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I ride my motorcycle all year round for commuting. Unfortunately the weather in the last few weeks (months?!) has been awful. I like to wear my Alpinestars Atem leather jacket and although it is a fantastic jacket it was never meant to be waterproof in the kind of weather conditions that I’ve ridden through recently. I do like Leather gear and don't want to invest on Textile ones at the moment. My only option is to invest in a waterproof over jacket that I can keep with the bike and put on when it rains.

Alpinestars Quick Seal Out Jacket & Pants Set - Yellow

Alpinestars Quick Seal Out Jackets and Pants Yellow

 

I am now the proud owner of a set of Alpinestars Quick Seat Out jacket and pants set in fluo yellow. It’s really, really bright but I reckon on a rainy day the brighter the clothes, the more likely I am to be seen. I put the jacket on first over my Alpinestars Atem jacket.  I expected it to be tight around the chest due to the hump on the back of my Atem jacket which would then make it baggy around the waist. I was pleasantly surprised. The over jacket fits neatly over the leather jacket and fits quite snugly all around. There are Velcro adjusters at the waist so if you like your over jackets to fit a bit tighter you can pull it in if you want to. The sleeves are a little bit long for me but I do have short arms and the cuffs are elasticated so they stay neatly out of the way when I’m riding. There is also Velcro around the collar which does a great job of keeping the jacket closed against the elements.

I have to admit to laughing at myself when I put the trousers on. The waist is quite high which was probably quite trendy in the 1950s but no so much now. It may not be the most fashionable look ever but on a practical level it’s brilliant. The high waist comes up over my Atem jacket so there is an overlap between jacket and trousers so no water can get in at all even when I’m leaning forward on my bike. The trousers also proved to be easy to get on. I rode my bike down to Honda Of Bournemouth to try on the Quick Seal Out set so I was already wearing my summer biking gear. I have struggled before when putting on waterproof over trousers over my boots. I have stood in a sudden downpour at the side of the road, hopping around on one leg while I try in vain to inch the trousers over my boots. Often I would give up and take the boots off meaning I got really wet feet. There’s no point in being lovely and dry if getting that way means you have to ride home with squelchy socks! The Quick Seal Out trousers have a lovely wide opening which slips on over my boots with ease. They have Velcro adjusters (and lot of them to keep it nice and tight) so you can close the opening neatly to whatever fit you require. There is a drawstring adjuster on the waist of the trousers too so they don’t fall down when you get off the bike.

The Alpinestars Quick Seal Out jacket and trousers have proved to be 100% waterproof on numerous occasions now (not to say everyday). They are also breathable so you don’t have that sticky feeling that you get with a lot of lesser quality waterproofs. It’s comfortable and quiet – it doesn’t flap about in the wind when I’m riding –and best of all it comes with its own carry bag so I can stow it away neatly when I’m not wearing it. The Alpinestars Quick Seal Out is also available in black.

Overall I’d give the Alpinestars Quick Seal Out jacket and trousers 10/10 for waterproofing, practicality and ease of use. It may not be the most fashionable piece of kit but it definitely the most stylish 2 piece set of waterproofs I’ve ever seen and I don’t care too much about looks when they get me home completely dry through any storm! You can get your Alpinestars Quick Seal Out Jacket and pants at www.hondaofbournemouth.co.uk or in store.
February 24, 2014 by Marine Andre

The new Fastback casual shoes from Alpinestars

Alpinestars don't just make motorcycle racing and touring boots. They also have a great range of casual riding shoes too. The Alpinestars Fastback shoes have just arrived in store and we love them!

First of all, the Fastback shoes are waterproof and breathable. You can wear them in all weather conditions. The outer shell is a combination of suede leather and textile.
These shoes are highly comfortable, and ideal for street use. The collar is meshed and reinforced for more comfort and breathability. The inner sole is anatomically profiled and gives the foot a more natural posture when you are either riding or walking. There is a combination of laces and a Velcro strap (with the Alpinestars logo on it) so that the shoes will stay firmly and safely in place at all times.
Safety speaking, these shoes have plenty of features that will protect you while riding. They are also adapted to be worn with your casual clothes for an everyday use. You get external protection on both side of your ankle and the protection at the toe and heel are layered under the leather for a great finish look and 100% safety.

