Knowmaddd
 
 
 
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    March 24, 2012
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Alpinestars T-Fuel WP Jacket Constructed from brushed, PU coated polyamide fabric for increased abrasion and water resistance 100 waterproof and breathable membrane Removable, long-sleeved quilted liner Removable CE certified Bio Armor elbow and shoulder protectors Waist connection zipper allows attachment to selected Alpinestars leather and textile pants Integrated high visibility reflective piping improves rider visibility in poor light conditions
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
A qualified recommendation for an OK product
PostedMarch 15, 2013
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Knowmaddd
State:TX
Rider Type:Commuter
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Before I get into the product specifics, let's talk about intended use. I currently live in an area that allows me to ride year round. Winters do go down to the high 20's (slightly below zero if you prefer the metric system) so warm clothing is still required.
Given my location I get a great amount of use out of my mesh jacket (Verona Air). For those colder days I had been pairing the mesh jacket with a second layer or even a third. The t-fuel solves this problem by properly blocking cold air, with a bonus: I can use my Alpinestars back and chest protection.
About this jacket. Very good bang for the buck. You get a full liner, what I think is a nice urban/retro city style and some protection. It's also waterproof, but I've not tested it.
The not so great stuff? The fit is challenging. I'm 5'9" 170 lbs and the medium would not have allowed any layers. Moving up to a large I can layer, but the elbow pads are very loose. Not the best solution for protection when layering.
The main zipper is quite light and I've had issues with it. You have to be extra careful to align the zipper or it will 'unzip' from the bottom up. A more heavy duty bi-directional zipper would have been appreciated.
Another issue is the collar: There is a flap with no hook on the inside of the jacket should you wish to keep it open up top. With the jacket unzipped, the collar will poke you in the face. I've fixed this with some double sided tape and Velcro. Now I can rock an open collar at will.
Bottom line: OK jacket but you get what you pay for. Good price with OK fit, low quality zipper and a collar that could have used a bit more design consideration
Overall, it does the job on a budget and looks very good. Great on a cold day and looks good. I do however think it could have been better designed.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector Insert Features The Bionic Air Back Protector insert is CE certified to the latest back protector standard and offers the street rider superior levels of comfort and performance in an ergonomic design. CE Certified Level 1 to the LATEST back protector standard (prEN1621-22010) allowing a slimmer, more ergonomic design. Slips in to your jackets back protector pocket to give you high levels of protection on the street without hindering riding comfort. Innovative Dual Density Honeycomb Technology (DDH) combines two different honeycomb structures to offer lightweight impact protection with exceptional breathability and comfort Outer Honeycomb plate - Made of Polypropylene provides an outer structure to protect the back from penetrating injuries, as well as dissipating impact force over a wider area Inner Honeycomb foam - Made from a special elastomeric compound, this light and flexible impact foam absorbs transferred energy Please see below chart for protector measurements Size Measurements Medium 16.5 Height 10 Widest Point 9 Narrowest Point Large 19 Height 10 Widest Point 9 Narrowest Point (function() var cycle true ('table.sizechart tbody tr').each(function(row) classname (cycle !cycle) 'light' 'dark' row.addClassName(classname) ) )()
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great fit, good airflow
PostedMarch 31, 2012
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Knowmaddd
State:TX
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I bike in hot weather. The Verona air, bionic chest protectors and back protector is what I use on every ride. Very comfortable and great airflow, even at slower city speeds.
There is no excuse for not using protection.
 
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Alpinestars Women's Bionic Chest Pad The Bionic Chest Pad impact and vibration protection upgrade accessory for use in Alpinestars jackets and suits. Features Polymer chest plate backed with Bio-Foam to provide extra protection to the chest from impact and vibration Fits into Alpinestars 1pc/2pc suits, most leather and textile jackets Vented to maintain airflow cooling
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
You'll never know you have them on...
PostedMarch 31, 2012
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Knowmaddd
State:TX
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Light, good airflow and extra protection. Why would you not buy a set?
'Nuff said.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Bionic Freeride Shorts Created to be worn under a pair of motocross pants to provide protection for offroad riding, skiing or downhill MTB, Alpinestars Bionic Freeride Short delivers performance, safety and comfort. Features Protective yet extremely comfortable and flexible under pants Lycra and mesh base construction entilated, Bio-foam padding on hip, thigh and tailbone area for provides comfortable yet highly effective impact protection Hard PU inserts reinforce the thigh and tailbone areas for additional impact and abrasion resistance
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfortable and protective
PostedMarch 31, 2012
Customer avatar
Knowmaddd
State:TX
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nobody likes to think about crashing. I think that's one reason many people don't use protective gear.
These shorts are my go to for my daily commute. They fit well (I'm 5' 9", 160LB and wear medium) and are very comfortable. Medium cut or baggy jeans fit over them.
I think these shorts are good value and also, a good part of any 'contingency' plan.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Alpinestars Verona Air Jacket A mid-length, warm weather commuting jacket featuring a sport bike cut, premium protection and durable shell in a sleek, understated design. Dual 450D polyester outer shell with mesh inserts and double PU coating provides excellent ventilation and abrasion resistance. Removable CE certified Bio Armor elbow and shoulder protectors provide excellent impact protection while being incredibly lightweight and slim, allowing for a comfortable fit. Alpinestars Bionic chest pads and CE certified RC back protector available as optional accessories. Exclusive City Collection trims and embroidered labels give a stylish, minimalist design. Micro-Velcro waist adjustment flap allows custom fit
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great warm weather option: Heat is no excuse for not being protected!
PostedMarch 24, 2012
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Knowmaddd
State:TX
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
First the good:
1 - This jacket flows lots of air. On a very hot day with a t-shirt it's quite comfortable at speed and even when crawling through traffic. On a cooler morning, I pair it with a thin hoodie.
2 - The protection options are, in my opinion, the best. You have shoulder and elbow included and you can add both back and chest. This was the main reason I chose this jacket.
3 - Low key styling is great on and off the bike. I use this as my casual jacket on a day to day basis even when I don't ride. It's that subtle and comfortable.
Now, the could be better
1 - No reflective piping etc. This should be added in future, but is not an issue for me as I don't usually ride at night.
2 - The waist adjustments don't use 'd' rings, so are a bit harder to set. Other jackets from this vendor use 'd' rings. I hope they bring that feature to this jacket.
3 - Not many colour options. This is a matter of taste; you can't make everyone happy.
4 - It fits a bit small. I had to pay shipping back to Revzilla (returns are at your expense) to get the right size. I'm 5' 9", 160lb. I'm wearing a large which is a good fit with a t-shirt or a (very thin) thermal layer.
Many people in the area I live don't where a jacket because it's 'too hot'. This jacket eliminates that argument and gives you some good protection (safe riding is of course your best protection!).
Also, Revzill is far ahead of many local bricks and mortar stores when it comes to selection; this jacket is nowhere to be found in the city I ride in.
I highly recommend this jacket.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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