KIT TESTED TESTE D EIGH T MON THS

‘Por­tu­gal, Si­cily… and a cold wet A1’ Alpines­tars Val­paraiso Drys­tar 2 jacket £349.99 and trousers £229.99

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Tester Michael Neeves Time used Eight months/3000 miles

What’s good? With the chilly weather draw­ing in again I’ve dug this ad­ven­ture kit out of the cup­board. They’re not cheap but not stupidly ex­pen­sive (you can spend up to £1500 on a pukka en­duro jacket alone) and I’ve worn it in lots of dif­fer­ent con­di­tions, on and off-road. I’ve splashed through the rain dur­ing the Tri­umph Ex­plorer launch in Por­tu­gal, sweated my way up and down Mount Etna in Si­cily on a Du­cati Mul­tistrada En­duro and pum­melled the A1 on cold days on my ZX-10R. Both jacket and trousers are supremely com­fort­able, fit nicely with boots and gloves and have a lux­u­ri­ous feel­ing of qual­ity about them. They’re mul­ti­lay­ered, so they can be as warm as you want or as cool, plus there are ex­tra vents and flaps to let the breeze in when you get re­ally hot off-road, and even in heavy rain the Drys­tar con­struc­tion has kept me dry. They have more pock­ets and wa­ter­proof com­part­ments than you know what

to do with, as well as Ce-cer­ti­fied shoul­der, el­bow and knee ar­mour, along with tear and abra­sion-re­sis­tant pan­els in im­pact ar­eas to pro­tect you in a fall.

What’s not? If I’m be­ing picky the zips and pop­pers that fix all the lay­ers to­gether are a bit fid­dly and it’s easy to pull some of the sleeve lin­ing out when you ex­tri­cate your arms, but that aside, it’s qual­ity kit.

Con­tact www.alpines­tars.com Qual­ity ★★★★★ Value ★★★★ ★

Prop­erly ver­sa­tile, the A-stars suit has seen ser­vice in hot sun and cold rain

Get­ting the lay­ers right can be tricky

Zip-open vents for sum­mer rid­ing

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