Hate tech8's! seems like you have plaster on your feet...no flexibility at all. On the other side, SG10's are awesomeTech 7s are no good. Id suggest the gaerne for sure. If you were gonna go tech 8 or sg10 then it would be a closer decision. Gaerne would still be my choice. Ive owned both and prefer all around comfort, ease of use and reliability of the gaerne.
Agreed, agreed. You must go to your local shop and physically try each boot you are considering because you can't buy just based on price, looks, or others' reviews.On the other side, SG10's are awesome Gaerne or SIDI all the way!
I just recently was introduced to Gaerne in person and I am thoroughly impressed. I would buy a 2009 or 2010 10 version of the Gaerne G10's for around $300 if it were mei am looking at a pair of alpinestar tech 7's or the Gaerne fasback/G_react
looking at that price range of 300 bucks
My local stealership told me Gaerne boot will last 3 times longer then the Alpinestars. I do not know how much truth is in this, but the more I read, the more I find people who love their Gaerne'sI've had the same pair of Gaerne SG10's since 2005. Believe it or not they still look good. A couple years of hard racing and a few years in storage and still feel great when you wear them/looking pretty decent. Would not buy another brand.
Where are you getting your info that A-stars aren't made in Italy? My Tech 8's definitely have a tag in them that says made in Italy.Gaerne and Sidi are both Italian made boots. Quality is high. Alpinestar is Taiwan or China.
I have had two pair of Tech 8's and the first pair I purchased in '97 and the second pair I purchased in 2005. The only reason for the second pair was that I had completely worn out the first pair so I think that they lasted a pretty good amount of time. I am still on my second pair and they aren't nearly as comfortable as the first ones. The newer version doesn't seem as flexible and they have a vent, by my pinky toe, that hurts when I have to wear them for a long time. I also have a pair of RC AXO's and those are very uncomfortable compared to the A-stars. I too am looking to make the switch to Gearne or Sidi.I have had 2 pairs of tech 8's last year and they both were ripped out within 20 hours of use