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How to replace sole inserts on Alpinestars Tech7 and Tech10

Alpinestars Tech7 worn sole inserts One of my favorite aspects of top of the line Alpinestars boots is the ability to replace the soles. Replacing soles or sole inserts is no fun, but doing so allows you to maximize the life of your expensive boots. It is important, though, that you replace the soles before the underlying bases get damaged. Regularly inspect the soles. Here you can see the sole on one of my boots is worn through to the base. I should have done these soles a bit sooner, but luckily there was no damage to the boot itself.

Alpinestars Tech7 sole insert kit Alpinestars sells the replacement soles for Tech7 and Tech10 boots as a kit. One kit contains a pair of inserts and a tube of adhesive. Included are instructions on how to replace the soles. My advice is to follow the instructions exactly.

Porter Cable heat gun To do this job effectively, you will need a good heat gun that can provide at least 1500 watts of heat. A hair dryer will not be able to apply the amount of heat needed. CAUTION: It may be advisable to wear gloves as you will be working with hot material.

Heating the sole insert Apply heat to the sole insert evenly until the entire area is at 150 degrees fahrenheit as per the Alpinestars instructions. How do you know when the insert is 150 degrees? That is a good question because usually you will not be able to measure the temperature. However, 150 degrees will feel very hot.

Removing the Alpinestars insert with pliers Grab the sole insert with a pair of pliers and peel it away from the boot. It takes some force to remove, so work at it patiently. If it is too difficult to remove, it is likely not hot enough. Realize it will be easier to remove if the entire insert is heated properly. Cold areas will not come off.

Final sole insert removal With steady pulling, the insert comes off.

On this boot, some traces of glue and dirt remained where the insert was worn through. I used a wire brush to clean the area after the boot cooled off.

Sole inserts removed from both boots Now do the other boot and make sure both are clean.

Alpinestars sole insert kit Here are the contents of the insert kit removed from the package.

Getting ready to install Alpinestars inserts After the boots have cooled, test fit each insert on the appropriate boot. This is not only to check the fit, but also to get a good feel for placing the inserts on the boots. Next, apply a thin even coat of adhesive to all surfaces to be joined (inserts and boots). Wear disposable gloves and use your finger to smooth the adhesive. You will have to smooth the adhesive quickly because it dries fast. After applying the adhesive, let everything sit until dry to the touch.

Porter Cable heat gun When the adhesive is dry to the touch, you can continue. Starting with one boot only, heat the adhesive side of the insert and the insert area on the boot to 150 degrees fahrenheit. It is important to heat the entire area. CAUTION: As I said earlier, you may need gloves because you will have to handle the parts while hot. This process is for the purpose of softening the adhesive.

Placing the insert on the boot Place the insert on the boot by aligning one edge to the boot where appropriate, then firmly press the insert into it's location.

Working the sides of the Alpinestars sole insert Press firmly against the insert, insuring the sides locate correctly.

Pressing on  the insert Keep working the insert, pressing firmly against all areas of it as the adhesive cools. While hot, the insert will not stay in place, so you must actively press on the insert until the adhesive has cooled to the point the bond is secure. Even after the bond seems good, continue pressing the surfaces of the insert firmly against the boot for a several minutes. Now do the other boot.

Sole insert complete on both boots You must wait to use the boots for at least 24 hours to allow time for the adhesive to achieve full strength.

ALPINESTARS TECH-10 BOOTS

Alpinestars built the Tech 10 boots leaving nothing behind in arguably the most technologically advanced boot on the market. The Tech 10 boots have been designed to offer the highest level of safety without compromising comfort. Alpinestars was able to accomplish this with their revolutionary dual hinged inner brace. By placing a dual hinge point on the inner brace of the Tech 10 boots, Alpinestars brings the support closer to your ankle with optimum protection. Getting all this protection doesn't sacrifice the free flow motion thanks to years of development. Alpinestars designed the exterior of the brace out of polyurethane while the interior features a poly fabric lining with open cell foam to absorb shock to the ankle and heal. The ultra thin and flexible forefoot allows for control feedback to easily flow through the Tech 10 boots. The ultra low profile design of the outer shell of the Tech 10 boots allows for additional control. The slim design of the Tech 10 boots also shaves weight off and increases flexibility. Alpinestars developed a rear polyurethane spine that helps keep the Tech 10 boots from hyperextension. The full-grain leather upper of the Alpinestars Tech 10 boots break in quickly. This feature paired with the impact and abrasion resistant polyurethane provide a high level of safety. The Tech 10 boots have polyurethane protection on the toes, foot, heel, ankle, calf and shin with extra hard compounds on the toe-box, heel and Achilles tendon. The sole construction of the Alpinestars Tech 10 boots offer a dual compound design that offers a sure foot grip where its needed and a rigid platform for extra protection. The advanced closure system on the Tech 10 include 3 techno-polymer and aluminum buckles that have memory positioning and quick release/locking system that self-align. The self-aligning buckles make it simple and easy to operate. Alpinestars uses a combination of full-grain leather and polyurethane panels to provide maximum grip while offering heat and abrasion resistance. The opening of the Tech 10 boots are lined with a polyurethane gasket to keep the water out. Alpinestars offers their airflow ventilation system on the white model of the Tech 10 boots.

