Alpinestars Ridge Waterproof Boots - 2015
- Upper constructed from a durable, technical synthetic textile and incorporates microfiber front and rear accordion flex zones for high levels of performance and comfort
- The Ridge Waterproof Boot is CE certified
- Waterproof membrane layer between upper and lining for proven performance in difficult weather conditions
- New boot shaping provides long-lasting comfort and incorporates ergonomic toe box construction for greater compatibility with bike’s controls
- Hot-melt reinforcement on shin plate for weight-saving and protection against impacts
- High modulus TPU injected shift pad for shock protection and durability
- Dual closure system: adjustable Velcro® strap across the instep for a secure and personalized fit, plus Velcro® closure across lower shin
- Closure pull-tabs are tipped with rubber compound to improve grip when fastening
- Complete ankle protection: Dual density ankle protectors on medial and lateral sides are reinforced with poly-foam padding for protection and comfort
- Internal toe box and heel counter protection is layered under the upper for durability, improved feel and performance
- Contoured, high modulus midsole follows shape of foot and incorporates a structured shank reinforcement
- Removable anatomic foot-bed features EVA foam and textile for memory and comfort
- Alpinestars’ exclusive vulcanized compound rubber sole with unique side wrapping design, built to withstand the demands of life on the road
- Comfort padding envelopes ankle area for fit and comfort
- Rear reflective insert for improved visibility
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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
Just yesterday, I did a review on the new Roam 2 boot by Alpinestars. Both this new Ridge and the Roam 2 were made available to us at about the same time. So what’s the difference? Well, the Ridge is just a little shorter, by about 3” to be exact. Other than that, they are pretty darn comparable.
Like the Roam, this one is a waterproof street boot. The Ridge boot is an all-black, go with anything style with many features you’d expect of a quality motorcycle boot…. protection built into the shin, heel, toe, a shifter pad to cut wear on the boot’s toe from rubbing the shifter, a sturdy molded sole, secure closure to keep the boots on your feet, waterproof/breathable liner… etc, etc (see the bullet list above). The only item in the bullet list I’d question from having looked over the boots is the side ankle protection. Whatever they are referring to is not a harder plastic/rubber armor piece, but rather must be some additional foam padding. Frankly I can’t feel anything extra special there.
I do like the Ridge for a couple reasons…. the overall styling is sharp with the side Velcro buckle and closure, and the nature of the closure makes the boots just a bit quicker to get on and take off IMHO; and the feature list is pretty darn complete for a lower cost boot like this. So if a bit shorter street boot is what you are after, but with a sturdy design, then this is a great choice. :: Paul, 09-04-14
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
Happy Customers Who Bought This Product
Was looking to replace a low top A* boot that I had worn out (every day, all day for over 3 years). This promised to offer a little more protection (mid height & CE rated) but still have comfort. I motorcycle commute 80 miles every day and am abl... (Read more...)