Alpinestars Honda Andes V3 Drystar Jacket
- Advanced reinforced poly-fabric textile and Alpinestars exclusive DRYSTAR® waterproof and breathable construction for excellent all-weather performance
- Newly developed Direct Ventilation System (DVS) zippered chest air intakes and back exhaust ports for internal climate control and enhanced riding comfort
- DVS incorporates a hidden shock cord which ensures vent remains open in the position of your choosing
- Internal impact protection provided by removable CE certified elbow and shoulder protectors
- Chest and back pad compartments with poly-foam padding (CE-certified Nucleon chest and back protector inserts available, see below)
- Reinforced polymer-printed texturing in critical elbow and lower arm areas for abrasion resistance
- Reflective graphic details and logos improve rider visibility in varying light conditions
- Upper chest zippered hand pockets feature internal shock cord which works in tandem with ventilation opening to ensure personalized levels of ventilation
- Front waterproof cargo pockets for convenience and peace-of-mind closure
- Large, external utility pocket on lower back plus waterproof internal pockets and insert wallet pocket
- Integrated soft edge collar and 3D mesh construction for comfort over long distances
- Premium YKK zipper with double sliders for main front closure offers adaptable and secure convenience
- Removable long-sleeve thermal liner (100g body 80g sleeves) ensures comfort on hot or cold days
- Pre-contoured sleeves with accordion stretch panels on elbows for improved riding performance, plus volume adjustment to ensure close fit
- Velcro-closing waist adjustment belt for highly customizable fit
- External zippered pockets for safe peace-of-mind storage
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 jacket has side waist adjusters so it will look good even is your waist line is substantially smaller than the max.
Our Two Cents
The Alpinestars Honda Andes V3 Drystar Jacket is new for 2021 and is a special Honda “branded” version of the standard Andes V3 jacket. The feature list is similar to the standard version, but with this jacket, you get the specail Honda badging. Here is a reprint of our review on the standard version: _The Alpinestars Andes V3 Drystar Jacket is new for 2021 and is an upgrade from the V2 version. It remains an excellent choice for all types of riders for wet and/or cooler or even cold conditions. Armor is included for the shoulders and elbows. A back protector and chest protector inserts are optionally available. Both men’s and women’s (Stella) sizes are available, so take the link below to view the other gender. Links are also provided below to check out the matching men’s or women’s Andes V3 pants. The jacket and pant combo will make an excellent touring or adventure riding suit for a very reasonable sum.
The Andes jacket and pant have been staples in the Alpinestar’s lineup for a long time. The first Andes jacket version we reviewed back in 2013, and the v2 appeared in 2017. This current V3 version, as with prior versions is made for use in mild to cold weather and/or wet weather. The overall styling is generic enough to appeal to any kind of rider from sport to adventure. The jacket includes an integrated waterproof liner situated between the jacket’s outer shell and inner lining so it will keep you dry in case of rain. The rain barrier will also act as a barrier to ward off biting wind. And when you ride in really cold weather, you can install the removable thermal liner which gives a very generous blanket of insulation for your torso and arms. Like the matching pant, the V3 version of the jacket improves temp range versatility by including a pair of zippered vents. These vents situated to face the wind on the upper chest have two improvements over prior year’s versions. The vent is “direct” meaning air passes through the vent directly to your skin. In prior versions, the venting wasn’t direct and was blocked by the waterproof liner. In order to be a direct vent, the zipper is waterproof and also they’ve included a neat little snap arrangement to allow you to prop the vent open to catch more air. Even with venting, I wouldn’t recommend this jacket for warm or hot weather though. But the new design features will take you further into spring. Also, check out the new collar tie back loop. In warmer weather when you don’t want the collar buttoned up, you can tie back one end of the collar to keep the tab out of your way.
Armor is included in this jacket for shoulders and elbows. It is Alpinestars Nucleon Flex Plus type which is thin and VERY flexible and it works well for a street jacket like this. A pocket is built into the rear lining to accept a back protector. You actually have three back protector options… the KR-CELLi, KR-2i, and the KR-1i. I’d recommend the KR-CELLi in a street jacket like this. It is light and flexible and fairly robust feeling. You can also add chest armor pieces as well (link below).
Of course you get a good selection of pockets both inside and out including a waterproof chest pocket inside the jacket and also a very large rear fanny pocket. Another small thing that looks functional is the slightly raised main zipper. There is a small “V” notch at the bottom of the jacket and the main zipper starts a few inches up, so that way you have a bit more room for the bottom of the jacket to drape over your legs when you sit. Overall, these jacket remains an excellent value with very good quality and I continue to recommend it. :: Paul, 07-19-21_