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braking batfly front rotor

The Braking Batfly rotor is used by a number of different motocross teams to help racers slow down in a hurry. Any real racer will tell you that brakes are every bit, if not more important than horsepower. Better brakes allow you to drive into corners quicker, use less energy, be smoother on rough tracks and avoid bad situations. And since most braking power comes from the front end, Braking created a top-of-the-line rotor called the Batfly to help enhance stopping power.

First Impression

When I first received the Braking Batly in the mail and handled it, I noticed how beefy this rotor is. You notice right away how much thicker and stiffer (#teamwanker) the Batfly is, when compared to the puny stock Yamaha rotor I was pulling off. With that being said, the rotor was also considerably heavier. It came with a set of premium sintered brake pads and machined mounting bracketed that seemed just as impressive as the rotor itself. the whole setup screamed quality.

Performance

How easy is it to install the Braking Batfly?

Incredibly easy. If you can replace an engine side cover, you can install the Batfly.

Can you notice a difference over stock?

Frankly, it’s night and day. Now that I have tried the Batfly rotor, the stock rotor will be the first thing to go on any (Japanese) bike I purchase.

Isn’t it TOO much stopping power?

Not even a little bit. The added braking power is welcome, especially coming from underpowered stock Yamaha brakes. While the brakes do slow you down much more rapidly, it’s not grabby. The level has the same resistance and modulation remains the same. The difference is when you want to come to a screeching halt, it’s just an index finger away.

Would the Braking Batfly benefit everyone?

I believe the Batfly is a great upgrade for any racer’s bike. It will drop your lap times much more than an exhaust or engine work ever will. While faster riders will be able to use the benefits of the 270mm rotor more, slower riders will be spoiled for life by how easy it is to out brake your competitors.

Is bigger better?

Not in every situation. Although the 270mm Batfly does a great job of slowing you down, it also puts itself at a high risk of hitting rocks, stumps and other damaging obstacles. However, the Braking Batfly is sturdier than any stock rotor out there, so the trade off is minimal.

How durable is it?

I have been using the Batfly front rotor for about 60 hours now. Other than a few blemishes, there are no grooves or other signs of wear. I’m still using the Braking sintered brake pads! The pads about due for replacement, but it should be noted that there have been quite a few mud races lately.

What does it cost?

MSRP is $376.95. Now before you have a heart attack about the price, lets talk about what other mods you’ve spent hard earned money on with little to no performance benefit.  Graphics: $200+.  Triple Clamps: $500+.  Fancy New Gear: $250+.  And the list goes on. It’s more effective than most “go fast” parts and costs less than half of what a new 4-stroke exhausts costs. Also, you can find it for less than $300 if you look hard enough.

Conclusion

The Braking Batfly 270mm front rotor is a great addition to any motocross or offroad bike. While KTM and Husqvarna owners may not have the same woes as the rest of us, stopping power is something we should all be concerned about. The rotor does add a little unsprung weight, but you won’t care once you’ve used it once. Although the price is a little high in comparison to other 270mm front rotors, I can assure you that the Braking Batfly is a premium product, built to withstand pro-level abuse.

nytro handguard

There has been a gap in the offroad community when it comes to handguards. There are people that prefer standard wrap around handguards and others who like “flag” style handguards. Both have their ups and downs, which we will go over, but I want to first introduce a product that might change the minds of many. The Nytro C-13 handguard is built with the offroad gurus in mind and offer a safer, more trustworthy option compared to flimsy plastic flag guards, but don’t have the downsides that come along with wrap around guards.

Okay, so what’s wrong with wrap around handguards?

People are starting to realize that flag handguards can be a great choice for offroad racers. They’re light, flexible, easy to install, and don’t add extra rigidity to your handlebars. Also, for enthusiasts that enjoy racing both motocross and cross country races, flags are a safer choice, as bar through handguards have been known to cause a few broken wrists.

Metal wrap around handguards also bounce off trees unike flags. You see the one huge perk to flag handguards is that they flex when you clip trees, letting you be a little smoother through the woods. You can use flag guards as “feelers” to help you gauge just how close you’re getting to the trees. Now, if you did the same with wrap around guards, the handlebars jerk out of your hands.

But don’t flag guards bend too much?

Up until recently, yes, flag handguards would do next to nothing, offering little protection if you hit a tree with any real force. Flags of the past were really designed to just block roost, rocks, and mud. They also would break easily, sometimes from the slightest tip-over. However, Nytro has set out to create a flag handguard that is sturdy enough to take a hit, but don’t add discomfort and bounce off trees like wrap around guards.

