Alpinestars Tech 1 Boots
Alpinestars has always been a premium off-road brand for motocross boots. With some of the most impressively innovative features, the cost of Alpinestars boots has been a source of discouragement for some riders. To reach a less affluent customer who still desires Alpinestars quality, the Italian company has introduced the Tech 1, a boot that has an MSRP that’s a nickel under $200.
Wanting to protect its brand, the new Alpinestars Tech 1 boot is not a cheap, stripped down model. If has many of the features of the Tech 10 and Tech 8 boots, including the ergonomic quick-release buckle system (done in polymer and nylon, rather than the more-expensive aluminum) and the flexi-blade system for bio-mechanical correctness.
The feature list certainly reads like an Alpinestars-quality boot. Using core polymer protection in the lateral, medial, heel, and toe areas, impact protection is enhanced. The flexi-blade system allows for full front and rear movement for the ankle, while still providing protection and support for that vulnerable area.
Your calves and shins get contoured polymer for protection, as well as comfort for Tech 1 wearers. Texture on the inside of the boots gives you a good grip when charging through whoops.
New features in the Alpinestars Tech 1 include a deeper-grooved single compound sole that offers a balance between comfort and protection, microfiber front and rear flex inserts, along with the new non-aluminum self-aligning ratcheted replaceable buckles.
The Tech 1’s footbed has Tech 8 technology, as well as a one-piece TPU-injected (TPU = thermoplastic polyurethane) insole that has metal shank and toe reinforcement; a stamped steel toe guard protects your toes and the boot from damage. The EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) footbed is replaceable and has a textile lining to increase comfort and moisture wicking.
Top closure on the Alpinestars Tech 1 is done by genuine Velcro, which allows a custom fit. Soft padding in the ankles and color enhance the fit and also make walking easier, according to Alpinestars. There is also no shortage of according sections to make moving with the Tech 1 boots on easier.
The new Alpinestars Tech 1 boots are available in international sizes 38-52, in three color combinations (all-black, all-white, black/white), and run $199.95. For additional information, visit Alpinestars.
Ultimate MotorCycling reviews the Alpinestars Tech 1 boots here.