Alpinestars Durban boots?

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

  1. Dean74

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    hi all, i took a set of durbans on an 18month RTW trip, rain, hail, snow, ice, mud, bog, walking in ankle deep water all day - they stayed bone dry the whole way.
    Great boots, pity they are discontinued now or i'd buy another pair.
    Mine have some cracks in the leather and stitching is coming loose on top, but i did wear them everyday for 18 months - all day, 100,000km of riding and more to the point i never put a drop of leather care into them - something i'll do differently next time as i think they'd still be fine otherwise.

    am now considering a pair of dainese visoke, bit nervous about them not being goretex as i got used to wading through rivers and streams staying dry, but hopefully they will hold up ok. anyone with some experience with these would be nice to hear from.

    dean.

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  2. Shov3BR

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    I bought a pair of these Durbans and found them to be either made wrong or have a design issue for certain foot shapes. The left boot fit fine but the right one dug into the side of my foot so hard that I couldn't wear it. If you look at the picture in the first post you will see that small triangular shaped plastic piece just behind and above the logo on the sole. That part and the big piece around it are somewhat stiff plastic and the triangular shaped piece protrudes into the boot. It hit my foot just above my little toe joint (that lump at the side) and pressed in like someone was standing on it. I noticed that on the right (painful boot) the big plastic piece had a lot more inward bend to it at the point where the triangle was located. I tried heating it slightly with a hair dryer in an effort to relieve the pressure. It was OK for a few minutes but went back to its original position.
    I wound up returning them and buying a pair of Gaerne balance oiled boots which fit great. They don't have the same level of protection as the Durbans but at least I can wear them for hours on end.
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  3. swimmer

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    +1 for this.

    Curious to know, as what asked earlier but not answered, if there is any ankle protection (against rollover/impact) beyond the leather.

    Thanks
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  4. motostrano

    motostrano Supermotoman

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  5. some call me...tim

    some call me...tim Been here awhile

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    I'm not sure how Alpinestars sizing matches up--do they say what the Euro equivalent is on these?
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  6. motostrano

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    Yes- a 9 would be a 43 and the Astars brand tends to run wider than say a Sidi.

    Joe
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  7. Jonsson

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    I bought this boot yesterday - here in Sweden, on discount and payed 306,97$ for them.
    I purshased them in one of Swedens biggest motorcycle/clothes dealer.
    They sure look the deal and fits like a glove.

    The thing is, they didnt come with the Gore-Tex liner in them, they are plain black inside.
    I cant find any information what-so-ever on this boot. Are there a non-Gore-tex version of them our have I got myself a counterfeit boot?

    The seller just tells me - this is the only Durban boot we have ever sold... ?

    If they "exist" can I expect them to be regular "Alpinestars waterproof" or will my feet remain wet...?:eek1


    Greatful for any input..cheers!
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  8. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    Just bought a pair from Joe at Motostrano. He always has great customer service. Thanks, Joe!
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  9. motostrano

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    Thanks! We have one more pair in that size still too.

    Joe
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  10. Ultra54

    Ultra54 Been here awhile

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    I have worn these boots for 3 seasons and they are very good. They are all day comfortable and 100% water proof. I wear a size 9 shoe and the same size 9 in these feel more like a 9.5. Durability seems good but one thing bothers me. The boots lack an additional plastic protector for the shifter and outer black "skin" on mine has peeled off in that area. The fit under wide leg jeans easily also. Seriously, for me, I hate to take them off even after a full days ride. I don't find them hot what so ever and they still smell fresh after all this time. The buckles have held up great too.​
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  11. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    I have had mine for some time now. Really like them. I should have purchased both pairs from Motostrano when I had the chance. :cry
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  12. Dogi

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    Has anyone had a chance to compare Durban and Toucan? I've tried to find out what are the main differences between these two..

    Durbans would be around 420 USD and Toucans around 550 USD.
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  13. Happycamper

    Happycamper Have bikes, will travel

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