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Alpinestars score boot survey goals

Alpinestars boots has kicked the most goals in the 2018 Canstar Blue customer satisfaction survey of more than 350 riders.

The Canstar Blue ratings compare motorcycle boot brands on factors including protection, durability, functionality, value for money, style/design, comfort and fit and overall satisfaction.

Survey goals

The Italian motorcycle boots has scored a clean sweep of goals in every category with a full five-star rating.

Harley-Davidson won last year and Alpinestars won in 2016, while boots were not included in the first survey in 2015.

Alpinestars this year beat Harley, followed by DriRider, Fox, and BMW, none of which top scored in any category.

These were the only brands mentioned as they must receive a minimum of 30 responses to be included.

Canstar Blue has also rated motorcycleshelmets, glovesjackets and tyres. Click on the relevant item to read our report.

Safety rating

This year’s motorcycle boots survey identified durability, functionality and comfort/fit as the most important reasons to buy.

Get Y were more likely to make their decision based on price, while Gen X and Baby Boomers were more likely to decide on the boots with the best protection and safety features, as well as boots that are comfortable.

It found that 9% of riders suffered a foot injury in a motorcycle crash, 46% of riders always wear motorcycle boots when riding and 57% feel safer in boots.

Boots goals

Australian service Motocap recently launched the world’s first rider gear ratings in safety and comfort. However boots are not included.

Boots are so important to riders that 20% own multiple pairs to suit specific bikes and type of riding.

One in three respondents (34%) researched boots beforehand, 38% tried out boots in-store before deciding on a pair and 18% bought online.

The average spend on boots was $239 which may be why 49% take care of their boots and maintain them.

  1. Below is a copy of an email I sent to McLeod Accessories, the distributor of Dri-Rider Boots.
    They have refused to do anything about it and basically ignored my request even though I sent many follow up emails. They said they were out of the 12 month warranty, but what about being fit for purpose? I can’t afford to buy new boots every 12 months because they leak. I therefore do not buy anything distributed by McLeod’s anymore, so I have been buying R-Jays products instead. Very poor form!

    Dear McLeod Accessories,
    I purchased a pair of Dririder boots approximately a year ago from Sunstate Suzuki and had not ridden in the rain with them till recently.
    The first time in the rain was for most of the day about 6 weeks ago, and they became soaked inside within about half an hour and I wasn’t sure where the water got in (like down the legs of my waterproof pants)
    After that ride I applied Leathapol leather waterproofing product to see if that would cure the leaking however it did not help.
    Last Wednesday I rode in the rain and within about 30 minutes my feet were wet again. I ensured my waterproof pants were well over the boots and therefore the water must be in getting past the breathable membrane on the front and sides of the boots.
    They are claimed to be waterproof, however they leak like a sieve.

    Can you please advise if there is anything I can do to stop this leakage as these boots are totally unsuitable for touring as they are, as who wants to have wet feet all day, or alternatively should they be replaced?

    Please see attached a photo of the boots I took today and you can see they are in good condition and have had little use up to now.

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