Thursday, February 17

Alpinestars Spring 2011 Gear Overview

Alpinestars is releasing a slew of new products for Spring 2011 and we are extremely excited to finally be able to share this new gear with the TeamZilla community. A few new leathers, a feature-rich lightweight boot redesign, some standout products in the AStars City Collection, and a redesign of Alpinestars bestselling glove of all time highlight the new run.

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves Review
First off, the Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon Gloves have received their first redesign in a long time. Alpinestars bestselling glove ever has a completely new style but maintains the protective, comfort and airflow elements that have made this glove so popular for so long. The chassis is leather, 3D mesh, and Clarino synthetic leather while the protection is thermoplastic rubber hard parts and a carbon fiber knuckle protector. Additional padding at the palm with an Airprene comfort cuff and microvelcro closure system add to this glove's overall protection and comfort. And, of course, the immense amount of airflow rushing through this glove is what keeps it popular as a street and sport summer choice year after year.

Alpinestars SP-1 Race Suit Review
The Alpinestars SP-1 One Piece Race Suit is a redesign of its predecessor of the same name with updated style and the addition of external PU sliders at the shoulders. This suit has been very popular for the last few years as it offers a great deal of value at the sub $900 price point. 1.3mm full grain leather with strategic perforation, removable and adjustable CE rated GP style elbow and shoulder armor with GP-R knee/shin armor, with pockets to upgrade the chest protection. The SP-1 also has replaceable PU GP-style knee sliders and a snap-in system for the Alpinestars Bionic Race Protector. This suit is loaded with leather flex zones that allow for complete freedom of movement on the bike. Finally, the moderate pre-shaping of this suit means that you'll be able to stand up straight without overwhelming discomfort.

Alpinestars S-MX Plus Boots Review
The Alpinestars S-MX Plus Boots are a redesign of one of Alpinestars bestselling race boots. Second in line only to the Supertech R Boots in the AStars chain of command, the S-MX Plus Boots boast major upgrades over the predecessor, most notably the lighter weight and a more streamlined and sleek design. The Alpinestars SMX Plus Vented Boots are more than 0.5kg lighter than the previous version, a significant difference for any piece of race apparel. Utilizing the Multi Link System, they were able to eliminate some bulk and add a more protective element. The Multi Link System limits range of motion and provides protection from hypertorsion, hyperflexion, and hyperextension with built in hard parts that also protect the achilles tendon. This is also AStars first use of their new high-grip rubber race sole.

Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket Review
The Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket is a brand new product for Spring 2011 that we think is going to be a pretty big deal in the sport riding community. A protective leather jacket with a large perforation scheme, the GP-R is primed for mid-Spring to mid-Fall aggressive sport riding with a full 360º zip for pants-connection and trackday riding. With 1.3mm full grain leather and a supply of Alpinestars CE rated Bioarmor in the shoulders and elbows, with pockets to upgrade the chest and back armor, the GP-R is extremely protective and ergonomic thanks to the aramidic stretch panels strategically placed in flex zones. External PU sliders on the shoulders bulk up the protection and the neoprene comfort collar and cuffs staves off any discomfort in active riding conditions.

Alpinestars GP Plus Leather Jacket Review
The Alpinestars GP Plus Leather Jacket is built for aggressive sport riding in a more milder climate than the GP-R. This would be a perfect fit for somewhere on the West Coast like San Francisco; a city rider who likes to take the bike out on the weekends for some spirited rides. Premium 1.3mm full-grain leather, CE rated proprietary Bioarmor, chest and back compartments for upgraded protection, multi-snap system for CE level 2 Alpinestars Bionic Race Back Protector; this jacket truly has it all. Strategic aramidic stretch panels allow for uninhibited range of motion in all aggressive riding scenarios. With its 360º zip, YKK zippers, safety stitching and extremely ergonomic fit, the Alpinestars GP Plus Leather Jacket is going to be very popular this year.

Alpinestars Verona Air Jacket Review
Three more textile jackets for this season from Alpinestars. The Alpinestars T-Gasoline WP Jacket is a waterproof breathable Fall-Winter-Spring textile jacket designed for street and sport touring riding. Two new offerings from the City Collection have us impressed this season, as the Alpinestars Verona Air Jacket and Alpinestars Matrix Kevlar Jacket have been released. Designed for hot weather light motorcycling, scooter riding and commuting, the Verona Air takes the chassis of the very popular Verona jacket and adds a ton of mesh for high levels of airflow and comfort. The Matrix Kevlar is designed for city riding, scooter riding, and commuting, and matches style with performance for the rider seeking subtle motorcycle gear.

Alpinestars Messenger Drystar Gloves Review
Two new slick gloves for Spring 2011 from AStars as well, part of the City Collection. First, the Alpinestars Messenger Drystar Glove is a waterproof breathable glove built for the city rider. With all-weather functionality and a subtle design, the Messenger Drystar is a perfect match for any jacket from the Alpinestars City Collection, particularly the Messenger or Verona waterproof jackets. The perfect mate to the new Matrix Kevlar jacket, the Alpinestars Scheme Kevlar Gloves put as much emphasis on style as they do on safety. A lightweight short cuff glove designed for warm weather city riding, the Scheme Kevlars have carbon fiber knuckle protection for impact protection and Kevlar inner reinforcements for superior abrasion resistance.

Alpinestars Armor & Protection Guide
Finally, the brand new Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector and Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector Insert are the newest back protection options from Alpinestars. Utilizing the same technologies that go into the rest of their "Bionic" line, these CE rated back protectors offer ergonomics, comfort, and safety all wrapped up in one package. With the use of Alpinestars Dual Density Honeycomb Technology, the weight is kept down but the protection soars. The insert will slide into any Alpinestars jacket with a protector pocket while the protector features shoulder and waist straps and can worn under anything. The protector also offers more coverage.


Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket Review
Alpinestars S-MX 2 Air Carbon Glove Review
Alpinestars SMX-Plus Race Boots Review
Alpinestars SP-1 Race Suit Review

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