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Review: Alpinestars Andes Waterproof

Reviews and tests 19 October, 2015

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The Alpinestars Andes Waterproof are touring boots for a use for routes, offering great resistance to the wear of use and also comfort when riding and when we get off the bike as well. It includes a waterproof layer, so we are in front of boots designed for being use during all the year round.

Materials and structure

The main material of the Andes Waterproof is reinforced leather in order to increase abrasion resistance level. The leather integrates a 100% waterproof membrane in a design characterised by its ergonomic lines, with a slightly raised toe to facilitate the operation of the gearshift.
Comfort is one of the strengths of these boots, thanks to a generous accordion panel on the instep. The entrance of the boot is wide and inside we find a specially designed insole that creates a larger base of support for the foot. This insole is made with a dual compound (EVA and Lycra) and is removable. The inner lining of the shaft is made of poly-textile, fabric soft and comfortable touch.

External side view (left) and frontal accordion pannel area (ridht).


The clean lines of the Andes Waterproof boots indicate that their protections are mostly non-external: we find double ankle protectors density on both sides, which also benefit from the foam inside the leg of the boot to protect this critical point. In the shaft of the boot there’s an internal shin guard made from injected TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), providing stiffness in this area. The same material is in the toe and heel of the boot. The only external reinforcement is the protector of TPU in the toe box located near the gearshift.

External view, this time from its internal face (left), toe box protector (upper right) and the reflective insert in the heel (bottom right).


The flexible sole features an Alpinestars exclusive compound, notable for its great grip in wet conditions. The sole pattern is complex, with a combination of small blocks and grooves designed to give a proper grip and water evacuation in addition to a strong bridge between heel and the sole, thus facilitating footrest anchorage.

Sole pattern, with two different heights and made with a special Alpinestars compound.

Fasteners and other details

The Alpinestars Andes Waterproof features a combination of flaps and zipper in the boot’s shaft for its fastening. The flap is wide and has velcro, behind which is hidden a lateral zipper, just in the internal face.
Finally, there’s a reflective insert in the rear, just above the heel and with the logo of Alpinestars, which improves the visibility of the boot in low light.


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