Do the Nytro guards live up to the hype?

The Nytro C-13 guards are made extremely well and use high quality materials to ensure strength and durability. They are thicker and more robust than any flag handguard  on the market and provide an unmatched level of protection. They still flex, they weight next to nothing, and are as durable as ll get out. I have tested the Nytro guards for the better part of a year and I have had no issues what so ever with durability. I’ve even smacked a few trees dead on at speed and I still have all my fingers. Also, the plastic keeps its form, even if bent for a long period of time. That means the Nytro guards stay looking great for a long, long time.

The only complaint I have about the Nytro handguards is that they are very long. Depending on how you have your controls, they might stick out about 1/2 inch. This is moot however, because Wrap around handguards have the same result. You may run into excessive protrusion if you cut your bars.

Conclusion

The Nytro c-13 handguard is a great choice for the ever increasing population of MX/XC blended riders. Nytro has successfully filled a void that has been in the offroad racing industry for quite some time. Rumor is that they have some other handguard options coming down the pipeline, which I am eager to see.

MSRP:  $69.00

ktm pipe repair

2 stroke pipeWell, I have a 2012 KTM 300XC whose pipe has seen better days. It seems 2 stroke KTM’s are quite vulnerable to dents because of the size of the expansion chamber. The peanut gallery online has made several comments when viewing pics of me about how many dents (some very large) are in my pipe. I considered replacing it after watching the scary YouTube videos about heating and adding compressed air to remove the many dents I had. Since I have 3 sons and care about my eyes and extremities, I chose not to pursuer the DYI approach. Here’s where Pacific Crest Pipe Repair (piperepair.com) comes in.

I checked out their before and after pics and was impressed with what I saw. So, I took the chance and shipped off my pipe to them to see how good they are.pipe repair looks perfect

I had no dialogue with them before I sent in my pipe. I did exchange a couple of emails to ensure they received the pipe and understood the magnitude (in my opinion) of the necessary repairs. They didn’t show one ounce of concern and I interpreted this as they didn’t see any issues and had seen much worse. Next thing I know, I received an email that my pipe was in route back to me.

When I received it I was beyond pleased. I’d sent the pipe to them with tape on all the dents and the pipe was by no means clean. What I received was a very clean pipe that looked almost new. There are some very minor signs where the old dents were near welds and it isn’t 100% perfect, but for what I spent, it was well worth it to me. Much better than paying $249+ for a new FMF pipe.

ktm pipe looks like newThe cost for the repair was $60 plus $18 for return shipping.

Now, I must consider using the carbon fiber pipe guard that was reviewed earlier ($149.95 + shipping). I must decide, is it cheaper to have the dents removed as needed or should I protect it from the get-go? By my calculations, I can get it fixed 2 times before I recover the cost of a pipe guard.

I think I’ll rely on Pacific Crest Pipe repair since the coast was reasonable and the turn around time was so quick. I only went with a repair because I had so many dents and a few were very large. I doubt I’d go for an additional repair unless the pipe is seriously damaged.

If you have any questions about my experience, hit me up on the FTR forums or on Facebook.

As a side note, Pacific Crest Pipe Repair is donating a free pipe repair certificate to the FTR banquet! They do 2 stroke, 4 stroke and vintage repairs. Honestly, I hope I win it as I have no complaints about their work and quick service.

Contact Bret at 541-664-0400 or bret@piperepair.com

Shaun Foutch, Master B #1B

eks goggles

EKS Brand is becoming one of the most well known goggles in the business. They are the goggle of choice for many people and are quickly soaking up more and more of the goggle market.

Features

Unlike most goggle companies they use only one frame design.  That does not sound good right? Well I love it because it means you don’t have to worry about having different tear offs and lenses.  The same accessories can be used on every pair of EKS Brand goggles.  

EKS also offers a roll off system or “zip off” as they call it.  This system was used all season long by Women’s champion Ashlee Applewhite and she loved them.  eks tear offs

They offer regular tear offs and laminate tear offs as well.  The laminates come in stacks of 7, so one stack of 7 looks as if you have on one tear off.  The laminates are all I personally use for races. I put 2 stacks on and I’m good to go all day.  

