Friday, February 18

Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket Review

The brand new Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket is certain to be a home run amongst the aggressive street and sport riding crowd for warm and hot weather riding. The slick design immediately jumped out at us when we first got a chance to see it in person. Each of the color options has its own style of flash so you'll truly look as cool as you feel with the jacket's immense amount of airflow. The 360º zip and the high degree of functionality in terms of protection and performance makes the Alpinestars GPR Leather Jacket a solid choice for the trackday enthusiast and the spirited sport rider.

(This jacket has been replaced by the 2014 Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket)

Check out our Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket Review:

The Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket is built from premium 1.3mm full-grain leather with a large perforation scheme the spans the front and back of the jacket for high airflow in hot weather riding. For protection, Alpinestars' proprietary CE rated bioarmor is used in the shoulders and elbows, and it is adjustable to ensure comfort and proper placement. There is PE protective foam in the chest and back, with compartments to upgrade to the Alpinestars CE Rated Bio Armor Back Protector and Alpinestars Bionic Chest Guards. There is also the three-position snap system for the Alpinestars Bionic Race Back Protector which offers CE Level 2 protection. In addition, AStars has added external PU shoulder sliders to help protect in a get-off scenario.

Every seam in this jacket is also safety stitched for maximum tensile strength to prevent seam bursting in a crash. For ease of mobility on the bike, there are large aramidic stretch panels in the inner arms and at the backs of the shoulders. These afford a great deal of comfort and flex but they also flow a decent amount of air as well. The inner mesh lining on the GP-R also has stretch panels inserted to work hand-in-hand with the aramid externally. Adjustability at the waist allows for a custom fit and Alpinestars' universal use of YKK zippers ensures all closures remain secure at all times. Subtle details like the comfort collar ensure all-day riding without any chafing or discomfort.

The Alpinestars GPR Leather Jacket delivers exactly what everyone has come to expect from AStars: performance, protection, and style. This complements the rest of their line extremely well and is certain to be a knockout in 2011. To see similar gear, visit our Alpinestars Jackets and Leather Motorcycle Jackets pages at


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