Alpinestars Toucan - 2013 Boot

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Gitana, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    Anybody have these yet? Thoughts on them? I've been looking at the Gaerne G-Midlands, but they're backordered in my size. The Toucan and the TCX X-Desert have been mentioned as potential alternatives. The X-Desert looks less protective than the Toucan. I have Gaerne feet with big calves and like a big toe box. Sidis will never, ever fit me. My SG12's were overkill for the kind of riding I do. Sure would love to hear some first hand accounts of the Toucan if anyone has them.
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  2. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    No one? Well, I'm going to order a pair on Friday from Revzilla. I've looked hard at the Toucan and at the new 2013 TCX X-Desert. Because I have bigger calves, the Toucan looks as if it has greater flexibility since it has velcro on the upper calf rather than a buckle.

    This is the TCX X-Desert:

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    And this is the Alpinestars Toucan:

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    Once the Toucans arrive, I'll post a review.
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  3. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    Performance Cycle in Denver has these on sale for $409 instead of the $449 list price. They run big. I wear a 43/9 in Gaerne boots. These I picked up on a 42/8. They fit perfectly. They're about as high as the Natural Balance Oil boot, but with considerably more protection. Good flex in the ankle and seem reasonable comfortable for walking around. Not a fan of their buckles, but the boot fits over my size 19" calves. Ride horses for long enough and it makes it really fun to find motorcycle boots that fit. I won't get to ride in them until 4/6 when we head to Utah. More info then.
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  4. drm

    drm Been here awhile

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    They look slick...
    Are they waterproof?

    Why yes they are. These are now on my list.
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  5. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    got a Cycle-Gear store nearby?
    They deal in alpinestar and could bring in a pair of any model you choose, then you could actually try them on before buying. The CG store here will order in almost anything,,got yer eye on 3 different helmets they don't have in stock??,,have 'em bring in all 3 and buy the one you like.:D
    Sometimes they have deals online that they do not have in the stores,,but the store here has always matched any online deal,,bought lots of tires they don't normally stock,,delivered to the local store, no shipping costs to me ever. Never had an issue with returning anything, for any reason, they just take it back and make it right.
    Boots are so hard to buy without 'try on the feet exposure',,I hate sending stuff back that I bought online,,PainInTheAss! but I don't mind at all, trying on every boot the store has to offer, and not buying any, if I don't find what I want..
    happy boot buying,, good luck,.
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  6. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    I'm interested in hearing about these. I've got MX boots and AS Scouts, but I want to replace the Scouts with [essentially] a gore-tex MX type boot, and these two look the closest. (Sidi need not apply- I have real wide feet.)
    I'll be watching this thread.

    (The Scouts are waterproof- not Gore-tex, and easy to walk around in, but I want something sturdier.)
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  7. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    I've been wearing them around the house to get them broken in. I like the fact that the toe is not super tall, which should make shifting easier. I wouldn't want to go hiking in them, but they are so much more comfy than my old SG12's. Wish I didn't have to wait until April to write up an actually riding review, but it's snowing in Nederland and I don't think I'm going to get any bike time in before that.
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  8. dhb400

    dhb400 No Regrets

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    I just ordered a pair from Atomic Moto. :clap. They were highly recommended. I will report back after I have chance to wear them.
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  9. terraunbound

    terraunbound Been here awhile

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    I just learned about these yesterday while searching for boots built for people with large calves. So I'm happy to hear they fit your calves - must be all of the mountain hiking we do up here. The roads are almost clear, even on the north-facing slopes- maybe you'll be able to sneak in a ride before the weekend snows hit!

    Now, do I skip FDGDs and run down to Performance Cycle? maybe! Hope they have another size 42 available!

    What didn't you like about the Gaerne SG12? My search turned up the SG12s and the Crossfires as potential candidates, however they look like serious mx boots (and not so comfortable?)...
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  10. dhb400

    dhb400 No Regrets

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    I received my Toucan boots. They fit great :thumb. These are the best boots I have ever had. They are highly protective, really like an mx boot, but very easy to walk in. They are very comfortable. I highly recommend them.
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  11. dhb400

    dhb400 No Regrets

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    Got out yesterday and put the new boots to a good test. Ran about 20 miles through tight woods and water puddles, sand and mud. Boots were great. My feet were well protected even with some some run ins with small trees :eek1.

    Boots seemed to be waterproof as my feet were dry except for a little sweat, I over dressed for what turned out to be a warm day, and really worked up a sweat :knary.

