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Alpinestars Magnesium Toe Sliders Review

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
alpinestars magnesium toe sliders
The Alpinestars magnesium toe sliders don't produce sparks while making contact with the road surface, unlike titanium sliders.
There is no question that modern tires are the reason for strong sales of Alpinestars Magnesium Toe Sliders. In the not too distant past, only superstars ground their boots into the tarmac. Now, any half-competent racer, or trackday fan, finds themselves with their boots on the black stuff as a very regular occurrence.

The situation is at its worst in classic racing. Using a classic racing style - it’s the only way I know how to ride - with the latest classic race tires means that it is impossible to get one’s foot high enough not to come into contact with the track.

Toe sliders partially solve this problem. Beginning at the start, you can forget the plastic sliders which come with the boots from new. These will last a couple of corners at best and then it’s your very expensive boots getting worn away.

Alpinestars’ fix is a genuine, race proven, magnesium toe slider which ticks every box. The two critical factors are that the sliders stay in place and that they provide a good feel. In four years, I have never had a toe slider come loose.

alpinestars magnesium toe sliders
Lightweight and aerodynamic, the toe sliders also stay secure while offering great feedback with the road surface.
The feel too is good. The magnesium is not ultra-slippery, and therefore provides good feedback when in contact with the track.

Durability is also good and a pair of sliders will last a whole race meeting - even on a really grippy track.

Finally, they add a real degree of protection to the boot and therefore the very fragile foot inside the boot! In my recent “coming together” with the Donington track, one toe slider was worn badly across its surface and, without a doubt, this saved major damage to my toe.

There is one other, rather cute, benefit. The toe sliders mean that you will become very popular with your area’s wannabee racers. There is always a waiting list for my used toe sliders from owners of sportbikes who neither race nor ride in trackdays but like the kudos of turning up at bikers’ meeting places with completely trashed sliders.
 
Alpinestars Magnesium Toe Slider Sets are available at Motorcycle Superstore.
MSRP: $19.95
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Comments
B. Keller -from his previous reviews  October 22, 2010 09:16 PM
I can't trust anything this guy writes.
Carl Mosman -Plastic latches are safe  October 14, 2010 07:09 AM
I remember reading somewhere that Alpinestars doesn't use any metal parts in their toe slider latches because some impact tests they did on other brands of boots resulted in metal parts impeding the toebox, which obviously is a big safety issue. I guess on the basis of this they stuck with their system which they feel is the safest option for riders. I personally like it (but don't wear through toe sliders that fast) and find it quick and easy to change sliders when I need to.
Jake -well  October 13, 2010 09:38 AM
I haven't had any sparks from using them so it hasn't been an issue at any of the 6 tracks I've been to. You have a great point also, I think Alpinestars has great customer support, but I still say the main problem is the design of the boot itself with the plastic latch for the sliders. I've had my boots repaired twice so that's $150 right there and need them repaired again. So instead a just switched to a brand that had a better system that was better thought out. Funny that Alpinestars thought it was enough of an issue to make the mag slider (which I agree should be stock) but ignored the fact that the plastic latch is a bigger problem.
zenjim -question  October 13, 2010 08:59 AM
I've actually worn through the slider and (unknowingly) gone right through the boot millimeters from my sock. A-stars repaired both boots for $75 and they were good as new. My question is do the magnesium sliders generate sparks? That is forbidden by some tracks/ track day organizers.
Bento -Worth it!  October 13, 2010 07:09 AM
In my opinion, the magnesium toe sliders really worth it. They should already come with the boots replacing the plastic "5 laps" ones. I race in Brazil and the only problem for me is that it is very hard to find but nothing ebay cannot solve. My hometown racetrack has 9 right and just 3 left corners. This results that one side of the tire, the toe and knee sliders worn much more than the other and that is a really good point for alpinestar because you can use the same toe slider in both sides. They will be upside down but cause no problem at all. I agree that the plastic latches that hold the sliders on could be more durable. That is my only concern.
Sorry for my bad english.
Greetings from Brazil!
jake -was this a real article  October 13, 2010 03:52 AM
was this article for real or supposed to be serious? I love my Alpinestars boots but the magnesium sliders are a band aid to a design flaw with Alpinestars boot. That being the plastic latches that hold the sliders on. Yes it's my fault but I've ground toe sliders down in one session and essentially made my boots worthless because the plastic latch wore through and now won't hold sliders anymore. While the mag sliders last a bit longer, they are prone to the same problem. When I'm riding the last thing I'm thinking about how much wear is on my sliders (yes my fault). The solution is simple and that's to follow what other companies have done and replace the plastic with metal (latch or screws) so the boot isn't useless. As Alpinestars top of the line boots are already over $500 I don't think a little extra charge (Cause you know they wouldn't do it for free) would be a big deal if it gave more life to the boot. After years of asking Alpinestars to make a change, I just switched brands to one that is better thought out.