Alpinestars Tech 3 All Terrain Boots – Trick!

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alpinestars_tech_3_all_terrain_boots_brown_detailDawson, Yukon – At the Dawson Music Festival the beer garden has become a beer swamp, sporting an ankle deep covering of mud.  Taking no half-measures in testing the gear, I’ve ridden just over 4000kms on and off road from Vancouver, BC to get here and I’ll be damned if I’m ruining my good shoes.  Dressed in my “adventurer” Alpinestar Tech 3 All Terrain Boots I’m slopping through with complete disregard to the conditions and a certain creative fetishistic look in these dancing shoes.

Dawson, Yukon – At the Dawson Music Festival the beer garden has become a beer swamp, sporting an ankle deep covering of mud.  Taking no half-measures in testing the gear, I’ve ridden just over 4000kms on and off road from Vancouver, BC to get here and I’ll be damned if I’m ruining my good shoes.  Dressed in my “adventurer” Alpinestar Tech 3 All Terrain Boots I’m slopping through with complete disregard to the conditions and a certain creative fetishistic look in these dancing shoes.

The Tech 3s borrow loads of goodies from higher end Alpinestar boots. The four stout buckles are the same plastic strap and aluminum design found on the Tech 10s, and the sole borrows the Tech 10 design also, so there’s a sense of Alpinestars spending money on the bits that count.

There’s even an extended gaiter that helps prevent water entry.  Nice touch in a boot that’s proven to be heartily water resistant in torrential downpours and ankle deep mud.  Useful both while riding and for social outings it seems.

From the start of the ride the Tech 3’s have exceeded expectations in the context of a low-end adventure boot.  There’s enough space to accommodate orthotics, and the boots themselves are a slip on; adjust the four straps to suitable tightness, buckle up and go.  Sort of; low flexibility takes time to adapt to when applying the rear brakes or shifting gears and there is the lack of feel associated with most boots in this class.

Soles provide good grip on the pegs, and aren’t that bad for walking either while scouting out more challenging terrain.  That said, the sheer weight of the Tech 3’s make walking a chore – slippers these ain’t.

The biggest issue with the Tech 3’s is breathability.  In warm weather or when exerting yourself on the trail the Tech 3’s accumulate twin pools of sweat.  Not hugely inconvenient of itself, but taking my boots off at the Aurora Inn after my night on the town I’m confronted by the liner’s thermonuclear reek.  It’s capable of driving bears away, which falls on the plus side while camping, but once you rejoin your fellow man it’s less endearing.

By the time I’m home in Vancouver there’s some 7000 on and off road kilometers on the Tech 3s, and relatively speaking minimal wear. Plastic nibs on the left boot’s toe-plate has been stripped by upshifts, the soles are a bit worn, and there’s some general wear on the plastic but the Alpinestars just keep going – indeed the buckles have worn in and are a bit easier to close.  It’s a real world testament to the Tech 3’s durability and comfort that we’re still using them for adventure and off-road motorcycle tests.

While serious off-road riders might complain about a lack of protection in comparison to other higher-end products, the Adventurist will find the Tech 3’s comfortable, long-lasting and confidence inspiring for those little rides off to the Arctic or the Baja.  Plus they keep both wildlife and people at bay, a mixed bonus.

Trick! Despite the odor.

Alpinestars Tech 3 All Terrain Boots – $199.95 USD at Revzilla

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