Alpinestars TOUCAN GoreTex® Motorcycle Boots
The Italian footwear factory ALPINESTARS is a major motorcycle riding gear producer that has interesting footwear alternatives for allroad and adventure touring riders, such as the Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots. The TOUCAN -boots are one of the best and most technical dual sport boots on the market. They are not designed for offroad racing or most demanding challenges like the motocross boots are, but the TOUCAN -boots are perfect for adventurous dual sport touring.
The industry leader ALPINESTARS has enormous experience in offroad motocross racing gear and the Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots bring uniquely together in a single pair of boots a lot of motocross safety with dual sport riding features. The TOUCAN motorcycle boots are surprisingly lightweight and can be used all year round for 4 seasons. Although the hottest period may be a soft point due to the black color and limited ventilation like any other DS -touring boot. Perhaps the ALPINESTARS offers lighter colours later on. I would like to see the next generation Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boot in light grey or light brown at least partially.
The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots have a waterproof Gore-Tex® -membrane in the boot lining which allows also the inside moisture to evaporate efficiently. The Gore-Tex® -membrane is the highest level of waterproof & breathability and the least what can be expected from a adventure riding boot without the ventilation or extensive perforations. Anything below this level would be hardly enough for demanding adventure touring. By combining an Outlast® -lining with the Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots or improving the ventilation in the boot structure would be a clear step up towards perfect 4 season dual sport touring boots.
Alpinestars TOUCAN GoreTex® Motorcycle Boot Features
The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots have a long lasting, traditional and flexible sole integration with a true triple stitching and without the glue. Among others, the glue would make the riding boot less flexible from the impact point of view and slightly heavier too. The top of the TOUCAN -boot can be adjusted according to riding pants with the Micro VELCRO® -closure which is better than the predecessor. The Micro VELCRO® does not bite to the cuffs, long socks or pant lining. The overall TPU -paneling provides heat shielding, abrasion and wear resistance. At the front the suede surfaces offer durability against the 2 TPU straps housing the buckles. The TPU -panels are dual stitched and very strong. The key features of Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots are:
- Full grain leather overlay
- Full leather chassis
- Gore-Tex® waterproof membrane
- Wicking mesh lining
- Elasticated achilles
- Heat shielding on the inside
- Lateral side vents
- Aluminium memory buckle closures
- Micro VELCRO® collar closures
- EVA foam footbed
- Triple stitched sole integration
- 3/4 steel shank sole
- 4 season usability
- Weight 0,96kg, 2,12lb.
- Single color alternative all BLACK
The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® riding boots have a multilink hinge suspension which eliminates the transfer of the impact to other parts of the boot. The TOUCAN heel cockpit is reinforced, but it is not as frigid as offroad racing boots usually are. It allows higher ankle rotation and better foot lever operations. The key protective features of Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® riding boots are:
- Toe box
- Ankle reinfrocements
- Reinforced heel cockpit
- Multi-link hinge suspension
- Achilles support
- Full TPU -shin protector pad
- Overall TPU paneling
- Lower buckle lock guard
- Multi-density sole shock absorption
- Skywalk® anti-slip sole
Alpinestars TOUCAN GoreTex® Motorcycle Boots Comparison
Compared to classic offroad motocross boots, the Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots are much more lighter and in lot of the cases a half of the weight. The TOUCAN -boots are also much more flexible and the ankle rotation degree is higher which allows the rider to walk around and operate the foot levers much better. In addition the TOUCAN -boots provide more feel to the bike. The difference translates also to smaller support when riding a lot in standing posture, but even though the 3/4 -steel shank and multi-density outsole provide proper support for adventure touring. The TOUCAN -motorcycle boots have 2 -replaceable and lightweight aluminium memory cam lock buckles instead of 3 or 4 -buckles which would be typical for an offroad racing MX -boots. The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boot shank is slightly shorter and there is no need for a third buckle which saves in fact some weight.
Compared to classic on-road touring boots, the Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boots offer on top of the waterproof membrane, a much better crash protection. Therefore the TOUCAN -boots are heavier and stiffer which means that it`s not as light and easy when shifting gears or taking a walk around the area. The higher protection level also diminishes the feel to the bike a little bit. The TOUCAN -boots offers additionally a rugged toe box, heel and ankle reinforcements, TPU -padding and paneling which is necessary in adventurous dual sport touring. The Alpinestars TOUCAN Gore-Tex® motorcycle boot outsole is also stiffer which makes it good for riding in standing posture unlike typical on-road touring boots that do not provide enough support for that.