Alpinestars T-Fuel WP Jacket - 2012 ::

Alpinestars T-Fuel WP Jacket - 2012 (Two Left: Med or XL)

  • Constructed from brushed, PU coated polyamide fabric for increased abrasion and water resistance
  • 100% waterproof and breathable membrane
  • Pre-curved sleeves for enhanced fit and comfort in the riding position
  • Zippered air intakes on upper arms promote airflow through the jacket
  • Removable, long-sleeved quilted liner
  • Neoprene collar and wrist trims for enhanced comfort
  • Removable CE certified Bio Armor elbow and shoulder protectors are slim, lightweight and offer exceptional impact protection
  • Chest and back pad compartments with PE comfort padding (Alpinestars CE Bio Armor back protector insert and Bionic Chest Pads available as accessory upgrade)
  • Two external and internal pockets and one internal Napoleon pocket
  • Non-aggressive micro-velcro fasteners used throughout the garment
  • Premium YKK zippers ensure secure closure at all times
  • Waist connection zipper allows attachment to selected Alpinestars leather and textile pants
  • Integrated high visibility reflective piping improves rider visibility in poor light conditions

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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 Med and XL fit Huey and Dewey very well. To see how those two sizes look on our fit check mannequins, just click the “View Larger Images” link above.

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 Alpinestars T-Fuel is a very nice textile jacket with just a bit of leather trim thrown in for extra style. The jacket is made with an integral waterproof lining which is situated between the jacket’s outer textile shell and the inside mesh lining. This type of lining does a great job because there are no penetrations in the lining to allow access like with jackets that attempt to make the outer shell waterproof (with all the zippers/vents, etc to muck it up). But this type of construction is only suited for mild to cold weather because the waterproof lining inhibits direct air flow to the skin. This jacket has a couple bicep vents on the front and a rear exhaust vent which will work to add a bit of warmer weather comfort, but the airflow these allow will only flow between the jacket’s outer shell and the lining which moderates how effective they are in hot weather. They will be of some help, but they won’t be as effective as they are on a non waterproof type jacket. The jacket comes with a full sleeve, very nice thermal liner which should provide a lot of insulation for very cold temps. For protection you get CE protectors in the shoulders and elbows and foam pads for the back and chest (upgradable, see below). The white leather trim pieces give this jacket some pizazz and the leather will be a bit easier to keep clean than white textile trim would be. We’ve taken some “night” shots so you can see the reflective piping in action (the small white lines under the broad white leather trim pieces) which will make you more visible at night. Just take the “View Larger Images” link above to see all those close-up pics including the night shots and fit check shots. Overall, a very high quality and capable jacket with just a bit of extra style. Paul :: 03-24-12