You will love the design of these shoes, with printed Alpinestars logos on the outside of the shoe and on the tab. They are so good that we already want to wear them in store!

You can find your pair online … or in store for a retail price of £119.99, not bad for a pair of shoes you can wear either on your bike or at the local pub on Friday night!

January 20, 2014 by Marine Andre

the new GT-S X-TRAFIT all weather glove from Alpinestars

Looking for a brand new pair of gloves with high level of protection and practical at the same time? Don’t look any further as we have what you are looking for in stock at Honda of Bournemouth.

The Alpinestars GT-S X-TRAFIT glove is new for 2014. The outer shell is made of a mix of leather and textile.

The GT-S in black/white/red colour

Great comfort

This glove is highly comfortable. There is a Gore-Tex membrane that will keep you dry at all times. The glove features the new innovative X-TRAFIT material technology that provides optimum tactility and high dexterity for a sure grip while riding. The glove remains soft and flexible.

You will also find accordion stretch panels on the top of the hand and on the fingers in order to increase the manoeuvrability and reduce the fatigue during long trips.

There are two Velcro flaps, one on the wrist and the other on the cuff. This closure system will allow the glove to fit perfectly underneath your jacket or on the top of it.

There is a visor wipe on the left hand thumb to clean away dirt and grime, which is highly convenient.

Great level of protection

The knuckle protections are covered by leather for a maximum abrasion resistance and a great durability. The glove has a finger bridge that will prevent contortion and/or separation in the event of a slide. You will find plenty of foam paddings on the fingers and on the palm, in order to absorb the shocks. The glove features reflective piping that will increase the visibility at night time or in poor conditions.

This glove fits like a glove should. You can get a pair in store at Honda of Bournemouth or on-line here.They come in two different colours: plain black or black/white/red for a retail price of £122.99. 

 

The GT-S in plain black

The GT-S in plain black

January 20, 2014 by Marine Andre

Great weather for new Drystar® gear!

 

Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar® Jacket - Blue/White/Red

This is a great period for some new Drystar® gear, don’t you think so? Well then, why not treat yourself with the new 2014 season from Alpinestars?

The Valparaiso jacket is a great choice to make. This adventure looking jacket will obviously keep you dry at all times thanks to its removable Drystar® liner. The removable long sleeves thermal liner will keep you warm, whatever the conditions. It is “sonic quilted” (new for 2014) in order to improve the insulation performance and reduce the material volume. The meshed panels inside of the jacket allow a high ventilation performance. It is therefore a perfect gear for all the season (four-in-one jacket). One of the many improvements for 2014 is the large zippered air intakes on the chest and at the back of the jacket. This is called Jet Ventilation System and it allows a great cooling performance.

 

The new Jet Ventilation System at the back of the jacket

 

You will be able to adjust the jacket thanks to four Velcro® closure tabs on the sleeves and cuffs. You also get a waist adjustment belt. The zips at the cuffs are well designed: a closure tab as well as an open mesh gusset!

Need plenty of storage for all your belongings? You don’t really need to carry a pack bag when you have this Valparaiso jacket. We stopped counting the pockets on it! Note that a large one at the back becomes very handy when you need to store you thermal liner! Another improvement for 2014: two chest front water resistant zips and one waterproof pocket, great for your wallet! The zips are all YKK zippers and there are twin sliders on the main zipper.

Protection wise, you get the usual shoulder and elbows CE Certified protectors. The sleeves are pre-curved for maximum comfort while riding. You will also find chest and back compartments if you wish to upgrade your jacket with chest pads or a back protector.  Accordion stretch panels at shoulders and elbows will increase your comfort while riding.

There is plenty of reflective piping for high visibility when necessary. The internal connection zip will allow you to connect the jacket with the matching trousers. The back of the jacket is elongated for more comfort.

We have this jacket in stock at Honda of Bournemouth in plain black or in blue, grey and red. The matching pants are in store in black. Get one of these jackets for only £280.00!

January 20, 2014 by Marine Andre
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