vnikolic
 
 
 
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    November 4, 2011
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    July 24, 2012
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    4.8
 
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    November 4, 2011
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vnikolic's Reviews
 
Alpinestars Durban Gore-Tex Jacket Multifabric shell construction. Lightweight polyamide main construction. Lightweight protective polyamide inserts. Superfabric ceramic coated welded reinforcements. Zippered air intakes and rear air exhausts on the sleeves, chest and shoulders. Articulated elbow construction. Detachable sleeves. Two waterproof external pockets on front of jacket. Multiple fit and volume adjustment. Removable Paclite Gore-Tex membrane with micro-fleece inserts. Removable rear large utility pocket. Lightweight, removable CE certified elbow and shoulder protectors. Chest and back pad compartments with PE protective padding (Alpinestars back protector insert and chest guards available as accessory upgrade). Integrated high visibility reflective stripes. Internal waist connection zipper for attachment to riding pants. Bionic Neck Support (BNS) connection system. 2Lt Bladder storage (0.5 when used with BNS).
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
One of my favourite jackets
PostedJuly 24, 2012
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vnikolic
From Toronto, ON
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I've had this jacket for a year now and have ridden in all sorts of weather and temperatures in it from below freezing into July heat.
-It is VERY comfortable. Wish all the jackets were this comfortable. With all the protection in (I have installed the optional back and chest protectors) I barely feel like I have a jacket on, that's how well it fits.
-I love the fact that you can add chest pads. I wish all the manufacturers followed Alpinestars on this one.
-Bionic Air back protector is also very comfortable and unobtrusive.
-Vent's on sleeves work well, but the chest ones not so much once you install chest pads.
-A larger vent on the back would be nice.
-Micro velcro strips are the only complaint I have, some are useless after a year of use, especially the ones on the pockets I used regularly. I've never had velcro fail after a few months!
-Lot's of good and useful pockets
-Works great with Alpinestars Arctic Drystar Gloves, longer gloves harder to fit inside the sleeve
-Armour is excellent and fits great.
-Sleeves are removable but I don't think anyone needs that IMHO.
-The bag that comes at the back is a nice touch but I'd rather just a simple pocket there. The shoulder strap adds bulk, abut you can't remove it. Removing the bag leaves a zipper that can cut and scratch the seat. Not my favourite feature, and would be happy with just a pouch to fit the GoreTex lining
-Speaking of GoreTex lining, it is excellent. The entire jacket is water repellent, so not much get's through to the lining, but whatever does will not make it past the lining. I have ridden in some hard rain and snow, and always stayed completely dry. The micro-fleece is also surprisingly warm. I am comfortable riding wearing only a t-shirt under this lining down to about 10 degrees Celsius. And with a thin wool mid-layer I can go below 0 Celsius. Very effective.
-Style is good, everyone likes it, but I wish there was an option for more "urban" colours, since I use it daily for commuting fall through spring, and wish I didn't look like I just came from a desert rally all the time. The desert colours are in line with the adventure concept, but this jacket works for anything you throw at it, and I am happy riding a sports bike in it as well as a roadster.
Overall, I can't think of many jackets that could fit so many uses as good as this one does. Yes, there are other jackets, from Rev'It, Dainese, BMW... But if you like this one and are considering it, I highly recommend it.
Rides: 2010 BMW R1200R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 Nexx XR1R Carbon Helmet
Nexx XR1R Carbon Helmet
Nexx XR1R Carbon Helmet Carbon Shell CoolMaxfabrics 2 inlets and 4 outlets air-vents (Air Dynamic System) Soft anti-sweat and anti-allergic fabric inner lining Removable and washable lining Anti-noise Cheekpads Chin Windstopper Double D-Ring fastening strap UV resistant shell PC Lexanshield, anti-scratch and with easy locking system Visor Ventilation System Ergo padding System allows a perfect fit of the helmet in different head shapes. Removable Breath Guard Reflectors on the front, lateral and backside 2 shell sizes ECE/22-05, DOT and NBR-74712001 Ultralight helmet (1200g) Note Although helmets may be pictured with a dark smoke shield, they are sold stock with a clear shield only.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great helmet for the price
PostedJuly 24, 2012
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vnikolic
From Toronto, ON
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Small
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Slightly Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Round Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
This is an excellent helmet for the price. Sizing is a bit strange. I'm usually right between L and XL. I could not even fit L on my head, however XL feels large. XL uses a larger shell, so it feels and looks much larger, and is also heavier. However, due to the larger shell, the field of vision is HUGE!
-Looks great in any colour/design you pick.
-Very light
-Excellent lining, very comfortable and great materials.
-HUGE filed of vision! Larger than any other helmet I have. Love that.
-Visor is a pain to remove/install.... I like to take it off regularly to clean, and it takes only a few minutes (and you can use a coin to remove it, quarter works fine, a screwdriver is not required) to remove/replace, but I wish it was easier.
-It is LOUD compared to my other helmets. Earplugs are a must at all times for me with this one. Louder than Shoei and Arai helmets I own. I might be a little spoiled riding a lot with Schubert C3, which is very quiet.
-Excellent ventilation. However, even with all vent's closed air is coming in from the bottom. Great in warm weather, not so much when it's cold! I was able to tame it with a scarf or bandana... Works great in warm weather :-)
-Aerodynamically it could be better, I get a lot of "head-shake" at speed with this one compared to Shoei/Schuberth helmets. I ride a naked BMW R1200R and I only use a tall windshield on long rides. WIthout the windshield the head is in nice clean wind, and Schuberth is quiet and stable at all times, Shoei likes to go straight but doesn't like head turning left/right so much and tries to lift at high speeds. This helmet feels stable at moderate speeds, but starts to wobble at higher speeds. Since there is no buffeting from fairing/windshield, this is obviously due to the aerodynamics of it. Not a deal breaker, but on a long ride it can be tiring in stronger winds. On motorcycles with windshields this could be quite different. I avoid windshields since they send all the air straight into my helmet (I'm 6') creating noise and buffeting. Always annoyed me on sport bikes, and if it sends air into the helmet I'd rather not have it at all. I wonder if a smaller shell for those wearing smaller sizes would be better (?).
-Shield optics are excellent, not distortion to speak of.
-Pinlock works great to keep it fog free.
-I wish there was an internal sun visor like on Schubert
-Fits round oval, so if you're more of an oval shaped check it well first.
-I like the reflective inserts in the padding, works great for added visibility at night
-Finish is great, had no problems so far
-It's not as light as I expected it to be
-The regular XR1R is the same except a bit heavier, my girlfriend likes that one very much (doesn't care for the carbon one) and it comes in a lot more finishes if that's something you're interested in
Overall, great value for the money, an "affordable" lightweight carbon helmet. Not on par with Arai/Shoei/Schuberth high end helmets, but a great helmet never the less.
Rides: 2010 BMW R1200R
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Alpinestars Bio Armor Back Protector Features Direct replacement for Alpinestars RC Back Protector which has been discontinued Optimized for insertion into the latest Alpinestars technical jackets. Slimline profile. Conformable impact absorbing compound mold easily to the body. Perforated to improve the breathability. CE certified level 1 to latest prEN1621-22010. Please see below chart for protector measurements Size Measurements Small 14.5 Height 9.75 Widest Point 6.5 Narrowest Point Medium 16.25 Height 9.5 Widest Point 6.75 Narrowest Point Large 18.5 Height 10 Widest Point 6.75 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
An excellent upgrade!
PostedNovember 4, 2011
Customer avatar
vnikolic
From Toronto, ON
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I purchased this to use in my girlfriends Alpinestars Stella Scout jacket. It fit perfectly, and she doesn't even notice it. The coverage seams to be sufficient, it is larger than I thought it'd be.
Rides: 2009 Yamaha FZ6R
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Alpinestars Women's Stella Scout Touring Drystar Jacket (Cream / MD)
4 out of 5(2)
 
