Monday, August 18

Alpinestars Bogota: Adventure Awaits

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Adventure touring is the fastest growing segment in motorcycling, and for good reason. The bikes are big, powerful, do-anything machines with neutral seating positions. They can eat highway miles, kill corners, and tear up dirt roads with ease. As this segment of motorcycling continues to expand, so does the selection of gear for riders of these machines.

New for the fall of 2014, Alpinestars will be introducing a mid-level, two-piece suit option called the Bogota. The Bogota gear will fall between the entry-level Andes pairing and the more expensive Valparaiso option. The pants and jacket can be used separately or paired together or with any of the other offerings in Alpinestars lineup.

Alpinestars Bogota Motorcycle JacketThe Alpinestars Bogota Jacket will utilize Drystar waterproofing technology in the form of a removable liner to keep riders dry while allowing them to remove it for maximum airflow from the Jet Ventilation system on hot, dry days in the saddle. When the temperatures drop, riders can zip in the thermal liner, in addition to the Drystar liner, to fight off the cold. The liner system for the pants differs a bit from the jacket, as the Drystar liner is built into the shell and the only venting available is indirect to the liner. The thermal liner is still removable.

Alpinestars Bogota Drystar Jacket Review:

Alpinestars Bogota Motorcycle PantsWhile the shell for both the jacket and the pants features 600D Ripstop Polyester in the impact areas, the shell for the Alpinestars Bogota Pants is even more complex, and includes 1000D Ripstop Polyester in the seat, as well as the cuffs. The pants feature removable suspenders, while the jacket has adjustment straps around the waist to allow for a perfectly tailored fit. There are plenty of pockets on the Bogota package, including a waterproof wallet pocket on the jacket and a rabbit pouch with drains to hold your liners when removed.

Alpinestars Bogota Drystar Pants Review:

The Bogota jacket features a three-quarter-length cut and is available in three colorways: Grey/Black/Hi-Viz, Black/Grey, and Grey/Black/Blue. The pants only come in two different color options: Black/Dark Grey, and Light Grey/Black. Both the pants and jacket feature more of an American cut and come in sizes ranging from small to 4XL.

From the dirt-oriented rider who choses a Honda CRF250L to the long-distance rider on the new liquid-cooled BMW R1200GS, off-road adventurers can find a bike tailored to the type of road they are looking to tackle. Alpinestars is hoping to command a bigger piece of this expanding market by offering a greater variety of choices, too. With affordable, high quality, versatile options like the Bogota, Alpinestars offers an alternative for the adventure seekers among us.

- Spurg

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