Alpinestars Durban Gear – REVIEW
From the snow covered mountain tops of Italian Alps to the muddy trails of the humid Malaysian mountains, through days of baking sun on the back-roads around Africa to the driving rain of the Yorkshire Dales, its safe to say that I’ve ridden in just about every climate and weather condition that you could think of in my Durban gear.
From the first moment of putting on the Durban Jacket and Pants to then taking them off after living in them for over three-weeks in Europe, the Alpinestars adventure gear has felt nothing but comfortable, protective and ready for anything I ride into.
When I go away on trips I hate carrying loads of stuff, it just weighs me down, of course you have to carry the bare essentials but I detest having to carry any more than really necessary, I especially don’t want to be taking different types of riding gear for different weather conditions.
After learning the hard way, I’ve now got it down, a few simple items and the job is sorted, I can pack my bag with a few riding essentials and know whatever I ride into, its OK, the job is covered, my gear can handle it and thankfully I’m not going to get soaking wet and be shivering myself to sleep ever again.
Here are my favorite things about the Durban Gear
My Stuff: The Durban jacket has loads of pockets, I’m able to carry my smaller more personal items close to me (Phone, Passport, Wallet, Toll Tickets etc) in the chest pockets as well as bigger items (camera, food, maps, etc) in the waist pockets. All have been easy to open and close, and I’ve ridden with total piece of mind that my things are safe and secure. The huge pocket on the back can carry anything you zip out of zip off or even even carry something else if needed – very handy and I didn’t notice it when loaded.
Getting Hot?: The sleeves allow you to totally regulate your own temperature, so if the zippered air intakes and rear air exhausts aren’t cooling you down then the detachable sleeves will. They have also got a multiple fit adjustment allowing a tailored fit to your own arm size.
Safety: Comes with lightweight & fully removable CE certified elbow and shoulder protection and a high visibility reflective stripes and if you want neck support it accommodates the Bionic Neck Support also.
Thirsty?: It has a 2 liter bladder pocket – now you can drink and ride!
Dry?: No problem as nothing is getting passed the ultra-lightweight and removable Paclite® liner, this liner kept me warm and dry in every riding condition.
Weight: Thanks to it well designed construction which uses weight saving materials throughout, this jacket will never weigh you down.
100%: 2 external 100% waterproof pockets keep things dry no matter what conditions you are riding in.
Support: The pants come with a removable bib and braces which I just love wearing as they keep you snug and secure as well as warm and dry. The Articulated rear panel offered further comfort and ease of moment which I find is absolutely essential when you are riding your motorcycle.
Comfort: These pants are lightweight and extremely comfortable, especially in the knee area thanks to the Vector knee construction and lightweight knee protectors, which give great freedom of movement and ease of maneuverability.
Physical: No problem, just get down and get riding – these pants can handle any water-crossing, freezing mountain hilltop and driving rain as well as sweltering temperatures and intense heat – the air intake and lightweight removable Paclite® Shell keeps you dry as well as allowing you to regulate your own temperature.
Robust: The most hard-wearing areas are made from leather or Superfabric® for that extra abrasion resistance.
Adventure: Made to go with a Adventure/MX/Enduro and Touring style riding boots, all you need to do is decide which works goes best for you…
Sum it up: I’ve been all kinds of places and ridden over 15,000miles in my Durban gear and its still going strong – apart from in need of a good wash, its ready to go and be my trusty companion on my future motorcycle adventures.
Photos by: Luca Merli – Italy