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TESTED BY: Martin MILES: 3,000 TIME: Two years PRICE: £189.99 WEB: TEL: 0039 0423 5286 Yes it’s a tour­ing style jacket and yes it’s wa­ter­proof, so it’s not quite your nor­mal per­for­mance rid­ing num­ber, but, as we do live in Great Bri­tain and no­body likes be­ing soaked through to your un­der crack­ers for mile upon mile, some­times a jacket like this is just what the doc­tor or­dered. The An­des is a mid­dle of the road op­tion from the Alpinestars col­lec­tion, yet it ticks a lot of boxes with­out break­ing the bank or be­ing over com­pli­cated.

With a sim­ple re­mov­able quilted layer and a fixed DRYSTAR® wa­ter­proof mem­brane, the An­des has with­stood many heavy mo­tor­way down­pours, mak­ing it in­cred­i­bly hard to fault its over­all per­for­mance. In all hon­esty though, the best thing about the jacket is the lit­tle fea­tures that you nor­mally find on the more ex­pen­sive ver­sions, such as the lit­tle hook and loop to keeps the neck flap pinned back if you want to feel the wind on your ride. Even the storm flap over the main zip splits into two sec­tions and pins back so you feel the wind in your chest hair as you ride along… or is that just me?

Okay, well a plethora of outer and in­ner pock­ets means you’re never short of space to store keys, ear plugs or mo­biles and mul­ti­ple ad­justers al­low you to pull in the waist or arms as you in­evitably pile on the pounds af­ter all those sum­mer bar­be­cues. I can’t fault this jacket, and al­though dropped from the newAlpines­tars range, you can still pick them up at some bar­gain prices. All in all, great jacket and now an even bet­ter price. Get one while you can; win­ter’s coming!

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