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TCX X-Move Waterproof Boots Featuring the TCX Comfort Fit System developed as a result of years of TCX know-how, has always been one of the strong points of touring products. This special and entirely manual technique allows the boot to be shaped on a mold that faithfully reproduces the anatomy of the foot, making the product exceptionally comfortable and ideal for prolonged use in different situations. Features Suede leather and AIR TECH upper Fabric lining Waterproof membrane Malleolus (ankle bone) protection Polyurethane ankle support Lacing system closure with Velcro lace keeper Anatomic and replaceable foot bed All uses, wear-resistant sole
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best mid-height boot or shoe out there (better than Alpinestar SMX3)
PostedJanuary 7, 2016
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10blade
From SF Bay Area
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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I bought the Alpinestar SMX-3 and the TCX X-Move, in order to compare them. I am returning the SMX-3, preferring the X-move for a multitude of reasons. This review is basically a comparison of the two.
I purchased both, looking for maximum protection as a mid-height boot that would fit under my skinny jeans (cuff 15.5 cm), under which I cannot currently wear any of my full height boots. This will fit under the cuff of my skinny jeans and just below the built-in shin protectors of my leathers.
As Anthony describes the SMX-3, the TCX X-Move really is a boot and not a shoe, extending well above the malleoli and completely covering the Achilles' tendons. Functionally, I would define this as a boot rather than a shoe because it provides comprehensive protection of the entire ankle. In this respect, oddly the X-Move is actually more of a boot than is the SMX-3, since the latter provides no rigid support or hard protection over the inside part of the anke (see below). Be aware, of course, that neither the SMX3 nor the X-Move provides protection of the leg (shin) itself.
This is an excellent boot, probably the best calf-height boot out there. For those looking for a "shoe," this is also probably the best motorcycle "shoe" type product out there, as another reviewer mentioned, though this does extend a fair bit higher than a true motorcycle shoe.
Compared to other calf-height boots out there, including the A* SMX3, the TCX is superior in terms of protection. It rises just slightly (about 1 cm) higher than the SMX3. In addition, the A* has a weight cut-out for the Achilles tendon in order to make it easier to plantar flex the foot. As a result, there is less protection over the back of the ankle just over the Achilles tendon than the TCX. The TCX X Move is 20% more rigid in the toe box and mid foot, and a full 30% stiffer in the ankle. Most importantly, the TCX provides hard (rigid) protection over both the lateral AND medial malleoli (outside and inside angle bones). Unfortunately the SMX3 has only soft support over the medial malleolus (the inside angle bone that would be crushed by a bike in the event of a low side).
One downside to the TCX X-Move is that it lacks the thick beefy slippery plastic race-style slider of the SMX3, which is a descendant of its race boot predecessor. The TCX has a thinner hard-rubber and plastic slider, which I am sure would hole up on the commute, but probably not the track, which it is not intended for.
The only other downside to the TCX X-Move-WP (for "water-proof") is that it does not have great airflow. But they are waterproof. I do wish these came in a perforated version or had some vents. That said, these are a solid three-season boot anywhere. They are probably four-season in Northern California where it never really gets too hot except for a couple of days out of the year.
The SMX3 has a decided racing style aesthetic. Though very comfortable, I would feel weird (fashion-wise) wearing those around the workplace. The TCX has more the appearance of a really cool looking street boot that would look quite good with a pair of jeans.
In terms of fit, the lacing system of the TCX is more adjustable. The only real adjustment in the SMX3 is the ratcheted strap. The TCX X-move, employing the decidedly less sexy lace system, is infinitely adjustable along the full height of the boot. In contrast the A* SMX3 only adjusts tightness at the level of the upper foot just past the ankle. (Although the A* has its usual velcro strip over the inside part of the boot, this is really just to access and cover the zipper mechanism; it really provides no or little means of adjustment of fit.) As a result, the X-move really does fit like a glove right out of the box.
I wear Size 42 and 8 1/2, but have wide feet. In Sidi I need a Size 43. In Alpinestar I wear a 42. The X-Move in Size 42 fits me perfectly. It started off feeling slightly on the narrow side, but after wearing them around the house for an hour, I was convinced the fit was perfect. If they start off feeling narrow at the beginning, they do get roomier in the toes after wearing them a bit. If they fit well straight off the bat, you need not worry about them becoming loose with wear.
(As an aside, Alpinestar hasn't quite perfected its new ratchet system. The teeth slip and will not consistently engage the ratchet for the last 25% to 30% of the length of the adjustable tongue. The ratchets do tend to slip. Also, the ratchet system strap lies a bit too low down on the foot, such that it irritates that prominent bone on the top of the foot towards the inside of the foot (the medial cuneiform, I think).
