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 Alpinestars Scout Touring Drystar Jacket
Alpinestars Scout Touring Drystar Jacket
Long Waterproof Sport Touring jacket developed for use in all weather conditions, around town and on long trips, combining practicality with elegant aesthetic details. Features Three-quarter length waterproof Sport Touring jacket with a stylish Nylon fabric outer shell in a design inspired by Alpinestars fashion clothing patterns Alpinestars exclusive waterproof and breathable Drystar internal lining construction Alpinestars exclusive waterproof and breathable Drystar internal lining construction Multiple-stitched main seam construction for maximum tear resistance Alpinestars removable CE certified smart protectors Front center dual flap closure system for waterproofing Waist connection zipper allows attachment to selected Alpinestars Leather and Textile pants Chest pad compartments with PE protection (Alpinestars Bionic chest guards available as accessory upgrade) Alpinestars tech collar External, water resistant, chest and waist pockets 3M reflective panels for night time visibility Zip operated ventilation and side expansion gussets for additional riding comfort Snap operated arm adjustment tabs and cuff adjustments Soft neoprene collar Waist adjustment belt YKK Semi Auto Lock zippers Removable thermal full sleeve liner, with three pockets duplicating the internal jacket pockets for great convenience Back Protector compartment with PE padding (CE certified RC back Protector available as accessory) Embroidered logos and leather trims
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Very well-designed, with a couple of drawbacks
PostedJune 15, 2012
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80wattHamster
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Rider Type:Commuter
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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I really wanted to give this jacket five stars. It looks great, fits well, and has excellent adjustments. Where it falls down a bit is versatility.
I'll start with the good stuff, namely fit and warmth. As a fairly lanky guy at 6'0" and 170 lbs, finding jackets that fit around the middle but also have sufficient arm length has been a struggle. This piece in Medium seems to have been tailored using a mannequin of my proportions. Slightly cinch the waist straps, which are slighly high for my long torso, button down the sleeves, and we finally have ourselves a winner. The combination velcro/zipper cuffs are a particularly nice touch. The extra length in the waist flares out nicely with the side zippers up, so you don't get bunching around the waist when seated.
I haven't taken the Scout through a serious downpour yet, but moderate rain has so far failed to get through the shell. Some wind does get through, but not enough that you'll notice until you're headed toward the 40's with the liner out. In fact, I don't think I've put the thermal liner back in since spring, instead relying on a heavyweight sweatshirt. (Speaking of the liner, the pop-out fleece collar is a nice feature.) This combination is more effective vs. chilly temps than my 3-part (shell+wind/waterproof+thermal) textile/mesh plus sweatshirt, mid-, AND base-layer. But...
All the cold-weather goodness leads to the bad stuff: This jacket is nearly unusable in warm weather. While somewhat breathable, temps much above 75F will leave you seriously sweaty, especially in traffic and/or high humidity. The vents on the chest don't do much alleviate this, perhaps due to having nowhere for the air to exit. I understand that waterproofing requires compromise in this regard, but I was also hoping for a bit more flexibility from a jacket marketing itself as touring gear, especially at a $400 retail price point. I probably just expect too much. But what really kills warm-weather versatility is the sleeve lining. It's a smooth, shiny nylon/vinyl/somthingorother material that sticks like glue to bare arms at the merest hint of moisture. I've been searching for an easy-on/off longsleeve, lightweight top that won't retain any extra heat as a workaround, but haven't had any luck yet.
Short version: Fantastic spring/fall jacket, which is great, since that's what I bought it for. Just don't expect to be wearing it much in summer, if there's summer where you live.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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