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 Alpinestars Supertech-R Vented Boots
Alpinestars Supertech-R Vented Boots
Alpinestars Supertech-R Vented Boots Alpinestars Supertech R boot is the newest high performance/racing boot, constructed with hi-tech micro-fiber and designed to meet light weight and performance requirements in top level racing. The front flex area is constructed with a soft TPU mesh with shaped reliefs for abrasion resistance and natural forward and back movements. Flexible accordion synthetic leather at Achilles allows natural movement. Top gaiter follows leg contour and is made of flexible high-grade synthetic leather reinforced with rubber for maintaining shape. Full length micro-fiber panel on inner side of the boot provides a smooth surface for excellent grip and feel against the bike and protects from abrasion and heat. A lightweight rubber compound sole offers excellent grip and feel and allows for natural flex as the rider changes position and pressure on the foot-peg. Strategically positioned ventilation in heel and shin TPU, and soft TPU mesh on forefoot guides air through the boot. The separate inner boot works with outer boot to form a protective system and external TPU shin protection wraps around to outer calf and is engineered to spread and dissipate impact energy across the entire surface while remaining compact. Clip-on toe-slider provides excellent feedback and protects the outer toe box structure from abrasion. (Upgradeable to a magnesium slider). Replaceable TPU heel plate slider protects from impact and reduces friction in the event of an off. Outside entry/exit has stretch accordion panel for a close fit and ease of entrance and removal. Bio-mechanical ankle bracing boot has double hinged inner and outer torsion bars to progressively absorb flex and rotation stress on the ankle and reduce pressure and hyper extension injury to lower leg joints. Inner ankle brace constructed with fiberglass charged polyamide and ergonomically designed closed cell padding for protection and comfort. Features Extremely protective, flexible and comfortable with excellent aerodynamics Vented sections promote airflow into the boot Flexible, lightweight toe shifter allows feel for changing gears Zip mounted on accordion stretch panel gives easy closure with excellent fit VELCRO brand closures tab lock the zip pull closed, keeping it flat and secure Micro adjustable ratchet top closure stows tab end inside calf TPU Polyamide compound moldings around foot bed provide impact protection Removable anatomic footbed is sculpted for precision fit CE certified Note Black/White/Yellow may not have red band at cuff of boot.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Extremely comfortable, excellent support, little bulky
PostedNovember 16, 2015
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pinrut
From Houston
State:TX
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Footbed
Narrow
Average
Wide
Been wearing my Sidi cobra boots for almost 3 years now, and they were always a bit narrow. Finally decided to bite the bullet and get some new boots. Since I do track days and canyon/ back road riding, I wanted something that offered ankle support to provide protection from twisting or rolling my ankle in the event of a crash. I was also looking for a boot that could be tightened around the lower calf for further support.
Saw that the top of the line Alpine Stars Supertech-R boots were on year end closeout, and that boots offering similar features were about the same price so after reading a bunch of reviews I decided to pull the trigger. I noted that the boots had a special interior liner and figured it would be fine, not entirely sure the purpose of having a boot inside a boot, but figured Alpine Stars knows what they're doing.
I ordered the 46 size which is equivalent to about a US size 11.5. Normally I wear either a size 11 or 11.5. They arrived in a huge box, and look very nice, very refined, almost stylish, although I'm not exactly the best source on that topic.
Laced up the inner boots, and found them to be a little large, but not overly so. Very comfortable and fit very well. Not overly long or wide, excellent fit and finish. I think the chart that tensile revzilla provided is spot on. They have interesting hinges on both sides that allows the ankle to bend forward and backward with side pieces that provide support to prevent the ankle from twisting once compressed by the outer boot. I Slipped the inner boots into the outer shells and zipped them up and tightened up the upper calf section. Stood up and boy are they comfortable.
Took them out for a ride wearing my full race suit and it seems like because the boots have the inner boots they are a bit bulkier than my slim Sidi cobra boots were. What I mean by that is that the soles are a bit thicker I have to lift my foot higher to get it onto the pegs. Another downside is that when I'm hanging off at full lean, because the boots are bulky, I found it hard to get my toe under the shifter to shift up (non gp shift). But I figure adjusting the lever should fix that, perhaps some rear sets.
Another note, they have excellent airflow.
