Alpines­tars GP Pro jacket £474.99

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Tester Michael Neeves Time used Five years/20,000 miles

What’s good? Ev­ery­one has their favourite, slightly scruffy black leather biker jacket – one they adore and just keep com­ing back to again and again. This is mine: the Alpines­tars GP Pro, which I’ve had since 2011. Still on sale, it’s been up­dated along with a slightly dif­fer­ent spec and de­sign, but it’s es­sen­tially the same jacket, made from 1.3mm full grain satin-fin­ish leather with a re­mov­able mesh lin­ing and Ce-cer­ti­fied ar­mour in the el­bows and shoul­ders. It wears the patina of five years’ worth of rid­ing in the sun, rain – be­ing cov­ered in dirt, muck and flies and cleaned off again, but it’s worn beau­ti­fully and is still in per­fect con­di­tion. There isn’t a frayed seam or sticky zip to be found and with all that use, it fits me bet­ter than any other jacket I own. I love the fact the graph­ics aren’t too ‘in your face’, too. It’ll eas­ily go on for an­other five years… in fact, the way it’s go­ing, it’ll prob­a­bly out­last me.

What’s not? The rac­ing hump is a bit big, but this jacket is ac­tu­ally the top half of a two-piece rac­ing suit and other ‘hump­less’, less racy ver­sions are avail­able.

Con­tact www.alpines­ Qual­ity ★★★★ ★ Value ★★★ ★★

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