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Alpinestars Gran Torino Gore-Tex Boots Sleek, anatomically profiled and constructed with full-grain leather for unsurpassed comfort, the Gran Torino Boot is ideally suited to long days in the saddle the perfect all weather riding / toruing boot. The Alpinestars Gran Torino's proven weather protection is provided by an integrated Gore-Tex liner, while advanced protection features are discreetly integrated in the chassis affording both safety and subtlety. Construction Upper constructed from premium full-grain leather, offering greater comfort, durability and abrasion resistance. Anatomically engineered last shape for superior foot profiling and comfort. Integrated waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX liner for proven all-weather performance. Safety Seamlessly integrated molded shin plate provides extensive impact protection. Foam backed, double density ankle protector on the medial side. Black anodized aluminium protector on the outer ankle. Internal heel counter and toe counter layered under the leather enhance support and rigidity in key impact areas. Rear reflective insert for improved night time visibility. Comfort and convenience Innovative, easy access side entry system with elastic mounted zipper and wide Velcro flap for a precise fit. Contoured, injected high modulus polyamide midsole and high modulus plastic shank reinforcement Injected TPU shifter area. Soft quilted accordion flex zone grants comfort whether riding or walking. Removable anatomically profiled EVA foam footbed. Highly flexible lug sole features Alpinestars exclusive rubber compound for the optimal combination of comfort and grip. For added convenience, the entire sole of the Gran Torino Gore-Tex Boot is replaceable. The Gran Torino Gore-Tex Boot is CE certified. SIZES 36-50 EUR
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfortable, subtle, all-round boot
PostedOctober 13, 2013
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jbones
From Australia
State:NV
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
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Got these boots as I wanted something full protection, that didn't look too crazy under a pair of riding jeans.
First of all, I wear 10.5 in Nikes, and I measure 10.5E on a brannock device (Standard foot measuring device found at all shoe stores), and got the size 45 recommended on the size chart which fits perfectly. The 'E' in that measurement means I have a slightly wider foot than average, but this boot doesn't feel tight for me unlike another certain italian brand.
Looks excellent. The silhouette is like a standard boot, rather than a bulky 'tacticool' or power ranger boot. Full height, but the top is low profile enough to fit under my slimmer fitting riding jeans. Aside from a bit of accordion stretch panel, and the shift panel (left side only thankfully), they look like a regular pair of black leather shoes once under jeans. See the attached picture
Protection feels solid. Lacks inside malleolus protection, but this area is unlikely to strike the ground in an impact. The exterior malleolus is hard aluminium which is nice. Heel and toe are rigid but not uncomfortable, and the sole is stiff through the mid and rear, with a bit of flex at the toe area (perfect design IMO). Very little flexibility left/right which is great. Reflective logos on heel are a nice touch. Overall the protection COULD be more heavy duty, but it would come as a sacrifice to comfort and aesthetics.
Very comfortable on the bike. The sole has enough grip to not slip when you put your foot down, but unlike a heavy duty lug sole, it's easy enough to move your foot around on the pegs. The shift panel on the left boot lines up perfectly with my shifter. The accordion stretch panels are in the perfect positions (you can see them flex when you move your foot).
I have no problem wearing these all day off the bike either. The inner liner is soft, which means you DONT need to wear high socks. They're easy to take on and off thanks to the single big velcro and heavy duty zip, but no chance of losing them in an accident.
At some point I may put a superfeet inner sole in, but it doesn't need it right now.
It's summer here in Australia, and i rode in 35 degree C temps yesterday (100ish F). The boots were warm, but not bad. I'm happy to ride in them year round. Obviously a really well vented boot won't be waterproof, but these are gore-tex so it's the best compromise.
Overall the quality and attention to detail is really high. Definitely going to be a long lasting pair of boots. One of the features that was important to me is the fully replaceable sole, which means a much longer service life for a small investment.
I'm really happy with these boots even with the high price tag. I wish I'd spent the extra from the start rather than wasting $150 on a crappier pair from another brand which I'm not likely to wear again.
Obviously these aren't your track day boots, but I wouldn't hesitate to wear them on a round the world trip (one day.)
Yes, I recommend this product.
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