Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar Jacket

Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar Jacket
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Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar Jacket

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Details

    Alpinestars has refreshed their Andes Drystar Jacket for 2017 with a renewed focus on styling and a solid handful of refinements to the jacket’s inner workings. At its core, the Andes is still a jacket for commuting, touring, and light adventure riding in 3-season cold weather conditions. You’ll still find removable insulation and non-removable waterproofing inside the jacket, but on the outside the styling is new with a bit more refined and streamlined look.

    The visual refinements also carry over to the physical refinements found in several features including new heavy-fabric overlays on the shoulder area, a simplified collar that’s both effective and comfortable, and some drastically improved chest venting that flows directly to the body past the waterproofing.

    Overall, it’s the same reliable Andes Jacket with some extra punch that raises the bar even higher. And with such a versatile, waist-length cut and capable weatherproofing, the Andes Drystar can work for riders on a multitude of bikes from your GS series and KTM 1190s to sportier bikes like the Yamaha FJ or Ducati Multistrada.

    Specs:
  • Advanced reinforced poly-fabric textile and DRYSTAR® waterproof and breathable construction.
  • Newly developed Direct Ventilation System (DVS) zippered chest air intakes and back exhaust ports.
  • Internal impact protection provided by removable CE-certified elbow and shoulder protectors.
  • Chest and back pad compartments with padding (Nucleon chest and back protector available).
  • Reinforced polymer-printed texturing in critical elbow and lower arm areas for abrasion resistance.
  • Reflective graphic details and logos improve rider visibility in varying light conditions.
  • Upper chest zippered hand pockets feature internal shock which works in tandem with ventilation opening to ensure personalized levels of ventilation.
  • Front waterproof cargo pockets for convenience and peace-of-mind closure.
  • Large, external utility pocket on lower back plus waterproof internal pockets and insert wallet pocket.
  • Integrated soft edge collar and 3D mesh construction for comfort over long distances.
  • Pre-contoured sleeves with accordion stretch panels on elbows.
  • Velcro-closing waist adjustment belt for highly customizable fit.
  • External zippered pockets for safe peace-of-mind storage.

Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar Jacket Reviews

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3.0 / 5.0
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Value
3.0 / 5
Durability
3.0 / 5
Comfort
3.0 / 5
Protection
3.0 / 5
Weatherproofing
3.0 / 5
Features
3.0 / 5
Ventilation
Poor
Average
Excellent
Sizing & Fit
Small
True
Large
Recommend it?
Yes (2)
Value
5 / 5
Durability
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Protection
5 / 5
Weatherproofing
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Ventilation
Poor
Average
Excellent
Sizing & Fit
Small
True
Large
Recommend it?
Yes
Extremely comfortable
I recently bought a new Africa Twin and needed to acquire some new riding gear. I tried on several different jackets and this one felt the best.

Fit - I typically wear a large shirt and sometimes XL in different jackets, with this one I went 2XL so I could wear a sweat shirt underneath for really cold days. So I feel ordering a size up is your best bet.

Quality - Only having the jacket for 2 months and about 2500 miles, I can't say if it will last a long time or not (I don't doubt that it will.) I recently rode most of the MABDR and of the 4 days riding, it rained for 3 (about 900 miles in the rain) and this jacket kept me comfortably dry and warm down to about 35 degrees. My pants were a different story.

Overall, I absolutely love and would recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a comfortable, waterproof jacket with a removable liner that will keep you comfortable from 35º+. My only complaint is I wish there was another vent or two and more reflective panels for better visibility.

-m-2017 HONDA Africa Twin CRF1000L--
May 4, 2019
New Bethlehem, PA, US
Age: 15-24
Gender:
Male
Weight:
161 - 190 lbs.
Height:
5'10 - 6'0
Value
1 / 5
Durability
1 / 5
Comfort
1 / 5
Protection
1 / 5
Weatherproofing
1 / 5
Features
1 / 5
Ventilation
Poor
Average
Excellent
Sizing & Fit
Small
True
Large
Recommend it?
Yes
Bad jacket, worse customer service by Alpinestars
The good:
The first thing I noticed was how good it looked and how well it appeared to be built. I get lots of compliments on the jacket.

The waterproof chest pocket. I haven't noticed any water getting into it, even in heavy rain at 60 mph.

The fit is pretty good for my build (6'3" 200lbs) in a size large. And it has plenty of adjustability for layering.

The bad:
Not waterproof! The first few commutes in the rain I was noticing some rain getting in. I thought it was through the vents at first and tried making sure I had them zipped up all the way. Then one day I decided to go for a longer ride in the rain to put it through it's paces. I ended up getting wet on my chest, biceps, and thighs. Anywhere wind was hitting me, water was getting through.

So I emailed Alpinestars through their website, a week goes by...no reply. So I call the customer support number. They give me a U.S. email to email them and told me my email must have gone to their headquarters and been lost in the mix. A few days later I get an email to call them, then when I do they tell me to email them. Anyway, a few transactions later the guy tells me this

"The Andes V2 has a light external coating but is not a laminated jacket. After using this garment in heavy rain for extended amounts of time the outer shell can absorb water.

The Drystar membrane is floating between the outer shell and internal liner which will keep all water from penetrating to the rider.

It is possible if the customer wants more water protection externally to add a waterproof spray or wax. (ex. www.nikwax.com)
https://www.nikwax.com/en-us/productselector/waterproofing.php

However, this will effect the breathability of the Drystar membrane."

This is just pathetic customer service since it's supposed to have a one year warranty and I got it this summer.

-m-2003 HONDA XR650L--
September 15, 2018
Lexington, KY, US
Age: 25-44
Gender:
Male
Weight:
191 - 220 lbs.
Height:
6'1 - 6'3
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