Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR: hiking boots you can ride in

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Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR. Try saying that three times fast. The name may be overly complex and needlessly long, but the boots are simple and to the point. They combine motorcycle specific ankle protection, a steel and TPU (plastic) shank and ridged toe-box with traditional hiking boot features like a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane, chunky sole and durable leather construction. There is some reflective stuff on the back of the boot, but it’s as tastefully applied as possible and totally unobtrusive. Yes, Virginia, there really can be normal-looking riding gear that still protects you.

Why would you want hiking boots that can also pass for motorcycle gear? If the answer doesn’t immediately jump out at you, don’t worry. You just haven’t discovered motorcycle camping yet. Owning a set of these means you don’t have to make the choice between packing hiking boots or wearing them on the ride out. Expect to see these retailing in stores and online for $199.95 after August 20 and our full review shortly thereafter.

What makes these boots really special is that you’re getting real motorcycle boot protection in a package that will also look and work off the bike. No bullshit. Your ankles will be protected from impacts, your toes are protected from crushing and the shank in the sole will keep your foot from getting bent in half. What we’re hoping is that they’re as good to hike around in as they are to ride in.

These are the first of an impressive new range of products Alpinestars is releasing for 2012 that we’ll be covering over the next few days. We’ve already managed to crash test the 2012 Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support.

  • DoctorNine

    Saving weight for my rural cross country rides… excellent!

  • apriliajoe

    Would like to know where to get them too. Hope they come in EEE’s :/

    • Sean Smith

      Dude. You know modern medicine can deal with that sixth toe, right?

      • BMW11GS

        haha yes!

      • apriliajoe

        Actually born with duck feet- realllllly flat :(

  • Kevin

    This is an awesome idea. I’m anxious to hear how they actually work as hiking boots.

    • Steven


      I know nobody walks in LA, but come on!

  • stickfigure

    Not enough shin protection for my tastes.

    • coredump

      If they had any more shin protection they would be a bag of ass to walk around in.

  • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1100]

    What gives with the cheesy, not-quite-an-ollie-pad, rubberized, white-striped Alpinestars molding? It makes this boot look like my son’s TRON toys. Without this detail, the boots would like fine.

    • David

      At first I thought it might be retroreflective striping – which would’ve been awesome. After seeing the yellow and red versions tho, not so sure.

    • apriliajoe

      Permanent black magic marker worked for me on many occasions.

      • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1100]

        Doh! Great idea!

  • ike6116

    my pal nitropye should be all over these like stink on a monkey, unless he’s feeling like being difficult, so I guess 50/50.

    Also can I just say that I hate the in article links being tags and not links to the actual product website?

    • Wes Siler

      So you hate the Internet and the way it organizes info? We’re building a subject page for future organization and making sure people can find it.

      • ike6116

        I have no problem with tags, they are usually listed at the bottom of an article though, having them inline where actual product links would be is a tactic non-pay sites use to keep you on their site longer so they can tell advertisers about not only unique visitors but about their low “bounce rate” and high “visibility time”

        • David

          Yeah, I gotta say this is one thing I see all the time on tech sites (engadget, gizmodo) and I hates it. Tag the crap out of your articles, but also link to the product/company inline so everybody doesn’t need to do a google search to go and buy (or think about buying) what you’re promoting/reviewing. Plz?

    • Mr.Paynter

      This has caught me out a few times too…

    • stempere

      You are aware that by hovering on a link for a few seconds the links destination appears at the bottom of the screen?

      This is the better way to find all articles connected to a subject in a website, and the product isn’t listed yet anyway.

      • David

        Yes, and yes – but consider that 90% of the time some site reviews a product, that’s the last you’ll ever hear from them on that particular product. What’s the point of a category for that item? If the product’s not listed link me to the manufacturer – not a category with one article in it and no way to find out more (without google). I understand categories for brand names, Alpinestars, etc. but that all works with my other comment above…

        • Wes Siler

          Well, this isn’t a review. This is a news article. We do plan a review that will exist in that category page in the future.

          I’m sorry the internet works in a way you don’t find satisfactory, but I suggest you call Al Gore if you don’t like that.

          We typically do link externally to the manufacturer’s page for more info/buying info, but as this is an early news article, such a link doesn’t exist yet.

          • Dan

            While you are at it. Move the by-line up to under the title where it belongs.

            • Case

              I agree with Dan. I’d like to see that info directly under the title.

  • Tommy

    I know what I’m asking my parents to buy me for xmas.

  • aristurtle

    I like! Gotta fit them in the budget somehow…

  • the_doctor

    Pretty rad. I look forward to Alpinestars 2012 stuff if it will be like this.

    • Sean Smith

      They’re really pushing chest protection, back protection and safety in general. Alpinestars is building cool stuff these days.

  • miles

    I just ditched my Sidi Vertigo’s as my commuter boots (the last 5 yrs), for a pair of Keen hiking boots. They’ve got a rubber toe which is a little small for shifting but great boots…weigh about the same as sneakers. These A stars are pretty fugly in black / grey and red. Looks like the grey and yellow could be wearable…

    • stempere

      They’re all ugly in my book, but fortunately, bears are less judgmental than tattoo models.

  • Phil

    This is awesome, no more hiking crap bungeed over my tailbag.

    Wish I’d had a pair to test at Acadia, hiking the beehive in the rain was intense. If I’d had my Sidi’s on instead of my trailrunners I don’t think I’d have made it to the top.

  • Johndo

    Might have to grab a pair of those. Though I wonder if they won’t be too warm for summer riding…

  • KR Tong

    Dig the tan colorway. I like that alpinestars is making gear for the outdoorsy crowd that rides to commune with nature, and not just burn rubber.

    I dont mind the potential weight of these things as long as they’re breathable. All day/night hiking/riding might be a little much for one pair of boots.