Alpinestars Multiair XCR Gore-Tex Boots
- New buckle closure system incorporates TPU material which fastens on lateral side from the TPU ratchet to the reverse-action pump
- The new 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 offering comfort and durability
- Ergonomic last for superior fit and comfort
- Extensive instep and achilles accordion flex zones constructed from highly breathable 3d mesh textile
- Top rear collar made with perforated microfiber for superior comfort
- Wide entry aperture for convenience with Velcro© shin plate closure
- Rear reflective insert for improved visibility
- Shin plate with hot-melt backing reinforcement offers support and protection
- TPU shift pad for improved protection
- Double density ankle protector on medial side is layered under the upper and offers protective performance in key area
- Collar lining made with breathable textile
- Gore-Tex® XCR® lining for unsurpassed all-weather performance
- Internal heel counter and toe box are layered under the upper
- Exclusive rubber compound for the optimal combination of comfort and grip
- Removable anatomic EVA footbed with Lycra® lining on top
- Multiair XCR® Gore-Tex® boot is CE certified to EN 13634:2010
Our Two Cents
I took a look at these boots and found an issue with the buckle system. The closure has two separate closing methods. The top part around the shin works great. It is an ordinary Velcro-close arrangement. The lower part is a large flap that wraps around the back side of the ankle and then fastens into a ratchet buckle. It closes and holds OK, but the length of the strap that goes into the buckle is apparently too long and when you begin to snug it down, the end of the strap bottoms out in the little slot it fits into and prevents further take-up.
I assume the function of the strap/buckle was to allow you to snug down the instep area to suit your taste, but since that strap bottoms out, the whole contraption becomes no more than cosmetic (and besides, a big pain in the butt to work with).
Alpinestars packs a shorter ratchet piece in the boot box, and that would have been helpful, but there is no reasonably easy way to change the strap… at least not without using a small screwdriver to pry out the longer strap.
I’m leaving this product active in case you came to us to buy the boots and are OK with this flaw. If you decide to buy, PLEASE don’t pry/break anything and then return the boots. :: Paul, 10-02-15