GEAR ALPINES­TARS SANTA FE DRYSTAR JACKET £299.99

Three-sea­son tex­tile per­fect for spring

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

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.

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