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10 Things You Didn't Know About Alpinestars

  • 1. Alpinestars was started by Italian leather craftsman Sante Mazzarolo in 1963, originally manufacturing hiking and ski boots.

  • 2. The company takes its name from the Italian mountain flower “Stella Alpina” which was a token of ascension for many hikers and mountain climbers.

  • 3. Astounded by the build quality and new level of protection, Roger DeCoster became one of Alpinestars first athletes. Shifting the brands focus more and more to motorsports.

  • 4. Sante’s son, Gabriele Mazzarolo, now heads the company, expanding the business greatly with headquarters in Italy, Los Angles and Tokyo. When asked if he takes vacations, Gabriele says “Look around. I do what I love. Every day is a vacation for me.”

  • 5. It wasn’t until the 90’s that Alpinestars manufactured motorcycle jackets, suits and other riding apparel outside of the boot category. Today you’ll find Alpinestars athletes in almost every form of gear from Formula 1 to NASCAR.

  • 6. There are 273 pieces that make up Alpinestars premium motocross Tech 10 boot. Factory Supercross stars Trey Canard, Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia and Ryan Villopoto all have limited edition Tech 10 replicas available.

  • 7. A group of highly skilled seamstresses can stitch together a custom suit in just 8 hours.

  • 8. Alpinestars has developed a 100% waterproof and breathable membrane, in apparel and footwear called Drystar

  • 9. There are over 100 pieces and a mile of thread used to make a leather race suit. Custom race suits are crafted in-house at each HQ and tailored to specific individual sizes and needs.

  • 10. In 2009, Alpinestars introduced their Tech-Air bag system to MotoGP racers like Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez. Proven to be effective on the track, they are now starting to roll out a street system developed for the public.