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May 26, 2023

Alpinestars RT

At the start of the season, I was offered the opportunity to review Alpinestars RT-8 Gore-Tex Boots and jumped at the chance. They arrived in mid-May, it is now mid-July, and I have used the RT-8 on

At the start of the season, I was offered the opportunity to review Alpinestars RT-8 Gore-Tex Boots and jumped at the chance. They arrived in mid-May, it is now mid-July, and I have used the RT-8 on most rides this season.

The RT-8 Gore-Tex are touring boots for around $380 USD. In addition, to Gore-Tex waterproofing, they offer great comfort on and off the bike.

I tested the boots on a new to me Husqvarna Norden 901.

Alpinestars has been redefining protection for motorcyclists ever since the company was established in 1963. Commitment to innovation has led Alpinestars to become the world-leading manufacturer of professional motorsport racing products, motorcycling airbag protection, high-performance apparel, technical footwear, and helmets. Alpinestars understands that the best design and research are achieved under extreme conditions. Our involvement in Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP, World SBK, AMA Supercross and Motocross, MXGP, Dakar, and more has led to the creation of the most advanced technical equipment for the racing world’s top athletes.

These words, “One Goal. One Vision,” summarize the idea that Alpinestars shares the same goal and vision as our champion athletes. Innovation is key to this, and we strive to constantly improve our products for like-minded, passionate people who share a love for riding and racing as we do.

Alpinestars is in the process of obtaining our B-Corp Certification and, in doing so, becoming a more sustainable company, helping to create a stronger global environmental impact.

Alpinestars develops products for men, women, and kids. Categories include: Auto Racing / Karting / Motocross / Enduro/ Dual-Sport / Road Racing / Commuting / Touring / Adventure Riding / Urban Riding / V-Twins / Mountain Biking / Flat Track / Endurance Racing and Dakar. Each riding or driving discipline has its own specific protection capability and need. We want to make riding a motorcycle as safe and as comfortable as driving a car. We want to mitigate injury to riders and drivers by constantly pushing the level of protection that can be achieved.

The Alpinestars story is well worth a read. See their story at About Alpinestars.

As you would expect from a leader in motorcycle boots, and with Gore-Tex in the model name, the Alpinestars boots are loaded with features:

Visit the Alpinestars RT-8 Gore-Tex product page for a complete list of features.

When I first opened the box, I liked the traditional touring style, but with a bit of extra tread on the sole for walking. Add to that a bright yellow lace appearing from the top of the boots. More on that later.

The first ride was an all-day ride of 400 km, a good first test. The RT-8s passed that initial ride with no problems.

After two months and two thousand kilometers of riding, these are my thoughts on the Alpinestars RT-8 Gore-Tex Boots.

Based on the label inside the boot, I will attempt to translate it with help from the Alpinestars product page.

1st Row – Outershell Upper (other material)

2nd Row – Inner Lining (textile)

3rd Row – Outer Sole (other material)

The Alpinestars RT-8 Gore-Tex Boots feature multiple layers of protection:

There is a CE standard for motorcycle boots, EN 13634:2017. I will attempt a brief explanation.

The motorcycle icon on the CE label pictured below indicates that these are motorcycle boots. Below the icon is the CE standard tested—in this case, EN13634:2017—and a series of four numbers. Each number represents a specific test result (1 or 2) in the following order (from left to right):

The final line represents optional testing. This line may include:

These boots are certified according to the EN 13634 Standard, published in 2017, and have achieved level 2 | 1 | 2 | 1 | WR | WAD rating.

This result is good but could be better. The REV’IT Pioneer GTX boots I reviewed last season achieved level 2 | 2 | 2 | 2 | WR | SRB rating.

The RT-8 Gore-Tex boots use Gore-Tex offering weather protection and comfort.

The side tongue is gusseted, allowing the waterproofing to reach a height of eight inches. Using the boots inside waterproof riding pants should be no issue riding in the rain or shallow water. These are touring boots. You could be in trouble if stuck in a stream deeper than eight inches. Waterproof boots full of water become boot-shaped buckets.

As expected with Gore-Tex products, my feet stayed dry during several rainy rides.

Alpinestars uses a zipper and velcro retention system. It allows a large opening to slide your foot in or out quickly.

But wait, there’s more. The RT-8s have a hidden secret (well, mostly hidden). Alpinestars has included an internal lacing system using the yellow loop at the top of the boot. Simply pull on the loop, and slide the retainer down to the base. This tightens the boot around your foot for a nice snug fit. There is a small pocket to place the excess lacing.

You can leave the retainer in place and unzip the boot for removal. If that is too tight, it is easy to release the retainer.

I found the system to work great!

Alpinestars uses their standard ventilated insole in the RT-8. I found it to be very comfortable.

Alpinestar states, ‘ a new sole constriction derived from our latest performance shoes, the RT-8 sole unit offers unrivalled walking all-day comfort, on and off the bike. With a very efficient and durable lug pattern capable of tackling any terrain ground’.