Lens are available in many different colors.  I personal like to use a blue tint as it is not too dark, but gives some relief from the sun.  The lens also hold up very well as I have never had a crack or any issues like that with the lens. 

I also love the style of the goggles.  The color combos of the frames and straps are some of the best out there.   

Fitment & Performance

I personally love the fitment of the goggle.  They fit my face very well and everyone that uses them says the same thing.  I sweat a lot and I have zero issue with it getting on the inside of my goggles.  But like all goggles, some dust will get in.  I have used a lot of other brands over the years and never found a goggle that did not allow some dust in.  

Durabilityeks roll offs

But let us be honest, most people are not like me and use goggles only a few times in a race and switch to new ones.  So how do they hold up?  I have been using EKS for over two years now. I still use the first 4 goggles I ever received from EKS for practice.  These things have been beat, tossed around, washed in the washing machine 10 or more times and they are still in great shape.  I would have no issues using them in a race at all.  

Bottom Line

As someone that has been racing in the sand and mud of Florida for the last 20 years, EKS Brand Goggles are simply one of the best goggles I have ever put around my face. For the price of the goggle, it clear that dollar for dollar EKS is one of the best goggles you can buy.  Check out their Web site EKSbrand.com

Do you like BEER!? Then you will love BEER Goggles.  Yes EKS makes them, they use all EKS accessories and the frames are the same as well.     

Price

Retail ranges from $34.00-$47.00 and remember the $34.00 pairs are the same as the $47.00. They also make a youth goggle as well and it retails for $29.00-$39.00. 

Author:  Michael Jones
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P3 pipe guard KTM 300 XC

Overview

P3 Composites is a company that specializes in producing carbon fiber guards for many off road racing machines with various applications. P3 Composites makes everything from pipe guards, to heat shields, to brake guards, and boot guards, all from high strength woven carbon fiber. Also, they are an American company and their products are all made in the good ole’ USA. It was a no brainer to give them a chance to protect the tinfoil thick expansion chamber on our 2012 KTM 300xc. And with a price tag of 149.95, it is a very competitively priced product in the pipe guard market.

First Impression

The P3 pipe guard we ordered came straight from P3 Composites themselves. P3 marketed the pipe guard as one that would fit all KTM 250’s and 300’s from 2011 to 2014 with either a stock or FMF pipe. When we saw this it made us a little weary about the overall fit of the guard, and were worried that it may be too universal.

It took us a while for us to actually get our hands on one of these guards. Since all the pipe guards are formed and made in house at P3 Composites, there was a pretty substantial backorder, especially for the KTM model we were choosing. This little inconvenience was all but forgotten when we first opened the box. We were very surprised by the shear thickness of the carbon fiber used to make the guard! It was nearly twice as thick as other carbon fiber guards we had tested in the past (Moose E-line)! This was a good sign as we have had issues with the ends of past carbon fiber guards chipping and losing the integrity of overall structure. We were feeling pretty confident in the overall strength of this guard compared to the competition.

Testing

Unfortunately, this pipe guard has seen a lot of abuse. Actually, every pipe guard we have ever tried has taken its fair share of abuse due to our impressive (yes, that’s what we’ll call it) riding style. This thing has definitely held up to its end of the bargain. It has seen everything from logs, to roots, to rocks flying off the back of 450’s. So far, this thing has protected our stock pipe better than anything else we have ever tried. There are no signs of stress or deterioration, which has been a common occurrence with other carbon fiber pipe guards we have tried in the past. We credit the thickness of the guard and the great fitment for its better-than-the-rest protection capabilities. The stock pipe on our 2012 300xc still looks brand new, with just a few scratches here and there. If you factor in the cost of a new aftermarket pipe, this thing has more than paid for itself.

Final Verdict

This is by far the best pipe guard we have ever had the opportunity to test. It hands down puts the completion to shame as far as quality and protection are concerned. It is priced slightly higher than most carbon fiber guards on the market, but it more than makes up the difference in its attributes. Plus, it’s made in the USA while most others are made in China or some other foreign country. Do yourself a favor and check out P3 Composites the next time you’re in the market for protecting that trusty steed of yours.

See the rest of P3′s products here:  p3carbon.com

Author:  Brian Ashby
Brian Ashby KTM 300

Oakley Airbrake

The Oakley Airbrake  Goggle came into the motocross market and gave everyone a scare. $160+ for motocross goggles? That’s just insane. You could by 2 pairs of “normal” goggles with a year supply of tear-offs for that price. So the question comes down to: Are the Oakley Airbrakes worth it?