 
 
 
 
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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
Excellent upgrade for any Alpinestars jacket!
PostedNovember 4, 2011
Customer avatar
vnikolic
From Toronto, ON
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I used these in my Alpinestars Durban jacket, and I don't even notice they're in! Perfect fit, seamless as I wear the jacket. I wouldn't ride without them ,since the handlebars are one of the main causes of injury in even the smallest accidents (remember, that's where your chest is going forward in even the lightest impact). The only better option would be a full one peace chest protector, but it's inconvenient for everyday use and commuting. If you're on the track, or touring, get the proper one pice chest protection. Otherwise, for convenience, use these and don't ride without them!
Rides: 2009 Yamaha FZ6R
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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Alpinestars Track Protection Vest The Track Protection Vest is an advanced, stand alone safety vest that provides excellent upper body and back protection. It can be used to enhance the protective qualities of an existing jacket. Features CE level 2 certified (EN1621-2) Bionic Back protector Alpinestars DFD (Dynamic Force Dispersion) technology utilizes a ergonomically formed, sleek and ultra-lightweight design Technical stretch net construction is durable and well ventilated Impact resistant Bio-foam inserts in the chest for excellent frontal impact protection YKK semi auto-lock front zipper closure TRP Astars logo on chest
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent everyday protection
PostedNovember 4, 2011
Customer avatar
vnikolic
From Toronto, ON
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This is an awesome vest, with a fantastic back protector, and a great coverage of foam on the rest of the vest. Not sure how the foam would hold up in a crash, but looks sufficient for anything but the worst scenarios (direct impacts to the chest). I highly recommend this as an everyday vest, since it's light, comfortable, and offers great protection overall, without looking ridiculous. It is comfortable under a jacket once you remove chest and back protectors from the jacket. You will hardly know you're wearing it. The only complaint I have is the price, should be $50 cheaper.
Rides: 2009 Yamaha FZ6R
Yes, I recommend this product.
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vnikolic's Review Comments
 
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
 
Overall5 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent upgrade for any Alpinestars jacket!
By vnikolic from Toronto, ON
I used these in my Alpinestars Durban jacket, and I don't even notice they're in! Perfect fit, seamless as I wear the jacket. I wouldn't ride without them ,since the handlebars are one of the main causes of injury in even the smallest accidents (remember, that's where your chest is going forward in even the lightest impact). The only better option would be a full one peace chest protector, but it's inconvenient for everyday use and commuting. If you're on the track, or touring, get the proper one pice chest protection. Otherwise, for convenience, use these and don't ride without them!
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vnikolic
Toronto, ON
Also purchased them for my Girlfriend
Posted November 4, 2011
I used them in my girlfriends Alpinestars Stella Scout jacket as well, and they fit perfectly. I was concerned, since there aren't a lot of options for female chest protectors. She doesn't notice them, but beware, if the girl has a large bust, these might look awkward ;-)
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