gear review: Alpinestars Trials boots

I pur­chased the­se boots last win­ter, replac­ing a pair of well-worn Gaerne’s that had final­ly sprung a leak. For Tri­als rid­ers in West­ern Wash­ing­ton, leaky boots are a real down­er, since we spend sub­stan­tial time walk­ing through muddy/wet sec­tions. I’ve now rid­den 5 or 6 events with the­se boots, so I fig­ured it was time to share my impres­sions and thoughts about them.

Fit: I have aize 10.5 feet, I ordered the size 11 boot, and they fit fine. I can wear a thin sock under them for sum­mer events, or by loos­en­ing the latch­es a notch or two, wear a heav­ier sock for cool­er rides. The­se boots are pret­ty easy to get snug over the entire foot, lead­ing to a very sup­port­ive and secure feel­ing while wear­ing them.

Water­proof­ness: So far, no water intake. This includes the bit­ter cold and wet April tri­als. It also includes slog­ging through a small creek at the last Walk­er Val­ley Tri­als.

Trac­tion: trac­tion from the soles seems good. Every­thing was real­ly slick at Walk­er Val­ley last fall and at Gold Bar last week­end, so it was hard to tell, but I have had no prob­lems pre­vi­ous and no prob­lems with them com­ing off of the foot­pegs or any­thing like that.

Buckles/Straps: some cool fea­tures here: the attach­ment clips are on the oppo­site ends from the adjusters, so once they are adjust­ed for you feet, the just snap on and snap off. Heav­ier or lighter socks might take one or two notch­es of adjust­ment, but it’s pret­ty easy to make.

The only down­side I’ve dis­cov­ered so far is that due to the way the boots tight­en up on my feet (your feet may vary 🙂 ), there is a rather con­spicous fold of leather on the inside of each ankle. So far I don’t notice it while rid­ing, but I have noticed that it rubs on the frame of the bike, and has already tak­en the smooth fin­ish off of the leather on that area of the boot. A pret­ty minor thing, and it might be that some­one with dif­fer­ent­ly shaped feet and ankles may not run into any of this.

Con­clu­sions: This is a high qual­i­ty boot with good pro­tec­tion and good com­fort. Not cheap, but good qual­i­ty.