not the particular ones in the OP), and they've given me excellent service and comfort. I would order Alpinestars boots again without worry.
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  20. BigEasy

    BigEasy Fish Eyed Heathen

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    ok I started a Scout thread and there are more scout replies in here. I can find very sparse info on these boots and the question that is keeping me from buying them right now is the height. How tall are these things? Same as an SM-X or as tall as the Sidi Canyon/OnRoad?
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