Alpinestars Mono Fuse Gore-Tex Boots
- TPU buckle system fastens with a ratchet closure from the lateral side for a secure and stable fit
- The reverse buckle is fixed to a durable dual density TPU material that allows for a highly personalized fit and lateral ankle protection
- The ratchet strap is replaceable
- Full grain leather upper offers comfort and durability
- Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining for unsurpassed all-weather performance
- Ergonomic last for superior fit and comfort
- Extensive instep and Achilles accordion flex zones are constructed from microfiber
- Top rear collar made with punched microfiber for superior comfort
- Wide entry aperture for convenience with Velcro shin plate closure
- Shin plate with hot-melt backing reinforcement offers support and protection
- Rear reflective insert for improved visibility
- TPU shift pad
- Double density ankle protector on medial side for enhanced impact protection
- Collar lining made with breathable fabric
- Internal heel counter and toe box
- Exclusive rubber compound for optimal comfort and grip
- Removable anatomic EVA footbed with lycra lining
- The Alpinestars Mono Fuse GTX Boots are CE certified to EN 13634:2010
Alpinestars boots are very consistent from one model to the next and in trying on this style, we find it to be consistent with their published sizing chart and most previous Alpinestars boots.
If you know your best size from previous Alpinestars boots, then I’d advise you to choose the same size, or just use the chart to select a size based on a US street shoe size. I’d consider the width of the men’s sizes to be normal to slightly wide (D or E).
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Our Two Cents
This new Mono Fuse Gore-Tex boot is a new “mid-rise” boot from Alpinestars for 2015. The use of Gore-Tex as the waterproof liner, and the use of real leather for the upper material make this boot a top of the line choice. Gore-Tex as the waterproofing technology (which is HIGHLY regarded) doesn’t come cheap of course, but these boots are priced consistently with the slightly taller Web Gore-Tex boots, and other brands’ models with similar construction (such as TCX Gore-Tex street boots).
Also, like the other high-end street boots, these have the usual protective features for street and touring…shin, heel and toe reinforcements, and those along with the thick leather, feel like they’d hold up very well long-term. The boots have some integral padding over the inside ankle and the molded plastic buckle on the outside of the ankle provides impact protection for that side of the foot. New for this year is the CE certification (see more about that below). The back of the boot has a bright reflective patch for nighttime visibility. You can take the “View Larger Pictures” link above to see closeups of this boot’s features.
The one thing that IS different about this boot over many others is the unique closure style. If you take a look at our photo gallery, you’ll see the ratchet buckle on the outside ankle area and the Velcro close on the inside. The overall look is really unique, and it works well, but putting the boots on and taking them off requires that you work with the ratchet buckle mechanism each time (it is not a “set it and forget it” type adjuster). It’s not a big deal, but it isn’t as easy as the “usual” side zip/velcro closure, particularly since the buckle strap goes around the back of the foot and engages on the outside of the foot. If you are trim and limber, it’s no big deal, but you couldn’t describe me that way and it is a bit of an effort to put them on and take them off. Personally, I’d opt for the Web Gore-Tex or the New Land Gore-Tex closure set-up, but that’s just me.
This is a VERY nice boot built with high-end materials and should provide great service, all in a package that offers very unique styling. :: Paul, 09-19-14
About CE Ratings for Boots: CE ratings on boots are a relatively new thing, so I asked our Alpinestars rep to give me some information about the CE certification and what it means to a boot buyer. Here is his best shot at a concise answer: The biggest piece of info for a CE rated boot is based around how well that boot can disperse energy from the vehicle while riding or an impact. Standard features in footwear to meet CE certification requires a structural shank in the foot bed to break down energy transferring up from the foot pegs or an impact to the bottom of the foot in a get off. It also requires the boot to have structure in the heel and toe of the boot, at minimum you need to have a hard supportive counter in the heel that can again help break down energy being pushed up through the foot bed. Though not required most Alpinestars boots contain a hard counter in the toe as well; this is more designed for wear from shifting and impact to the front/side of the foot during an accident. The last major feature required is impact protection on the ankle and every boot/riding shoe in the Alpinestars line features some sort of hard impact protection on the medial and lateral sides of the ankle. Overall in simple terms a CE rating in a piece of footwear works as a minimum standard to decrease the chance of catastrophic damage to the heel/arch/ankle in an accident. My thanks to JP in Dealer Development at Alpinestars. :: Paul, 09-05-14