GEAR ALPINESTARS SANTA FE DRYSTAR JACKET £299.99
Three-season textile perfect for spring
As snowdrops and daffodils emerge, bringing with them the promise of spring, it’s time to start contemplating riding without three layers of wadding. And Alpinestars are ready with a spring collection that includes this versatile touring jacket.
The Santa Fe Air Drystar is billed as a warmer weather option, but it’s a tripledecker jacket that combines ventilation with waterproofing and thermal insulation.
The outer has plentiful panels of vented mesh on the chest, back and sleeves, which is why it’s not the best option for the depths of winter. But the presence of a removable Drystar waterproof membrane, which is also breathable, ensures protection against rain. There’s also a removable thermal lining to guard against the chill, which means three seasons of use should be achievable.
The fact both liners can be removed means the Santa Fe would be ideal at the height of summer, or on long tours from rain-prone Britain to hotter climes in the south.
That versatility is aided by the presence of ‘volume adjusters’ on the sleeves and at the waist, to take up any slack left behind when the rider removes the two linings. This means the Ce-approved elbow armour will stay in the right place whether the jacket is at its slimmest or bulkiest.
The two external pockets are both waterproof and there’s a dry pocket on the inside, where there’s also a connecting zip to match the Santa Fe up to various pairs of trousers in the Alpinestars range.
The jacket goes up to a generous XXXXL and there are three colour options – black/grey, grey/black or black/neon yellow.