This Alpinestars 365 Gore Tex Jacket and matching trousers may form the perfect suit for road riding. Made from Gore Tex Pro Shell leather, the suit combines the benefits of leather -- looks, abrasion resistance, long lifespan -- with the 100 percent waterproofness of Gore Tex membranes, but uses a laminating process rather than an internal membrane. That means the suit looks, feels and acts like traditional leather, just that you won't get wet when wearing it. And no, your eyes aren't deceiving you, it's perforated too.
It's not just the laminate that makes this material special. The
leather itself is treated to improve its performance in a wide range of
weather conditions. To make it more suitable for hot weather, a special
dye is added to the leather to make it capable of reflecting up to 30
percent of the sun's energy. The suit is also breathable, allowing a
rider's body heat and moisture to escape. For wet weather, the leather
is treated with chemicals to make it water repellent. This means it
will soak up less than 10 percent of its weight in water and dry faster
when the sun comes back out. Despite the perforation, it retains its
Like the Dainese Verbier Pelle jacket, this technology doesn't come
cheap. The jacket retails for $12,995 $1,299.50, while the Alpinestars 365 Gore Tex Pants are $1,199. Being able to wear the same suit year-round in
all weather conditions should help offset the sticker shock.
Both items feature stretch panels for comfort and are cut for riding on
the road on sportsbikes and similar. That means they're naturally
crouched, but not as extreme as a one-piece race suit.
The jacket and pants zip together and use CE armor in the knees, hips,
shoulders and elbows. There's pockets for bother a chest and back
protector and removable quilted liners.