Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar Review

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Since the release of the Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro boots, people worldwide have praised them. But they shared a common complaint: the waterproofing solution wasn’t effective enough. Alpinestars has been taking notes and have since come out with a Drystar variant. This is an extremely waterproof membrane that does an effective job at keeping your feet completely dry, even if you are wading around in a creek on your adventures. They did not make any compromises, with protection and comfort still being the name of the game. In this Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar Review, I’ll explain why these are some of the best MX boots on the market.

Summary

  • Excellent waterproofing
  • Makes the motorcycle easier to control
  • Replaceable parts
  • Much attention to protection and comfort

Introducing the Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar Boots

Pictured: Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar Side View. (Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar Review)
Specs

Style: MX Boots

Material: TPU | Microfibre | Polyfoam

Sizes: US 5 -16

Ventilation: No

Waterproofing: Yes | Drystar Membrane

Certifications: CE EN 13634:2010

Lining: Drystar Membrane

Closure System: Aluminium Buckles

Pros

+ Excellent ankle protection

+ Incredible quality

+ Easy to fit and comfortable

Cons

Not as protective as the Tech 8 RS and Tech 10

Rating
4.5/5

Safety

The Alpinestars Tech 7 is just one series from the brand’s increasingly popular MX boot range. Compared to other MX boots from Alpinestars, like the Tech 10 and the Tech 8, these boots differ in several ways. The first and most apparent difference is that the Tech 7 boots don’t utilise an inner shoe, unlike the two other models. Instead, the Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar features an external hinge system. This allows the boot to flex at the ankle. This greatly decreases the risk of damaging joints and tendons from overextension when compared to a regular boot. It also prevents the boot from moving and folding in unnatural ways. Again, reducing the chances of long-term or even permanent damage.

Inner shoes, like the ones seen in the Tech 10 and Tech 8, tend to do this far more efficiently. This is because the inner shoe secures your foot in place, acts as an extra layer of protection, and fastens to the boot internally. This means that the inner shoe almost entirely negates any forces that could potentially harm your ankle. However, by applying the design philosophy to the outer boot of the Tech 7, safety and comfort are dramatically increased, despite the lack of an inner shoe.

The shell is built out of TPU, which has high impact and abrasion resistance. Additionally, a contoured calf protector plate is included, adding a great amount of abrasion and impact protection. This, paired with the hardened toe protectors and accordion stretch panel over the Achilles tendon, earns these boots a spot as one of the most protective MX boots on the market.

Comfort

These boots have been highly anticipated for quite some time. Although the Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro boots have been out for a couple of years now, the Drystar membrane is a brand new addition to the design. Drystar a highly effective waterproofing solution that ensures your feet will stay completely dry. So if you are riding off-road in low altitude, boggy areas with a lot of shrubberies in the early hours of the day, you won’t need to worry about the seemingly endless condensation getting smacked against the boot.

It doesn’t stop there though, the Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar feature an internal 3D lining on the heel, utilising anti-slide microfibre suede. This means that you can grip into the footpegs without having to readjust yourself over time, thanks to all of the other forces you’re bound to experience when riding off-road. In addition, a soft foam reinforcement on the ankles and collar of the boot means that you are less likely to get blisters. As a result, the boots can be worn for a longer time, even if you walk a lot.

Alpinestars’ premium design philosophy is further solidified by including an EVA and Lycra top footbed. This reinforces the heel and evenly distributes weight throughout the entire foot, adding some shock absorption. The only downside is that, if you have wide feet, none of this matters because shoes likely won’t fit. It might also be important to know that these boots run a size large, so consider sizing-down when you buy these.

Features

Many parts of the Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar boots are replaceable. This includes the sole and footpeg inserts, as well as the closure system buckles. The medial TPU honeycomb-patterned side panels are another excellent feature. They allow the rider to grip onto the bike easily. This small feature alone improved my performance on the track significantly, especially when it came to those serpentine trails we are all fond of. It even reduced the strain in my arms. I didn’t need to grip the handlebars as hard when riding over rough terrain to stay on my seat.

The grips are well constructed and help solidify the Tech 7’s place as a boot for both MX and Enduro riders. It is a multi-compound construction that stays on the footpegs no matter how rough the terrain is. Plus, located internally in the ankle region, the boots grip your foot a bit more. This absorbs some shock and keeps the shoes in place, reducing strain in these vital areas.

Final Thoughts

The Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Drystar boots are a big improvement over the previous generation. The Drystar membrane was the only missing feature previously. Now that we have it, they feel like the scintillating, stand-out model for anyone participating in off-road riding. The protection on offer is better than most other boots, apart from the Tech 10 and Tech 8s, but that is due to lacking the internal boot. It’s no wonder that Alpinestars market these as one of their best boots. They are a solid addition to any off-roaders kit, and I will be wearing these for many years to come.

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