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Alpines­tars S-MX Plus £259.99

Tester Richard New­land Time tested Four months/6000 miles

What’s good? I’ve worn Alpines­tars Su­pertech R boots ever since the Ital­ian firm re­leased them and, de­spite try­ing sev­eral other brands down the years and boots, I’ve never found any­thing that could match them for com­fort or pro­tec­tion at a sim­i­lar price. Un­til now. Th­ese S-MX Plus job­bies are su­perb for all-day com­fort, with­out re­lin­quish­ing much in terms of per­for­mance. They feel well con­structed, and the lin­ing is plush enough that a full day on the bike, com­bined with a lot of wan­der­ing about off it, can be dis­patched with­out sore soles or chafed calves. I wear th­ese boots ev­ery day (rain or shine), and they’ve stood up well. The new screw-fixed toes­lider sys­tem is a big im­prove­ment over the old clip-in ver­sion too.

What’s not? The white ar­eas of the syn­thetic up­per are hard to keep spot­less. The price is quite high, but com­men­su­rate with the qual­ity. I reckon that if you’re an av­er­age rider, th­ese will last a decade.

Con­tact www.alpines­

Toes­lid­ers Much-im­proved de­sign sees them hook in at the front of the slider, then fix at the rear with an Al­len­head bolt. In­ter­nal sock Sewn-in tongue and draw-cord ten­sion­ing sys­tem is comfy and adds an­other layer of se­cu­rity. Clasp New de­sign is easy to flip out with your thumb, with­out feel­ing like you need to rub it bet­ter af­ter­wards.

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