Vector Boot Review
What follows is a "Normal Joe" review,
not the typical SoCal pro that writes a paragraph for
a SoCal mag, as if you can make an educated buy decision
based on; "Nice Boot".. Keep in mind, the
boot manufactures/distributors in this review are not
advertisers on DRN and if their boots are below par,
they may never be, we'll call it like we see it.
Information Provided By Alpinestars:
SHIN PLATE: contoured shin plate is injected with
high modulus PU for a high level of impact and abrasion
HEEL/ANKLE PROTECTOR: patented "ankle brace
support structure" with additional shock absorbing
insert in the ankle area.
SIDE PROTECTOR: extended inside plate protects
the side and toe-box area of the boot.
REAR PLATE: calf protection features PU for high
TOE AND LATERAL PROTECTOR: additional injected
PU protectors in the toe box and on the outside ball
of the foot.
INSIDE LEG PROTECTOR: suede leather protector
guards against heat and increases grip.
INSTEP FLEX AREA: wide thermalweld instep for
increased comfort and flexibility.
UPPER: leather PU skin.
SOLE: Alpinestars new and exclusive contoured
rubber compound is glued and stitched, and features
replaceable wide foot peg inserts and a contoured stamped
CLOSURE: 2 buckles with memory and a quick release/locking
system and 1 calf buckle with memory featuring a quick
release click-in system. Buckles are injected with high
impact resistant technopolymer.
LINING: synthetic lining laminated with open
cell foam. High density contoured padding provides shock
absorption for the heel and ankle area.
FOOTBED: removable anatomic footbed.
WATER PROOFING: extended gator for better water
INTENDED USE: motocross/enduro
PRODUCED SIZES: us. 5-15 / euro. 38-51
1) Out of the box... unusual boot, unique appearance.
2) Short overall height
3) VERY comfortable out of the box.
4) Unique top strap/buckle
5) thick "sole" looks to cushion landings
6) Plastic (nylon?) buckles, snap into locked position
7) Internal ankle support?
is going to be a long term test, with "journal"
entries through an entire season of use in a format
that more represents a real-world impression of living
with an important and expensive purchase.
Ride (June 15, 2001):
Started out the day with the "space boots".
Fit nicely around my knee braces, the adjustable top
strap/buckle allows for a large margin of adjustment.
I found it difficult to get a good even snug fit with
the boot, felt there was too much movement allowed in
the ankle area. Some folks may prefer this flexibility,
I'm not one of them.
out of the box, I could easily roll my ankles from side
to side. I'm not sure where some reviewers found the
"good ankle support", I didn't feel like there
was any. I was also not excited about the lack of rear
heel protection, there is none.
you spend more time walking around the pits than riding,
this may be your boot! The Vector has been referred
to as the tennis shoe of mx boots, no doubt about that.
The unique sole of the Vector grips the pegs well, the
boot, overall, had a good feel in relation to shifting,
braking and gripping the bike. The lack of a sewn-on
sole provides a thinner profile than that other boots,
no catching on panels, brake pedal, etc. The soft rubber
sole is VERY thick and provides a good deal of cushion
while landing large jumps, but does not disperse the
impact over as wide an area as other boots we've tested.
I doubt you'll see any SX pro's sporting the Vector.
As is the norm this spring in the Midwest, we received
3.5 inches of rain the night before the test, resulting
in some interesting get-offs and boots FULL of water/mud.
The Vector does a poor job of keeping the water out,
most of which leaked in through the top of the boot,
due to the difficulty in getting the top of the boot
to seal. This is not my choice for wet weather riding.
mentioned before, these things are very comfortable
right out of the box. There was no break-in time required
to overcome missed shifts, etc. Frankly, if these boots
actually do break-in, it won't be a good thing, they
are too "loose" as it is. I'll say it again,
a lot of riders may prefer a boot that makes you forget
your wearing a boot, I'm just not one of them. I like
a snug, secure feeling specifically, around my weakened
Two words: Not much. Being able to roll my ankles from
side to side is not confidence inspiring in my mind.
Obviously, the Vector is a marked improvement over wearing
work boots, when I compare support between boots, my
reference boot is the Sidi FlexForce, I've yet to find
a boot with protection / support to match it. The Tech
8 does however come close.
Impression Summary: By all means, try a pair of
these on at your local shop. You'll be impressed with
the level of comfort. If in fact comfort is number one
on your list of boot requirements, this is your boot.
update: Wear, cleaning, maintenance and continued break-in.
or Comments? Post them in the Review thread found here:
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