The latest version, the RSs, introduced in 2015, come with the latest alloy buckle design – which is a vast improvement on A-stars’ old buckles which would jam given the slightest bit of dirt – and a full bootie (where before there was just a sole and a couple of ankle pads).
Comfort is very good, although the slim insole – which aids feel – means they’re not necessarily a choice as an all day boot. For enduro great, but for 10 hours or more (adventure riding) they lack a little padding. As said, feel is also excellent and details like the rubber (sorry, soft polymer) gaiter around the top of the boot speak of considered design. And yes, I’d have another pair when these ones are done. JB
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Alpinestars – Roger De Coster wore them
Alpinestars started in 1963, making hiking and skiing boots. The name derives from Stella Alpina a flower found in the mountains close to Asolo, where A-stars still live. Founded by Sante Mazzarolo, the company is still family owned, being run by his son, Gabriele.
Sante worked with five-time world champion Roger De Coster to create their first motocross boot. Today A-stars have branched out into all manner of sporting protective equipment, although motorcycle racing remains core to the brand.