Alpinestars Lance 3L Jacket Review

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Alpinestars Lance 3L Jacket

Alpinestars Lance 3L Jacket
Yes, the Alpinestars Lance 3L Jacket really does work on a bike. Or even an ATV.

The Good
Stylish looks and contemporary, slim fit look great in the outdoors, on the mountain or even on city streets.

Works even better outdoors than it does on the bike; the rotated sleeves and sport-cut facilitate freedom of movement whether you’re running after game, firing a rifle or tying your shoes.

While it likely won’t stand up to very heavy rain — conditions we haven’t tested it in — quite as well as a traditional waterproof motorcycle jacket or suit, the Lance has kept us dry in hour-long rides through light to moderate precipitation.

Relatively quiet to move around in, avoiding that dreaded “swishing” sound you get from cheaper fabrics. Won’t scare wildlife.

Breathes exceptionally well, especially with the pit-zips open. You won’t overheat or get sweaty while wearing just the shell.

Doesn’t “blow up” while riding at higher speeds.

Hood and collar create no flapping or other disturbance, even at high speeds or with the jacket zipped partially open.

Zipped all the way up, the tall collar provides excellent weather protection for your neck and underside of your chin.

The mesh chassis attaches securely to the jacket and holds the armor firmly in place.

While you may not use them, the ability to add both back and even chest protectors can seriously boost the safety level offered by the Lance. It also means that it’d fit just fine over a separate armor rig, should you wish to wear the Lance as a shell while dual-sport riding.

Puffer layer adds exceptional warmth.

Fits true-to-size. Order your regular jacket size and the jacket will look good and fit well, armor or no.

This is one instance where big, flashy logos actually contribute to a piece of clothing’s good looks and street appeal.

Alpinestars Lance 3L Jacket
The Alpinestars Lance 3L Jacket is available in blue, red or black.

The Bad
Will sacrifice itself protecting you in a crash.

Breathing so well, the shell doesn’t work as well as a dedicated motorcycle touring item for keeping out wind in cold temperatures.

Filling the large front pockets with hats, gloves or whatever makes it look like you’ve got a beer gut.

Worn separately, the puffer looks inexpensive and lumpy.

The coverage provided by the back protector pocket (and therefore any protector worn in it) is wide, but not long, leaving your lower back exposed.

Alpinestars Lance 3L Jacket
The Alpinestars Lance 3L Jacket fits close to your body, but is flexible and easy to move in.

The Verdict
A uniquely versatile new concept in motorcycle gear that will rival established players in activewear on quality and functionality in the outdoors (as a hardshell alone, it’s as nice as any out there), while providing genuine motorcycle safety and practicality in a package that doesn’t look like a motorcycle jacket. Working better than you’d expect on bike or off, the Alpinestars Lance 3L will add style while you’re riding or safety while you’re not; falling down hurts just as bad on a snowboard, bicycle or skateboard as it does on a bike.

  • Piglet2010

    If I bought one of these, I would likely wear my Alpinestars Bionic vest under it, rather than using the chest and back protector pockets – provides more freedom of movement, and it seems the vest would be more likely to stay in place during a crash.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Yeah, you could fit whatever underneath. Nothing beats the convenience of built-in armor though.

  • msay

    Not linking to the Revzilla product page for this one?

  • Fresh Mint

    Awesome review and even better than the words – THE PICTURES..I’m nearly sold…before I add one to my wish list…Are there any competitors to this jacket worth looking at?

    I’ll probably stick with the A* brand though just because of how awesome a company they are.

    • Fresh Mint

      I would LOVE to see a comparison of “casual” looking riding gear.

  • Fresh Mint

    How does this compare to the SCION 2L? Is it basically a Scion 2L with that inner puffy vest?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      The Scion uses a much lighter shell material and doesn’t include the puffer jacket liner.

      • Jorn Bjorn Jorvi

        What size are you wearing?

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          Medium, sans puffer. I’m 6’2″, 180lbs.

          • Jorn Bjorn Jorvi

            Thanks. I’m just about the same. A* sizing is very inconsistent

            • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

              It is. I have a ton of Astars stuff and none of it fits the same at all.

  • Geert Willem van der Horst

    How does it compare to the Astars Dusk 3L? Just a style difference?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Good question. It was my understanding that the Dusk was a little more pricey and included a removable hood, as well as more muted color options.

      • Geert Willem van der Horst

        You’re right about the removable hood and the muted colour options, but same price. Looks like the Lance has an extra pocket on the sleeve. I initially thought it had a different fit and that the Dusk was lacking the air intakes, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Both great jackets I guess, but I’m still not convinced about the abrasion resistance.

  • Brett Lewis

    Guns and bikes, bikes and guns… I never use this acronym but; FTW! You have my full attention now. And it looks good for hiking and even backpacking.

    • Piglet2010

      A*s should have a special version with a built in recoil pad.

  • Brett Livingood

    I don’t see how this is any better than the $200 Alpinestars Verona WP Jacket

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Well, it’s a completely different style of jacket. The Verona is a low-key riding jacket. The Lance is an activewear hardshell that doubles as a riding jacket.

      • Brett Livingood

        True. As Fresh Mint pointed out, it’s very similar to the Scion 2L.

        Why spend $400 on this jacket instead of $200 on a jacket with the same functionality and style paired with a separate $50 vest?

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          Different materials. The Lance is much heavier duty.