Tested: Alpinestars Protection and Apparel

Stay safe and look good, that's how we would summarize our experience with some of the latest Alpinestars gear. Check out the video review and the product highlights below to learn more!

 

Alpinestars Paragon Plus

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Light weight
  • Comfortable
  • Breathable
  • Good protection from the main pad
  • May not stay up as well as the class leaders
  • Lacks peripheral protection

Alpinestars Paragon Plus Highlights

  • Flat inward-facing seams for improved comfort and ‘second skin’ feel and fit
  • Guards sold as pairs
  • Pre-shaped, ergonomic design for optimized performance with various riding positions
  • Strategically positioned rip-stop fabric reinforcements for abrasion resistance and added durability
  • CE certified knee protector to EN 1621_1 : 2012 LEVEL 1
  • MSRP: $54.95 USD

Alpinestars Vector Tech Knee

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Excellent protection
  • Great comfort
  • Easy to put on and remove thanks to rear opening
  • Only two sizes can leave more riders in between measurements
  • Not the best at staying in place (could be a sizing issue)

Alpinestars Vector Tech Knee Highlights

  • Lightweight knee protection constructed from breathable laminated rip-stop, PE foam and polymesh
  • Ergonomic, integrated soft shell PU guard strategically covers knee area and is constructed from durable aramidic fiber covered by a semi-rigid thermoplastic shell for abrasion and compression fit and soft tissue support for all styles of riding
  • Hook-and-loop top elastic strap helps keep the protection in place
  • CE certified knee protector to EN 1621_1 : 2012 LEVEL 1
  • MSRP: $134.95 USD

Alpinestars Drop Pro Short

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Highly technical and feature-rich construction
  • Very robust
  • Great materials and attention to detail
  • Good fit
  • Breathes well for such a sturdy item
  • Pocket placement is not functional, heavy items tend to flap around too much
  • No liner included (could be expected at this price point, but not always)

Alpinestars Drop Pro Short Highlights

  • Constructed from lightweight, advanced poly-fabric to promote moisture wicking.
  • Side patches on high abrasion areas.
  • Hook-and-loop closure waist adjustment with TPR pullers.
  • Zippered side pockets and back pocket.
  • Stretch material on the crotch and back yoke, with strategically positioned Spandex for mobility.
  • MSRP: $129.95 USD

Alpinestars Drop Pro Long Sleeve Jersey

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Great materials and construction
  • Good fit
  • Very robust, good reinforcements
  • Slightly "stuffy" feeling when it's hot outside

Alpinestars Drop Pro Long Sleeve Jersey Highlights

  • Constructed from lightweight, advanced poly-fabric to promote moisture wicking
  • Stretch mesh on the back shoulders for fit and flexibility
  • Open mesh insert on back panel for breathability
  • Side pockets for convenient storage
  • Sleeve patches at high abrasion areas
  • Inner terry cloth for cleaning lenses
  • Elongated lower back hem for extended rear coverage
  • Reflective detailing for improved rider visibility
  • Rapid dry time
  • Welded wrist hems for durability
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-odor
  • MSRP: $84.95 USD

Alpinestars Bunny Hop Shorts

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Light weight
  • Breathable
  • Comfortable cut
  • Pocket placement is not functional, heavy items tend to flap around too much

Alpinestars Bunny Hop Shorts Highlights

  • New fit design ensures minimal material design and lighter, more streamlined short.
  • Multi-panel main shell construction featuring a fourway stretch nylon/polyester and taslon fabrics, plus a water-repellant treatment for light wet conditions.
  • Taslon one-piece panel strategically positioned on crotch to improve strength, reduce seams and guarantee the best comfort during riding.
  • Adjustable waistband with Velcro adjustment plus D-ring for personalized, secure fit.
  • Front zipper closure with semi-locking zipper and snap hidden buttons for safe and strong closure.
  • Deep zippered thigh side pockets for convenient, peace-of-mind storage.
  • Strategically positioned laser perforations on crotch for excellent levels of ventilation.
  • MSRP: $94.95 USD

Alpinestars Alps 6.0 Short Sleeve Jersey

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Breathes well
  • Soft and comfortable on the skin
  • Can get a little bit clingy when wet

Alpinestars Alps 6.0 Short Sleeve Jersey Highlights

  • Constructed from an advanced mixed poly-textile for improved durability and color fastness and to promote high levels of moisture wicking.
  • Fabric features quick-dry treatment for comfort and improved antibacterial performance.
  • Main shell incorporates fourway stretch fibers for excellent levels of flex, comfort and fit.
  • Mesh panel inserts on the back and underarms for high levels of inner ventilation.
  • MSRP: $59.95 USD

For more information, head on over to www.alpinestars.com/cycling.


About The Reviewer

Johan Hjord - Age: 46 // Years Riding MTB: 14 // Weight: 190-pounds (87-kg) // Height: 6'0" (1.84m)

Johan loves bikes, which strangely doesn’t make him any better at riding them. After many years spent practicing falling off cliffs with his snowboard, he took up mountain biking in 2005. Ever since, he’s mostly been riding bikes with too much suspension travel to cover up his many flaws as a rider. His 200-pound body weight coupled with unique skill for poor line choice and clumsy landings make him an expert on durability - if parts survive Johan, they’re pretty much okay for anybody. Johan rides flat pedals with a riding style that he describes as "none" (when in actuality he rips!). Having found most trail features to be not to his liking, Johan uses much of his spare time building his own. Johan’s other accomplishments include surviving this far and helping keep the Vital Media Machine’s stoke dial firmly on 11.

Video by Johan Hjord

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