Alpinestars Toucan Boots
Manufacturer details: alpinestars
One Goal. One Vision.
Its development of new procedures and materials, innovative detailed solutions and superior workmanship ensure that the Italian brand sports clothes manufacturer, alpinestars, has had a considerable competitive edge over its customers in the motor sport sector for the best part of 5 decades. alpinestars is in touch with leading racers in every conceivable discipline, from Formula 1 through to NASCAR, from U.S. Supercross through to MotoGP. Their experience flows directly into the development and optimisation of its products. This practical information, its passion for motor sport and an instinct for what critical fans want, form the basis of a product range that is renowned around the globe.
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Sold under various brand names (Gore-Tex, Reissa, Tepor, Sympatex, Hipora, Porell, Helsapor, Enprotex, Nibo, Humax, Drygate etc.). Gore-Tex and Sympatex have patent protection. One thing all these membranes have in common is their basic function: exploiting a temperature gradient, perspiration is transported from the inside to the outside, yet wind and rain cannot get in. This effect makes both fabric and leather clothing highly weatherproof, and also very comfortable to wear. The membranes are manufactured from different base materials, depending on the brand, and are made either as a loose "liner", as a laminate (bonded to the outer material), or as a coating on a carrier material. The first product of this kind, the "Gore-Tex" membrane made of Teflon, fulfils its function due to its very fine pores, which allow moisture from the skin to move outwards, but prevent the larger raindrops from moving inwards. Gore-Tex is indeed highly effective, but the patented material comes at a price. All the other membranes consist of polyurethane or polyester, and transport water vapour molecules outwards by means of chemical reactions. Different materials have been adapted to the various applications in the field of motorcycle clothing. All of these climate membranes are sensitive to mechanical damage: if a membrane is pierced, clearly it can no longer provide protection. Damage can also result from the use of inappropriate washing agents. Softeners, including those contained in detergents, damage the membrane irreparably!
Most traditional, high-quality outer material with cult status for motorcycle clothing and accessories. Unmistakable in its natural, high-quality look, the strong image, ideally suited to both figure-hugging and highly functional designs. The biker's "second skin" still has the edge over any textile material when it comes to safety and resistance to abrasion and tearing. The way the material stretches as the clothing is worn means that leather clothing adapts to the body contours ideally, thus also guaranteeing that protectors fit optimally. Leather clothing should therefore always be bought with a close fit. Impregnation, leather oil and surface coatings guarantee good weather protection and a degree of rainproofing, but unfortunately also limit the breathability. Relatively heavy, but enthusiasts value this as a "quality feature". Looked after properly, it is very durable. Because leather does not itself offer much thermal insulation, the other features of the garment, or the base layers of clothing, must provide some help here.
Alpinestars Toucan Boots
An enduro and touring boot combined - to meet even the toughest of demands
Whilst a Gore-Tex membrane prevents water from penetrating, lateral side scoops help socks from getting too hot.
Thanks to a large shaft with hook-and-loop fastening the boot is easy to put on and the adjustable ratchets allow the width of the model to be adjusted and closed in no time at all.
The ample boots make for a perfect fit and, given the sturdy and hard outer material, offer a good sense of protection when riding off road.
Given the sufficient elasticity, you don't need to worry about walking short distances. In addition, the Toucan is also the ideal choice for driving longer distances on the open road.
- Combination of grain leather and suede
- 100% waterproof and breathable thanks to GORE- TEX climate membrane
- Textile lining
- Sturdy rubber sole with rough profile (good hold on footrests)
- Plastic shin guard
- Plastic ankle protection with flexible joint system
- Integrated heel and toe cap
- With redesigned and improved closure system with 2 aluminium buckles for easy adjustment and secure fit
- Calf width can be adjusted with hook-and-loop fastener
- Padded shaft edge
- Exchangeable, anatomically designed footbed
- Shaft height approx. 32 cm (size 10)
US- SZ 07 = EU-SZ 40,5
US- SZ 08 = EU-SZ 42
US- SZ 09 = EU-SZ 43
US- SZ 10 = EU-SZ 44,5
US- SZ 11 = EU-SZ 45,5
US- SZ 12 = EU-SZ 47
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Product details upper material Combination of grain leather and suede Climate membrane GORE-TEX Lining Textile lining Fastening Hook-and-loop closure plus two adjustable and replaceable buckles Width adjustment Calf width adjustable with velcro fastener Sole Grippy rubber sole Shaft height approx. 32 cm Country of manufacture Croatia Certification CE certified according to EN 13634:2010 Overview of product features Waterproof Breathable Padded ankle caps Ankle protection with mobility joint – Shin element Replaceable steel toe cap – Gearshift reinforcement Replaceable plastic toe sliders – Replaceable metal toe sliders – Reflective insert – Inner steel cap – Removable safety inner boot – Internal lace-up system – Integrated raised insole – Original "Goodyear" welting –
Test reportsIssue 3-2017
In its 3-2017 issue, "Tourenfahrer" magazine tested various soft enduro boots, without ranking them. The following features of Alpinestars Toucan were given special mention:
- Sturdily made, good seams
- Relatively good walking comfort
- Passes the waterproof test
- Well featured
- Adequately sized, strong protectors
- Sole allows easy walking action
- Outstanding qualityIssue 6-2014
"Tourenfahrer" magazine tested eight different enduro boots in its 6-2014 issue. The Alpinestars Toucan (along with three other models) was awarded a "TOURENFAHRER RECOMMENDATION". It scored maximum points in the categories of Protection, Features, Waterproofness and Value for Money. The following features were given special mention:
- Very good fit, snug all-round fit, very good side support, firm ankle support
- Precisely adjustable fasteners
- Comfortable footbed
- Good walking comfort
- Solid shin guard
- Strong ankle guards, very strong toe and heel caps
- Solid, torsion-resistant sole
- Waterproof test successful
- Very good quality of make
- Excellent value for money