Boots: TourMaster Solution vs. Alpinestars Web

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Spicy McHaggis, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    So...TourMaster or Alpinestars?

    Since my new Joe Rocket boots crapped the bed...and NewEnough won't carry them anymore...I have store credit there and I need new boots.

    The TourMasters and the Alpinestars are close in price and appearance... which one SHOULD be the longer lasting of the two?

    I'm happy with my TourMaster Transition jacket...so I'm leaning towards them (also the lower priced ones)...but am willing to get the Alpinestars if they are a superior boot.
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  2. Spacelord

    Spacelord Mutha Mutha

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    I've only had the tourmaster for four months, so I can't tell you how long they'll last. But I can tell you they're really comfortable and break-in fast. Hope that helps.
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  3. JHG57

    JHG57 Adventurer

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    I have been wearing my TourMaster Solution's for about 16 mos. Fantastic boots, warm in the winter, cool in the summer and they really are water proof. I would recomend them to anyone. :clap
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  4. extrashot

    extrashot Aprilia Test Pilot

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    Can't compare, but I've had the Solutions for a couple of months now & I'm happy. The soles are tough as hell by the way. Fit great under jeans, keep me warm in the cold & rain. They're fine when it's hot too, since they're 'open' on the top (unless you've got monster quads), so they tend to breathe well. My only gripe is that the round protective pad on the outside rubs bad against my foot where I'd broken it - it's fine on the good foot. I'm hoping they continue to break in so it doesn't hurt. Great boots for a good price I think. Looking forward to a lot of miles in them.
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  5. docwells7

    docwells7 Long timer

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    I've had mine for about 18 months and don't have any complaints. They do break in quickly and are completely waterproof. I also agree that for the times I ride in jeans (infrequently) they do fit nicely underneath. I would like a little more ankle protection, but it's much better than what I was wearing before. I would prefer buckles too, but this is all nitpickin' they're great boots for a reasonable price.
    HTH
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  6. V-Tom

    V-Tom Been here awhile

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    I have had my Alpinestar Web Goretex boots for a year and a half. I have ridden about 30,000 km on them in lots of different conditions including severe rain and long rides below freezing (with Ski socks on underenath) and have to say they have kept my feet warm, dry and comfy in that time. They seem to be a bit warm in hot temperatures but then my feet really don't like anything but sandals when it is hot. They could do with a polish but apart from that seem to be wearing well.

    I haven't tried other riding boots so I couldn't tell you if they are better or worse than anything else.

    ..Tom
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  7. h2000fb

    h2000fb Adventurer

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    I have "heard" the Tour Master Solutions are VERY hard to get into or our of. Anyone heard this? How about comments from those who actually wear them?
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  8. JHG57

    JHG57 Adventurer

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    The first time or 2 I put mine on I thought "Jeez-O-Pete! These guys are tight in the troat (Ankle)". But that feeling went away quickly, I think it is a matter of 2 things ... 1) The boot loosens just slightly and 2) Learning how to put them on and take them off. Just like every other shoes in your closet, you learn how to put them on and take them off, they are all a little different. Same applies the the TourMaster WP Solution.I really am happy with mine, I have a couple of choices for riding Boots and I almost always grab the TourMaster. The icing on the cake is the price will not break the bank.

    Edited to add: It is almost a threading action ... you kinda screw yer foot in and out. (At least I do) They are not likely to fly off in a get off.
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  9. SovereignFly

    SovereignFly Destroyer of Grammer

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    I wear my Solutions every day to work and they are comfey, water tight and warm. I would give them a recomendation any day of the week. They are not hard to get in and out of its one zipper and a long flap down the side.
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  10. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z Long timer

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    Got my Tourmasters a few weeks ago. So far so good. I can't compare to the Alpinestars though. I'm sure they're good boots, too.

    I want to try standing in my bathtub to test the waterproofness of the Solutions. :huh

    As for putting them on and taking them off... they fit snug. I like that. When you put your feet in, they sort of pop into the boot. As others said, after a few times the boot loosens up and you know how to do it. Not an issue for me.

    Jamie
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  11. Footprint

    Footprint Rat race Dreamer

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    Damn how high do those boots go? You meant calf muscles?
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  12. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    I bought a pair of the TM Solutions about three years ago, and the tread on the soles wore smooth by the end of the summer. No extrnsive walking or hiking, and only a couple of days at the office -- just riding and several motorcycle trips.


    I kept wearing them for about half the next summer up to the point where they were quite dangerous if there was anything on the road surface, and the soles were getting so thin that I could feel the texture of a sidewalk.


    The rest of the boots are still in great shape, but the soles are pure mush.


    With that said, if they changed their sole material since then, they're great boots otherwise.


    I bought a set of Alplinestars Recons, and have been very happy.
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  13. brooklyn slim

    brooklyn slim nasty, brutish and tall

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    I've had the TM Solutions for 3 years now. Comfortable, waterproof, and they seem like they'd offer good protection (haven't had to learn the hard way, thankfully).

    No hesitation about replacing them with same when they wear out.
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  14. kelsow

    kelsow Long timer

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    Spicy McHaggis,
    Did your JR's do this?

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  15. Spicy McHaggis

    Spicy McHaggis Darth Peach's cracker...

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    That is EXACTLY what they did...only the R boot though...apparently a major design flaw from Joe Rocket...
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  16. SovereignFly

    SovereignFly Destroyer of Grammer

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    Wow can you say good bye Ankle in a crash. Thats a damn saftey hazard
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