Unique Features

The first look at the Oakley Airbrake made me ask myself “So what?”. They look like typical MX goggles with a slightly larger lens. Once I got my hands on these goggles, I noticed a few additional features that you wont find on any other goggle.

Shape

The Airbrakes are definitely styled after Oakley’s snowboard line of googles, giving them a bulbous look. Oakley claims that this unique shape gives you more peripheral vision.

Lens

The Lens is probably the most significant feature. It’s made out of Plutonite (Oakley’s version of polycarbonate), similar to street bike helmet visors. Its thick and stiff, unlike the cheap flimsy plastic used in most goggles on the market. These lenses are rated to surpass impact requirements based on ANSI Z87.1 and EN 1938:2010 standards, which means from a protection standpoint, these are the best motocross goggles money can buy.

Replacing the lens is easier than any other goggle, by far. Two latches come undone with little effort and the lens pops right off. No more struggling with getting the grooves in your lenses to line up with their designated posts. Swapping out a lens takes all of 10 seconds.

Lens Protectors

Finally! A goggle company comes out with stick-on lens protectors. These thin films of plastic allow your lenses to stay scratch free for longer than ever. You’re going to need it, because these lenses are more expensive than ever at $25 a piece.

Carrying Case

Oakley decided to make you feel a little better about spending nearly $200 on a pair of goggles by including a nice little carrying case. It’ a great way to keep dirt, dust and humidity away from your goggles before the race.

Replacement PartsGoggle Review Oakley

This is the best part about the Oakley Airbrake, in my opinion. Every part is replaceable. The lens, strap, and foam all have replacement units available. You can also change colorways if you’re a MX fashionista.

Performance

For me, Oakley goggles have always fit perfect. They seal to my face well and leave me with no gaps for unwanted debris to find its way through. The Airbrakes have an advantage over other Oakleys because of the additional angle of vision you receive from the re-engineered lenses. Oakley claims to have added more peripheral vision, however, I did not notice that at all. I did notice quite a bit more vision area from top to bottom. The goggle gave you more room for your eyes to wander, allowing you to look further ahead or see the obstacle directly in front of you without having to change your position.

The foam was very plush and absorbent. Even on a 95 degree day, my eyes were dry and sweat free. The goggles set nicely on the face with even pressure all the way around. One thing I did notice was the extremely adjustable strap. No matter how big or how small, the strap is going to accommodate. It’s almost overkill really.

The goggles seemed to breathe well, but that’s a double edge sword. Although I was enjoying the extra air on the hot and humid day, I can already feel the dust sneaking by and irritating my eyes. Nothing a little Vaseline on the foam won’t fix, but for $160 I expect these things to have A/C.Airbrake Goggle

There are also roll-offs available that give you a solid 3 inches of clear vision, even in the nastiest conditions. We haven’t tested them yet, but plan to in the future. We’ll keep you posted.

Pet Peeves

Okay, for $160 I’m going to point out every last flaw the Oakley Airbrake has. First and foremost is the tear off system. The tear offs do not lay flat all the way across the lens. On the sides where Oakley has worked so hard to give you more peripheral vision, there is about a half an inch gap where the tear offs do not lay on the lens. This is a total bummer. Just as you’re enjoying your new-found vision, it gets taken away from you. What’s the point, Oakley? C’mon.

Also, the lens protectors can be a huge PITA to install. Just like cell phone screen protectors, one wrong move and it’s ruined. Luckily, they’re not too expensive.

Conclusion

The Oakley Airbrakes are not worth $160 to me. There are a bunch of other goggles on the market for half the price that can do the job just as well for the conditions I ride in. Keep in mind that I live in Florida where there are no rocks to speak of. If I were living in a state where rocks play a big role in racing, I wouldn’t ride with any other goggle. No goggle can compete with the  Airbrake in terms of protection.

Being able to replace virtually every piece of the Oakley Airbrake is something other goggle companies need to take note of. Foam and straps wear out fairly frequently and there wasn’t a solution until now. The Oakley Airbrake could be the last motocross goggle you ever buy. However, $160 is just outrageous for a pair of goggles.

