Passion for motorcycling and protecting its riders go hand in hand for Alpinestars. Given their attention to detail, the riders and their needs, they’ve grown, in their historical 50 years, to be the market leaders in rider protection. Last week they revealed to the press their 2016 product line-up and here’s a quick look at the 50+ new products now available.
Alpinestars 2016 Collection: Racing/Performance Riding
Returning for 2016, is the race-ready Atem Leather track suit. Available in both a one or two-piece form, updates include dynamic friction sliders on the shoulder and knees, internal leg and wrist closures to keep the suit properly placed in the event of a slide and newly developed bi-directional accordion leather inserts on the back and legs for a more comfortable crash if you do have one.
Of course the 1.3mm leather suit is loaded with CE-certified protection inside, race-tested by the likes of Jorge Lorenzo on the MotoGP circuit. The aerodynamic aero-hump is now ventilated and on the inside of the suit, a snap-button mounting system allows for finer tuning of the an accessory CE-certified Alpinestars Bionic Back protector. Comes in 3 colors and international sizes 48-60 and retails for $1,499.95.
The two-piece suit is available in all the same sizes, and two colorways, for $1,299.95 and of course has a full circumference wist connection zipper.
The Atem Leather Jacket is also available as a stand alone piece, is available in four colorways (same sizes and features) and retails for $799.95.
For a few less dollars but no less protective is the Celer Leather Jacket. A mixture of 1.3mm leather and flexible amazed leather stretch panels create a highly contoured fit and offer superior comfort and protection. Removable CE-certified elbow and shoulder pads come standard, while chest compartments house foam pads and allow room for accessory Alpinestars Bionic products. The Celer also has the multiple-snap button system for proper fit of an accessory Bionic back protector.
The Celer comes in four colors and international sizes 48-60 (48-64 Black) and retails for $649.95.
Designed to work with almost any Alpinestars jacket is the full-grain Missile Leather Pant. With a reinforced seat area, strengthened stitching, CE-certified GPR knee and shin protectors the Missile comes in international sizes 44-60 and retails for $399.95. A sporting riders must.
Completing the race and street category for 2016 is the highly-redesigned Supertech R Boot. Key to its performance updates are the ultralight rubber soles, external TPU shin protection with replaceable lateral sliders and a redesigned mesh and TPU front flex area. A replaceable TPU and aluminum toe slider combination allow for secure positioning thanks to a set screw tucked in behind the ridging, away from the wear zones: no more popping off in a deep corner or a slide. The Supertech R boot is CE-certified and available in four colors, and international sizes 39-48 for the retail rice of $499.95.
Alpinestars 2016 Collection: Black Shadow
If ‘murdered out’ is part of your everyday vernacular, you’ll be interested in Alpinestars newest editions to the Black Shadow collection. Building on the success of last year’s leather offerings, these textile pieces carry the same ‘street cred’ and protection with a reduction in both weight and price.
The Enforce Drystar Jacket is constructed of a heavy duty 450 denier polyamide textile and features stretch panels on the sleeves and waist for a more secure fit. Keeping the elements out is a full-length 100% Drystar liner and when the mercury rises, the long-sleeve sonic-quilted thermal liner is removable. CE-certified protection lines the shoulders and elbows on the inside while another level of security comes from the race-derived dual-density shoulder protection on the outside of the jacket.
For you, black is the new black, and the Enforce Drystar Jacket is available in your favorite color, only, but 7 international sizes from S to 4XL. MSRP $369.95.
Also new for the Black Shadow collection in 2016 is the Warden Air Jacket. Designed to keep a rider protected when it’s simply too damn hot for leather and you rather simply ride free. Constructed of the same heavy duty 450 denier material found on the Enforce, the Warden features welded mesh paneling on the torso and sleeves for major heat evacuation. The removable wind-breaker makes for a more comfortable ride after the sun’s rays disappear, but there’s no waterproof layer for those rain-soaked rides, just a waterproof wallet pocket for protecting the essentials.
The same aggressive sport fit with pre-curved sleeves also includes the same CE-certified protection in the elbows and shoulders. And for the unlucky riders, the external shoulder impact protectors help reduce shaving down of the jacket, and rider, in the event of a slide.
The Warden Air Jacket is available in 7 international sizes from S to 4XL with an MSRP of $329.95.
Both jackets come with internal pockets for chest and back protectors as well as a waist zipper for attaching to many of Alpinestars riding pants.
