Alpinesars T-Dyno Motorcycle Jacket Test
Here in the upper Midwest, as the riding season winds down, weather turns cool and dry, then cooler and wet, then cold and snow.
That’s the progression; for those who want to stretch the riding season, there is only one thing to do: gear up with warmer, waterproof riding gear.
One jacket that will perform these duties is the Alpinestars T-Dyno Waterproof jacket. This A-Stars piece has all the essentials for fowl weather, including a wind-stopping thermal lining and waterproof shell.
It also features CE approved Bio-armor at shoulders and elbows, PE padding over the chest and back, reflective piping and logos on sleeves, chest and back, and a visibility enhancing red/white/black color combination in a competition-look design. A black/white color combination is also available.
The Alpinestars T-Dyno’s polyester fabric is polyurethane coated to create a waterproof but breathable membrane. That exterior shell, in combination with the zip-out long-sleeve thermal liner and the wide storm flap inside the jacket proves to be a very effective wind-stopping system.
This was shown riding in very windy but dry conditions with temps in the upper 40s. The internal storm flap, wrap-around collar and hook and loop closure at the wrists sealed out the cold with very little air infiltrating along the YKK main zipper, around the collar or wrists.
I tried out the fit of the collar with several different full-face helmets and found it worked well without interfering with forward-and-back or rotation motion of the helmet. The collar has a soft comfort edge at the top so even when closed fairly snugly it doesn’t rasp away at the rider’s neck.
Without the insulated liner, the T-Dyno can work in cool to moderate temperatures, but if sustained temps are going to be high, say 90 degrees plus, the T-Dyno Waterproof does not have zipper vents. For these conditions, an armored mesh jacket might be the ticket, and Alpinestars makes some of those, as well, such as the Alpinestars T-Dyno Air Jacket.
Within the polyester shell, large PE back and chest protector pads and CE approved Bio-armor at the shoulders and elbows are provided. These are all removable, with the elbow and shoulder pads accessible at their individual pockets.
The back and chest pads are also in individual compartments, but the compartments they are in are accessible via a wide zipper opening at the bottom of the back of the outer shell.
There is an internal waist connection zipper to seal the back of the jacket to a range of Alpinestars riding pants. Alpinestars back protector insert and chest guards are available as accessory upgrades. The external slash pockets have zipper closures and there are two internal chest pockets.
The liner also has a peripheral zipper and sleeve snaps to hold it in place, which are robust and work well.
The fit is tailored, so if you usually wear a men’s large, for example, with the thermal lining and back/chest pads in place, the T- Dyno’s fit may be snug> It may useful to consider going one size up, particularly if you also tend to wear a thick sweater or base layer under the jacket.
Even with a snug fit, freedom of movement is good, though with a base layer the arm fit can be a bit snug, as well. Of course, the advantage of snug fit is that it keeps the CE armor in place over the body parts it is designed to protect.
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The product sample was provided by Burnoutitaly.com.