Alpinestars Koln Drystar Jacket

  • Constructed from brushed polyamide with 600D polyester fabric reinforcements for strength and durability
  • 4-in-1 configuration system incorporating the removable Drystar® and thermal liners
  • Integrated PE foam padding on the shoulders
  • Zippered air intakes on the arms and front of the jacket and exhaust vent on the rear
  • Discreet volume adjusters on the lower and upper arms
  • Waist adjustment belt
  • Impact protection provided by removable CE certified Bio Armor elbow and shoulder protectors
  • Chest and back pad compartments with PE comfort padding (CE certified Bio Armor back protector insert available as accessory, see below)
  • High visibility reflective stripes and logos improve rider visibility in poor light conditions
  • Internal waist connection zipper for attachment to riding pants
  • Non-aggressive micro-velcro used throughout the garment
  • Premium YKK zippers with twin sliders on front zipper

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MSRP:
$319.95
,  Our Price:
$249.00

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 Med and XL fit Huey and Dewey 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.

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 Koln jacket by Alpinestars is a 3/4 length touring jacket. I’ll have to say I am pleasantly surprised with this style. I’ve always thought Alpinestars offered very high quality products. You can see it in the material, construction and the technical details. But unlike a lot of other Alpinestars jackets, this one offers a great deal of value too. For the price, this jacket is in line with other brands that are considered to be lower price point products. I very much like the overall look. It is a very clean/crisp style, but it is not boring. The “tone on tone” approach to the colors and textures gives the jacket some visual interest. The jacket has a water resistant shell, but it is not waterproof. You get a removable waterproof inner liner for times when you’ll be surely soaked. Making the waterproof barrier removable offers a couple advantages in comfort. A jacket without a built-in waterproof barrier breathes better and will be more comfortable for the vast majority of times when you are NOT in a downpour. The jacket will be lighter and more flexible also. For warmer weather use, there are zippered vents in the front and back. They are large and there are a number of them (take the “View Larger Images link and you can see them in detail). 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 night time 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). Anything that helps to not drive me crazy is appreciated! :: Paul, 09-27-11

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