Pros:

  • Protective Lens
  • Look Great
  • Replace Everything
  • More Lens Area = More Vision
  • Lens Protectors Are a Nice Touch
  • Fast & Easy Lens Replacement

Cons:

  • Crazy Expensive
  • Tear off System Block Peripheral View

 

 

leatt gpx 5.5 review
Leatt recently released their new neck brace called the GPX 5.5. Today, neck braces can be found in most everyone’s gear bag. However, some opt out of wearing neck braces due to factors related to comfort and fitment. Leatt has aimed to create a neck brace that comfortably fits a wider range of shapes and sizes, is easier to take care of, and outlasts its competition.  Is it really as good as they claim? We’ve put it through the ringer to find out.

Durability & Maintenance

The new Leatt 5.5 has a new, slim design. Leatt switched from foam and fabric padding to hard injected, non-removable padding that can withstand a lifetime of abuse. This is a plus because the padding on the previous models wore out fast. The velcro never stuck and if you wanted it clean the padding you had to put it in the washing machine, which speeds up the wear process. To clean the GPX 5.5, all you need is a damp rag.

The Feelback view of gpx 5.5

The feel of the Leatt GPX 5.5 is unbelievable. Leatt made the new neck brace slimmer and lighter, yet maintained their promise to safety. They come stock with removable pads on the shoulders and chest rest to aid in comfort. It’s up to each individual rider if they would like to run them or not. If you are used to the older Leatts, you may opt for the padding. If you’re coming from a different neck brace, like the Alpinestar Bionic Neck Brace, removing the pads might fit your preferences more closely. Anyone familiar with wearing a neck brace would most likely not be able to notice that you’re wearing the Leatt GPX 5.5.
Since Leatt was aiming to make a neck brace that more people would want to wear, they’ve increased the range of motion. Looking around isn’t as strenuous as it used to be. The added maneuverability has also made it easier to find helmets that will work in harmony with the Leatt.

Performance

We didn’t test to see if the Leatt GPX 5.5 would keep us from breaking our neck, but we believe Leatt is the industry leader in neck brace development. We don’t know the engineering and technology that goes into making Leatt neck braces, but you can visit www.Leatt.com for more information.

Why is this Brace so much better? leatt 5.5 folding back

First off, the Leatt 5.5 has easy adjustability. No more allen bolts, no more chips, and no more spacers. All you do is unclip the adjustable “levers” on the front and back, and it slides back and forth. The spinal piece folds in to help with space in your gear bag. Also, the spinal rest is separated into to two strips, which flex during crashes to help reduce pressure on the spine. The new neck brace also has strategically placed weak points that are designed to bend and break if there is ever excessive load. If you break your neck brace while riding, it probably did its intended job . Would you rather buy another $369 neck brace or spend a few thousand in medical bills? This is almost a completely different neck brace than the older versions. If you’ve tried a neck brace before and decided it wasn’t for you, give the Leatt GPX 5.5 a try. It is more adjustable and more accommodating than any of its competitors. Leatt has produced one of, if not the best neck braces out on the market today with the GPX 5.5.
MSRP: $369
Sizes: (Adult: S/M, M/L) and (Junior, one size fits all).
Colors: Black/Grey, White/Black, Orange/White/Black, Red/Black.
Pros:
  • Slimmer feel, lower profile
  • Easy adjustability 
  • Two piece spinal plate for comfort and safety
  • Hard injected non removable foam is more durable
  • Button-style clip instead of latch makes easier to take on and off
  • Several different color-ways
Cons:
  • No pads means no more switching colors. 
  • Button clip will have to be taken apart and cleaned/grease to work properly after mud races

 

Jesse Ansley
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Dunlop MX 32 Tire Review

From the second Dunlop unveiled the new Geomax MX32 tire, I knew I needed one on my bike. After seeing the factory guys run this tire in supercross for the past 6 months, you have to wonder what the hype is all about. So, a few weeks ago I went down to the local bike shop here in Orlando, FL and picked up a fresh new MX32.

First Impressions

For my YZ250, I typically go for a 110/90-19. However, this go around I was so annoyed with my old, worn-out MX51 that I over compensated and bought the 120/80-19. Once the tire was mounted, it just looked like it was going to hook up. Tall, aggressive knobs are exactly what you look for in a tire to take on the Florida sand.

Test 1: Deep Sand Track

The first place I took my new MX32 was to a sand track. Here in Florida, a motocross tire isn’t a tire unless it can pilot through sugar sand with relative ease. The super sized MX32 had no issues getting out of tight corners or lofting the front wheel into rollers. I believe the 120/80 helped get the extra footprint needed to paddle through the deep sand that a normal tire would have struggled with.

