Monday, February 20

Alpinestars GP Plus R v2 Jacket

The Alpinestars GP Plus R Leather Jacket has been a staple of the sport riding community for quite a while now. For that reason, they did not try to reinvent the wheel with the Alpinestars GP Plus R v2  Jacket, but rather improve an already tried and true design.

Alpinestars GP Plus R v2 Leather Motorcycle JacketThe biggest change that most people will notice are the shoulder protectors. Riders have asked and Alpinestars has answered! Gone are the small polymer shoulder sliders in place of full-sized leather coated TPU guards which increase abrasion resistance and impact protection. You will also notice that Alpinestars worked on improving the fit and comfort with increased stretch material. Stretch now works its way higher up along the arms allowing for better range of motion and accordion panels become slightly larger. Additionally they reinforced the construction by trimming down the amount of leather panels used. Less seams equal less weak points for the jacket to fail. Finally the ventilation scheme has ever so slightly been tweaked for better airflow.

Alpinestars GP Plus R v2 Jacket Review:

Altogether, the changes to the GP Plus R v2 are not in any way earth shattering and that is a good thing. Alpinestars realizes that they already have an excellent platform. They addressed some of the rider pain points and the result is an overall better jacket. For an additional $20 over last year's model, this jacket is on point with just the right amount of change in features for little change in price.

Pete V.

Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v2 Air Jacket

Freshly updated for this year's Spring collection, the Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v2 Air builds upon the very successful platform of the T-GP Plus R Jackets. That is right folks, this is the Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v2 Air Jacket. Try to say that five times fast!

Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v2 Air Motorcycle JacketThe most notable improvement over the previous iteration of this jacket is first and foremost the restyling. Alpinestars decided to ditch some of the raised foam padding throughout the jacket and tone down the branding a bit leaving an overall cleaner appearance. Working off of this idea of refinement they have also trimmed some of the bulk out of the collar and made a switch from accordion poly-fabric stretch at the shoulders to standard poly-fabric stretch. In my opinion it looks and functions a bit better. Finally, they added TPU hard parts to the shoulders covered in a layer of textile improving the overall impact protection and sporty aesthetics.

Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v2 Air Jacket:

All together, the slight changes improve this already great platform and I think the added shoulder protection warrants the $10 price increase over last year's model. At $239.95 the Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v2 Air checks all of the boxes for a protective and well priced summer weight jacket.

Pete V.

Alpinestars Andes v2 Drystar Jacket

Already a big hit when it was introduced about a year ago, the Andes Drystar Jacket is getting an upgrade in the form of the Alpinestars Andes Drystar v2 Jacket.

Alpinestars Andes Drystar v2 Motorcycle JacketAll of the features we loved about the original Andes are still present, particularly the very good Drystar membrane which is both waterproof and breathable. What Alpinestars have added that we would have loved to see in the original, however, is direct venting to the body through the front vents to make the jacket much more usable in hot weather, better stretch panels as well as forearm adjustment ability around the arms, and a slightly shorter and more comfortable collar. Combine all this with the still-present pockets for Nucleon chest and back protectors and you have yourself the best and safest entry-level ADV jacket out there right now.

Alpinestars Andes Drystar v2 Jacket Review:

If you are someone who is looking for an all-weather jacket that performs way better than its price tag may suggest, the Alpinestars Andes v2 Jacket is worth a long look.

Dan M.

Alpinestars Motegi v2 Race Suit

The new Alpinestars Motegi v2 Race Suit is the newest refinement of the Alpinestars entry level leather suit. Throughout its iterations the suit has slowly been coaxed into something much more track worthy. The Motegi v2 One Piece Race Suit is technically the third version of the suit and it is true what they say. The third time's the charm.
Alpinestars Motegi v2 Motorcycle Race Suit
The v2 suit continues to have premium 1.3 full-grain bovine leather, removable CE protectors, and a removable mesh liner from the previous version. New stretch panels, an updated collar, and a tweaked mesh liner design make this new release much more than a style update. The Motegi v2 One Piece suit is the baseline option in Alpinestars leather suit line up but it will tackle the track or carve through canyons with the best of them.

Alpinestars Motegi v2 Race Suit Review:

Rome wasn't built in a day and the new Motegi v2 One Piece leather suit took three tries to get to this point. If you are considering getting into track days then you should consider getting into the new Motegi suit.


Alpinestars Highlands Gloves

Alpinestars Highland Motorcycle GlovesThe Alpinestars Highlands Gloves are the new ADV gloves in Alpinestars Spring/Summer line up for 2017. The outer shell is constructed from durable goat leather and 3D mesh on the back of the hand. The premium, full-grain leather palm construction is durable and offers excellent abrasion resistance. The advanced over-molded polymer knuckle protector excellent impact performance. The palm and thumb are padded with energy absorbing EVA foam for additional protection.

Alpinestars Highlands Gloves Review:

Alpinestars’ exclusive ergonomic stretch insert between the palm and thumb improve agility and comfort. The fingers are pre-curved to reduce rider fatigue while offering excellent fit. The index fingertip and thumb are touchscreen compatible. These gloves provide maximum breathability for hot weather riding, while offering a solid level of protection and comfort for on-road and off-road riding.

Ben D.

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