Alpinestars Wake Air Jacket
- Multifabric shell construction with mesh panels on chest, back and sleeves for improved cooling performance
- Accordion inserts on shoulder blades
- Waist adjustment for improved riding fit
- Multiple volume adjusters on sleeve
- Two zippered hand pockets
- Waist connection zipper allows attachment to Alpinestars riding pants
- Embroidery logos details
- Low profile collar construction with microfiber comfort edging plus 3D textured comfort fabric on inner collar lining
- Pre-curved sleeve construction reduces riding fatigue
- Reflective details
- Scratch saver front flap
- Front inner waterproof pockets
- Chest pad and back compartments with PE padding (Alpinestars Level 1 CE certified Nucleon chest and Level 2 CE certified Nucleon back inserts available as accessory upgrade)
- Multiple snap button system to integrate the Level 2 CE certified Alpinestars Nucleon back protector
- Microfiber comfort edge on collar
- Level 1 CE-certified Bio Armor shoulders and elbow protectors
- CE 89/686/EEC
Read on for more details.
These jackets are sold in US based “alpha” sizes, so selecting a size is basically pretty easy. The size Medium and XL jackets fit Huey and Dewey, our Fit Check mannequins very nicely! Also, we checked several sizes with a tape. We found the sizing to be comparable to standard men’s clothing sizes. So our primary advice would be to 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). You can use this size chart to check your own measurements against the size chart to make sure the size you select will work. Choose a size that is big enough for both your chest and belly.
The max waist of a jacket style like this is only a couple inches smaller than the max chest, so the style is very forgiving in case you have a bit of a belly, but don’t be concerned if your belly is smaller than the size listed below because this jacket has effective side waist adjustment straps.
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Our Two Cents
The Wake Air jacket from Alpinestars will shine in hot summer months. Its a full mesh design, and it has a more comfortable fit than many Alpinestars sport jackets. This one will be ideal for street riders of all kinds.
You’ll find the Wake Air jacket to be an easy fit and comfortable to wear. Its not as snug as a lot of other Alpinestars sport jackets. A full mesh jacket doesn’t have to fit as close to the body as a leather or textile jacket (because mesh can’t inflate like solid fabrics), and so being a more forgiving fit is appropriate for a full mesh jacket like this. Most people will find this jacket to be very comfortable in the very hottest weather of the years. And it will also work for mild weather, so for most, it will be a two season jacket… all summer and then a half season in the spring and fall.
So even though this is a “standard” street jacket style, it has armor options similar to sport and race jackets from Alpinestars. Firstly, you get CE-certified level 1 Bio armor shoulders and elbow protectors. Bio Armor is Alpinestars “standard” protectors for street jackets. This jacket also includes chest and back protection capability. There are two chest pad compartments in front and the traditional back pad compartment. The jacket comes standard with thin foam “place holder” armor pieces, but you can upgrade those with CE certified units (see the links below). Most will opt for the level one back pad and chest protectors although there is a level 2 back pad available as well. This jacket also has the anchor point for the larger KR-R back protector is typically an accessory for track use, so I don’t anticipate many people opting for something like that, but it is an option. We’ve got good descriptions of both, so just click through the links to consider those options.
This jacket has adjusters at the forearm, bicep and waist to help you snug down the fit depending upon the armor options and what clothes you have on for your ride. I also like the waterproof inside breast pocket. This pocket is accessible just inside the main front zipper. You can put things in that pocket you don’t want to get wet if it rains. For a summer style jacket, this one has more storage options than most… two outside hand pockets, the one inside waterproof pocket, two more inside patch pockets. :: Paul, 05-24-18