Alpinestars TECH8 RS Offroad Adventure Motorcycle Boots
White Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad motorcycle boots are designed for hard core MX and offroad enduro racing mainly in warm and hot weather conditions. The traditional looking TECH8 -boots are a combination of high level impact protection, surprisingly light weight and efficient ventilation features. So far there are no adventure motorcycle boots offering the whole nine yards with an incredible protection features, perfect support, enough flexibility, efficient ventilation and a waterproof structure. The tall TECH8 -boots come to the closest and provide the necessary support for riding in standing posture and more feel to the bike which makes the TECH8 -boots to stand out from the competition and a very interesting alternative for adventure motorcycling. The leather overlay and the gaiter are perforated around the shank in order to maximize the ventilation and moisture evaporation at high temperatures. In addition the white color minimizes the direct sun shine effect and therefore the Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad motorcycle boots are one of the best ventilated hard core adventure MC -footwear option there is.
The white Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad motorcycle boots are a competitive adventure motorcycling and touring footwear alternative in many ways. Compared to conventional touring and dual sport MC -boots, the TECH8 is a lot stiffer, thicker and a little bit heavier. The enhanced TECH8 -ventilation features mean also that the boots require a waterproof sock such as the KLIM Covert GTX® Liner in case of a rain. A light rain shover is not a problem as long as the temperature is high enough, but the waterproof socks are good for chilly conditions too. Another aspect concerns the gear lever. Since the ankle rotation is more limited and the shaft is stiffer than what the conventional dual sport MC -boots usually offer, the foot lever needs to be adjusted higher than normally. On the other hand, the stiffness limits the walking features and spontaneous strolls at the near by attraction are not as comfortable. The outsole tread pattern is typically rather smooth which makes the TECH8 slippery when walking in muddy conditions. Never the less the Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad motorcycle boots are one of the best choices for adventurous routing and more aggressive riding style.
Alpinestars TECH8 RS Offroad Motorcycle Boots Features
The Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad motorcycle boots are very technical. The ankle rotation is stiffer than the previous generation TECH8 Light, but it`s much more flexible than the conventional hard core motocross boots. As a support the TECH8 has a large medial side TPU -paneling and an achilles support on the lateral side too. The tall design and the 4TH -buckle on the shank increase the support even further, but there are also flex zones both in front and back of the boot. The 3RD -buckle provides along the support also flexibility. When leaning forward, the Dual Flex -plates on the buckle base slide inside the shin guard and when leaning backward, the same applies at the back. The Dual Flex -plate also protects against hyper extension. The TECH8 -outsole is double stitched to the boot carcass which makes the bond very strong. A dual density sole structure with a full size steel shank offers a complete combination of support and flexibility when exploring the outback in standing posture. The heavy users would also benefit from the mid outsole which could be replaced at the factory. Therefore the TECH8 RS boots are an interesting mixture of support and flexibility which meets the demanding requirements of adventure motorcycling.
The white Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad motorcycle boots offer one of the very best cooling features. A full grain leather overlay and a polymer gaiter are all over perforated allowing the excess heat to evaporate. A 3D -mesh liner supports the effort and the white main color minimizes the direct sun shine effect, keeping the rider`s feet as comfortable as possible. The difference to an all black MC -footwear with a waterproof layer is significant. On top edge of the TECH8 -shank, a rubberized seal with a VELCRO® -closure keep the dirt and flying gravel outside the footwear. Those who ride with offroad endure style pants benefit the most from it, since the offroad boots are mostly worn on top of such pants. The other side of the coin is that the Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad motorcycle boots need waterproof socks in case of a rain and the boots could really soak up good when it pours which means that dying over night may not be realistic.
The Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad motorcycle boots have a new set of enhanced closures. A self cleaning, replaceable and a quick release buckle system with 4 -aluminium memory buckles perform very good and they are most user-friendly. The previous generation kept some of the dirt inside which made the buckles to resist opening. The new self aligning buckles have no such problems and they are placed in different directions for a reason. The first buckle has been turned around 180 degrees which makes the footwear profile more narrow and eliminates shearing off the buckle during the event of a fall. The same applies to the 3RD -buckle which is also place in front of the boot and the 4TH -buckle is placed slightly behind the boot. The 2ND -buckle has to be on the side so that the shaft could be bent forward deep enough without pressing buckles against each other. These new TECH8 -buckles seems to work better than ever.
The Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad motorcycle boots have a new full size inner bootie made of a breathable 3D mesh liner with comfort padding and leather reinforcements. The comfort padding is all over the heel cockpit and a pair of gel pads are replaceable. A dual compound EVA -foam footbed with shock absorbing features improve the overall fit and comfort even further. One clear advantage of having removable inner booties is that they allow to dry the footwear faster and in this case without the waterproof layer, such details become relevant especially in hot and humid conditions. As soon as the inner booties are broken in, they are rather easy to slip in and remove from the boots. The booties have long pull straps so that after the ride the moist booties would be easy to pull out.
The Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad motorcycle boots have a low profile toe box with wear resistant TPU -overlay. The low profile improvs the feel to the gear lever and therefore provides a slightly better control. The heel cockpit is reinforced and the TECH8 has steel guards both in front and at the back, protecting the footwear carcass in aggressive riding conditions. The steel guards can be easily replaced which prolongs the lifetime even further. A full size shin guard softens the typical hits to the unforgiving offroad foot pegs and the large TPU -paneling all over the footwear delivers versatile protection in form of impact, tear and abrasion resistance. Large rubberized grip zone with aluminium shields on the medial side improve the feel to the bike and resist the heat from the engine and the exhaust. The key Alpinestars TECH8 RS offroad adventure motorcycle boot features are:
- Full leather overlay
- Perforated shank and gaiter (white)
- Fast wicking 3D mesh liner
- VELCRO® top closure
- Soft rubber top seal
- Double stitched outsole
- Replaceable midsole
- Full size steel shank
- 4 aluminium memory buckle system
- Inner bootie with comfort padding
- Dual compound EVA foam footbed
- Medial side grip zones with heat shielding
- Elasticated flex zones
- Dual Flex plates
- Achilles support
- Lateral side TPU ankle protection
- Full size shin guard
- Large medial side TPU paneling
- Low profile toe box with TPU surface
- Reinforced heel cockpit
- Removable kick and heel guards
- Removable kick starter plate
- CE certification
- Color alternatives full WHITE, Neon Black and full BLACK