I also had a pair of Alpinestars Ridge boots that crapped out early. Mine seemed to stretch out for some odd reason -- it was like my feet were shrinking. The cheesy velcro wore out quickly, and even after I had a local cobbler replace it, the rest of the boot didn't last much longer.
The Ridge is a cheap boot that's just not up to Alpinestars' usual quality.
A much better inexpensive boot would be the Tourmaster Solution 2.0. The soles wore dangerously smooth pretty early on my 1.0 pair, but the rest of the boot was in great shape. On the current 2.0 boots, they've revised the sole, so they should last much longer overall. The online reviews are excellent.
The other boots mentioned above go for 2 - 3 times the cost. Yes, they're debatably worth the money, but they're not really part of the same discussion as the Ridge and Solution.
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1983 Suzuki GS850G, Cosmic Blue
2005 KLR685, Aztec Red - Turd II.2, the ReReTurdening
Last edited by bwringer; 11-15-2012 at 07:16 PM.