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
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