The Alpinestars were a good choice. Ventilation is on par with the fully perforated, full-height leather boots I usually wear during the summer, but the comfort, especially while walking, is significantly better. The shoes have a rigid sole and solid structure, but enough flexibility to permit natural movement. Climbing temple steps, and even pushing our anemic sidecar rig up steep mountain passes, was done without a thought for my feet. Sure, they got sweaty on occasion, but the Faster-3’s abundant airflow and a pair of thin wool socks ensured my feet dried out quickly.
As hot-weather kicks, the Faster-3 Rideknits are hard to beat. I’d like to see a heel strap added so they’re a little easier to pull on, but that’s my only complaint.