Test 2: Gatorback Cycle Park

There is no better place to test a tire that claims it can do it all, than Gatorback MX in Gainesville, FL. Offroad races at the prestigious Gatorback consist of every type of dirt under the sun. Blue groove, sand, loam, rocks, roots, and mud can all be found there. The MX32 is amongst the best rear tire I’ve ever tried on soft to intermediate dirt, which is exactly what this tire was made for. You could make split second decisions to cut in on someone and the tire would have your back. The MX32 was so at home on intermediate dirt that it can give a weary rider confidence. And I mean that.

On the rocky, intermediate-hardpack sections the Dunlop MX32 actually performs better than I expected it to. The MX32 ate up the gnarly uphills at Gatorback with no problems. I could get the MX32 to step out on some of the harder sections, but it was very predictable in everything it did. Dunlop aimed to make a more versatile MX tire and they nailed it.

The only “complaint” I have with this tire is how poorly it performed on blue groove. I’m not talking about just hardpack dirt. I mean concrete-like, lay down the rubber surfaces. I don’t think anyone would buy this tire with hopes that it would do well in these conditions, but for the sake of reporting, the MX32 is no trials tire.

Wrap Up

The Dunlop MX32 rear tire is an awesome option for those looking for a soft-intermediate tire, that can hold its own in sand and hardpack. I would compare this tire to the Michelin S12, but with a little better performance on intermediate-hard dirt. If you’re looking for a new rear tire for your ride, don’t hesitate to throw a MX32 on. This tire does everything it needs to do and more. I’ve had MX31′s and MX51′s and this tire puts both of them in their graves.

With that said, the Dunlop MX32 rear tire set me back $108 on “sale”. MSRP is $149.25! That is a lot of cash for a motocross tire. Especially when Dunlop’s competitors are mostly all in the sub $100 range.

Once I have a little more time with the MX32, I’ll update this post with the durability of the tire.

 

Pros:

  • Great traction on a variety of surfaces

Cons:

  • Leave it to Dunlop to charge more than anyone else in the industry

 

Everything you need to know about the 2014 Alpinestar Tech 7's

alpinestartech7

These days, every guy at the track seems to have high end boots. Alpinestar released their newly designed Tech 7 boot earlier this year with the “baller on a budget” in mind. My question was, are they actually a good boot or just good looking? Here is my presonal review on the new “2014 Alpinestar Tech 7′s”.

The Looks

As a previous owner, I do have to say the new 2014 Tech 7′s are very cool looking. You can also get them in 6 different color-ways that match every bike under the sun. Another plus is that these boots look almost identical to their $600 brother (Tech 10′s) but for nearly half the price.

Tech 7 Boots

The Feel

Not only do these boots look killer, but they are really comfortable as well. For myself, I felt no need to “break” these boots in. I slipped them on and was immediately at home. However, I have spoken with other riders that have had a tuff time getting them to the point where they were comfortable.

The Performance

If you are an aggressive rider that is known to be hard on boots, the Tech 7′s might not be the best fit for you. I like to grip the bike with my boots, as do many riders. Within a couple rides rubber traction pads that come in contact with the frame of the bike were wore off. The worst thing is that the sides are non-replaceable, so you are stuck with minimal grip. Another grey area of the Tech 7′s is the toe cap of the boot is soft, which is very good for feeling your shifter and brake pedal. However, the major downfall to that is the molded to cap falls apart very easily.

Okay, so we’ve all been there. Mid race, you notice your boot feels looser than you remember. You look down and half your buckles aren’t buckled. The Tech 7′s do not stay fastened. Ever. End of story.

What I Really Think

All and all, the Alpinestar Tech 7′s are very good for some riders and not so good for others. What I mean by that, is for casual riders the Tech 7′s will be just fine. They’re comfortable, protective, and look great. For racers that are looking for the upper echelon of motocross boots, you won’t find it with the Tech 7′s. These boots lack the ruggedness it takes to withstand the beating of someone riding hard and often. I personally made the switch to the Gearne SG12′s. I’m still playing with them, but when I feel comfortable I will write another review on how they compare.

MSRP: $349

Pros:

  • Light Weight
  • Price Point
  • Look Great
  • Good Feel
  • Comfortable
  • No Break-in Time

Cons:

  • Buckle System
  • Durability

 

Author:  Jesse Ansley