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Alpinestars Tech 1-R Leather Jacket 1.3mm top grade leather with extended perforated panels on the front for ventilation. External PU shoulder protectors derived from Alpinestars Racing Development program. MotoGP profile, perforated, back hump for improved aerodynamic and ventilation performance. Multiple external perforated leather panels on chest and back with foam padding inserts. Innovative side accordion stretch panel to enhance fit and flexibility. Functional accordion stretch inserts on elbow and shoulders. Aramidic stretch panels on sleeves. Fixed liner with 3D mesh liner insert on the back for comfort. -- D-ring waist adjustment. YKK front zip closure and YKK semi auto locking wrist closure. CE certified GP Series elbows protectors. Chest pad compartments with PE padding (Alpinestars Bionic chest pads available as accessory upgrade). Back compartment with PE padding (CE certified RC back protector available as accessory). Multiple snap button system to integrate the Level2 CE Certified Alpinestars Bionic Race Back protector. Waist zipper connection allows attachment to selected Alpinestars leather and textile pants.
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Worth the Extra $$$
PostedMay 18, 2012
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SpooN
From Philly
State:PA
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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First, this is my first leather jacket, I've worn a mesh textile jacket for the last 10 years. I was drawn to the look, styling and added protection of the GP series elbow and shoulder pads. I agree with other reviews that for the money upgraded chest and back pads should be included as standard. I purchased the bionic chest pads and bionic race back protector for maximum covereage.
Fitment: I am 5'8" 220 lbs with a 46" chest and I generally wear a 38 waist pant. Although the sizing chart says I'm a 56-58 I went with the 60 and it fits well. Its snug but not tight to where I have to "suck it in" to zip it up even with the upgraded padding. The arm length is perfect and stops right at the point where it is covered by my short riding glove. The zippers are solid and do not move at all during rides. The front of the jacket comes down to a natural point at my waistline and does not bunch up. The rear of the jacket, as well as the back protector, come down below my beltline. I have the back protector snapped into the lowest position to avoid pushing the speed hump up towards my helmet any further. The rear of the jacket stays tight to my back throughout the ride.
Positives: I love the look of the jacket as well as the feeling that I'm as well protected as I can be. Having worn a mesh jacket in the past I expected the leather to feel like wearing a trash bag under my clothes during summer. I was more than suprised by the ventilation provided by this jacket. My ride today was in 82 degree sunny conditions. My entire torso was exposed to moving air during my ride. My arms really didn't feel like air was getting to them but I didn't sweaat there either so it was at least breathable. The only place where I felt sweat was in my back under the race protector. I only realized this after my ride when I took the gear off, I never got hot during the ride. Now onto the devil that you love, the speed hump. I must admit that I bought it more for the look than the functionality as I may never hit a track but I found that it held my head steady as a rock. My head would get bumped around as I infringed on a few speed limits until I had the speed hump behind it. I feel like I'm spending alot less energy keeping my head still with this jacket.
Negatives: The speed hump....It fights my helmet. I found that I was only able to lift my head up enough under normal riding conditions to look through the top 25% of my visor. Being a noob to the speed hump this may be a fitment issue with my helmet #icon alliance# but it was not comfortable. I found that I strained less to lift my head with the back protector removed but that defeats the purpose of the added protection. Still, I was able to adjust things with the back protector attached to get through an hour ride with minor inconviences of lifting the chin of my helmet up once in a while. Second, like other reviews state, the neck is scratchy and almost made me not want to turn my head. I'm seriously considering wearing an under armor mock t-neck under the jacket to prevent the irritation.
All things considered I'm very happy with my purchase and would recommend this jacket to others. I find that when I look and feel good, my confidence is increased and I ride safer and smarter without having to worry about my level of protection. You can't put a $ amount on premium level of protection provided by the setup I purchased and I am more than satisfied with the value and safe feeling.
Ride safe friends, I hope this info was helpful.
Rides: 2011 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa
Yes, I recommend this product.
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