Completing the look, the new Warden Glove is made of a stretch poly-fabric with a multi-panel reinforced goatskin palm and includes EVA foam padding in the key impact zones. A fabric layer over-molded to the hard knuckle keeps the matte-black styling at the forefront while also protecting the rider. A short cuff with a Velcro closure locks the glove in place, and the capacitive thread on the index finger make it easier to blog about your ride without having to remove your gloves to do so. Available in 6 sizes from S to 3XL, the Warden Glove retails for $69.95.
Alpinestars 2016 Collection: City Collection
New for Alpinestars’ 2016 Urban wear collection are 3 new gloves, 5 new denim pieces and 3 new shoes. Top to bottom, lets start with the handheld offerings.
As part of Alpinestars’ City Collection, the C-20 Drystar Glove is their newest all-weather ride-everywhere glove. Waterproof, breathable, and thermally lined with Thinsulate, the leather-palmed C-20 includes a Velcro-closed gauntlet and wrist cinch to keep the weather out. Ergonomically precut and curved to easily fit the rider, 4 millimeters of EVA foam padding on the top of the hands and fingers provide a little more wind and knock protection. Leather accordion stretch inserts on the fingers allow for a freer movement when reaching for the levers, or the cellphone. Thanks to a touch-screen compatible fingertip, looking for a warmer destination to ride is much more easily done in the C-20 glove. Available in 6 sizes, S to 3XL, the C-20 retails for $119.95.
If the ride stays local, but the winds are still blowing, perhaps the short-cuff city-minded C-1 Windstopper Glove is right for you. Slightly more aggressive, lighter, windproof, water-resistant and featuring a short knitted cuff, the C-1 is the right choice for the road.
The GORE-TEX main shell, with over-molded hard knuckle, and a full-grain reinforced leather palm offer excellent abrasion and impact resistance. Also touch-screen capable, you’ll be able to easily communicate with your other Alpinestars-equipped ride mates via smartphone when not riding together. This easy-going city glove is available in 6 sizes from S to 3XL and retails for $89.95.
The C-1 Windstopper Glove is also available in the women’s Stella line, and offering the same build and protection quality in a product that was specifically designed, cut and fit to the female form. It is also available in 6 sizes from S to 3XL and retails for $89.95.
Below the belt, technically starting at the beltline, the Alpinestars City Collection introduces three new over-the-boot denim pieces for men and 2 new inner-boot designs for the ladies.
The regular/comfort fit 13oz. men’s Riffs Denim pant is ergonomically curved for the ride, includes adjustable CE-certified knee protection, accordion stretch inserts on the knee and seat area and DUPONT Kevlar reinforcement in the seat, hip and knee areas. Removable 5mm hip pads offer further damage control and a welcomed thigh zipper allows for air intake and heat management (available only on the Riffs). The traditional 5-pocket design opens the lineup and is available in sizes 28-40 and retails for $299.95.
The Crank Denim pant includes all the same features of the Riffs but in a tapered fit and more technically-styled design. The inclusion of an interior aramid reinforcement layer to the pre-shaped legs offers greater abrasion resistance. They’re available in two colorways, sizes 28-40, and retail for $249.95.
Lastly, the Copper Denim pant is a regular/straight cut jean available in 3 colors and sizes 28-40, retailing for $229.95.
For the lady riders out there, Alpinestars took the same key features of their mens denim collection, like the internal knee compartment and adjustable CE-certified knee protection for various leg lengths and interior DUPONT Kevlar-lined seat, hips and knees, and then threw away the moulds. All Alpinestars women’s products are designed, cut, and finished to fit a woman’s body, not scaled down versions of a man’s product with a pink sticker on them.
The Daisy Women’s Denim pant is a regular/slim cut 13oz. jean offered in two color ways and sizes 24-34, with a retail price of $199.99.
The Riley Woman’s Denim pant includes greater abrasion and impact resistance thanks to the aramid fiber reinforcements included within. Custom rivets and leather detailing provide a deeper sense of style to these regular/slim cut jeans and are available in sizes 24-34 and retail for $239.95.