In summary, the TCX X-Move and the new Alpinestar SMX-3 both are really excellent boots/shoes. But I give the clear upper hand to the TCX X-Move. X Move is also $30 less than the A* SMX3!
Check out my photos: TCX X-Move on the left, Alpinestar SMX-3 on the right!
Rides: 1999 BMW F650 Funduro
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Alpinestars SMX-3 Boots The Alpinestars SMX3 Boots feature a microfiber main body construction and aluminum buckle closure system. External TPU protection on the heel, toe and ankle protects against impacts while accordion panels on the front and rear are designed to stretch with the movement of your foot. The Alpinestars S-MX3 Boots are CE Certified. Features Main upper material is microfiber Front and rear accordion panels made of lightweight and comfortable microfiber External TPU protection on the heel counter and outer ankle offers impact and abrasion resistance Medial side is protected by an inner TPU double density ankle disk TPU injected shift pad, heel counter, medial strap and lateral ankle buckle holder Integrated bi-injected TPU slider is replaceable Shoe closure with a combination medial zipper and velcro Additional closure adjusts by velcro Instep closure system with slim buckle design features an aluminum arm with micro closure Internal toe box reinforcement Breathable anti-sliding microfiber suede lining in the heel Anatomic EVA foam footbed is removable Alpinestars exclusive vulcanized rubber compound sole The Alpinestars SMX 3 Boots are CE certified
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Returning this for the TCX X-Move
PostedJanuary 7, 2016
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10blade
From SF Bay Area
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
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I am returning this in favor of the TCX X-Move.
I purchased both, looking for maximum protection as a mid-height boot that would fit under my skinny jeans (cuff 15.5 cm), under which I cannot currently wear any of my full height boots.
As Anthony describes the SMX-3, this is a boot not a shoe, extending well above the malleoli and completely covering the Achilles' tendons.
This is an excellent boot, but the TCX is superior in terms of protection. It rises just slightly higher than the SMX3. The TCX is 20% more rigid in the toe box and mid foot, and a full 40% stiffer in the ankle. Most importantly, the TCX provides hard (rigid) protection over both the lateral AND medial malleoli (outside and inside angle bones). Unfortunately the SMX3 has only soft support over the medial malleolus (the inside angle bone that would be crushed by a bike in the event of a low side).
Also, the Alpinestar hasn't quite perfected the ratchet system. The teeth slip and will not engage the ratchet for the last 25% to 30% of the length of the adjustable tongue. Also, the ratchet system strap lies a bit too low down on the foot, such that it irritates that prominent bone on the top of the foot towards the inside of the foot (the medial cuneiform, I think). Ideally, that strap should go just a bit higher where the ankle flexes.
In terms of fit, the lacing system of the TCX is more adjustable. The only real adjustment in the SMX3 is the ratcheted strap. Again, this only adjusts tightness at the level of the upper foot just past the ankle. Although there is a velcro strip over the inside part of the boot, this is really just to access and cover the zipper mechanism; it really provides no or little means of adjustment of fit. As a result, the upper part of the boot is too loose for my liking, though I am sure the ratcheted strap would keep the boot on in the event of a fall.
The SMX3 is also $30 more expensive than the TCX X-Move.
A shame because I am a big fan of Alpinestars (already owning 3 pairs of their excellent boots). But this one just doesn't cut it.
Rides: 1999 BMW F650 Funduro
No, I do not recommend this product.
 
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 Alpinestars Supertech Touring Gore-Tex Boots (Size 40)
Alpinestars Supertech Touring Gore-Tex Boots (Size 40)
Alpinestars Super Tech Touring Gore-Tex Boots Features Made with full-grain leather with a breathable, waterproof Gore-Tex membrane Double density injected TPU ankle protection Injected TPU shifter area Removable EVA foam sole for excellent shock absorption and impact protection Innovative dual side closure Inner side entry/exit has an elastic mounted zipper and extra wide Velcro flap for a precise fit and a wide opening aperture for easy access. External calf closure provides additional adjustability with a Velcro closure Elastic microfiber accordion on front and rear below Customizable calf fit with a dual Velcro tab adjuster and inner stretch panel Additional internal quick lace panels for customized fit and extra waterproofing Lacing has slide locking system with Velcro ended tab for extra secure, no slip lacing Exclusive compound rubber sole which provides the optimum in grip, performance and durability Extra TPU injection protection on the front sole area CE certified
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Too bulky, and no additional protection vis-a-vis A* Soho
PostedJune 11, 2012
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10blade
From SF Bay Area
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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I bought these along with Alpinestars Sohos. My plan was to wear the Sohos for nights on the town in jeans (when I might be willing to sacrifice a little bit of road protection in deference to looking good) and to wear what I thought would be the beefier more protective "Supertech" Tourings for everyday commuting.
