Alpinestars Campeche Drystar boots review

Review
Alpinestars Campeche Drystar boots

Overall SBS Rating 90 /100
Reviewed by: Ant Newson
 SIMON LEE
Review Conditions
Mileage
4800
Seasons
Summer
Motorcycle
KTM 1190 Adventure R

Looking for a waterproof boot that doesn’t need stunning looks to sell itself? These Alpinestars Campeche Drystar boots could be for you because, having crunched up 4000 miles on- and off-road in all seasons, they have been amazing.

The main feature I was looking for heading into winter was waterproofing. As I commute everyday there is nothing worse than wet feet when arriving at work. The built-in Alpinestars Drystar liner has been fantastic; the boots have never once let any rain in or showed any signs of failing.

The boots are deceptive in appearance; when you open the box you are greeted by a chunky and basic-looking boot. What you find when you look closely is a combination of numerous materials, stretch and abrasive panels all cleverly positioned to offer great strength and comfort.

Sizing-wise in my opinion they are a little oversized. My feet don’t fit comfortably in a size 47 (UK 11) yet if I’m wearing the wrong socks the size 48 boots I’ve reviewed are a little too big. With the right socks on, usually thick workwear socks, they fit perfectly.

The interior is nice and soft, especially a foam section around the upper half, and these are great boots suited for lots of walking once at your destination. Having used them in all seasons the interior has been perfect in handling both extreme heat and the extreme cold without forcing me to change my footwear.

The boot benefits from two stretch panels on the front and the rear of the boot, which allows a nice amount of movement in my ankle, but the strong heel and sole of the boot would help prevent my ankle from hyper-extending in the event of a crash.

Around the upper part of the whole boot is a low-density foam that both adds to the comfort and absorbs knocks to the shin. There is also plastic protection around the outside of the boot to protect from sidewards knocks and a built-in hard toe guard.

I wore these boots to the Adventure Bike Rider festival in the red-hot weather of July and spent the whole weekend in these boots. Whether I was test-riding new bikes on the road or off-roading my KTM 1190 around the stately grounds of Ragley Hall in Warwickshire these boots provide adequate protection.

A superior pass on its CE rating gives me confidence that in a crash or fall the boot can withstand what I land on or slide along on.

There are no bells or whistles in the appearance of these boots, so the focus has been on quality and functionality. The build is fantastic – not a single fault; I can’t even nit-pick. No pulled stitches, no loose insole, no wear at all on the sole. Not even cracking on the stretch panels, which usually happens over time. Nothing.

The only thing I can moan about is that there are a pain to keep clean as there are so many rows of stitching.

It’s a hands-down verdict – I love these boots. I based my initial opinion on the look and thought to myself “they look a bit boring”. But having worn them it’s going to take some work to find a boot that’s super-comfy, 100% waterproof and offers such amazing build quality.

After an Alpinestars jacket and jeans let me down when I reviewed them these boots have massively cheered me up and boosted my opinion of the brand.

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90/100
Adventure touring boots scores
  1. Fit & Comfort
  2. Waterproofing
  3. Protection
  4. Build Quality
  5. Features

Features

    1. Chunky traction sole
    2. Waterproof membrane
    3. Ankle bracing
    4. Gear change pad
    5. Reinforced sole
    6. CE safety approval
    1. Shin armour
    2. Air intakes
    3. Fit adjustment

Fit & Comfort

18/ 20
I cannot praise these boots enough on comfort these boots are. The leather is strong but soft. The interior is soft and supportive. The points were lost on sizing accuracy – you may need to wear thick socks to get the right fit.

Waterproofing

20/ 20
Nothing negative to say – they are fantastic! After three hours of riding in constant pouring rain I experienced nothing but warm, dry feet.

Protection

18/ 20
Though the boot offers no built-in or external plastic protection around the shin area it does provide some cushioning from knocks. The leather and mixed materials provide a strong boot design for safety in slides and falls. The sole is extremely rigid.

Build quality

20/ 20
The boots have been designed and built to last. There have been no issues with any sort of manufacturing faults. The only change in appearance is from daily wear – creasing of the leather where my foot flexes. One year later it only takes a clean and a lick of polish and they look great. The velcro is also still extremely sticky and shows no signs of failing.

Features

14/ 20
They’re simple, functional boots that do a great job. They’re not for competition use, but they have everything I need as a road rider who heads off for light off-road riding.