Alpinestars Andes Drystar Jacket ::

Alpinestars Andes Drystar Jacket

  • 600D Polyester fabric with PU coating
  • 100% waterproof and breathable Drystar® lining
  • Removable thermal liner
  • Dynamic® stretch panels on sleeves and waist areas to further improve fit and feel
  • Upper sleeve volume adjustment
  • Pre-curved sleeve construction for improved riding performance
  • Waist adjustment belt for precision fit
  • Zippered shoulder air intakes for adjustable ventilation and rear air exhaust zippers to enhance riding comfort
  • 2 upper chest zippered pockets
  • 2 large front waterproof cargo pockets
  • Large, external, utility pocket on lower back of jacket
  • Internal pockets and wallet pocket
  • Impact protection provided by removable CE certified Bio Armor elbow and shoulder protectors
  • Chest and back pad compartments with PE comfort padding (CE certified Nucleon chest and back protector inserts available as accessory)
  • Reinforced TPU print texture in critical elbow and lower arm areas
  • Integrated high visibility reflective graphic details and logos improve rider visibility in varying light conditions
  • Internal waist connection zipper for Alpinestars riding pants
  • Integrated soft edge collar construction
  • Premium YKK zipper with double sliders for main front closure

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Sizing Information

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 size XL fit Dewey, our XL Fit Check mannequin very nicely!

The taper of this jacket is about average (meaning how much smaller the waist/belly is than the chest), and will be great for nearly any type of street riders. Alpinestars’s sizing chart lists the recommended waist range and the jacket has a lot of waist size adjustment. Judging by the way the jackets fit and the numbers in the chart, we feel the “waist” sizes they list could more appropriately be considered belly size ranges. Your actual jean size waist could be smaller than what is indicated and you’d still be OK because of the wide range of adjustment offered by the side waist straps.

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

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Our Two Cents

The new Andes Drystar jacket is very sharp. I really like the crisp styling offered in the one I tried on. It was the grey/black version shown in the close up photos. The materials are high quality and unlike less expensive garments appear well tailored and “crisp”. The fabrics don’t retain wrinkles like some others, even after being packed for shipping. This jacket will be ideal for those that ride in wet and/or mild to cold weather. The jacket is made waterproof by way of a “drystar” lining that is installed in the jacket between the outer shell and the inner lining. This type of waterproofing is very effective. But the permanent liner means that the jacket won’t have a lot of venting capability. You’ll see that the jacket has a couple vents in front and a couple in the back, and air that enters the jacket will pass through the outer shell but flows over the inner waterproof lining and does not reach through to your skin. Anyway, that is why I recommend a jacket like this for mild to cold weather and/or wet weather. I always advise that there is no single garment that will work for a rider for all four seasons (if they live in a four season location), so coupling a jacket like this along with a good highly vented textile or a full mesh jacket will keep you happy all year around. Like any other longer touring style, this jacket also has a number of pockets. There are some larger reflective materials on the front and back for nighttime visibility. A couple little features you’ll grow to appreciate: the main zipper is two-way, meaning you can zip the jacket up from the bottom part way when sitting to prevent the lower part of the jacket from piling up in your lap; also there is a nifty little keeper built into the collar that keeps the velcro-close collar tab from flapping in the wind (and driving you crazy). We’ve got a slew of good pictures of all this stuff, so just take the “View Images” link above to have a look at all those. Overall, a very nice design and it is offered at a great price too. :: Paul, 06-24-13

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Happy Customers Who Bought This Product

From: Jason A.
Location: Arizona

I won't bother completely reviewing this jacket again. You can read a lot of reviews online. My only complaint with this jacket is the amount of free play in the cuff. I understand that this is so you can wear the jacket over your gauntlet gloves ... (Read more...)

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