As it turns out, the Sohos offer just as much protection as the Alpinestars, are a whole lot better looking, are lighter and less bulky, and a fair bit less expensive. I really see little or no difference in the level of protection between the "Supertech" Tourings and the Sohos. The Sohos looking better and feeling better, I returned the Supertech Tournings and decided to keep just the Sohos.
In both the Sohos and the Supertech Tourings, there is really not a whole lot of shin protection, which simply consists of only a slightly firm "injection" which is easily overcome and deformed by the pressure of a thumb. The toe box and heel both offer a satisfying level of protection. These are not steel, TPU, or otherwise rigid; however, they are firmer and, my guess is, a fair bit more protective than similar "touring" style boots. Again, however, the level of protection is essentially the same between the Soho and the Supertech Touring.
The Supertech Touring is about 25% bulkier than the Sohos, which are really quite sleek and streamlined. Wearing a pair of Nudie jeans, which are very tight about the calves, I can easily slip the pant leg over the Sohos. NOT SO WITH THE Supertech Touring! Those are way too bulky to fit under my jeans, let alone look GOOD under my jeans. So RTA is it....
In terms of fit, the Sohos have a full-length zipper whereas the Supertech Tourings only zip up a little past the ankle. Therefore, the Sohos tend to grab on more securely about the calf.
Up the calf, the Supertech Touring rely only on Velco; there is no zipper up the calf. My concern is that, with time, the Velco may stop sticking firmly to itself and the boot may keep loosening about the calf. I have no experience with the boot to back that up, but that has been my experience with Velcro used in similar repetitive donning/doffing applications.
Despite the solely Velcro system about the calf, the Supertech Touring's will not come off in a crash. If there is one potential safety advantage with the Supertech Touring compared to the Soho, it is that the Supertech Tourings utilize a velcro tabbed QuickLace system. Although this ensures that the boot will not come off in a crash, it also means that it is somewhat laborious and time-consuming to don or doff the boot. (I would get tired of doing this a couple times a day.) It also adds a fair bit of bulk to the boot, which not only detracts from boot's appearance but also makes it more difficult to get pant legs over the boot (see above).
Don't get me wrong: These Supertech Tourings are outstanding boots, extremely comfortable, well-made, and quite dandy looking. But the Sohos are so much more and offer just as much protection.
Both the STT's and the Sohos offer an amazing amount of arch support and cushion, more so than any other motorcycle boot I've worn. These are amazing comfortable, more so than the $600 Fiorentini+Baker fashion boots that I bought in Soho!
Fit is, as with most Italian brands, somewhat on the narrow side. I am an American 8.5 and wear a 42 Birkenstocks. However, I need to wear European 43 in Alpinestars footwear. It does slip a BIT in the heel, but even with the 43 my little toe is still a bit pinched.
The Sohos actually look so good and are so comfortable, I bought a pair of these over a pair of standard fashion boots. For a combination of snazz and protection, the other boot to consider would be the Alpinestars Gran Torino, which, with its anodized aluminum slider, offers a scosche more malleolar protection.
In my opinion, between Dainese, Sidi, and A*, Alpinestars makes the best, most comfortable boots.
Rides: 1999 BMW F650 Funduro
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Alpinestars Soho Gore-Tex Boots
Alpinestars Soho Gore-Tex Boots
Constructed from full-grain leather Double density injected TPU ankles and shin protection layered under the leather Internal heel and toe counter reinforcement 100 Waterproof Gore-Tex lining Removable EVA foam foot bed provides superior shock absorption and impact protection Exclusive 3D tread pattern on sole provides excellent grip and comfort Adjustable Velcro and zippered calf closure system Soho Gore-Tex boot is CE certified
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Look fantastic, feel great, and so-so protection
PostedJune 10, 2012
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From SF Bay Area
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
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 
3 / 5
3 / 5
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I got these because I'v started to spend more time in New York (Soho specifically). I generally ride a Monster, but for New York a Vespa scooter is more practical. Therefore, lowered my protection threshold for this purchase.
These look fantastic in jeans. In fact, I purchases these over a pair of non motorcycle boots just to wear even when off-bike.
