Alpinestars Effex GTX Boots

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Newer model to replace this one

Jul 28, 2005
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Pros:Great quality and construction. Looks fabulous.

Cons:They run about a half shoe size big. Boots are discontinued.

The Bottom Line: I love the way these boots look, fit and perform. The quality is great and they look good with jeans.


I recently purchased these boots and to my surprise, they weren't exactly as pictured. So I called up the company and questioned them. Turns out, this model is discontinued and a newer version is out which is the same name/model but the Alpinestars seems to have cheapened them up a bit.

I was fortunate enough to come across a website that had a closeout sale and I found these exact boots as pictures above. Although small and could come across as being anal, or picky, the following are the difference between the old and new boot.

The new boots DO NOT HAVE the alpinestars logo stitching on either heel. And it does not have the nifty metal alpinestars logo attached on the upper calf portion on the back of the LEFT BOOT only -- which I thought was a nice touch. They also omitted the reflective tubing that runs across the entire side of the boot.

Now of course many could say that those aren't really big difference in overall quality or performance, however I find the little things make BIG DIFFERENCE in why I choose to buy a product. So I hope this is a good warning for those who are looking for this exact boot! Many website companies are not updating their pictures and may just be using a 'stock' picture that 'may differ' from the actual product that you will receive. You should call to make sure what you are ordering is the exact make/model.

Overall, I would rate this boots as extremely comfortable! They are a bit stiff as one would imagine being they are leather and do require some breaking in. I wear a NIKE size 9.5 and found that the 44/9.5 boot size is actually a 1/2 size too big for me, so I dropped down to a size 43 and they fit perfectly. Definitely not a summer boot. I could feel the heat radiating up and out of the boots as I walked around in the house to break them in a little bit.

Quality and construction are top notch. They are extremely adjustable to any size, well any normal sized to large sized calf. The velcro adjustments are on the outer side of the boot as well an additional one on the back. This allows for a comfortable full range of motion while walking. The zipper tab has velcro on it to keep it from dangling in the wind. I'm looking forward to many many years of use with these boots.


Recommend this product? Yes


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