MXA TEAM TESTED: ALPINESTARS RACER TECH GEAR
WHAT IS IT? Alpinestars has always been known for its high-quality boots, but now it is making an impact in the gear market. With Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson, Jeffrey Herlings and Justin Barcia in the gear, Alpinestars is getting maximum exposure. The new Racer Tech line is Alpinestars’ lower-level gear, but you wouldn’t know it unless you started comparing prices.
WHAT’S IT COST? $39.95 (jersey), $139.95 (pants).
CONTACT? www.alpinestars.com or (800) 438-2577.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Alpinestars Racer Tech gear.
(1) Jersey. The Racer Tech jersey is constructed from 100-percent polyester stretch fabric. It is lightweight, moisture-wicking and durable. Some riders like tight compression-style jerseys, while others prefer a looser fit. The Racer Tech jersey features an athletic fit that our test riders thought was the perfect balance between too tight and too baggy. The tagless neck, stretchable round collar and fitted cuffs also enhance the comfort of the jersey. The back is cut 2-3/4 inches longer in the tail to keep the jersey tucked in.
(2) Pants. Alpinestars’ Racer Tech pants use an advanced design with four-way stretch fabric and a heavy poly-fabric main shell that provides both flexibility and a clean fit. The pre-curved leg construction improves the fit of the pants while in the riding position. Heavy poly-fabric reinforcements are used in the seat area and on the inner leg panels to provide abrasion resistance. The waistband has silicone strips to hold the pants up and jersey in. The entire waistband is made of a stretch material that gives the waist an extra 2 inches of wiggle room. It comes with a standard click-type closure and a big plastic zipper. The leather knee patches are 10-1/2 inches long and 4-1/2 inches wide. The inner liner is mesh and only goes halfway down, which helps keep knee braces from snagging.
(3) Fit. The athletic fit made every MXA test rider feel like a Pro, but it wasn’t so tight that we looked like a sausage in it. The jersey had a more comfortable fit, while the pants fit snugly. There are sans-a-belt straps on the flexible waistband for added security. The knee area had plenty of room for knee braces.
(4) Performance. The Racer Tech gear may be the lower-level Alpinestars line, but the MXA test riders enjoyed the light weight and flexible fit. We never felt restricted, which isn’t always true with athletic-fit motocross gear. We noticed some wear behind the knee-brace area, and test riders with big knee braces wore small holes in the fabric after several hours of testing. The flexible, foam material on the front of the knee braces also had small tears from roost.
(5) Options. The Alpinestars Racer Tech gear comes in two different designs and five different colors. The jersey sizes range from small to double extra large, while the pants fit 28- to 40-inch waists.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Our only issues were durability related. Lightweight flexible gear is great for fit and feel, but it doesn’t take abuse as well as heavier-gauge fabrics. Our wear-and-tear issues were focused on the knee area, but if you don’t wear knee braces, it might not be a problem.
MXA RATING: The Racer Tech gear lives up to its name—it is racy and technical. It’s comfortable, flexible, breathable and has an athletic fit at a price that won’t break the bank.