Alpinestar’s Supertech R boot has been a staple series in the Italian-based brand’s lineup for many years. With a fresh make over, the Supertech R is poised as a premium track- or race-ready boot that combines a high level of protection with a relatively modest price tag.Externally, the boot has what you’d expect of aggressive, race-oriented footwear: High-quality leather, replaceable toe sliders, TPU zipper, flexible toe shifter pads, and a replaceable shin protector. There are also plenty of features that you wouldn’t expect – honeycomb styled ankle protection on the front that allows for a larger range of movement, not to mention a great cooling opportunity for the vented version, as well as replaceable heel guards and the aforementioned shin protection wraps around to keep your calves out of harm’s way.
It should be noted that all protection clauses on the boot both CE and EN certified, making them acceptable for racing leagues that are critical on that point.But that’s only one half of the Supertech R. You may notice the lack of torsion control, and at this price range, that is quite concerning. Fret not – those duties are handled by quick-fit mesh booty that keeps your ankle tight and straight while still allowing proper range of motion for walking.This is actually one of the more exiting features of the boot. While it does add a bit more work, the ease of taking the outer boot on and off has increase dramatically, especially while donning a full leather suit. Additionally, I found that it completely removes any ill-fitting feelings that one might experience in a traditional boot design. In this case, you’re foot it wrapped up tightly, then finished off with the external boot.Securing the boot is relatively simple as well. One large TPU zipper along the outside is hidden away nicely, ensuring that it isn’t snagged on anything during an unplanned dismount. Added to this is an upper buckle that holds it all together. Accordion paneling along the zipper is also convenient when taking the boot on and off. One buckle with a latch that recessed into the calf protection goes into place with no added drama and can be taken off quick, even with gloved hands.The Alpinestars Supertech R, in comparison its popular line such as the SM-X Plus, is lightweight. That is most likely thanks to the lightweight rubber compound of the sole. That translates into a lot more feel and maneuverability while on the bike. Unlike some other boots, I’m able to drive into the foot peg with a confident grip. The same can be said for braking or shifting; all of my actions translate very well, without any discordance of an overbuilt boot. Additionally, the Supertech R has carried over one my favorite features from the older series – the microfiber texture on the inside of the boot. This allows for a bit more grip for your outside leg when cornering.The Alpinestars Supertech R are available for $499.95 (MSRP). The boots are available in, Black Black/White, Black/Red/White and Black/White/Fluo Yellow, all of which are available in a vented and non-vented versions. It’s hard to argue the product that Alpinestars have created. The boot is versatile, light weight and constructed beautifully. For those who hit the canyons or the track, this is a top-option boot to consider and haven’t disappointed.For additional information, visit Alpinestars.
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