The sole is stiff while offering flexibility toward the toe box.

The sole provides good grip and stability. Additionally, they are highly comfortable when riding or walking.

I found the RT-8 to be very comfortable in hot weather. The Gore-Tex offers a breathable interior. The exterior includes perforations in synthetic fabric and mesh fabric.

There is a small reflective strip on the back of each heel. It’s hard to make boots that genuinely function as hi-viz motorcycle gear, but every little bit helps.

Initially, I thought the branding was minimal, but I kept finding more. Alpinestars and Gore-Tex branding are on the outside of the heel. You can also find the ASTARS logo embossed on the shin and the Alpinestars slogan ‘ONE GOAL ONE VISION’ embossed on the weather flap. Upon closer inspection, you can find the Astar logo on the end of the toe, the inside sole, and the bottom of the sole (toe and heel). Oh yeah, don’t forget ‘Alpinestar’ on the shift pad.

The branding may not be minimal, but it is somehow subtle!

The Alpinestars RT-8 Gore-Tex Boots come in black.

The Alpinestars RT-8 Gore-Tex boots are very well put together. During my review period, I have not encountered any problems with the build quality.

I typically wear size 11 shoes but always refer to the sizing charts. There is no size 11 on the chart, putting me between a size 45 and 46. I had read that Alpinestar boots can run large, so I ordered the 45.

The following Alpinestars footwear sizing chart is from RevZilla:

Alpinestars Men’s Touring Boots Sizing

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

Even with ordering the smaller size, I still have room for some thick socks for our cold Canadian spring and fall riding. If you are unable to try them on, order a size smaller.

One of the things that attracted me to the RT-8 Gore-Tex boots is that they are marketed as ‘a protective touring boot engineered for superior comfort on and off the bike.’

From the first time I put them on, they were comfortable. They had a slight stiffness, but less than I expected. They were great for running errands, walking around points of interest while traveling, or hanging out after a ride.

For me, the sole has a good compromise between stiffness when riding and flexibility when walking.

A single boot weighed 823 grams (1.8 lbs) on my cheap kitchen scale. As a comparison, the REV’IT Pioneer GTX boots I reviewed last season weighed 913 grams (2.0 lbs).

The side zipper made putting the RT-8s on and taking off easy. The velcro closure and internal lacing system do a great job of holding your feet in place. An additional comfort item is the integrated gear shift pad. It is molded into the toe and side panel.

I used the boots from slightly above freezing to warm summer weather. I had no issue with cold feet (with heavy socks) or my feet getting hot (or smelly).

The mid-height hit a sweet spot for my riding type. Overall I rate the comfort of the RT-8 Gore-Tex boots as EXCELLENT!

I recommend cleaning with a damp cloth. Gore-Tex offers an excellent website for Gore-Tex Footwear Care.

I could not find a webpage with warranty information. I contacted Alpinestars USA, and they confirmed for Canada and USA – “Our warranty (US and Canada) is 12 months from the date of purchase. It covers the product’s workmanship but does not cover user wear and tear issues or crash/impact damage”.

Most of my use was between 3 degrees Celsius (37 degrees Fahrenheit) and 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit), including several rides in the rain. I found the boots to be comfortable throughout the temperature range.

The Alpinestars RT-8 Gore-Tex is waterproof. I had the opportunity to use the boots on several rainy rides.

The boots use Gore-Tex technology. This laminated technology allows for a comfortable, lightweight, breathable pair of boots.

When on the bike, the treaded sole felt planted when stopped in wet and dry conditions on pavement and loose gravel. The sole had a good amount of stiffness when seated or standing on the pegs.

The boots worked great. My feet were comfortable in all conditions. I have used the boots in various situations around town, on secondary and major highways, and even a short stint on dirt roads.

Let’s start by saying that I like these boots!

This usually is where I start with the negatives, quickly followed by the positives. The negatives are few. First, they are pricey. Although, in the range of Alpinestars touring boots, there are more expensive. Second, the CE levels are at a different level than other similar boots that I have reviewed. Third, I expected a two-year warranty in this price range.

There are plenty of positives: riding and walking comfort, a functional mid-height design, Gore-Tex waterproofing, an internal lacing system, and great looks.

Near the end of last season, I decided it was time to change my ride. Days before the arrival of the RT-8s, I made the change to a Husqvarna Norden 901. I enjoy riding back roads but hate turning around when the road changes to gravel. Often I will continue for a way on the gravel, but I always felt uncomfortable on previous bikes. I intend not to go off-road (at least yet) but off the pavement.

The Alpinestars are not adventure boots, but the addition of the well-treaded soles makes them very capable for my intended type of riding. Mainly road/touring with a bit of gravel thrown in.

If you are looking for proper adventure boots to go off-road, you will need taller boots with additional protection.

So, for the touring rider who wants walking comfort when visiting sites along the way or at their final destination, Alpinestars has hit the mark with the RT-8 Gore-Tex boots.

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