We tested the boots of Alpinestars: the most technical Tech Enduro 7 and the most comfortable Corozal Adventure with Drystar membrane.
Today riding a motorcycle means first and foremost safety, one of the key factors for which we have chosen to test the products of the historic Italian factory in Asolo, which has been protecting the feet of thousands of motorcyclists from all over the world for decades (professional and non-professional).
Aesthetically very appealing, with the brown suede leather of the Oiled Leather version which moves away from the usual black (however available) and makes them a little more classic, even for use on modern scramblers: much better than a normal one touring boot e more usable than a competition boot.
We tried it both for a tourist outing on the road and light off-road (wearing it all day) and in 3 days in a row during the Rally of Umbria, where we went from dust, stony ground, mud, pioggia e fords: we did not miss anything. The first impression is that of a real boot comodo e sure. The two buckles, once tightened, wrap around the leg and joint without sacrificing mobility. The joint gives freedom of movement and sense of protection, along with the tibial plate. The height and dimensions are not excessive, it can be worn with trousers both under and over the boot. The support on the ground is stable, it does not slip and the walk is natural. After a full day the foot was dry and above all we did not have any discomfort for the entire duration of the tour. In short, a real one Touring and Adventure Touring boot, of those that give you a real sense of comfort and the protection of a boot designed also for those in off-road he goes down hard or decides to simply go around the world.
High quality is tangible, literally. For the safety of the pilot the boot adopts an advance polymer tibial plate and the innovative ankle protection with biomechanical link support between the shoe and the boot collar. The weight is absolutely content and Drystar® membrane integrated to the advanced upper in microfiber / suede blend allows you to stay dry in all conditions. The retail price is € 279,95.
The Tech Enduro7 definitely is one of the best stivali In circulation for those who practice this discipline even at extreme levels, such as the Erzberg Rodeo, and we had no doubts about this. Aesthetically it is truly captivating, modern and the hooks close with one hand. But we wanted to wear it to use it all day even on the go. We started from Cuneo and we covered almost two thousand kilometers of asphalt and above all dirt before talking about it, also passing through a cross track to refine the enduro technique.
Obviously, starting with one specialist boot that has to protect your foot in the most critical situations, the first outings were a bit annoying: not uncomfortable, but rightly, like all new boots, you have to let go. It took two days and everything changed. The foot is tightly closed as in one safe and the feeling of safety really high: everything is wrapped perfectly, like in a glove, from the fingers to the calf, with the biomechanical joint at the ankle and the sturdy shell that protects the whole foot. Mobility obviously suffers a little, but the action on the gearbox and brake is flawless and immediate. The sole with steel reinforcement molded, which protects the feet against injuries caused by footpegs, has grip on all surfaces. THE shin guards they are molded for controlled movement that prevents stretching and twisting. The inside of the boot is equipped with rubber panels which give excellent grip and protect against impacts. There insole extractable anatomical helps distribute weight evenly and contributes to overall comfort. Retail price Euro 389,95 and is available in different colors.
Summing up, even i Tech Enduro 7 we have squeezed them well, both on the road and in their natural habitat: if you have to spend your days standing on the platforms in off-road su motorcycle specialist or for an event rally a few days ago perfect (as for the Swank Rally of Sardinia), but if you plan to go a little way and on little extreme paths then something more comfortable like the Corozal Adventure Drystar® black or in Oiled Leather version.
Ph. Credits (Marco Nebbiolo - Moto Excape)