Alpinestars Bionic 2 Protection Jacket
- High-performance protection riding jacket
- CE-certified GP shoulder and elbow protectors
- Removable CE-certified (level 2) Bionic Back Protector
- Technical stretch mesh construction
- Plastic and foam chest guard
- YKK semi auto-lock front zipper closure
- Adjustable arm and shoulder straps for personalized fit
- Adjustable waist closure with dual Velcro® straps
These jackets are sold in alpha sizes, and although the mesh/stretch nature of the materials makes them fairly forgiving in size, we found the men’s sizing to run a little on the small side by just trying them on. Our guess is about a half size. We recommend you select a size based on your normal jacket or shirt size, and if you are normally between sizes we recommend selecting the larger of the two. We have not evaluated the sizing of the women’s and youth sizes other than our experience trying on the womens small which fit one of our women employees who normally would wear a 2 or 4 dress size (which seems to match with a women’s small as stated).
Our Two Cents
The Bionic 2 Protection Jacket offers an armor system assembled on a stretch mesh framework. The jacket consists of CE approved shoulder and elbow protection, a CE approved back protector that includes kidney padding and Alpinestar’s Bionic chest plates. All of the armor is mounted on a stretchable mesh shell that helps keep the armor securely in place. Adjustment straps on the front and back of the shoulder armor and the Velcro waist belt give the jacket a customizable fit. This armor jacket will work well under or over your non-protective gear. Consider the youth sizes for protection for youngsters that can’t get the proper fit in adult protective apparel. Take the “View Larger Pictures” link above to see some good closeups of this product.