Alpinestars 2016 Collection: Road/Casual Riding: History and Style
Taking one further step down the fashion line, we find the new editions to the Alpinestars footwear collection. The dapper and waterproof Parlor Drystar shoe makes the everyday rider covert and protected, in style. This classy and timeless shoe features a full-grain leather upper, dual-density ankle protectors, reinforced toe box and heel counters and Alpinestars’ exclusive oil-resistant rubber sole. Traditional lacing lends to the classic look, while the medial side zipper and leather covers provide easy mounts and dismounts. The Parlor Drystar is CE-certified and available in US sizes 6-13 for a suggested retail price of $179.99.
Stepping back in time towards Alpinestars’ 50 year (and counting) history, the Rayburn Shoe is introduced to the Oscar line for 2016. Retro in cafe style but up to date in safety features, the Rayburn includes a hand-finished full-grain upper, a gusseted tongue, padded achilles collar, dual-density TPU ankle protection, toe box and heel counter reinforcements, an internal sole shank and a replaceable insole all on top of Alpinestars’ exclusive oil-resistant rubber sole with a new grip pattern. CE-certified and available in sizes 6-14, with a retail price of @249.95.
Lastly in the footwear department is the new Stadium Shoe. A flashy skateboard-style and casual riding sneaker (available in 2 color treatments) with superb TPU ankle protection and a 3D mesh lining with perforated panels for high air flow while on the ride. The padded tongue and traditional lacing make for a comfortable and tailored fit. Available in US sizes 6-14, the Stadium Shoe retails for $169.95.
Alpinestars 2016 Collection: Tech Touring
When the pavement ends, but the journey continues, Alpinestars has you covered there too with the new Durban Gore-Tex Jacket and Pant. As kingpin to their Tech Touring line, the Durban is your wearable multi-tool with a lightweight multi-panel main shell, held in place with an adjustable interior waist belt and an army of features. A pair of removable liners (Gore-Tex and micro-fleece) and keep you warm and dry when necessary, and a redesigned open-mesh ventilation system running the full length of the jacket keeps you cool while still zipped up. For those extreme heat rides, the sleeves now zip off as well.
Safety comes in the form of CE-certified elbow and shoulder protection, and interior space for chest and back protection upgrades. The jacket is also fully compatible with the Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support system as well.
Waterproof pockets keep your important stuff dry, and the larger rear utility pocket is removable and perfect for storing liner layers, maps, or small game. Above that is space for a 2-liter hydration bladder and comes in 7 sizes from S to 4XL. Retail price is $799.95.
The Durban Gore-Tex Pant consists of the same main shell build and color scheme as the jacket with the addition of medial lower leather panels for extra abrasion resistance on this over-the-boot enduro style product. Alpinestars patented Vector knee construction is a pre-curved design allowing for greater movement and less effort, and includes removable CE-certified protectors within.
An internal waist connection zipper helps keep the pants in place in the event of a get-off when not opting for the accessory bib and suspenders. Waterproof pockets on the side keep your cash dry while the extended air-intakes keep the pant well ventilated. Comes in international sizes 48-60 and retails for $599.95.
No true adventure outfit would be complete without a pair of sturdy riding boots. The Corozal Adventure Drystar Boot is packed with features and adventure. A multi-panel construction of PU-coated leather, microfiber and suede leather, with front and rear accordion flex zones and an external polymer shell offer impact protection and lateral foot support. A new two-buckle closure system offers lighter weight, smaller detents for finer foot fitment and a quick release lever for easier ejection.
The waterproof and breathable Drystar membrane offers all-weather protection and the integrated steel shank offer superior arch support. The boot is CE-certified and comes in US sizes 7-13 and retails for $289.95.
For the more extreme riders out there, those of us willing to ride well in to the winter months, there is the help in the form of the Alpinestars Tech Layer Top. Designed to replace your jacket’s liner with a thicker and more finely crafted windproof and thermal fleece layer. Pre-curved sleeves, with Lycra cuffs and a thumb loop, make for easy fitment to your outer layers. External hand pockets, and a zippered chest pocket, allow for stylish après-riding wear. Available in international sizes S to 3XL and retails for $139.95.
Alpinestars 2016 Collection: Sport Touring
New for the Alpinestars catalog is a Sport Touring product line and the Pikes Drystar Jacket tops the line for 2016. As a cross between their adventure wear and their street wear products, the Pikes offers a heavy duty denier textile main shell with the external TPU shoulder sliders seen on their racier products, as well as a full-length 100% waterproof Drystar liner and removable long-sleeve thermal liner as well for multi-season wear. Leather panels on the lower sleeves offer greater slide protection and CE-certified elbow and shoulder pads absorb any hits. Internal pockets front and rear have advanced poly-form comfort layers but easily make way for accessory upgrades for fuller protection.
