- Contoured shin plate protector
- Calf "U" shaped protector is impact resistant
- Interchangeable bi-injected PU material with snap-in assembly
- Wide and ventilated heel counter extends to both ankles
- Internal patented "ankle brace" with shock absorbing material
- Injected PU extended to the toe area
- Extended thermoformed bellow for a soft back and forth flex
- Instep speed lacing closure
- Synthetic forefoot lining laminated with open cell foam
A crucial element in protective riding gear which is often overlooked is proper riding boots. Data from the Hurt report indicates that the greatest injuries in motorcycle accidents are often to the lower body. Alpinestars is a long standing, well established name in motorcycle gear and the S-MX plus boot is another quality product. This boot, however, is race-oriented and offers superior protection at the expense of versatility and comfort.
The Alpinestars S-MX plus boots are sturdy and well built, with plastic heel, ankle, and calf protectors designed to slide on the asphalt. There is also a replaceable, coated aluminum heel plate to allow the boot to slide and absorb impact. It has a removable toe slider and a cushioned sole which modestly adds to the poor comfort level.
After riding with these boots for the better part of a season, I can say that I definitely feel secure in the protection they provide. The only real complaints I have about these boots are that they are very bulky. So bulky, in fact, that they will not fit under the hem of most pants. They are designed to be worn with leathers that tuck into the boot, but as a result they are impractical for around town riding. While they are extremely comfortable on the pegs, walking around in them is another story. They are noisy, awkward and very difficult to move in. To further add to the discomfort there is a velcro stay inside the boot to hold the internal lacing that can sometimes irritate the wearers' skin. These boots are so purpose built that I have relegated them to my most spirited riding days, opting for a smaller touring style boot for commuting. My recommendation for these boots would be only for the serious rider. If you are looking for all around versatility I would look elsewhere.
2000 Aprilia RSV Mille R, 1992 Yamaha V-Max