Alpinestars invited Dirt Rider out to their facility in Torrance, California to show us what they are up to and what new ideas are taking place in some of their already great products. The company is nearing 50 years of development so you know they have experience in technical riding gear. By the looks of what we saw at their headquarters, it is safe to say the A-star group is pushing to be the best. Many new products received great improvements while others where given new materials for major weight savings. Here is what we stumbled upon:
The well-known Tech 8 has been re-introduced as the Tech 8 Light. It is now 15% lighter than it’s previous model thanks to the use of advanced material compounds. It received new buckles that are similar to those on the Tech 10, sliders on the front and rear of the boot and a new lightweight inner booty. The Tech 8 Light retains its traditional structure while some Tech 10 like features are beginning to surface.
The Tech 8 Light has a cool new feature that only the right boot deserves. This dark grey triangle you see here is a replaceable kick-starter protection insert that will keep those wild whacks to the foot off your mind.
Tech 10′s! For now they remain the same and have received no new changes for the 2011 Fall release. The good thing is they still have these cool color ways to keep you happy. Word in the showroom was that the Tech 10 is going to see some updates soon. So be patient!
The BNS Carbon. Take a look at that bad boy. Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support is now lighter than ever with it’s carbon composite frame and EVA foam. There is firmer EVA in the shoulders and softer EVA on the chest and back. Red, white and black styling with the A-star logo on the front give the BNS Carbon a performance look. When this high-tech piece hits the streets, you need to find one just to feel how light it is. You’ll be surprised.
Alpinestars’ Drystar line of all weather riding and touring jackets are constructed with the removable waterproof and breathable Drystar liner as well as a thermal liner. For safety reasons, these jackets both have removable CE certified Bio Armor elbow and shoulder pads. The chest and back compartments have PE protective padding. To keep you comfortable on hot rides, this jacket offers zippered air intakes on the arms and chest with an exhaust vent on the back so cool air can flow through.
When you are ready to get serious about off-road riding, then look into this jacket. Rally legend and winner of the 2011 Dakar Rally, Marc Coma, played a major roll in the development of the Venture BNS compatible jacket. That’s right, it accommodates your BNS and is constructed of durable, lightweight fabric. It provides plenty of storage for your long rides with four front pockets and a large pocket on the back that is capable of storing the sleeves if removed. Not to mention this race oriented jacket sports an internal hydration pack compartment on the back with plumbing for your sipping hose.
The CR-4 Gore-Tex XCR Boot not only has the longest name out of the bunch, but offers a broad range of use as well. At first glance you see a waterproof hiking boot. When you pick it apart it has a respectable list of features like the rest. The CR-4 (to keep it short) is constructed of PU coated leather, suede and lightweight textile panels for excellent comfort and durability. This technical shoe also features a highly waterproof integrated Gore-Tex membrane, a tough toe area for shifting, hiking boot style laces, a reinforced rubber sole and a mesh lined EVA foam footbed. I can’t figure out what’s longer, the name or the list of features…The products to be released in the Fall of 2011 have seen some great changes such as material compounds for lightweight durability and some other ideas that just flat out make sense to keep you happy while riding. We are currently testing some of these new products so be sure to check back to the print and digital sides of Dirt Rider for in depth tests on some cool new Alpinestars gear.