November 22, 2013 - San Diego, CA
Alpinestars Fall 2014 New Gear Lineup
Alpinestars just came to our facility in San Diego with a van full of new products from their Fall collection for us to try out. They’ve rolled out some awesome new products in adventure touring, textile jackets, and neat casual-looking riding gear from their Rideout collection, so we put together this guide to show you their latest releases. They also gave us the inside scoop on what went into developing many of their new products, so read on to find out more!
T-GP Pro Textile Jacket
The Alpinestars T-GP Pro Textile Jacket takes some of the best features from the high-end Atem jacket to create Alpinestars’ top-of-the-line textile racing jacket. It is the most technical and closest fitting of their textiles, and is a great way to get the maximum protection available for a sport rider without shelling out the big bucks for a leather product.
The T-GP Pro features a removable 80g full thermal liner and innovative shoulder vents for multi-season riding, along with elbow and shoulder armor and a pocket for a Bio-Armor back protector. This textile version also gives an indication as to what the upcoming leather version will look like!
T-Jaws Waterproof Jacket
One of the most stylish and highly featured waterproof jackets we carry, the Alpinestars T-Jaws Waterproof Jacket is a little roomier than the racier T-GP Pro, and it also features extensive stretch panels and a neoprene collar that make this jacket one of the most flexible and comfortable textile jackets on the market.
The most significant feature of this jacket is its waterproof construction, with Alpinestars’ integrated Drystar liner, and it includes a removable thermal liner as well. This makes the T-Jaws ideal for the sport rider that wants an affordable jacket that will function in multiple weather conditions through the seasons. We’re already predicting that this will be one our best-sellers this year, because of all the features packed into a jacket for only $270.
Rideout Collection - Casual Riding Gear
I really like the products in the Rideout collection, because they have the external appearance of winter casual wear while having all the internal features of protective riding gear. Alpinestars took styling cues of outdoors gear from companies like The North Face and Patagonia, but discretely added motorcycle-specific features like removable CE-rated armor. The result is stylish, versatile, and protective riding gear that’s not too obvious, and will look right at home at work, on campus, or outdoors. The Rideout Collection comes in three product families: 3-Layer Waterproof, 2-Layer Waterproof, and Synthetic Down.
Alpinestars Rideout Dusk Waterproof Jacket
The Alpinestars Rideout Dusk Waterproof Jacket is a hooded two-in-one jacket with a waterproof outer layer plus thermal liner, and the third layer is a mesh liner that incorporates the armor (plus room for a Bio-armor back protector.) It is the more conservative looking 3-layer, in black, dark blue, and a neat military-looking brown.
Alpinestars Rideout Lance Waterproof Jacket
The Alpinestars Rideout Lance Waterproof Jacket is essentially the same as the Dusk but with a different shell, and comes in brighter colors. Standout features on the Lance are zippered shoulder pockets (really useful if you wear an armored vest or a backpack) and stand-out colors like bright red and blue.
Alpinestars Rideout Scion Waterproof Jacket
The Alpinestars Rideout Scion Waterproof Jacket is the 2-Layer jacket in the Rideout Collection, and at only $220 is a great option for a waterproof shell with removable armor that can be used over your favorite warming layer. The Scion is built from a neat looking rip-stop material, and comes in the most eye-catching colors of all the Rideout products. My favorite is Black w/Red accents (which looks just like my favorite North Face shell), but the Vermillion Orange and Bright Green are great options to make you visible on the road without looking like a traffic cone.
Alpinestars Rideout Mack Textile Jacket
The most uniquely styled riding jacket I’ve seen this year is the Alpinestars Rideout Mack Textile Jacket (and the matching women’s version the Francie.) Externally it looks just like a puffy down jacket, but underneath is a mesh liner with CE-rated shoulder and elbow armor and a pouch for a back protector. We tried this jacket on here, and it was very difficult to tell there was any armor inside while worn. So if you want a warm, functional riding jacket that isn’t obvious motorcycle gear, this is the perfect choice!
Alpinestars Tech-Touring Line
Now that winter is just around the corner and wet, cold weather is beginning to be a factor in our riding, take a look at some versatile all-weather gear from Alpinestars' Tech Touring line of riding gear.
Alpinestars New Land Jacket and Pants
The top dog in the Tech Touring collection is the Alpinestars New Land Gore-Tex Jacket. Designed for all-weather touring, this fully-featured jacket has everything you would want in a top-of-the-line touring jacket like a Teflon-coated outer shell, a waterproof yet breathable Goretex insert, a fully sleeved thermal liner, and Neoprene in the collar and cuffs for comfort.
To complete your all-weather setup, Alpinestars also offers matching New Land Gore-Tex Pants to make a full suit. Just like the jacket, they incorporate rip-stop fabric, a Teflon-coated shell, and a removable full-length thermal liner. Both items come in all-black and in black with Hi-Viz yellow piping. All the New Land products come in a matching women’s version as well.
Alpinestar Valparaiso Jacket and Pants
Technically the Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar* Jacket falls underneath the New Land in the line-up, but I actually liked the Valparaiso’s styling and features more. The Valparaiso is a true all-weather adventure touring jacket, with a zip-out Drystar liner, zip-out thermal liner, and massive vents in front, back and sides for hotter weather. One especially nice feature is the unique sport collar that is extendable and adjustable, but very inconspicuous. The Valparaiso also has a ton of adjustability, storage everywhere, and comes in a great-looking blue, white and red colorway in addition to black and two-tone gray. The Valparaiso also comes in matching pants that zip together to make a true adventure riding suit.
*Drystar is Alpinestars’ proprietary water resistant material, which Alpinestars actually got to develop at Gore-Tex’s top secret facilities (Klim is the only other motorcycle gear manufacturer with this special permission.) Drystar is a virtual match with Gore-Tex in terms of water-resistance, but Gore-Tex has the advantage in breathability.
Alpinestars "Valparaiso" Drystar Jacket
Alpinestars "Valparaiso" Drystar Pants
Check out all the rest of this season's new Alpinestars Gear HERE!