New Alpinestars Textile Street Gear Guide


2015 Alpinestars Textile Touring Gear

Over the years, the textile jackets have become very popular among riders of all different motorcycles. At first the dirt bike and dual sport crowd were the only riders to wear it but the nylon, Cordura and Kevlar jackets have become favorites of riders regardless of the type of bike they have. Textile jackets are lighter and often less expensive than its leather counterpart but the added features like venting, armor, padding, storage and much more have taken textile jackets to another level all together.

Here is a look at the 2015 Textile Gear from Alpinestars that includes the Bogota gear which is the latest Adventure Touring jacket and pants, the Megaton jacket designed for street riders on any bike, plus a look at the new Ride Out gear which is intended for the commuters among us. First, we will dig into the Bogota collection.

The Bogota Jacket is brand new for 2015. Alpinestars developed the Bogota to be a go-to jacket that is suited for any situation. Although it looks destined to be an adventure touring rider's primary jacket, there is more to it. The removable Drystar membrane will keep the rain away while the removable thermal liner keeps the cold out so its great for anyone who enjoys touring. Combined with the Bogota outer shell, they offer a great layer of protection from the elements that can be easily tailored to suit your needs over the course of a ride. Just zip-away the layers you don't need and you can stay comfortable through a wide range of temperatures and riding conditions. The 600D polyester outer shell has a relaxed cut with wide shoulders for larger riders, plus it uses the A-Stars jet ventilation system in the front chest area, climate control zippered vents in the forearms and across the back.

CE-approved impact protectors in the shoulder and elbow areas will protect your valuable body parts in the event of a crash while the Velcro adjustable arm volume and waist volume straps will hold the armor in place. The Bogota also features multiple storage pockets including a waterproof area for your phone, plus front and rear cargo pockets. The cuffs are adjustable, as is the collar plus they both use a soft material to make sure you stay nice and comfortable. The Bogota jacket has an MSRP of $329.95 and is designed to zip together with the new Bogota pants, creating an excellent two-piece riding suit that is also available in the Stella Bogota Jacket for the ladies who like to adventure as well.

Best For: Adventure Touring & Dual Sport riders. The Bogota is intended to be a all-season touring jacket that is well suited for off-road or on-road use. A jacket with this many features will normally cost you another $200. Use them along with the Bogota Pants and you have a high-end 2-piece textile riding suit.

The Bogota Pants are designed from the same 600D exterior as the jacket, with additional layer of reinforcement in the knee and seat areas. The pants also come with removable Drystar and thermal liners, CE-certified knee guards, Velcro adjustable waist and lower legs plus four pockets and zippered climate control system. They retail for $269.95 and are available in a Womens Stella Bogata Pants. The Bogota pants are also available in Short or Long options that add or subtract two-inches from the inseam length.

The A-Stars Megaton Jacket is updated for 2015 with a new look and some added features that will make this popular jacket even better. Unlike the ¾ length Bogota jacket, the Megaton is regular length. This style has been growing in popularity the past few years and Alpinestars is keen to keep this high-quality offering available in the technical textile jacket segment. This jacket is intended for casual, street riders as well as touring riders who are not convinced that they need a 3/4 length jacket in order to survive an ADV ride.

At $329.95 the Megaton is equipped with loads of stretch panels, zippered vents on the forearms plus removable Drystar and thermal liners. Improved fit-adjusters on the arms, improved climate control vents on the chest, CE-certified armor in the shoulder and elbows plus an elongated back profile combine to make the Megaton a great touring or commuting jacket.

Best For: Commuting, Street Riding. The Megaton is designed to be a great all-around jacket. It has the features f a touring jacket combined with the light weight and basic look that is well suited for the daily rider.

The Stella T-Jaws WP is brand new for 2015. This excellent waterproof jacket brings the sporty T-Jaws look to the ladies side of the closet this year. Abrasion resistant, PU-coated 600D outer shell, zippered ventilation system, CE-approved armor in the elbows and shoulder areas plus waist adjustment to customize the fit to along with the thermal liner. $269.95. The T-Jaws is an excellent choice fro lady riders who would like the comfort of the all-weather gear combined with a stylish yet sporty appearance that is at home from everything from a 250 Ninja to the controls of your favorite mega-cruiser.

The new for 2015 Ride Out Tornado Air jacket is the latest offering from the new Alpinestars Ride Out line-up. Based on the ever-popular outdoor gear look (think REI gear, for motorcyclists), the Ride Out jackets and gloves are aimed at the rider who wants lightweight, snug fitting gear that offers great warm-weather riding protection to go along with a level of sporty fashion that hasn't been available to them before now.