ALPINESTARS WOMEN'S STELLA TECH-3 BOOTS

The Alpinestars Stella Tech 3 boots are what you can expect from Alpinestars, high performance and loaded with functional features. The best feature of the Alpinestars Stella Tech 3 boots is the entry level price. Protection on the Stella Tech 3 boots are what you can expect from a company like Alpinestars. They have installed contoured shin plate protectors which have been injection molded with high-modulus polyurethane to provide substantial impact and abrasion resistance. Alpinestars developed a patented "ankle-brace" system for the Stella Tech 3 boots for great ankle support. This system on the Stella Tech 3 also provides ankle padding to reduce shock. The sole of the Alpinestars Stella Tech 3 boots provide a rigid platform with the contoured tempered steel shank that has been over injected with a dual density rubber to provid tons of grip and give you sure footing. The Stella Tech 3 boots have extended inside and outside plate guards to provide protection on the side and toe-box areas. The Alpinestars Stella Tech 3 boots have an internal plastic reinforcement placed on the inside of the boot. This reinforcement provides rigidity to the boot for support. Thick stamped suede covers this up and provides contact grip and heat resistance. The calf plate also helps out with grip, support and side contact on the Stella Tech 3 boots. Alpinestars uses reinforced leather up the back of the Stella Tech 3 boots, and their action leather on the upper section for durability. The instep flex-zone has also been stitched for additional support and durability. The Stella Tech 3 boots will keep you strapped in with the four high impact resistant buckles that feature memory positioning and quick release buckles. Alpinestars uses Velcro attached to the elastic stretch PVC gaiter to seal the top of the boot and prevent water entry. Alpinestars adds plenty of comfort features to the extensive list of protection features. The Stella Tech 3 boots use a poly-fabric lining in addition to a multi-density EVA foam keeping your feet cozy. If you require a special foot bed Alpinestars accommodates your needs with a removable anatomic foot bed. Alpinestar developed the Stella Tech-3 with a lower boot height making it more suitable for women riders. The ankle padding is specifically designed to follow the more aggressive tapering of a woman's ankle for added protection. The Alpinestar Stella Tech-3 redesigned the calf to suit the shape of a women's lower leg.

ALPINESTARS TECH-7 BOOTS

The Alpinestars Tech-7 Boots are for those who want the ultimate in protection without breaking the bank. With features borrowed from the Tech-10 boots the Alpinestars Tech-7 Boots offer top of the line protection without top of the line prices. All leather incorporated in the Alpinestars Tech-7 Boots is Full-grain leather to offer high end quality. The Alpinestars Tech-7 Boots us impact and abrasion resistant polyurethane in key areas, like the toe, sides of the boots, and shin plate, to avoid injury and damage to the boot itself. The instep of the boot has been reinforced with suede for increased grip on the motorcycle and heat resistance. The sole on the Alpinestars Tech-7 boots uses a steel shank to offer superior protection in case an impact occurs. On the inside of the boot Alpinestars has used high density contoured padding to offer shock absorption to the heel and ankle for comfort and protection. The Alpinestars Tech-7 Boots incorporate Achilles flex zones for superior comfort, control, and support. An innovative buckle design is incorporated on the boots buckle system that is self-aligning for easy closure at all times. Increased gaiter height for excellent water resistance.

ALPINESTARS TECH 3 ALL TERRAIN BOOTS

The Alpinestars Tech 3 All Terrain boots are what you can expect from Alpinestars, high performance and loaded with functional features. The best feature of the Alpinestars Tech 3 All Terrain boots is the entry level price. Protection on the Tech 3 All Terrain boots are what you can expect from a company like Alpinestars. They have installed contoured shin plate protectors which have been injection molded with high-modulus polyurethane to provide a substantial impact and abrasion resistance. Alpinestars developed an "ankle-brace" system for the Tech 3 All Terrain boots that has been patented, for ankle support. This system on the Tech 3 also provides ankle padding to reduce shock. The sole of the Alpinestars Tech 3 All Terrain boots provide a rigid platform with the contoured tempered steel shank that has been over injected with a dual density rubber to provide tons of grip and give you sure footing. The All Terrain version of the Tech 3 line uses a deep lug sole to provide great traction when others boots will leave you slipping. The Tech 3 All Terrain boots have extended inside and outside plate guards to provide protection on the side and toe-box areas. The Alpinestars Tech 3 All Terrain boots have an internal plastic reinforcement placed on the inside of the boot. This reinforcement provides rigidity to the boot for support. Thick stamped suede covers this up and provides contact grip and heat resistance. The calf plate also helps out with grip, support and side contact on the Tech 3 boots. Alpinestars uses reinforced leather up the back of the Tech 3 All Terrain boots, and their action leather on the upper section for durability. The instep flex-zone has also been stitched for additional support and durability. The Tech 3 All Terrain boots will keep you strapped in with the four high impact resistant buckles that feature memory positioning and quick release buckles. Alpinestars uses Velcro attached to the elastic stretch PVC extended gaiter to seal the top of the boot and prevent water entry. Alpinestars adds plenty of comfort features to the extensive list of protection features. The Tech 3 All Terrain boots use a poly-fabric lining in addition to a multi-density EVA foam keeping your feet cozy. If you require a special foot bed Alpinestars accommodates your needs with a removable anatomic foot bed.

ALPINESTARS TECH-10 SOLE INSERTS

Alpinestars Tech 10 sole inserts. One pair men's full sizes 7-14.

ALPINESTARS TECH-10 SOLES

Alpinestars Tech 10 soles. Replaceable anatomic footbed. One pair men's full sizes 7-14. These soles need to be professionally installed either by a boot repair shop or by Alpinestars. Does not come with adhesive to attach the sole.

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