Alpinestars Corozal Adventure Drystar Boot


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Bryan Bosch

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The Alpinestars Corozal Adventure Drystar Boot was designed for adventure and light to moderate duty dual sport riders who want a good quality boot, but are willing to give up some features for a more affordable price. I’ve ridden in a few other boots in this segment and at its sub $300 USD price, I think that the Corozal has put a few brands on notice.

In contrast to Alpinestars MX boots, the Corozal is pretty toned down in terms of colors. It comes in all black, but I chose the oiled brown suede leather with black TPU shift pad & shin plate. It has an old school look that appeals to me and apparently others when I shared a pic on Instaglam.

One design feature that stands out is that the Corozal only has two buckles. But, after many miles of use, both with & without in-the-boot knee protection, I can’t say that I noticed any downsides vs. boots with as many as 2x the buckles. They most certainly go on & come off quickly. In conjunction with an upper shin plate enclosure has a pretty generous patch of strong Velcro, the boots feel secure on your feet.

Since we’re talking about buckles, the Corozal doesn’t get the aluminum units found on their upper-tier Toucan Gore-Tex Boot, but they function well nonetheless. Adjustment is the typical serrated back push in/pull out buckle straps with an arrowhead tip that easily threads through the buckle latch, closing securely with a "snap". When closed, the instep buckle does stick out a bit. There is a molded TPU ramp to deflect latch snags, but the buckle strap has an outward arc to it. While I didn’t manage to get trail brush jammed under it, it’s entirely possible.

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When I first slid the boots on, I thought that they were going to be too tight. They go on snugly. In hindsight, I felt this way because my current ADV/dual sport boots are on the loosie-goosie side by comparison. The Corozal are more form fitting and no matter how many hours I had them on, they were comfy. My rule of thumb is that if I notice something while I’m riding, it’s probably not that comfy and these boots were very much put on and forget about em’. Lastly, no break-in was required; they felt good right out of the box. Sizing appears to be true, the max circumference of the opening is 18”, and each boot weighs in at slightly over 3lbs..

The Corozal features a molded vulcanized sole that offers good foot peg traction and support in rougher conditions, but unfortunately the instep section is not replaceable for wear. Alpinestars did a good job balancing sole rigidity with walkability. Buyers in this segment do some walking when exploring and you can do so in the Corozal without looking like a robot. Not sure I'd do a 5 mile hike in them, but I have a bike. Why would I want to!?

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Also aiding walkability and operation of foot controls is what Alpinestars calls “Bio-mechanical lateral “flexi-blade” system”. More simply, it’s a semi-hinged system that allows for fore & aft movement at the ankle while maintaining proper support and protection. I had no issue with movements necessary for accurate shifts or rear brake modulation, but after a few rides, the hinge developed a squeak when walking. On Instaglam, others reported the same issue and when I mentioned this to the Alpinestars folks, they suggested a couple squirts of Silicone spray. This worked like a charm.

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In terms of protection, above I stated that I thought the boot was good for up to moderate dual sport use. Surely there are more protective off-road boots in the Alpinestars line-up and in the market in general, but for the audience the boot was designed for, I think the Corozal has the key areas covered. The toe box is hardened, steel shank, reinforced ankle, and TPU shin plate. The only area that I’d like see more protection built into is at the back of the calf. It does have foam padding that will absorb some hits, but I’d like to see some strategically placed TPU here. But I have to remind myself, sub $300 price tag… going to have to give on something.

Lastly, Alpinestars doesn't specifically lists the Corozal’s Drystar membrane layer as waterproof, but “proven performance in difficult weather conditions.” Unfortunately, since I started riding with them in December, central FL has had very little rain. Probably the driest winter I recall. So, none of the riding conditions really tested this. However, I hosed them down pretty good with a garden hose for a couple of minutes and didn't notice any water intrusion. So, at the very least, I’d call them highly water resistant. I’ll need a wet FL summer to test waterproofness. I’ll report back.

Overall, I like the Alpinestars Corozal Drystar Boot. They appear to be well made, comfortable, don’t hinder use of foot controls or walking, and offers a good level of protection for the ADV and mild to moderate dual sport riders they are targeting. Top the package off with a sub $300 price tag and they are serious competition for the segment. But, don’t take my word for it… No substitute for putting a pair on your feet for a bit at your local Alpinestars dealer.

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dirtydoesit

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I would agree with Bryan on his review of the Corozal Adventure Drystar Boot as I have had a pair for about six months now, and have ridden at least 7,000 miles in them. Very comfortable and feel they have adequate protection. I wear Fox shin and knee guards and have no closure issues with the velcro top and buckles. I have done a bit of riding in the rain, and have 'stream walked' with them up to just above the ankles; feet stayed nice and dry. The other boots I have are Tech 7 and 10's. For comfort, you can't beat the Corozals. Buy a pair...you won't be sorry!

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