The lightweight, ventilated mesh shell has CE-approved shoulder and elbow guards as well as a pocket for an optional back protector. It also has a waterproof zippered pocket to keep those valuable dry, just in case you get caught in the rain. The Tornado Air is available in three colors and will retail for $239.95. A Womens Stella Ride Out Tornado Air is also available in Black or Pink.

Best For: Urban riding. This is a commuter jacket by nature. It is lightweight with minimal armor so its better than wearing a sweatshirt and it looks just as good.

Also new for 2015 is the Ride Out Runner Air Jacket. This lightweight, warm weather riding jacket features a mesh chassis with wind resistant panels on the shoulders to help reduce the amount of wind that makes it to the rider. It also has the nifty water proof pocket, CE-approved armor in the elbow and shoulder areas as well as the pocket for an optional back protector. The Runner retails for $229.95 in Blue, Red, Black/Phantom or Black Phantom with Yellow.

Best For: The commuters in warm climates. This is a lightweight, highly ventilated riding jacket. It has thin padding in the impact areas and a hood, just in case you get chilly.

The final edition to the Ride Out series is the new Spark Soft Shell Jacket. This bonded soft shell is water resistant, has adjustable cuffs, sleeves and waist for a custom fit as well as CE-approved armor in the elbows and shoulders. The optional back protector has a pocket ready to go. The Spark will be available in Black or Camo versions for $299.95 and be offered in the female friendly Stella Spark Soft Shell version in Black or Light Green.

Textile Riding Gloves

The new for 2015 Oslo Glove is the latest cold-weather riding glove from Alpinestars. The Oslo features an abrasion resistant textile upper chassis with high density foam in the knuckle area. Accordion stretch panels in the top near the wrist allow for easy movement while the double wrist closure system keeps the glove in place. What separates the Oslo from other gloves is the new process by which the inner glove lining components are assembled. In the past the tips of the fingers of each layer were sewn into the seam to keep them all in place. Now, the Oslo has each layer of lining laminated in place which reduces that bunching-up effect inherent to most thick, cold-weather glove designs. The upper portion of the glove uses a 6-oz. Firefill thermal insulation, Drystar waterproof membrane, Thinsulate insulation and a fleece liner. The palm of the glove also has a microfleece liner, Thinsulate insulation, Drystar membrane and a 4 oz. Firefill thermal insulation.

As you can see there are a number of layers that go into the design of this Oslo glove and the new laminated approach to keeping it all in place, really pays off in this comfortable design. With an MSRP of $109.95, the Oslo glove is perfect for commuters or riders who might spend a lot of time in inclement weather and there is a Stella Oslo Glove available as well.

The Transition Drystar Glove is new for 2015. This lightweight winter glove gives riders a shorter option than the typical full-length winter gloves. A waterproof membrane, fleece thermal liner and Velcro secure strap are combined with a tough, suede palm that is touch screen compatible. The Transition is also available in a Transition Drystar Stella version for the female riders among us. Check out the $79.95 Transition Drystar glove if you are looking for a nice, light winter riding glove.

Ride Out Gloves

The Yari Glove is the weather-resistant, waterproof example of the Ride Out glove line-up. This leather and Spandex short glove gives you a bunch of protection in a clean, svelte package. A Drystar waterproof membrane keeps the wet away while a thin, thermal insulation provides the added warmth. A Clarino suede palm and reinforced impact zones along with a polymer knuckle guard with EVA padding add to the crash resistance. At $109.95 the Yari is considered the premier glove in the Ride Out line-up. It is available in Yellow, Black or Blue.

The Haku Glove is the do-it-all version that is light, tight-fitting and also waterproof. Haku fingers are touch screen compatible too. The palm is built from Clarino suede with reinforcement in the areas to go along with the hard polymer knuckle, reflective details and Vecro wrist closure. Pre-curved fingers make it extra comfortable. Retail price is $79.95 and they are available in three options: Blue, Black/Red or Camo. The Women’s Stella Haku Glove is the same price with Camo, Yellow or Black color options.

The new Asama Air Glove is A-Stars Urban Adventure glove for 2015. It features 3D mesh and Spandex construction with a reinforced Clarino, suede palm for a good looking and snug fit. A hard polymer knuckle built under the shell adds some protection from impacts and the pre-curved fingers are touch screen compatible. Retail price is $79.95 and they are available in Yellow/Black or either Black with Red or Blue accents. They are also available in a Stella Asama Air Glove at the same price in Black or Pink versions.