Alpinestars T-GP R Air V2 Jacket
- Multi-fabric shell construction with mesh panels on the chest, back and sleeves for improved cooling performance.
- Accordion inserts on shoulder blades and elbow for high levels of movement.
- Waist adjustment for an improved riding fit.
- Volume adjusters on sleeve to reduce material bunching.
- Two zippered hand pockets for real-world practicality.
- Waist connection zipper allows attachment to Alpinestars riding pants.
- Thermoformed white reflective PU logo on the chest plus 3D injected PU logo on the upper back.
- Low profile collar construction with microfiber comfort edging plus 3D textured fabric on inner collar lining for enhanced rider comfort.
- Pre-curved sleeve construction reduces riding fatigue.
- Reflective details to make the rider more visible to other road users, especially when riding at night.
- Waterproof inner front pockets for peace-of-mind storage.
- Chest and back compartments are designed to accommodate the Alpinestars Level 1 CE-certified Nucleon chest and Level 2 CE-certified Nucleon back inserts, available as an accessory upgrade.
- Multiple snap button system to integrate the Level 2 CE-certified Alpinestars Nucleon back protector.
- Removable windbreaker lining for versatility.
- Level 1 CE-certified Bio Armor shoulder and elbow protectors.
- Fully CE-certified riding garment to CE – Category II prEN17092 draft standards – A class.
Read on for more details.
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 jacket is a sport cut, which is designed to fit snug and close to the body. We tried a size Medium and XL on our fit check mannequins Huey and Dewey fit good and look good, but they don’t have much extra room.
If you like a very trim fit, then you’ll like this style in the size you normally wear in men’s clothing, 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.
Note: If you plan to add back or chest armor you’ll need to add to your measurements before selecting a size from the chart. Add 1” for chest protectors and another inch for a back pad.
|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
Meet the new T-GP R Air V2 jacket. In looking back in our database, I see versions of this jacket from from both 2012 and 2009, so this is the third upgrade in the last decade. This is a part-textile/part-mesh style that is great for a wide range of riding temps. Armor and more armor is the top subject here.
This jacket is made for warmer weather temps in mostly dry weather. About half the shell of this jacket is flow through mesh material and half is solid textile, so you will get a great deal of air flow through this jacket. It won’t perform quite as well as a FULL mesh jackets on the hottest days, but being part textile, it will be more comfortable in mild or cooler weather than a full mesh. The jacket comes with a removable wind liner. I don’t see that liner mentioned in Alpinestar’s literature, but it’s there. It will help cut off the air flow for you in cooler temps.
The overall theme of this jacket is sport riding. It’s a sport cut with a shorter waist like a race jacket. And it has a full-around zipper for connection to Alpinestars pants so you can make this into a full riding suit. The external plastic armor pieces on the shoulders add to the overall sport theme. But it does have a few creature comforts for every day practicality: there are two front hand-warmer pockets and two inside patch pockets and also one waterproof pocket on the inner chest so you can stow anything sensitive to water such as your phone. Also, there are several prominent reflective panels on the jacket so you can be seen at night. For comfort and flexibility the jacket has a good deal of stretch materials behind the shoulders and above the elbows.
Alpinestars currently offers more armor options for their street jackets than any brands we carry (some might say too many options), so let me give you a brief overview: Back protection can be added with either a back protector to insert in the fabric pocket in the back of the jacket. There are three main options (see below). If you click through to those back protectors, I’ve included a discussion with each to help you choose. For a lighter weight textile jacket like this, I’d steer you to the KR-Celli or KR-2I. You can also go with a back protector you wear on your body. With a short waist jacket like this, I personally think it is overkill and will likely peek out down below the waist, but the option is there. For those, have a look at our Armor department for the Nucleon KR back protectors. Lastly, you can also add chest armor in the jacket. One simple choice is available so click the link below. One of the KR back protectors in the jacket and the chest protectors, along with the standard elbows and shoulder armor inserts would give you great overall coverage.
I really like the improved night time reflectives and full armor package offered with this jacket. It will make a practical and safe choice for all kinds of sport/street riders. :: Paul, 05-06-19
Alpinestars says: An all-weather jacket that is highly durable and packed with CE-certified protection, the T-GP Plus R v2 Air Jacket is designed to keep you ultra-cool and comfortable in warm weather riding conditions. A convenient, full circumference waist zipper allows for a quick, easy and secure attachment to Alpinestars pants for excellent head-to-toe coverage.