Alpinestars Viper Air Jacket
- Durable 600 Denier poly-fabric outer shell
- Extensive mesh panels on front and rear for unsurpassed airflow performance
- Removable windproof and waterproof inner vest lining
- Removable and adjustable CE-certified Bio-Armor protectors in the elbows and shoulders
- Chest and back pad compartments with PE comfort padding (Alpinestars CE-certified Nucleon inserts available as upgrade, see below)
- Neoprene comfort edge on cuffs and collar
- Elongated rear profile and D-ring waist adjustments
- Pre-curved sleeves
- Airflow-intake system on lower arms includes perforated gusset for extra breathability
- External zipped hand pockets, plus internal pockets and wallet pocket
- Reflective detailing on front and back for added rider visibility
- Internal waist connection zipper allows attachment to selected Alpinestars leather and textile pants
- YKK auto locking zippers
Read on for more details.
These jackets are sold in US based “alpha” sizes, so selecting a size is basically pretty easy. For most people, you would choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing. Alpinestars publishes a super-complicated size chart which can be used to pick a size based upon your chest and waist. We’ve condensed their chart down to make it easy to read (see below). The waist and upper arms are adjustable with Velcro tabs. Overall this should be a very easy style to fit.
I found the taper from chest to waist of these jackets to be pretty sporty… in other words, those with a belly should check to make sure the jacket size you pick will be big enough for the belly and the chest. In this cut, the max belly is about 4” to 5” less than the max chest size. Example: an XL is a 46” max chest and the max belly would be about 41” or 42”.
|Jacket Size||Chest Range||Waist/Belly Range|
|Small||37.5 to 39||31 to 32.5|
|Medium||40 to 41.5||33.5 to 35|
|Large||42 to 43.5||36 to 37.5|
|XL||44.5 to 46||38 to 40|
|XXL||47 to 49||40.5 to 42|
|XXXL||49 to 51||43 to 44.5|
|XXXXL||51.5 to 53||45 to 47|
Our Two Cents
Not too long ago, I reviewed the T-GP-R jacket for 2012 by Alpinestars and I’m comparing it to this new Viper Air jacket and I’m not finding a substantial difference. The Viper Air feels just a touch lighter overall and it has a vest-type windproof liner so we can’t call it “water resistant like the T-GP-R, but otherwise it is about identical (but $50 less, yay!). A portion of the jacket is made with solid textile material and then there are large panels on the front and back that are mesh. Since the jacket has these mesh panels, a lot of air will blow through onto your skin and keep you comfortable in hot weather. This jacket has a removable windproof vest-liner that will help block the flow thru air which will come in handy during cooler times. You’ll have to take the “View Larger Images” link above to see this liner. We’ve also got a good shot of the jacket’s nighttime reflectivity, so check that out also. It lights up well. The jacket comes with removable armor in the shoulders, elbows, chest and back. The chest and back armor is upgradable (see the links below), so you can consider that for now or in the future. I liked the color scheme of the white and the vivid colors. You’d better be ready to clean the jacket from time to time because that white is pretty lily white and will get dirty easily. Alpinestars mesh styles are a few bucks more than other brands, but the quality shows well and I’m sure you will enjoy using this jacket :: Paul, 04-22-13
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Alpinestars Viper Air Jacket is a mesh jacket with bio armor in the shoulders and elbows with foam chest and back protector is a good choice for the summer heat. It does include a wind proof liner to tone down the weather a bit but it is 100% a su... (Read more...)
Just received my Viper Air jacket, and I love it! The vest liner is a plus for colder days, and it feels like without it it will flow some good air for the summer. I recommend going up one size, as I normally wear a large in most brands. (Read more...)