Torrance, CA, August 14, 2012
Alpinestars introduced its Fall 2012 apparel lineup to the media during a short presentation at the American headquarters in Torrance, CA. The Italian company revealed more than a dozen all-new or updated items including race suits, leather and textile jackets, of gloves and a few pieces of off-road footwear.
All of Alpinestars’ leather and textile touring gloves received updates intended to improve fit and offer better protection through new construction technologies and material combinations. New insulation in the cold-weather gloves offers better heat-retention without inhibiting control feel, says Alpinestars Media Communications Manager Jeremy Appleton.
Jackets and suits across the range have been manufactured with more four-way Kevlar stretch material to aid in the fitment of supplemental impact protection equipment such as the Bio Armor back pad and chest protector inserts.
Below are some of our favorite items from the intro:
The new Atem suit ($1499.95) was the highlight of the event, as this is the first fully CE-approved racing suit that we’re aware of. CE-approval is often referenced when discussing a suit’s armor, but the entire Atem suit has been CE-certified to EN 13595 Level 1 standards.
EN 13595 certification evaluates a garment’s materials and construction via impact, abrasion, penetration and burst testing. “The CE-certification gives consumers a benchmark for a product’s competence in a crash.” Says Appleton. The suit features special ankle and wrist retention systems as required by the CE standard. Beyond that, it uses numerous four-way Kevlar stretch panels to improve the fit for various body types, and also uses printed graphics as opposed to additional layers of material to reduce weight and improve flexibility. The company also introduced the CE-approved Atem leather jacket ($699.95).
GP PRO GLOVES
A-Star’s premium GP Pro roadrace glove ($239.95) has been updated with revised armor to offer increased range of motion. The palm is now constructed with kangaroo leather for increased control feel, and a hard slider has been added to the outside of the palm. K-Tech Kevlar fabric on the top and outside edge of the gloves offer improved abrasion protection.
K-TECH KEVLAR MATERIAL
A-Stars’ new multi-layer K-Tech material is used in the new GP Pro gloves and is said to offer increased comfort and abrasion protection. This sample shows the materials involved: leather, Kevlar, memory foam (for comfort), another layer of leather and more Kevlar.
A-Stars’ model Angelica modeled the new Vika lineup, which includes a tailored jacket ($429.95) and pants ($429.95) with extensive stretch panels to “compliment the female silhouette.” The jacket and pants are made from thin-yet-durable leather and feature CE-approved shoulder, elbow and knee armor.
JET ROAD GORE-TEX GLOVES
The Jet Road gloves combine roadrace protection with real-world features. They have a leather and textile chassis and a full Gore-Tex waterproof lining. Reflective panels, hard knuckle armor, an integrated visor wipe and water-draining eyelet in the outer gauntlet make this a great poor-weather glove.
To see Alpinestars’ entire entire Fall 2012 lineup go to http://www.alpinestars.com/shop/categories/moto/fall-2012/?page=1