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Alpinestars Viper Air Jacket This fashionably street-styled summer jacket features a mesh-on-mesh structure to offer unsurpassed levels of internal climate control. Pre-curved sleeves with Velcro volume adjustments, together with versatile V-ring waist fit, make the Viper highly customizable. The comfort benefits are ramped up with a removable windproof inner vest lining. Features Constructed from hard-wearing 600 Denier poly-fabric outer shell reinforced with PU Extensive double mesh on mesh panel construction on front and rear panels Removable windproof inner vest lining to allow jacket to be worn in wet weather Full interior mesh liner with Velcro closing wallet pocket Airflow-intake system on lower arms with perforated gusset Removable CE-certified Bio-Armor shoulder and elbow protection Chest and Back protector compartments with PE comfort padding (CE certified Bio Armor back protector insert available as accessory) Neoprene comfort edge on cuff and collar Collar constructed from padded 3D mesh Elongated rear profile, plus Velcro and D-ring waist adjustment Pre-curved sleeves External zippered hand pockets Internal waist connection zipper allows attachment to selected Alpinestars pants Reflective detailing on front and back Stitched and printed logos and YKK auto locking zippers Note The Black/Flo Yellow/White colorway features a Black collar, not Yellow as shown.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall excellent jacket - Great style and protection for a mesh, minor drawbacks
PostedJune 20, 2013
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FlyinBryan
From Benton Harbor
State:MI
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
The A/S Viper Air's many strengths more than outweigh its minor weaknesses.
Pros:
• Protection: Mesh materials seems much more durable and protective than other mesh jackets. It feels like it will do a good job of resisting abrasion in a crash.
• Fit: Fits my body better than most other "American-" or "touring-cut" jackets, which are usually too baggy. I'm 5'9", 160 lbs. and athletic or fitted shirts fit me best. This size M feels like it's molded to me. Nice and snug but not too tight. The sizing chart is dead on.
• Construction: A really well-made jacket. Fit and finish are superb.
• Value: Better construction and quality than you would expect for this price.
Cons:
* Zippers: They're a bit flimsy. They seem to be light-duty and really should be more robust for a motorcycle jacket. Most of the tabs are too small to easily grab while wearing gloves, except for the sleeve zippers. Also, the pull tab for the main zipper is on the left (Euro-style), so it might take a bit of getting used to.
• Liner: Includes only a non-waterproof vest liner when most mesh jackets come with a waterproof full liner. However, if you wear a rain overcoat this won't be an issue. Vest liner does a decent job of blocking wind.
• Visibility: I got the high-vis yellow and it really could use more yellow. It's supposed to be high-vis and yet the vast majority of the jacket is black.
• Collar: A little scratchy when turning my head.
If you're on the slim side like me and have trouble finding jackets that fit, I would definitely recommend this.
Rides: 2006 Yamaha FZS1000 FZ1
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