Heat management is modulated by zippered cuff closures on the sleeve and the Alpinestars Climate Control System (CCS) offers more air flow to the shoulder and back via horizontal vents near the collar-bone. The Pikes is available in international sizes S to 4XL and retails for $429.95.
The internal full-circumference waist connection zipper pairs well with AST-1 Waterproof Pant. Their all-weather touring and/or commuter pant offers a 100% waterproof and breathable membrane, with pre-curved legs and an articulated knee construction and CE-certified protectors. Optimized for use with the AST-1 waterproof jacket, and available in a ‘short’ version as well, the pant has Ballistic nylon reinforcements on the thighs, knees and seat area and internal foam hip protectors for the occasional get-off.
External boot gusset zippers help the pant make the right fit with you boots. Comes in international sizes S to 4XL (2.5 cm shorter version S to 2XL) and retails for $199.95.
The Super Touring Core-Tex Boot is a revolution in tech touring footwear, with a lateral-side reverse-action pump ratchet single-buckle system and offers a narrower, more aerodynamic profile, and greater feel for your motorcycle. This rear-entry boot has a wide entry aperture and accordion Achilles flex zones for even easier entry. All-weather performance is provided by the full-grain leather main shell and Gore-Tex lining. This boot is CE-certified and comes in international sizes 37-48 and retails for $399.95.
For dryer and/or hotter rides, the Multiair XCR Boot has the same 360° Achilles-heel security single-buckle closure system found on the Sport Touring boot above, and the waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex XCR membrane, but also has 3D mesh instep and Achilles panels for even greater airflow and breathability. The Multiair is CE-certified and comes in international sizes 37-48 and retails for $269.95.
Lastly Alpinestars introduces four new all-weather and touring gloves and a pair of backpacks for the commuter class. The Corozal Drystar Glove has a durable poly-textile upper, with an over-molded hard knuckle protector, and a leather palm. Rubber thumb and palm reinforcement give greater grip on the ride. This short-cuff Velcro-closed glove is touchscreen compatible and includes a helmet visor wiper as well as the race-derived and patented finger bridge to keep the pinky from undue damage in a crash. Available in international sizes S to 3XL and retailing for $109.95.
For more weather and ride protection, the Polar Gore-Tex Glove is designed to give the optimum insulation and protection on your rides. This medium-length leather and textile glove has a dual cuff closure system, an over-molded hard knuckle protector, a patented finger bridge to keep the third and fourth fingers more secure and a reinforced leather palm. It’s touchscreen compatible and comes in international sizes S to 3XL and retails for $149.95.
An lighter alternative to the Polar glove, with many of the same features, and a longer over-the-jacket Velcro cut gaiter, is the Apex Drystar Glove. With a Drystar membrane for waterproofness and a Thinsulate layer for warmth, this poly-textile upper and leather palmed glove comes in international sizes S to 3XL and retails for $89.95.
The last pair of new gloves comes in both a male and female cut, and includes a poly-textile upper with a leather palm for the more comfort. The SR-3 Drystar Glove and Stella SR-3 Drystar Glove are comfort-minded tools for the everyday rider. These long-cuff gloves do not have hard knuckle protection but they do have a Drystar membrane for waterproofness and a Thinsulate layer for warmth. They are available in international sizes S to 3XL (XS-XL Women) and retails for $69.95.
Alpinestars 2016 Collection: Technical Accessories
The Orbit is an versatile backpack with a large capacity (expandable 28 to 35 liters), laptop sleeve and dedicated electronics pockets and a space for an accessory hydration bladder. Incorporating new innovations such as the advanced load carrying system, which evenly distributes weight across the back, or the free-moving anatomical shoulder straps, the Orbit features a waterproof chassis and a versatile roll-top closure system. Suggested retail price is $199.95.
The second backpack is the Force, carrying up to 25 liters of gear in a low-profile pack and featuring the innovative advanced load carrying system and free-moving shoulder straps designed to redistribute weight evenly across the back for improved comfort and fit on long or short rides. Built in electronics and hydration pockets pair with a helmet carrier for those moment on foot. A removable waterproof rain cover hides in one of the many exterior pockets and it retails for $169.95.