Alpinestars T-GP R Air Jacket - 2015
- Durable 450 Denier polyester fabric incorporating strategically positioned mesh panels
- Removable CE certified shoulders and elbow protectors
- External Alpinestars PU shoulder sliders offer additional abrasion resistance in key impact area
- Pre-curved sleeve construction
- Large accordion stretch panels help rider movement and comfort on the bike
- Removable windproof liner
- Fixed mesh lining
- Inner waterproof pocket
- Ring waist adjustment for precision fitting
- Two external zippered pockets
- Reflective inserts for added rider visibility
- Volume adjustment system on sleeves
- Back and chest protector compartments with foam padding (Alpinestars CE-certified Nucleon inserts available as upgrades, see below)
- Neoprene comfort edge around collar and cuffs prevents skin chafing
- Waist connection zipper allows attachment to Alpinestars riding pants
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These jackets are sold in US based “alpha” sizes. 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).
This particular style runs a bit smaller than other recent models we’ve tested from Alpinestars. The fit is definitely “European” because the jackets we tried on our fit check mannequins Huey and Dewey fit good and look good, but they don’t have much extra room. My measurements of other sizes confirms this.
If you like a very trim fit, then you’ll like this style in the size you normally choose, but if you prefer a more “American” fit or you are between sizes, I’d recommend you choose a size larger than you usually wear. And since this jacket has a pretty trim fit, you’ll also want to check your belly (if you have one) and make sure the jacket size you pick is big enough for your mid-section as well as your chest.
|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
This new T-GP R Air Jacket for 2015 is Alpinestars’ best sport mesh jacket style for this year. The offering of Alpinestars jackets is pretty broad and as of this writing, I see 7 styles that are pretty similar. The differences are subtle. We’ve added a year suffix to those that are reborn every 2 to 4 years to help you sort it out. And beyond that, the differences are mostly in small features. What makes this one the “best” of the bunch (at least for now)? The big things are mobility and some added style and convenience features.
As the “air” in the name of this jacket implies, the shell is mostly blow-through mesh material, so consider this style for warm to hot weather… and even mild weather too. The jacket has a removable wind-block liner which will take you down into mild weather as well. A liner like this is super handy for cool mornings before it heats up or when you have big elevation changes in a single day’s ride.
This jacket has large expansion panels behind the shoulders to help with reach. If you are muscled in the shoulders and biceps then this feature will make a difference. Generally speaking, Alpinestars jackets are trim cut… more European fit than US fit, so if you aren’t used to trim cut European clothing but you want the trim looks and are a bigger guy, then focus on this one.
Another upgrade with this particular style is the addition of the molded shoulder armor. It looks sharp and fits well. From a practical point of view, I doubt it adds significant extra crash protection as compared to the other styles that use the same removable armor, but good looks aren’t nothing, right?
Other little niceties include a zip AND Velcro close at the cuff (set the Velcro to your liking once and use the zipper for on/off from there) and a really nice collar treatment for comfort (padded on the inside with a roll of soft neoprene on the edge). Oh, and one other upgrade/feature of this style is a waterproof chest pocket, which might come in handy if you get caught in the rain with a wallet/cell phone.
With the new Nucleon armor upgrades, Alpinestars gives you more protection options than any other maker of sport jackets (that we sell anyway), which is a bit unusual in a lightweight summer style like this, so if protection is a priority, you’ll like these features. The jacket comes with removable protectors in the shoulders and elbows and has some thin pads positioned in the chest and back. Those chest pads and the back pad can be upgraded though if you want more (see below). There is also a long zipper for connection to Alpinestars pants (another feature you don’t usually see on a mesh style).
Alpinestars are top quality and the very complete line of optional armor makes these jackets a standout among most other brands. With the armor and all they do get pricey, but the old saying “you get what you pay for” does apply to all things, right? :: Paul, 03-23-15