No, sorry, replica Lorenzo leathers are not part of Alpinestars’ 2016 apparel collection, but the company is inextricably linked to the sport by protecting many of its participants. Many safety developments available to the public originate from knowledge gained at the track. And the above photo is much tastier than a logo or a studio shot of a new jacket.
Safety tech in the form of Alpinestars’ Tech-Air, made available in Europe last Spring, is targeted for U.S. availability, but no hard date was given. According to Communications Manager, Jeremy Appleton, the company is establishing warranty and tech support for the garments utilizing the airbag system, and progress toward a U.S. introduction is in an “advanced state.”
The entire line of new or updated apparel for 2016 from Alpinestars that will be available to consumers includes numerous items, which you’ll be able to see on the Alpinestars website Monday. Until then, here’s some highlights from the Alpinestars 2016 collection press introduction held at the company’s U.S. headquarters.
New and updated performance riding gear includes Atem one- and two-piece leathers ($1499 and $1299, respectively), Atem leather jacket ($799), Celer leather jacket ($649), Missile leather pants ($399), and Supertech R boots ($499).
The Black Shadow collection gets two new jackets, the Enforce Drystar ($369) and Warden Air ($329), and a new pair of Warden gloves ($69).
Additions and upgrades to the City collection include the C-20 Drystar glove ($119), C-1 Windstopper glove ($89), Riffs denim ($299), Crank Denim ($249), Copper Denim ($229), and Parlor Drystar shoe ($179).
The Women’s City collection, which Alpinestars stresses is built for purpose, meaning designed to fit women and not just downsized men’s gear, gets the Stella C-1 Windstopper glove ($89), Daisy Denim ($199), Riley Denim ($239), and Stella SR-3 Drystar glove ($69).
Alpinestars has offered gear suitable for sport-touring riders in the past, but labeled the apparel under the Road Sport or Tech Touring monikers. For 2016, Alpinestars is removing the ambiguity with the Sport-Touring collection, which includes the all-new Pikes Drystar jacket ($429), the updated AST-1 Waterproof Pants ($199), and Tech Layer Top ($139).
For the Adventure-Touring crowd there’s the all-new Durban Gore-Tex jacket ($799), Durban Gore-Tex pant ($599), and Corozal Adventure Drystar boot ($289).
Highlighting the Touring department is the all-new Super Touring Gore-Tex boot ($399), the Multiair XCR boot ($269), and a variety of gloves including the Polar Gore-Tex glove ($149), Corozal Drystar glove ($109), Apex Drystar glove ($89), SR-3 Drystar glove ($69).
Alpinestars’ Casual line of motowear grows with the addition of two news shoes, the Oscar Rayburn shoe ($249), and Stadium shoe ($169).
Two new backpacks, the Orbit ($199) and the Force ($169), round out the 2016 collection.