Spring is in the air, and that means the 2016 Alpinestars Spring Collection is here. We’ve selected five favorites out of the nearly 50 new items from Alpinestars, and they range from full-on race apparel to urban cool, and there’s a focus on apparel for the coming rising temperatures.
1. Alpinestars GP Pro Leather Suit for Tech-Air Race System
Long known as leaders in the goal of racer protection, Alpinestars’ latest GP Pro Leather Suit is now compatible with the new Tech-Air Race personal airbag system.The Tech-Air Race System is a slim-fit vest that fits underneath the GP Pro Leather Suit, and uses the latest in crash detection and bag deployment technology in racing conditions (the firmware can be upgraded and configured to use the Tech-Air Street software for road use). The inflatable bags protect the rider’s upper body, including the back shoulders, kidney area, chest, and upper abdomen. The Teach-Air Race System has all the expected ECE and CE certifications.The GP Pro Leather Suit has its own reputation for safety, and continues to include 1.3mm full-grain leather along with a wide variety of safety and comfort features. CE-certified protectors are used on the shoulders, elbows, and knees, while the suit is compatible with the optional CE Level 2-certified Alpinestars Nucleon KR-R back protector, as well as upgradable for Nucleon chest and hip protection.Prices: Alpinestars GP Pro Leather Suit, $1350. Sizes: 44-58; Alpinestars Tech-Air Race System, TBA.
2. Alpinestars Charlie Leather Jacket
A retro-look racing-striped jacket with modern protective technology, the Charlie leather jacket is part of the Alpinestars Oscar collection. Features include a main leather shell that has been washed and waxed, a removable flannel liner, a back protector that is upgradable to the Alpinestars Nucleon CE certified back protector, CE certified Bio Armor on the shoulders and elbows, plus a variety of practical pockets.Price: Alpinestars Charlie Leather Jacket, $550. Sizes: S-XXXL.
3. Alpinestars SMX-1 R Boots
They may look like casual shoes, but the Alpinestars SMX-1 R boots are performance-oriented with Category 2 CE certification. Aggressive riders will like the flex zones that offer exceptional ankle freedom and new high-traction rubber sole. For safety, the ankle protector is dual-density and offers both abrasion and impact protection. There’s also an internal toe box, shift protectors, and toe guards. A Velcro closure system insures the SMX-1 R boots will stay on your feet.Price: Alpinestars SMX-1 R Boots, $160. Sizes: 38-50
4. Alpinestars Sonoran Air Drystar Pants
Adventure riders who ride in high temperatures will be interested in the Sonoran Air Drystar pants. Usable as an overpant or on their own, the Sonoran Air has large mesh panels to allow airflow at any speed. If it’s raining, the Drystar function comes into play with its waterproof and breathable capabilities. The knee armor is Alpinestars Bio Air, which means it is CE certified. Hip padding is standard, with Alpinestars CE certified Nucleon hip protectors available as an upgrade. The pants can be zipped to compatible Alpinestars jackets, and the 600 denier, PU-coated pants have large pockets for critical cargoPrice: Alpinestars Sonoran Air Drystar Pants, $250. Sizes: S-XXXXL
5. Alpinestars SP Air Gloves
Summer gloves often mean reduced protection, but the Alpinestars SP Air gloves have a full gauntlet to go with the air-flowing mesh inserts. TPU palm sliders and knuckle protectors, plus a bridge between the two outer fingers, offer further protection. Additional cooling comes from perforation of the leather and air intakes on the fingers. The index fingers and thumbs are smartphone- and GPS-compatible.Price: Alpinestars SP Air Gloves, $130. Sizes: S-XXXLFor additional information, visit Alpinestars.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!