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Aplinestar tech 10's for trail riding

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I posted this on the general forum and didnt realize there was this forum that might provide me more info.. I recently bought some alpinestar tech 10s and notice they have breather sections everywhere on the boot which I'm guessing = a wet foot all day vs. my tech 8's that rarely got wet. I was debating on sealing the front section at least since it looks like it would be a water induction area lol or just move away from alpinestar to garne. I've just always liked the bootie system especially in cold weather. Anyone have any suggestions? I called alpinestar and their supposed boot specialist told me that only the black ad white have the breather sections... so I went to cycle gear yesterday and to my supprise even the black ones do... so much for a product specialist.. Love any input from anyone...

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Personal preference but I would return them if that's an option for a boot that more closely matches your use. I find that I'm usually disappointed if I spend good money on something and then try to bandaide it to work.

For on road use I have both waterproof boots and a pair of ventilated race boots. For dirt which I ride a bit less often I only have one pair of boots and opted for something that won't soak my feet if I go through a puddle. It's a compromise since there are days that are hot and dry and not a puddle or mud to be found anywhere but one that works well for me.

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Ya I hear ya... I just really like the bootie but as far as i know the alpinestars are the only ones with them now... may just exchange them for some sidi's or garne's. I'd like to hear others thoughts that ride off road and what boot they prefer.

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I run tech 10's off-road. If its wet, water will find its way into those vents.. If you seal them up, all will be fine. I was getting wet and couldnt figure out why for a while haha. I have the white/green ones and they have the vent. I had also read online that the black ones didnt have the vents, but never verified.

I firmly believe that the tech-10s offer the best protection available, and now that I have them i cant see "downgrading" to another boot so I am going to seal up the vents.

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I'm not sold on them... I think im going to go try the garnes and sidi's on as I hear they are much better for offroad. The tech 10's would require a lot of bandaids just to keep my feet dry.

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I'm not sold on them... I think im going to go try the garnes and sidi's on as I hear they are much better for offroad. The tech 10's would require a lot of bandaids just to keep my feet dry.

Unless u have the white ones, the only vents you should have are the 3 rectangular-ish openings at the top of the boots. about 30 seconds with some silicone caulk should take care of it???? All the little holes in the plastic shielding shouldnt go the whole way through, unless the boots are white. Those little holes dont leak water..

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never got water in mine. The only complaint is i had to put about 4 sole inserts in. (all offroad riding so a lot of hours)

I have all black ones.

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Try the Tech 3 Alpinestar for offroad riding. More flexable than T8 or T10. I like more flexablity

You kidding right? Maybe there is a new design out but my Tech 3's are stiff as hell, I cant shift for crap and ride the brake because I cant feel anything. There is a rather big plastic plate on the inner ankle area that really restricts movement and never softens up.

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Save yourself some trouble and time wasted and just buy the Sidis. They are by far the best boot on the market for trail riding. For moto, maybe not, but for the trails they are the best. They might let in a little water, but it's not much and they excel everywhere else. Again, by far the best boot I have owned and I have tried them all. A-stars 3, 7, 8, 10. Gaerne SG-12, Fox, Forma Pro, and the six six one crap. None compare. Just spend the money and get the best.

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You kidding right? Maybe there is a new design out but my Tech 3's are stiff as hell, I cant shift for crap and ride the brake because I cant feel anything. There is a rather big plastic plate on the inner ankle area that really restricts movement and never softens up.

Not kidding at all. All boots these days have that inner ankle pplate. But the Tech 3 is the most popular boot in the world. Believe me it is a great boot at a decent price.

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Not kidding at all. All boots these days have that inner ankle pplate. But the Tech 3 is the most popular boot in the world. Believe me it is a great boot at a decent price.

But do they offer the protection the Hinges angle boots offer....i was thinking to upgrade to a more expensive boot for a better grip around my angle and more protection also since i get in the track a bit more offen these days!! SG10 maybe??!!

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hinged boots break knees

A-stars patented the hinged boot design and abandoned it for a reason.

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i have no expirience with boots except my saber sidis, just searching around for the best protection and comfort and dont men to argue

but to me

from A star website says even thought they abandoned the 80's hinged desigh they use a double inner hinge....

so to me its down to how stress is applyied on you foot and leg....which is impossible to know as a consumer

going through the forums and threads i come around that many people that used most of the top brands stay with the gearne

sg10 which has memory foam and make the boot secure enough and comfortable

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Just bought a pair of SIDI Crossfires. Pricey, but they are the most comfortable things I have ever worn on my feet. Rode a muddy wet, snow covered day, 5 hours of riding and my feet where dry and comfy as can be. Seem like they are broken in the first time you wear them.

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I ended up getting the tech 10's... love them.. I think the SG12's are the ones with the memory foam but I could be wrong. I'm loving the comfort of the 10's but hell.. I dont think you could go wrong with any of the 3 boots in my honest opinion.

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Actually the new Tech 8 Lite is , lighter and more compact than past years Tech 8s. I had always thought the old T8s were bulky.

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