Pros:
Comfort
Protection
Style
Ventilation
Very high quality build and materials
Cons:
A little bulky due to having an inner shoe
Pricey
Overall I might buy at this price again, but maybe next time go for a boot without the inner liner. Otherwise a great boot
Rides: 2014 BMW S1000RR
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Nexx XR1R Champion Helmet
Nexx XR1R Champion Helmet
Nexx XR1R Champion Helmet TRI-COMPOSITE Shell (Fiberglass, Carbon and Kevlar) 2 shell sizes ECE/22-05, DOT and NBR-74712001 2 inlets and 4 outlets air-vents (Air Dinamic System) Soft anti-sweat and anti-allergic fabric inner lining Adjustable padding Removable and washable lining Anti-noise Cheek pads Chin Windstopper Double D-Ring fastening strap UV resistant shell PC Lexan shield, anti-scratch and with easy locking system Face shield is pinlock ready ( Pinlock Insert sold separately) Visor Ventilation System Ergo padding System - allows a perfect fit of the helmet in different head shapes Weight 1400g (+- 50g) Note Helmet ships with clear faceshield only.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Extremely light helmet, just a few downsides, but overall recommended
PostedApril 2, 2012
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pinrut
From Los Angeles
State:CA
Rider Type:Kneedragger
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Average
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
I purchased the NEXX XR1R (non-carbon) to replace my Shoei RF-1100. The main reason for the choice was that it is one of the lightest helmets on the market without having to go to Carbon Fiber (high cost). Overall the helmet seems to run a little smaller than the Shoei RF-1100 in Medium that I had. I think the shape is slightly more round than the RF-1100 as well.
In terms of lightness, it is noticeably lighter than my RF-1100, and the aerodynamics are better. When at higher speed, the RF-1100 would snap from side to side when I went to look over my shoulder, annoying, however the XR1R does not. In terms of wind noise, if you have the face shield closed and locked, I believe that there is less wind noise than the RF-1100 and the airflow is more controllable. What I mean by this is that if you don't want any air, you can block most of it off by closing the vents. (I removed the included chin skirt as well because it caused the helmet to fog up at night, but that was the same with the RF). With all of the vents closed on the RF, a lot of air was still coming in from the bottom front of the helmet, which was annoying.
The overall fit and finish of the helmet are excellent. The paint and vinyl are nice and shiney.
The outward view from the eye port is also excellent, although the eye port on the RF-1100 is also almost as good, the XR1R simply has more vertical look room, and possibly a little more side to side view.
The visor itself seems a little bit flimsy in that I cannot close it by "flicking" it shut with the tab on the left hand lower side of the visor like I could with the RF-1100. I have to push down on the top middle of the visor with one hand or the visor twists out of shape. Not a major issue, but perhaps some thicker plastic or some re-enforcing plastic along the top or bottom of the visor would go a long way to preventing twisting when trying to shut the visor.
There is no visor quick release mechanism on this helmet, presumably to save weight, and this is not a major issue with me, I just keep a micro-fiber cloth in my backpack and wipe it down when it gets dirty.
The chin strap has a thick pad on both sides of the strap which velcro together in the middle. On paper this seems as though it would be a good idea, however in practice the velcro is not strong enough to hold the two pads together, and becomes a hassle to hold together as I try to cinch the chin strap down. I would personally prefer if there weren't two pads on the chin strap, as the one on the double d-ring side seems a bit redundant and makes the padding a little too thick. Unfortunately you cannot seem to remove the padding as they are sewn to the straps themselves.
The Chin strap itself is also a little bit too long, with much extra material flapping about. Also, the end of the chin strap which you feed through the double d-rings is folded over and sewn down in a little "lip" on the end of the chin strap. This little sewn feature is not done correctly in that it only makes it more difficult to thread through the double d-rings, and does not add much functionality. If it were folded at an angle and then sewn together it could potentially help with threading the strap through the double d-ring or perhaps if it weren't sewn at all it could save the manufacturer money during manufacturing and would be easier to thread through the double d-rings as well.
There is a plastic snap/button that the free end of the chin strap that you attach to, however it seems to be awkwardly located and it is also difficult to tell whether you have actually snapped the chin strap to it or not. It doesn't make a snapping noise or sensation when you try to snap it which has resulted in me riding around with the chin strap blowing around on occasion.
The fit of the helmet is as I stated a bit tight, but it could just be that it's a new helmet, as was the case with my RF-1100. The included pads are also interesting in that they only seem to allow you to thicken the top portion of the helmet that sits directly on the top of your head, but does not provide provision to thicken the sides of the helmet where your cheeks are. Due to the more round shape of this helmet as compared to my RF-1100 the cheek padding seems a bit thinner, so I was hoping that I could use the included pads to make them thicker, however they were not designed for that.
Overall I would rate this helmet about an 85-90%. I would say it's recommended if you don't mind not having a quick release in exchange for a very lightweight, comfortable, great looking helmet.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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