The Tech 5 boots have Alpinestars’
iconic look and are comfortable. After
a few rides they started to break in,
which made for a great fit.
;; As a petite female in a predominantly male sport, it is extremely
difficult to find boots and gear that fit
comfortably and properly. In years
past I have searched for boots that are
high-tech, comfortable and in men’s
size 5 with little to no luck. Thankfully,
Alpinestars offers multiple boots in
small sizes to choose from, including
the Tech 7S Youth, Tech 1, Stella
Tech 3 women’s boot and Tech 5.
Until recently, I have been racing the
National Hare and Hound Association
series wearing the Stella Tech 3 boot.
However, after five races, the boots’
buckles became difficult to use—so
difficult, in fact, that I began slipping
my boots on and off like a pair of
Vans slip-on shoes. After a few NHHA
seasons, I began to search for a new
pair of boots that would fit my small
feet and had easy-to-manage buckles. Once again, Alpinestars offered
the best selection of boots for my small
feet, leading to my decision to test the
$269.95 Tech 5 boot.
Compared to prior years, the current
buckle system style is much easier to
latch, and the straps are fully adjustable
for a snug fit.
The Tech 5 is available in white/
red/blue, white/black, black/red/yel-low and black in men’s U.S. sizing
5–16. This boot capitalizes on the
successful technology of the Tech 7
and Tech 10, using advanced materials and multi-panel construction.
Alpinestars incorporated a durable
and lightweight microfiber chassis,
a medial biomechanical pivot system increasing support and stability,
and accordion flex zones. All of the
aforementioned features greatly aid
in functionality and comfort.
The Tech 5 boot is constructed
using abrasion-resistant microfiber
with synthetic polymer on the toe box.
The materials used allow the boots to
have a high level of water resistance
and durability. This boot is also light-
weight and flexible. They also feature
an innovative buckle closure system,
which incorporates polymer and
fiberglass buckle arms and high-im-
pact aluminum bridge closures for
Safe & happy feet
By Rachel Boesmer
ALPINESTARS TECH 5
durability and weight savings. The
buckle system also features memory
and a quick-release/locking system
designed for easy use.
This boot is CE certified and features an anatomically profiled,
high-modulus polymer shin plate,
as well as a TPU-injected dual-com-pound foot shell providing the rider/
racer with excellent impact and abrasion resistance.
Compared to the Stella Tech 3, these
boots have been a huge upgrade, as
the buckles latch and lock with minimal effort. They provide riders/racers
with enough room to wear bulkier,
more protective knee braces such
as those from Alpinestars, Pod, EVS
and Leatt. Also, the soles on these
boots provide the user with great
grip; however, the soles may need
to be replaced if they are worn frequently, especially with sharper footpegs. Like most boots lacking hinge
technology, it will take some time and
use to break in new boots, which will
greatly increase the rider’s movement, ability and comfort. Overall, if
you are looking for a boot that comes
in smaller sizes with great and easy-to-use technology, the Alpinestars
Tech 5 boot is a great choice for all
riders and racers alike. For more info,
see www.alpinestars.com. ;