These new Alpinestars SMX Plus boots appear to be very similar to the old SM-X Pluses (note the dash), just with ribbed flex sections on the front in place of the old circular-pattern fabric flex section. Yeah, revised looks aren’t that exciting, but Astars’ second tier road racing boots still feature internal ankle protectors that prevent hyper-extension and hyper-flexion as well as cushioning impacts and that sorta-a-bootie-but-not still has kevlar laces to ensure a tight fit. On the outside, the looks are also jazzed up with some new metal hardware, but the same sliders, shin protector and ratchet/zip closure are still present. Just like the old ones, these are $350.

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