Alpinestars Fastback-2 Drystar Shoes
Velocity meet versatility with the Fastback V2 DRYSTAR® Boot, this road riding boot incorporates Alpinestars waterproof and breathable DRYSTAR® membrane as well as internal protection and a breathable mesh liner and padding for superb levels of comfort and performance.
- Aggressive, new design upper combining leather and microfiber for abrasion resistance and durability.
- Punched microfiber on lower tongue and eyelet for durability and dynamic look.
- Lace closure system with adjustable hook and loop grip closure strap for easy, secure and comfortable fit.
- Extended cuff offers increased lower shin protection.
- Waterproof and breathable DRYSTAR® membrane layer between upper and lining for proven performance in difficult weather conditions.
- TPR ankle protector on lateral quarter and layered under the upper on medial quarter, provide the strategic protection and flexibility in key areas.
- TPR lateral slider offers excellent abrasion protection.
- Padding on tongue and heel area provides high levels of comfort and fit around the ankle and instep.
- Highly breathable mesh lining improves comfort and breathability.
- Internal toe box and heel counter reinforcement is layered under the upper for more ergonomic design.
- Advanced rubber compound cup sole is molded to the upper to offer stability, grip, support and to provide a good walking comfort.
- FASTBACK v2 DRYSTAR® shoe is CE certified to CE Standards CE 89/686/EEC – CAT 2
Read on for more details.
We find the line of Alpinestars shoes to run more snug and a bit shorter than the boots in their line. I think these run more like Nike sneakers, which generally run about one half to one size smaller than a standard street show.
Our advice would be to buy one size larger than your standard street shoe size, or the same size as you wear in Nike. If you are between sizes, choose the larger.
Our Two Cents
The Fastback line of shoes has been out for about two years and this Fastaback-2 Drystar shoe design is the second iteration of the line. Like the previous versions of the shoe, the version 2 still has a low profile appearance and a thin sole. The look is very sporty and sleek, but the sole and upper are more robust that they might look and there is some rigidity in the shank area as well. They’ll support you when you bear weight on the pegs and should be more comfortable to walk in too.
The upper is made of a combination of man-made suede material and some plastic-rubber protection pieces. Those protector overlays are over the toe shift area, on the outside of the little toe, and around the heel. There is also some built in protectors over each ankle bone. And while there are not hard plastic armor pieces like you see with race boots, the combination of materials layered up do give the shoes a pretty sturdy feel. The shaft of the shoe (up around the heel and ankle) is heavily padded which should help them be comfortable right out of the box.
The lacing setup is standard and works well for easy-on and off operation. There is a Velcro-close strap to keep the shoe laces wrangled in and keep them out of the machinery. One side note about the laces… if you are OCD and/or demand symmetry in your life, please note that these shoes are designed with the lacing setup canted slightly to the outside of shoes, so look a the photo gallery and make sure you are OK with this little styling queue before ordering.
The shoes are made waterproof with a waterproof liner between the outer material and inner liner. The tongue is attached to the shoe behind the laces up only to about the ankle bone, so although the shoes are advertised as waterproof, any water coming in over the top or in front will make its way inside. If you need waterproofing while riding, a taller boot would probably suit you better for that purpose but the waterproofing on this boot might be fine for light duty wet weather and would certainly be better than nothing at all. I notice they’ve also added some night time reflectives on this new version too. You can see what that looks like in our photo gallery “night shots”. :: Paul, 10-05-17