Alpinestars 2014 Street Collection

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2014 Alpinestars Street Range

Alpinestars dropped their New-for-2014 Street Collection with 40 new products. That’s a lot! We perused their impressive offerings and here are some of the highlights worth mentioning.

Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Boots
Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Boot — $370
The Tech 7 was already a great motocross boot, coming in a little more comfortable than the flagship Tech 10, but still with great protection. Thanks to the addition of a more durable, tractive and supportive sole (so important for comfort on long off-road rides), the Tech 7 Enduro is going to bring all those features to dual-sport and adventure riding, too. They’re not waterproof, but if you want a huge amount of protection combined with excellent standing comfort, these will be a great option.

Alpinestars Masai Glove
Alpinestars Masai Glove — $75
How cool are these? The Masai’s are a well-ventilated, lightweight, short cuff street or dual-sport glove with hard protection on the knuckles and Ulna, goatskin palms and soft padding on the heel of the palm. Outright safety is a little compromised over Alpinestars’ more race-derived gauntlets, but comfort will be excellent, with a tight, stretchy fit. As an added bonus, touchscreen conducive panels are included on the thumb and forefinger so you can operate your smartphone or GPS on the go.

Alpinestars GP Pro Two Piece
Alpinestars GP Pro Two-Piece Leather Suit — $1,100
When it comes to suits and jackets, Alpinestars has two tiers of quality. This GP-Pro two-piece hails from the higher of the two. It’ll keep you extremely safe in a crash thanks to GP-level armor and its 1.3mm leather should last through multiple offs. Styling is sporty, but understated and there’s a heavy use of flex material across the underside of the arms and around the shoulders for excellent freedom of movement. A versatile two-piece like this should be a staple in any sport rider’s wardrobe.

Alpinestars Stell Andes Drystar Jacket
Alpinestars Stella Andes Suit — $480
Alpinestars is really starting to deliver some excellent women’s gear. This affordable textile two-piece features low-key looks, but solid functionality in the form of a removable thermal liner, waterproof membrane and zip-open vents for riding in hot weather. This would work great for commuters, touring or adventure riding, all cut in a shape and fit that’s flattering to the female figure.

Alpinestars Stella SMX 6 Boots
Alpinestars Stella SMX-6 Boots — $270
The SMX-6 boots already hit a sweet spot in terms of price-to-performance. Now they’re attracting a whole new rider, making the boot available in women’s sizes this year. The boot has a proven to be a very protective sport riding boot with a hinge to control ankle flex and provide ankle impact protection, as well as hard armor for the shin, heel and toe. The SMX-6 is great for sport riding, touring or even commuting, making it one of the most versatile and comfortable boots out there.

Alpinestars SMX Plus Black Shadow Boots
Alpinestars SMX Plus Black Shadow Boots — $370
The new “Black Shadow” range combines Alpinestars sport functionality, with understated good looks. The SMX Plus is Astars’ 2nd tier sport boot, with excellent protection, comfort and feel and complete with the firm’s new Multi-Link Control System around the ankle. A great boot that now won’t look out of place with jeans or plain black leathers.

  • Taylor Wike

    Icon dropped some new helmets that are uniquely amazing while Rev’it dropped some new Jackets that scream cafe racer like the flatbrush and red hook

    • http://www.pattonstrength.com/ PattonStrength

      You weren’t kidding. I already have a matte black Airmada and now find myself rationalizing why I need two others of the exact same model.

      • Tom Gabriele

        Obviously you really like the airmada, it looks like a great helmet. How do you find the airflow coming up under the chin? I like how a flip up helmet can seal around the neck better than a regular one, since the hole doesn’t have to fit a whole head through. But finding a good, light, quiet flip up without spending $700 on a C3 seems impossible.

        • http://www.pattonstrength.com/ PattonStrength

          It’s my favorite helmet I’ve ever worn. No problems with airflow at all. Only thing I would improve is the visor whistles slightly at <15mph if sealed improperly.

          • Tom Gabriele

            So not much wind gets in underneath?

            • http://www.pattonstrength.com/ PattonStrength

              Nothing remarkable….I’ve never taken it into three digits speed though for racing/track days etc.

              • Tom Gabriele

                I won’t be either, my main concern is just not getting too cold in the spring/fall

            • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

              I’ve ridden in my Airmadas up to ~160mph ish. Icon uses a deep chin bar in lieu of a curtain, it works. The Airmada is one of the more aerodynamically stable helmets I’ve worn, far better at high speed head checks than a Bell Star Carbon.

