Alpinestars Ageless Hoodie
- Tech-Air 5® ready.
- Anatomically profiled design for a performance fit.
- Internal reinforcements on shoulder and elbow areas
- Nucleon protectors on shoulders and elbows.
- Knitted fabric main shell.
- Pouch pocket on front
- Fixed hood with jersey material lining.
- CE Category II PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 – A class.
- CE Level 2 EN1621-2:2014 Alpinestars Nucleon back protector.
- CE Level 1 EN1621-1:2012 Alpinestars Nucleon flex plus shoulder and elbow protectors.
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 and the bottom waist band is stretchy, so the style is very forgiving in case you have a bit of a belly.
Our Two Cents
Alpinestars Ageless Hoodie takes a hoodie style and adds some essential features for protection and convenience on a bike. Armor is included for the shoulders and elbows and back armor is optional.
About 18 mos ago, Alpinestars introduced the Chrome sport hoodie, which is similar in design and construction to this Ageless version with one big difference. The Chrome Sport has a main front zipper and this Ageless does not… but rather it is a traditional pull-on hoodie style. This Ageless Hoodie is priced at about $20 less. Many features between the two styles are shared though.
The fabric used in this hoodie is polyester which is woven with cotton to enhance the comfort (6% cotton according to the tags) and is by nature more durable than plain cotton. The shoulder and elbow areas are reinforced with a layer of abrasion resistant material sewn to the back side of the shell to increase the shell’s abrasion resistance in those areas.
The front patch pocket has zippers added on each side so you can stash your stuff without losing it while riding. Unlike the Chrome sport hoodie that has an inside pocket as well, this one does not (because you couldn’t reach it easily). The sleeve ends are a simple knitted cuff but they’ve added monkey loops to the ends so your sleeve won’t be yanked up over your elbows if you fall. The jacket has the hoodie which is non-removable (the hood on the Chrome Sport is removable), so once again, this Ageless version is for those that are SURE they want the hoodie full time.
Armor is included in this jacket for shoulders and elbows. It is Alpinestars Flex Plus type which works well for a style like this (the Chrome Sport Hoodie uses a slightly older, but similar kind called Bio armor). A pocket built into the back area of this hoodie accept a back protector. You actually have three back protector options… the KR-CELLi, KR-2i, the KR-1i. I’d recommend the KR-CELLi in a flexible hoodie like this. It is light and fairly robust feeling. You can attach the tail of this hoodie to a riding pant or jean with two snap-close loops they provide in back. :: Paul, 06-03-21