Build and durability is excellent, better than other Alpinestars, which I generally find to be fantastic already.
Comfort is excellent. These really feel better than fashion boots. Arch support good, and amount of cushion is excellent. These really mold to and stretch to the shape of your foot.
These are more "American" in fit than other Italian boots. They are certainly wider than most Italian footwear. These feel better than Dainese footwear, which do not have as much cushion or arch support. (I find that DAINESE foot stuff have a kind of concave aspect to their soles; the medial and lateral aspects of the sole are actually a mm or 2 higher than their central aspect, such that the middle of the foot is relatively unsupported.)
These hug the feet well, but there is no mechanism for tightening the foot portion of the boot. As a result, if you have "short" feet (vertically), there may be some slip in the heel cup. There is excellent adjustability--afforded by a full-length velcro flap--in the calf.
Protection-wise these are so-so. They are adequate for city scooter riding, but I would not take theses on a highway or go for long distances. In a crash, the Sohos would provide good protection to the heel and toes, marginal protection to the shin, and good protection to the foot itself (metatarsals), and slight protection to the ankle.The toe and heel support are not steel, but they are slightly rigid. Still, I am able to overcome their rigidity with my thumb and make them "dent in." There is no real shin support--perhaps a thin layer of padding, but not much more.
I also purchase the Alpinestars Supertech Touring boot for comparison, and I ended up returning the Supertech Touring. The Soho's offer just as much protection, are less bulky, are easier to don, are lighter, and are simply more practical.
Rides: 1999 BMW F650 Funduro
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 Alpinestars Frontier Gore-Tex Jacket
Alpinestars Frontier Gore-Tex Jacket
Alpinestars Frontier Gore-Tex Jacket Extremely versatile and durable jacket for everyday, year-round use The Frontier jacket adapts to any condition, from rain storms to summer heat using layers and exhaust ports to regulate temperature and dedicated pockets for storing panels, and also offers excellent visibility for night riding and a relaxed riding position for long tours Non water-absorbing micro twill fabric Textured, highly abrasion-resistant inserts positioned in the most exposed areas Thermoformed shoulders with embossed logos Removable and wearable Gore-Tex Soft Shell liner Removable quilted thermal liner Removable CE certified Bio-armor elbow and shoulder protectors Internal chest and back protection compartments with PE inserts Reflective stripes integrated into styling Inner forearm stretch panel inserts Two large chest panels can be folded into a specific pocket to allow air ventilation Extra large rear panel opens to function as an exhaust port for cooling Two external water-resistant pockets Two internal mesh pockets on fixed liner Neoprene edging on neck and wrists External shell has micro fleeced collar lining for comfort Fixed mesh comfort liner with built-in stretch inserts that move in unison with external stretch panels for flexibility and comfort and 2L Taslan contouring the liner to repel water Drainage rivets sleeves, upper back panel and lower jacket edge Two-way YKK front central zipper cursor Reflective Alpinestars and Gore-Tex logos
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Versatile, full-functioned all-weather jacket with excellent protection and build quality.
PostedJuly 16, 2011
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From SF Bay Area
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
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Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This jacket looked too good to be true in Anthony's review and in the Revzilla write-up. But this jacket has turned out to be everything I had hoped it would be and more: extremely versatile, full-featured, all-weather jacket with probably the best built-in protection of any garment (with the possible exceptions of Motoport or Aerostich). I upgraded to CE-certified bionic chest and back armour for a few extra dollars, and it feels well worth it. I feel extraordinarily well protected.
I generally wear a 40S suit, have a 33" waist, and have 32" sleeves on my dress shirts. The 40S Frontier jacket fits me perfectly except for the sleeves which are just a TAD short. (They're probably 33 or 34 inches).
It's remarkable how versatile this jacket is in terms of comfort range. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area where temperatures can go from the 80s to the low 40s within a day's ride, and the jacket works well within that temperature range. I have not ridden this up in the Sierra's yet, but I imagine the jacket would reach its lower range of comfort around the high 30s. The HUGE front and back ventilation panels make this product unique and incomparable in terms of air flow.
I LOVE the pockets on this jacket. They are so low-profile and so well-integrated into the design of the jacket that it's easy to forgot how many there are. It seems I'm always discovering some new pocket or some new feature on this jacket. It's full of pleasant surprises!
My only potential complain would be that the zippers seem a bit small. I would expect a larger more substantial YKK zipper (and these are YKK). Still, they have not failed or "faulted", and I can imaging how larger zippers might be unnecessarily bulky.
Rides: 1999 BMW F650 Funduro
Yes, I recommend this product.
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