              • Tom Gabriele

                That is great news, I’ll have to find somewhere to try one on

              • Tom Gabriele

                I don’t know if this is the best place to ask, but do you (or anyone else who happens to come across this) have experience with the Airmada Rubatone? I like the matte look, but is it much more prone to scuffs and harder to clean compared to the regular gloss one?

          • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

            Your visor doesn’t fit properly. They had some problems with the factory drilling the lock hole in slightly the wrong place with the first batch of helmets. Try another visor or see if you can get them or the retailer to send you one.

            • http://www.pattonstrength.com/ PattonStrength

              Yeah, I sent it back to Revzilla, and they said nothing was wrong with it. The replacement they sent me was better, but at this point, it’s not a big deal at all.

            • Campisi

              It’s a continuing problem with the Airmada shields. The amber shield I purchased a few months ago (the previous shield’s anti-fog coating had expended its six-week life span) has a poorly-aligned lock hole, albeit not quite as bad as the shield the helmet came with. The shield before this one was perfect, though, so they get it right sometimes.

      • Davidabl2

        Get custom vinyl made for the one you’ve got?

    • charlie

      I’m liking those Rev’it jackets but at that price point, I’m thinking a Vanson might be a better choice.

      • Campisi

        I thought so, too, until I tried to actually get a Vanson. Their dealers rarely carry anything with armour fitted (logo-covered or otherwise) and ordering such a thing from the company itself involves a three-month wait. One could wear an armoured shirt underneath the jacket, but the whole point of an armoured jacket is one-and-done convenience; if you’re going to go through multiple steps to gear up, you may as well put a two-piece suit on.

        • charlie

          Three months? I thought you could just order your size if you didn’t need tailoring.

          • Campisi

            In theory, yes, but if you order something that they don’t have in stock they apparently have to make you one from scratch. Apparently the Comet jacket fitted with armour isn’t in stock.

            • charlie

              That’s a pretty long wait. I wonder if it’s the same deal with Schott.

  • William Connor

    Nice to see Ben Spies near something akin to motorcycles. Gear looks good.

  • Ayabe

    I like their new jackets like the Hades….but they don’t offer any non GP/technical leather pants to go along with it.

    They do for women but not for men. Does not compute.

    • Benjamin Reynolds

      I agree, it would be nice if they came out with a low key leather pant.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      I’d probably go for the GP Plus pants to pair with the hades.

  • Rau

    Will buying from the alpinestars street collection cause me horrible luck and a rapid descent from the top rung of the spot?

    • MarktheV

      No, for that you need giant nuts, amass hard-earned victories and losses at the top level and gamble your health and life on the world stage, then end up on the wrong side of the coin like Spies, Rainey, Spencer, etc.
      You seem gifted with luck to stay a competitive keyboard jockey for many, many years.

      • Rau

        Touche; it’s odd to see his face in this context though as I’m pretty sure he puts in more miles in lycra than leather these days (and does damn well at it too in case you’ve been following his progress in that sport).

        • MarktheV

          True that- I hate it when the pro’s make me look bad at not just one, but TWO sports I enjoy. Let’s just hope he keeps riding a dirt bike for cross training to avoid the little T-Rex arms road riders develop!

  • RandomGRK

    Alpinestars are losing the battle of fashionable and protective gear. Spidi, Revit and Dainese are mopping the floor with them.

    • dinoSnake

      I’d have to reply, “Amen”. After owning several pieces of Alpinestars – gloves, pants and a jacket – I would never buy another Astar product again, thank you. I hated my ATL jacket so much that I sold it after 3 months, after I realized that my hatred for it actually was causing me to avoid riding so as to avoid wearing. I had 6 jackets at the time, now have 7, and yet the Astars was, and still is, the only one I ever truly despised. The on-bike fit (it seems to fit great while standing still but sit on a bike for several hours and you’d think otherwise), the “ventilation” (where? In their fantasies?!!), everything – just sucked. The pants are OK but not enough cut in the hips/seat for optimal comfort versus my trusty, now retired AGV’s, and the gloves were overall so poor that, after one season, I lost trust in them and demoted them to everyday walking street wear. IIRC even as street wear they only lasted 3 years.

      I’d hate to call their products “Overpriced poserwear” but it seems they sell their name over making well made, durable products.

  • Adan Ova

    Yuk. I hate the gear that comes full of logos all over it.
    Why should I pay hundreds of dollars to be a walking advertisement?

    • Tom Gabriele

      I’m with you, but I might take it even further. Beyond logo-less gear, I have all the Yamaha logos off my bike and the Honda decals off my car. It just looks so much cleaner.

      • Adan Ova

        Totally agree with you. Although, it’s not always easy =/

        • Tom Gabriele

          My preferred method is heat gun, dental floss, and then kerosene to clean up any residue.