Alpinestars Racing Absolute v2 Leather Suit
A key material technology advancement found in the Racing Absolute v2 is the use of Alpinestars Composite Stretch technology, or A-CS®Tech for short. A-CS®Tech is found all throughout the suit’s, side torso, shoulder blades, and upper knee areas. Replacing the leather accordion panels that precede it in those areas, A-CS® Tech material provides not only increased breathability, comfort, and freedom of movement, but also offers a lower weight and a lower profile than accordion leather (about 9% lighter weight panels). Leather accordion panels are still present in the lower back and main flexion zones. Additionally, the A-CS® technology features a good level of stretchability of about 30% elongation, where tear resistance has increased by 288% compared to HRSF, or Hyper Resistant Stretch Fiber, and where cut resistance has increased by 600% versus leather, all while having highly comparable performance to kangaroo leather, and even higher impact abrasion test results. The use of A-CS® Tech, signifies a noteworthy advancement and improvement in protective performance materials.
The Racing Absolute incorporates Matryx® material on the lower leg for even further weight reduction and breathability. Replacing the HRSF in the inner arms, crotch, back of the legs, collar and pectoral areas are Kevlar®-reinforced stretch panels, providing high elasticity for freedom of movement, and increased protection. The Racing Absolute V2’s construction has schoeller®-keprotec seam reinforcements at the elbows and knees, GP DFS external sliders on the shoulders, knees, and elbows, all-new race-grade GP-R PRO forearm and knee armor, and Nucleon Race shoulder armor – all adding up to and setting a new Alpinestars Professional Racing standard. To provide complete upper body and hip protection, the Racing Absolute v2 offers direct internal integration of the optional Tech-Air® 10 Airbag System within the suit’s detachable Polygeine treated inner comfort liner for the ultimate in rider protection.Features:
- Tech-Air Ready with left arm slot for the Tech-Air 10 LED display.
- Localized perforation on full front panels.
- GP Aero Back Hump.
- Alpinestars GP DFS external sliders on the shoulders, knees, and elbows.
- Replaceable GP-R PRO knee sliders.
- The Tech-Air Ready, GP Plus v4 Leather Suit features a blend of Flex Plus Racing bovine leather, A-CS Tech, Matryx , HRSF, and GP DFS sliders. The GP Plus v4 Leather Suit provides unrivalled comfort, feel, freedom of movement, and precise fitment.
- According to European statutory law the CE mark is a conformity requirement for the marketing of this product. The following standards apply to this product:
- Fully CE-certified riding garment to CE – Category II EN 17092-2:2020 – AAA class.
- Compatible CE Category II Level 2 EN 1621-2:2014 Alpinestars Nucleon KR-R and Nucleon KR-R CELL back protectors, available as accessory upgrades.
- CE Category II Level 2 EN 1621-1:2012 GP-R PRO shoulder, elbow, forearm, and knee protectors.
- CE Category II Level 1 EN 1621-1:2012 Bioflex (Racing version) hip protectors.
Read on for more details.
Choosing a suit depends primarily upon three measurements; chest size, belly size and height. Race suits are cut with a very trim fit which is designed to fit skin tight over underwear or very light clothing. With most suits, the protection (back, chest and/or air bag) is optional and, when installed in the suit, will make them fit smaller, so you’ll want to think about the optional armor before selecting a size.
To select a size in a race suit, we highly recommend you measure your chest and belly with a tape (it is easier if you ask a friend to help). If you need some measuring help, take the link below for detailed instructions. Once you know your chest and belly measurements, you’ll want to choose a size from the chart that will be big enough for both. Before selection, you’ll need to add to your measurements for the addition of optional armor. Generally speaking, we recommend adding 1” to your chest and belly if you plan to add a back protector, and add an additional 1” to your chest for the addition of chest armor (if the suit is equipped to accommodate Alpinestar’s air bag system and you plan to install the air bag instead of armor, we suggest adding 1” to your chest and 1” to your belly).
Unlike separate jackets and pants, the fit of a suit is highly dependent upon your height. And since the fit of both the pants and the upper part of the suit are determined by the single size you choose, it’s pretty important that your height fall within the recommended range. To compensate for being too tall or too short for your ideal size, you can up-size or downsize to some degree, but you’ll be compromising the fit in other areas. Some riders who are much too tall or too short for standard sizing often opt for a custom made suit since off-the-rack suits just won’t work.
Alpinestars offers very complex sizing charts on their website, and if you want to dig more deeply into the sizing issue, I’d suggest visiting their website, but for sake of simplicity, we’ve condensed their basic sizing advice down to the chart below.
|Euro Size||Max Chest