Other new features include a replaceable kick start protection insert on the right boot, a new closure system, a soft TPU gaiter that provide a seal around the top of the boot, plus a 3D mesh lining reducing heat buildup and improving comfort. In hot weather riding, the perforated shin plate allows air to flow though the boot—important for those of us who live in Southern California.Compared to the Tech 10, the 8 Lights have a more traditional look and build. They feature a standard design sole (which is replaceable), with a steel toe clip and leather construction on the boots themselves. I really like the look of the of the Tech 8 Lights—just the right amount of cool new boot style, without looking like something a storm trooper would be wearing. The Tech 8 Lights required a very short break in time, which I accomplished quickly by wearing the boots around the shop. That meant I was able to do our most technical riding straight away without any issues. Comfort has been top notch from the beginning with no binds or pinches anywhere in the boots. The toe box has a nice large feel, so your toes have some wiggle room while still being small enough to give you a good feel with the shift lever and brake pedal. While these are some of the best fitting and comfortable motocross and off-road boots I have worn, they are still able to offer ample ankle and foot support for those hard landings, or when you put your foot in a place it shouldn’t go.
Complaints? I haven’t been able to find any! Great looks, outstanding comfort, top-notch protection and with the Italian-brand quality (the aluminum snap-down buckles come to mind), they all come together on the Alpinestars Tech 8 Light boots. Chris Cullins is owner of TEC-Cycles.Photo rider: Ty Cullins at Milestone MX | Action photography by Don Williams