What are the Best Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets?
My cupboards are jam packed with leather and textile riding gear and my wife has given up on tidying my man cave because I have motorcycle crap everywhere. This weekend she made me do a big spring clean (yes I know in my own man cave!) and it surprised me to see how much Alpinestars gear I owned. Here’s our pick for the top 3 best Alpinestars motorcycle jackets.
3 Best Alpinestars Motorcycle Jackets Review
Alpinestars Celer Men's Jacket
This is high-quality Alpinestars jacket is one of the best in the market. With a fashionable design, this coat looks great on anyone. The perfect mixture of fashion, safety and value.
It has certain race-grade features in the form of a 1.3mm full grain leather, ventilated speed hump, and a CE-certified shoulder and elbow protection pads.
Alpinestars Andes Jacket
The Andes Drystar model is a fantastic riding jacket that is both respected for its technical makeup but also boasts to be one of the most comfortable wearing jackets.
It is 100% waterproof which is a must with the coat you buy. Due to the style, it is not too hot to wear during the hot summer days. It has CE-certified Bio-Armor protectors, back, and chest padded compartments.
So with this jacket you know you will be well protected. The style is very modern with superb stitching, reinforcing zippers and pockets.You really can't go wrong with this jacket.
This jacket is exactly what you would expect from Alpinestars which is superior material quality. The mesh paneling material gives you much needed temperature control which many coats cant get the right balance to. This jacket is guaranteed to be ventilate you in the heat, as well as keeping you warm during the cold winter mornings.
Alpinestars GP Pro
This one of the top premium jackets on the market for the super-sport enthusiasts or casual riders who want to look like one while driving. Many casual riders love the look of this jacket and because the jacket has all the ergonomics and protective features of a standard professional racing jacket, it one of the most popular jackets that Alpinestars has produced.
Alpinestars GP Plus R
TThis is a full technical textile jacket aimed at sport riding enthusiasts. Like the standard GP Pro jacket, many riders love the look of these jackets. You look cool with probably the best safety features you can find on any motorbike jacket.
Always Keeping Your Safety First
Obviously everybody is different and will have different perspectives on which brand is better, so I guess what it really comes down to is…what do people look for when searching for a superior product? I think one word comes to every riders mind first and for most….SAFETY!
As much as we all feel the need for speed I don’t think any of us including the riding greats really wants to see their body parts smashed against a wall or tree. If you're throwing yourself around a track at speeds in excess of 300kph on a bike that's packing 230hp you’d want to make sure you’re pretty well protected am I right? I’m not saying I particularly ride with this much power on a daily basis but I do ride really fast sometimes and hobbyists like me need protection!
You can’t call yourself a superior brand unless you continue to test and push the boundaries of innovation and Alpinestars are very well known for rigorously testing their products to the limit to ensure rider safety.
They subject all their products through a series of tests that mimic crash-like conditions before anything hits the market. For example Alpinestars jackets go through an Abrasion Test that simulates sliding along the pavement. This is where the leather or textile materials used for their jackets are dropped several times from every conceivable direction onto a rotating belt with a 60 grit sandpaper-like surface.
If the garment can survive for more than 4 seconds, it passes the test and is granted Level 1 certification. Level 2 certification requires it to remain intact for more than seven seconds. Other tests include the Impact Cut Test, which simulates encountering a piece of debris, like glass, while sliding on the road and the Burst Strength test, which evaluates the rigidity and hardiness of the garment and seams when hit with extreme force.
Now I don’t know about you but if you don’t feel safe wearing gear that has been tested by people that resemble the guys from “Mythbusters” then nothing will make you happy.
Alpinestars Revolutionises Safety With The Tech-Air Street Airbag System
When Alpinestars first released the new Tech-Air Street Airbag System, developed for street riding it was a pivotal moment in the market and a major step in motorbike safety. Traditionally, airbag systems have been reserved for the track enthusiasts and are often considered a luxury feature because they're so expensive.
The Tech-Air system is a self-contained under-garment device that employees an airbag that covers the rider's neck and back in the event of a harsh crash. If the system senses a hard deceleration and impact along with other factors, it deploys. According to Alpinestars, last year's race season saw over 200 deployments, none of which were misfires. The system is known for being precise and accurate, only deploying when it should.
Now, riders can benefit from the full protection of airbags without having to commute in a full tracksuit. In the event of a crash, the airbags will inflate to cover the back, shoulders, kidneys, chest and upper abdomen. It has been proven that this new piece of technology works and now all the major brands in the market have brought out their own version of the Airbag system, but you saw it first with Alpinestars of course.
Cost vs Value: Is Alpinestars Worth It?
Ok so safety is definitely the most important factor for riders, but that’s definitely not to say it’s the only thing that gets our attention when choosing a superior product. Price is another major point to consider when people fall into the rabbit hole of this sport. Let’s face it the motorsport industry is expensive and weather you are a professional racer or just an extreme hobbyist the dollars can certainly add up. I can’t even begin to explain the countless financial arguments my wife and I have had over the value of having groceries in the fridge for the next month as opposed to spending that money on a new pair of the Tech 5 boots (don’t even get me started).
So what I learned when having these debates with the misses is the best way to perceive cost is to look at the VALUE it brings. Yes, the cost of Alpinestars products can seem a little on the high end scale of things depending on the product you are purchasing, however at least you can rest assure that the price you are paying for the logo stitched to your product means you are getting tested and certified safety equipment.
Alpinestars also take a lot of pride in the design of their products and have been industry leaders in manufacturing comfortable and stylish gear. Each year their designers work hard to improve on the last model they released as well as keep up with their competitors. When I was growing up, the Tech 8 was the boot that all my superheroes wore.
Guys like Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael dominated the sport while wearing Tech 8s. These days, the Tech 8 still has the same reputation, but they certainly didn’t stop there. Alpinestars’ latest version is the Tech 8 RS, which looks sharp, has new bright colours and other numerous small refinements that have brought the boot even closer to perfection. VALUE trumps on price I say!
Our Final Verdict
Ok so to wrap this up I personally think Alpinestars is a superior brand because they are at the top of the food chain when it comes to manufacturing top class motorcycle equipment and apparel. The reason why they are considered one of the biggest motorcycle superstores around the world is because they understand their markets needs and desired and spend their time evolving and innovating their products to ensure safety, comfort and style giving quality value to all their customers.
That is why Alpinestars is scattered all over my man cave…..mystery solved. Stay tuned next week to hear about the time I convinced my wife that buying an Alpinestars jacket was vital for both of our health!