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ALPINESTARS RACER GEAR SET
SIZES | JERSEY: SMALL – EXTRA, EXTRA LARGE / PANTS: 28 – 40
PRICE | JERSEY: $39.95 / PANTS: $119.95
COLORS | TEN COLORS ACROSS THREE STYLES

WHAT IT IS

Alpinestars is arguably the biggest brand in motorsports. The Italian company produces a full range of apparel, boots, shoes, and protective equipment for nearly every form of racing and their goods are used by some of the top athletes in each division. Through all of the progress, motocross is where the company’s heart remains and their latest push is in the traditional gear market of pants and jerseys. Once limited to European consumers, select American pro racers, or crafty importers, the full line is now available around the world.

Racer, the entry-level offering, is built on a “standard” template with high-quality materials (polyester, leather knees, elastic stretch panels). The styling of the line includes three design options, ranging from solid block and lines to more adventurous patterns and prints, with various colors.

Alpinestars aced the knee in their Racer pant. The pre-curved fit is spot on and the leather heat resistant panels are just big enough to keep a hot header pipe from melting the material without throwing off the overall fit of the pant.

HITS

– There really is something for everyone in the Racer line. Our set, dubbed Braap, is one of the more progressive styles thanks to the oversized print letters that spelled out Alpinestars up the pant and jersey, but they have toned down options for riders not looking to draw much attention.

– By using a “standard” template (not the athletic tight style that some brands use), the fit of the gear is just right. The pant and jersey are form-fitting in areas like the thigh, knee, and torso, but also loose and unrestrictive in the sleeves and lower leg. Sizing is also spot on, as the medium jersey-30 pant we wore were just right. That’s not always the case with European gear brands, as their sizing is different than what’s standard in America.

– Since this is a low price point gear set, the materials that Alpinestars used are built for durability. The fabric of the pant is thick and strong, while the jersey is made of solid sheets of polyester (no thin mesh venting).

The zipper and buckle of the Racer pant are standard issue, but the generous use of stretch material in the crotch and backside of the pant are a highlight to us.

– Because much of the branding is the design itself, Alpinestars avoided using TPR logo patches on the pants. This keeps the weight of the item to a minimum.

– With four-stroke engines now the main choice of riders, leather patches at the inner knee are a necessity to keep the pants from being melted by hot header pipes. There are two patches on the Alpinestars pants and they are just the right size to do the job. This is a great point, because oversized leather patches can throw off the mobility of a pair of pants.

– The elastic collars on the sleeves and the neck are just tight enough to keep the sleeves from pushing up and the neck from drooping down.

– There’s plenty of stretch material in the knees and seat of the pant so that it morphs along with the rider as they spin laps.

– At $160 for pant and jersey set, the Racer line is competitively priced against others in the market.

The “Braap” line is one of the bolder styles in the Alpinestars catalog, but with three designs in total ten color options to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

MISSES

– The thick materials of the jersey and pant restrict airflow to the rider’s body. This is always the case with entry level apparel, as durability overpowers “performance.”

– Nearly motocross pant comes with a mesh structure around the crotch and thighs, almost like a set of boxer shorts. For some reason, the mesh from Alpinestars seems heavier than any others and makes the pants feel even hotter. We snipped the liner out after a few rides.

– Due to Alpinestars’ distribution with the gear, it might not be possible to attain a set from a local dealer. Still, their online store is always open and the gear is shipped from their California warehouse to almost anywhere.

THE VERDICT

Alpinestars has a reputation for quality merchandise that does its job well, and that continues with their line of motocross apparel. The Racer line is some of the best entry level gear that we’ve ridden in, as it fits well, looks great, and holds up to the abuse of our testing staff, all without breaking the bank.