ALPINESTARS ANDES DRYSTAR TEXTILE JACKET
TESTED BY: Martin MILES: 3,000 TIME: Two years PRICE: £189.99 WEB: www.alpinestars.com 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!