Friday, January 15, 2010

Alpinestars SMX Plus Boots Review

Alpinestars higher end racing boot, just under their Supertech R range.

Full protection racing boot with good quality construction. It includes an inner boot lacing system to allow for a more customizable fit. Fits true to size and can accommodate wider than normal feet, I wear a EE.
Comes in a perforated version for better ventilation during summer. Includes replaceable toe and heel sliders, toe sliders are plastic but can be replaced with magnesium sliders. It’s also available in a multitude of colors (Black, Blue, Red, White, White/Red)

I find these are quite squeaky when walking, caused by the plastic ankle cup rubbing with the plastic heel armor. If you wear a suit (you should), some shin armor may not fit if you have thick calves. Sole may wear out quickly but this applies to all race boots in general. Alpinestar boots use a curved zipper system that may take some getting used to and longer to put on. However, once on I feel these are one of the best boots in their price range $300-$350. I highly recommend these and wear them myself (the vented version).

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