Alpinestars Air Jackets

Alpinestars Air Jackets for Summer

Sportbike-inspired, these are the perfect addition to a biker wardrobe for the days when the fuss of removing a multitude of linings from a touring jacket could mean: you just missed summer altogether. And let’s face it: When the sun is out, your sportbike leathers are hot hot hot! A short summer air jacket is simply a great choice for conditions where the thought of slipping on your leathers makes you melt on the spot.

The Alpinestars Range of Short Summer Jackets

Alpinestars offers a wide choice of short summer air jackets, which give maximum air flow in summer heat.

These jackets are designed to perform at the height of summer heat, but are practical enough for the reality that weather conditions change. They are coated so that should the weather take a turn for the worse you are not trapped inside a giant tea bag absorbing water. All are extremely vented and in some cases offer hidden, additional features including removable wind breakers or removable waterproof linings.

Jackets like these pair nicely with motorcycle jeans, with motorbike mesh pants, as well as leather pants like the Alpinestars Missile pants.

The Alpinestars Air Jackets Range

  • Alpinestars T-GP R Air: Like a racing leather jacket yet full textile mesh

  • Alpinestars T-GP Plus R V2 Air: Lightweight sporty textile mesh with windbreaker

  • T-Faster Air: Single purpose mesh construction for the hottest of days

  • Alpinestars Leonis Air Drystar: The coolest way to stay dry in summer

The Alpinestars T-GP R Air Jacket

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Alpinestars T-GP R Air Jacket

The T-GP R Air jacket is the most racing-focused of all the Alpinestars Air jackets in the range. In this jacket you enjoy a fit modelled on a sporty leather jacket, incorporating pre-curved sleeves and large accordion stretch panels making the T-GP R Air jacket a great choice for a sportbike rider. Main construction is made of abrasion-resistant 450D Polyester sections with large mesh panels placed across the chest and back.

Fans of MotoGP will recognise the look of the external PU shoulder armour as similar to that seen on track. A removable windproof liner is supplied making the T-GP R Air capable of use on cooler summer days and early mornings.

  • External PU Shoulder – visible protection on the shoulder of the jacket in a hard PU construction.
  • Removable Windproof Liner – Easily inserts into the jacket and can be removed within seconds.
  • Adjustability – Accordion stretch zones and volume adjusters give a perfect fit.
  • Armour – CE certified shoulder and elbow with option to upgrade to Nucleon back and chest.

The Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v2 Air Jacket

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Alpinestars T-GP Plus R v2 Air Jacket

The T-GP Plus R v2 Air jacket offers a great sporty fit but with a less aggressive appearance, suitable for a wide range of leisure riding. Mesh features heavily across the arms and torso. TPU shoulder protectors are layered under the outer fabric.

Stretch fabric zones around the shoulder give an excellent fit, with the general comfort enhanced by finishing touches including Neoprene edging on the collar. A handy windproof liner that can be removed completes a great all round jacket.

  • TPU Shoulder – layered under the outer fabric gives great protection with a sporty look.
  • Removable Windproof Lining – Easily inserts into the jacket and can be removed within seconds.
  • Pockets – Internal waterproof compartment together with two further internal mesh pockets and two external zippered pockets.
  • Armour – CE certified shoulder and elbow with option to upgrade to Nucleon back and chest.

The Alpinestars T-Faster Air Jacket

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Alpinestars T-Faster Air Jacket

The T-Faster Air jacket focuses on keeping you cool and protected on the very hottest of days. A multi-material construction for this keenly priced jacket features mesh across the chest, back, and sleeves, giving unsurpassed cooling performance.

The stand-out feature of the T-Faster jacket is its attitude. The T-Faster Air does without fussy extras:
It’s simply an ‘easy’ summer jacket, quick to throw on.

  • No Lining – this is a mesh garment with no removable lining.
  • Bio-Armour – Alpinestars low profile CE level 1 armour at the shoulder and elbow with the chance to upgrade to Nucleon back and chest armour.
  • Pockets – Internal waterproof compartment together with two further internal mesh pockets and two external zippered pockets.

The Alpinestars Leonis Air Drystar Jacket

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Alpinestars Leonis Air Drystar Jacket

The Leonis Air Drystar jacket is the coolest way to stay dry in summer. What makes this jacket so special is that Alpinestars includes a Drystar waterproof and breathable membrane, so should the climate be sticky hot with a storm looming you can keep your cool when the heavens erupt.

With the Drystar lining removed, you can enjoy the benefits of enormous mesh panels across the chest, back, and sleeves. The sleeves feature three points of adjustment. Key impact and abrasion areas running across the cuff to the elbow then onto the shoulder are overlaid an additional fabric shell. The Leonis comes as standard with Alpinestars Bio Air CE level 2 elbow and shoulder armour giving the highest level of impact protection.

  • Removable Drystar Lining – Alpinestars waterproof and breathable membrane for all weather comfort and performance.

  • Bio Air Armour – Alpinestars CE level 2 elbow and shoulder armour.

  • Adjustability – Three points of adjustment on the sleeves give a great adaptable fit.

  • Pockets – Internal waterproof compartment together with two further internal mesh pockets and two external zippered pockets.

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Alpinestars Summer Jackets: The core features of a great air jacket

In the UK, at least a short summer air jacket may not be the main jacket in your wardrobe. So, it is important to consider when you might wear such a jacket and the features you would want. For a short summer blast the T-Faster Air will do everything you need. Should you be caught out by a chilly evening wind or unexpected downpour, it will leave you wishing that you had paid a little extra and selected the Leonis. The T-GP R jacket can give you a more racing feel if you ride a sportsbike. As a nice combination of all of the above, the T-GP Plus is an all-rounder. In all cases, where a longer trip or summer holiday is being undertaken, an Alpinestars combination rain jacket and pants or an Alpinestars one piece rain suit will be money well spent.

Mesh panels

All of these jackets feature considerably more mesh in their main construction than anything else on the market. They keep you extremely cool and protect in a way that a t-shirt never will. Alpinestars have tested all materials including the mesh used so you are assured of great performance should the worst happen.

Waterproof linings

Having decided on a mesh jacket, the next choice is whether the amount of use, or the likely conditions of use, will merit the need to choose a windproof liner or the special Drystar lining of the Leonis. Adding the lining will increase the number of days of possible use: for a little extra, you can upgrade your T-Faster Air jacket to a T-GP Plus R v2 Air jacket and it may well be money well spent.

Protection

All of the jackets come with CE elbow and shoulder armour. The T-GP R Air comes with the superior CE Level 2 Bio Air armour. If you are looking for the highest-rated protection, opt for this model. It is also worth considering the addition of the Nucleon back protector and to take advantage of Alpinestars providing chest compartments to install Nucleon chest protection.

Styling

Many mesh jackets are focused on a sporty style and look with prominent logos. Jackets like the T-GP Plus R v2 Air can be sober in a simple black/anthracite colour or be more flamboyant like the T-GP R Air in shades like the black/white/yellow fluo. Those looking for a more touring style will prefer the Leonis Air Drystar in colours like the black/military green.

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