I’m not A racing god, but I look like one from the shin down. Lorenzo, Marquez, Pedrosa… Half of the best racers in the world wear the Alpinestars SuperTech R Boots.
Years of top-level crashing have gone into Alpinestars SuperTech R design. The leather outer has tough, shaped panels of plastic armour, with toe sliders and a slightly built-up, shaped heel with its own metal slider to provide impact protection. The outer protects an inner boot that uses a system of jointed braces to spare the ankle twisting or extension injuries.
As I’m not a racing god, why do I need this level of performance or protection? I look at it from the other direction: why shouldn’t I benefit from this level of protection and performance? Great control and feel can only enhance each ride, while high-level protection – if I pause to think about it – gives peace of mind.
The real beauty of these Alpinestars SuperTech R boots, though, is that I rarely think about them. They are the least intrusive pair of bike boots I’ve ever used. No squeaks, never too hot or too cold and the comfort is unbelievable. I’ve had slippers that offer less comfort. Indeed, last time I bought some slippers, I congratulated the shop assistant because they were as comfy as a pair of SuperTech Rs.
|Alpinestars SuperTech R, After 10.000 Miles|
The catch, of course, is the price. This is a nose-bleedingly expensive boot. But it lasts: I’ve done comfortably in excess of 10,000 miles in this pair over the past five summers and they’re still going strong. If I ever cleaned them, they’d probably still look like new. All that performance, comfort and longevity? The Alpinestars SuperTech R is expensive, but it’s quite simply the king of summer race-style boots.
Alpinestars SuperTech R Boots Price : £380