Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® Motorcycle Boots with GTX
Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots are designed for 4 -season dual sport and adventure touring both in offroad and on-road conditions. The TOUCAN -boots are a combination of protective motocross and waterproof touring boots, offering necessary weather protection, reasonable walking and significant impact protection features. Compared to road oriented MC -boots, the TOUCAN -boots are taller, support riding in standing posture and provide serious crash protection features. On the other hand, the TOUCAN -boots are stiffer, thicker and heavier. Compared to motocross boots, the TOUCAN is a lot more flexible, sensitive, lighter, waterproof and allows to walk around properly. Never the less, the best MX -boots offer better cooling features for the hottest conditions and more support to stand on the foot pegs all day long. In the DS -category, the Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots are surprisingly comfortable, lightweight and one of the most technical motorcycle footwear on the market for all year round dual sport riding.
Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® Motorcycle Boots Features
The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots have full leather shell construction with large wear resistance surfaces and clever suede reinforcements. The TOUCAN has a lot of protection for dual sport touring on versatile surfaces and the CE -certificate proofs how serious the armor is. A low profile toe box is hard from the side, but flexible from the top providing adequate feel to the gear leaver. A 3 -part TECH -series heel cockpit benefits a lot from the MX -world and provides serious impact protection for the lateral side. The ankle hyper extension is prevented with a frontal flex plate and an achilles support including the medial side TPU -paneling and a hinge on the lateral side. Flex zones in front and at the rear bring necessary flexibility for foot lever control and of course walking. The VELCRO® -closure on top of the boots allows to adjust the collar according to size and pants scenario in question. Some of the dual sport riders prefer to keep the pant legs inside the boots which requires more play room with the adjustment. The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boot closure has a clever leather extension flap protecting the socks and the base layer from the VELCRO®.
The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots have a multi-density Skywalk® -outsole with 3/4 -steel shank which is stitched to the footwear carcass offering a long lasting and a strong attachment. The multi-density layers support riding in standing posture, but also eliminate vibrations from the chassis. The outsole tread pattern is exceptionally open which improves self cleaning nature and increases grip when conditions get wet and dirty. In the middle of the outsole, the tread is very smooth which eliminates grabbing to the offroad style foot pegs when moving to and from the foot levers. The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boot EVA -foam footbed can be removed which allows to dry the boots faster after the day with deep water crossing.
The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boot TPU -paneling is dual stitched to the footwear carcass increasing the durability in the harsh offroad conditions. The TPU -paneling is widely used in the MX -footwear and it delivers on top of the impact protection, wear resistance and heat shielding on the medial side, but also better contact to the bike using the special grip zones. The TOUCAN -boots are equipped with a full size shin guard. Allroad riding in standing posture is very common and if the rider slips from the foot pegs and drops, the pegs usually hit the shin area very hard. Especially if the pegs are equipped with rubber pads which is very common for a lot of dual sports. Dirt and water makes rubberized pegs extremely slippery and therefore the polymer Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boot shin guard is highly relevant safety feature and the anatomic shape makes the armor comfortable and natural in all day long use.
The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots have a comfortable GTX® -liner keeping the feet dry in the rain and e.g. when low water crossing unlike the MX -footwear. A tall gaiter seals the boot up to the shin protector. A typical all black appearance looks very good and works fine in all year round use, but it also increases the inside temperature in the direct sunlight. In front of the lower buckle the boot has an air vent providing some additional heat and moisture release capacity, but I would like to see in the next generation also perforated elastications and lighter coloring at least as an alternative. The integral Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boot GTX® -liner is fast wicking and breathable from nature, but can not be removed from the boot like some of the MX -inner booties which could be put out to dry even faster.
The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots benefit also from the aluminium MX -style buckles which are used with the hard core motocross boots such as the TECH7 and the industry leading TECH10. The TOUCAN has only 2 -buckles which saves some weight compared to 3-4 buckle boots and allows more flexibility from the achilles support point of view. These self aligning memory buckles are very practical in use, easily adjustable, replaceable and slim from the design, but the lower buckle still remains a little bit lifted from the lateral profile which makes it vulnerable for impacts like most of boots. I would prefer having the lower buckle facing to the other direction which places the buckle on top of the instep like the Alpinestars MX -boots. The upper buckle is place from the lateral side more behind the boot in order to eliminate shearing off in case of a hard impact. The key Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots features are:
- Full leather overlay
- Waterproof GTX liner
- Fast wicking mesh lining
- Skywalk® anti-slip outsole
- 3/4 steel shank
- Stitched sole integration
- VELCRO® top closure
- Aluminium memory buckle closures
- EVA foam footbed
- Medial side grip zones
- Elasticated flex zones
- Achilles support
- Lateral ankle protection system
- Flex plate
- Shin guard
- Overall TPU paneling
- Toe box with TPU coating
- Reinforced heel cockpit
- Heat shielding
- Air vents on the lateral side
- Single color alternative all BLACK
- CE certification