    Go here for a nice review of the boots: http://www.atomic-moto.com/Alpinestars-Toucan-Gore-Tex-Boots_p_1062.html

    So far I am happy with them.
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  12. juddspaintballs

    juddspaintballs Never too many bikes

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    I've been considering these boots as well. The buckles were my biggest hold-up on actually buying them. They look like cheap buckles compared to the X-Deserts and Sidi Adventures.
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    dhb400 No Regrets

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  14. Gitana

    Gitana A work in progress

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    Terra, the SG12's are a true motocross boot. I sold mine to a friend because they were just too heavy and stiff for my taste. I bought them because the Gaerne boot tends to fit my foot well. Live and learn.

    The Toucans are a nice compromise between the Gaerne Natural Balance Oil and a stout motocross boot.
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  15. Wise Guy

    Wise Guy Soitenly!

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    @dbye: Thanks for the info, and ride review! Do you have wide, normal or narrow feet? Just trying to see if these would fit my wide dogs :D

    @Gitana: How do you find the comfort in terms of width? I usually wear a EE or EEE width, and seem to have trouble finding a motorcycle boot at a local retailer that works.

    Right now I'm leaning toward these four (based on some comments that they tend toward wide feet):

    1. TCX X-Desert
    2. Gaerne G-Midland
    3. Alpinestars Toucan
    4. Forma Adventure (looks to be least protective/most comfortable)

    Anyone with thoughts on width comparison between any of these? Thx!
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  16. jimbop

    jimbop Adventurer

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    I just received my Toucans.

    I tried on and considered many boots. I wanted two key concerns to be addressed. Firstly protection and second water proofness. I ride Dual/adventure and road. I live on the Wet Coast and I ride here and in the desert called the Okanagon! I ordered mine from the fine folks at Atomic Moto because they are the Bomb! They went out of their way and added my size to their offering (7) I rushed delivery and they met the demand. The other boot that was on my short list was the Sidi Goretex Adventure

    First impressions are good. They fit medium width, so not as narrow as Sidi and not as wide as Forma. The right toe box is slightly shallower then the left, this is a result of the boots construction design. They are a top stitched (so you can replace them) design and are truly hand made so when the person that made my right boot stretched the upper over the last ( a mold of a foot that is size specific) they just pulled it a little tighter. No big deal, we'll just stretch them a bit.

    The construction is very nice, the materials are first class. The protection looks to be very good, not like an MX boot but very close. The comfort is excellent. I played around with the buckles and once you have them set they are very functional. They look like they will hold up and they are replaceable. ( for the price they should have included two replacements)

    I have a narrow foot, a skinny ass ankle and calf and they fit, which is amazing. At the same time the way they are designed they are going to be able to accomidate a thick calf also.

    They are designed to flex so walking around in them is a dream. They have able padding so Imagine they will shape very nicely to my feet and lower leg.

    Next up will be putting them to the ride and weather test.

    I'll keep you posted.
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  17. Hubbman

    Hubbman Been here awhile

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    Hey, just wondering about the tactile feel of the shift/brake lever function in this boot? Can you feel the controls without looking down to ensure your foot is well postioned?

    This was a concern for me with the Astar Scouts.

    Thanks


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  18. BaronVonDarrin

    BaronVonDarrin Been here awhile

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    I tried these on at revzilla yesterday. Also looked at the TCX boot, which I originally was in to see.

    The toe box on the TCX is rather large and I prefer the astars boots slim profile. I wish the Toucan had at least one more additional strap but it felt secure. The sole on them is really great too. More of a mx sole and not a traditional boot sole like the tcx. That is a bonus for me at least.

    The buckles are a pain in the asshole. maybe thats why there are only 2. haha. They suck compared to my chargers in that they are not as easy to clasp, but they do hold well and seem just as tough. They just are a pain to snap in initially and can move once you take them off a bit requiring readjustment. Hard to beat that cam system sidi has goin.

    The TCX boot had a LOT more give sideways. I took both off the shelves before trying on the toucan and tried to bend them sideways with my hands. The TCX folded like a napkin compared to the Toucan. The A stars resisted me a ton. The half hinge on the Astars felt nearly as secure from ankle snapping as my sidi chargers, IMHO. I am convinced I will be purchasing the Toucans within some pay periods from now.
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  19. nhbubba

    nhbubba Internet Tough Guy

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    That stinks. On the internet the TCXes look like the boot for me. I have a pair of their street boots and one thing I love about them is the lateral ankle support.
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  20. BaronVonDarrin

    BaronVonDarrin Been here awhile

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    Sorry to disappoint. I was disappointed as well since they were priced much lower than the Toucans. But the flex is undeniable. They really are more like my TCX Infinities in that regard. If you want that sort of protection the Toucan is the better direction to go.
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