Welcome to the 2015 Racer X Online/MotorcycleSuperstore.com Actually Fun Gift Guide. We're attempting to make mundane Christmas gift shopping into something cool—starting with the fact that motocross gifts are the best gifts of all.
Our friends at Alpinestars have been innovating on the protection front for decades (even Roger DeCoster raced in A-Stars!). High-end motocross boots have probably made a larger leap in performance than any other product in this industry—the difference between a good boot in 1985 and 2015 is bigger than the difference between a 1985 CR250 and a modern CRF450. Take our word for it, please. DO NOT try to moto down in a 30-year old pair of boots for comparison.
Now even the lower-price boots offer solid protection. Alpinestars new $199.95 Tech 1 borrows elements from A-Star top performing boots (you know, the $500 ones). The 2-1 insole and midsole construction also integrates a steel shank system, and the front of the boot incorporates a steel toe guard similar to the Tech 8 boot. The easy to use buckle closure system is modeled after the Tech 10 boot. This is darned good stuff for $199.95.
Boots have improved immensely over the decades, now roost guards/chest protectors are finally catching up. For $99.95 Alpinestars’ new A-1 Roost Guard uses lightweight materials, and provides high ventilation and adjustability. This protection vest is also compatible with Alpinestars’ BNS Neck Support System and features a removable back plate to ensure a perfect fit.