Of all the cold weather gear I’ve tested over the years, few have had me as excited for frigid temps as this Alpinestars kit. If it’s very cold out or raining heavily, a full blown jacket will be in order, but for everything else I’ve ridden, this winter I’m plenty comfy with the selection above.
The Primaloft insulated Denali Vest is beyond warm and stays snug against the body. It has nice stowage in the large divided rear pocket and can be taken off and stuffed in a pack for long climbs. The Andres Tech Flannel is stylish and functional. I am a fan of the wind blocking performance on the shoulders, chest and sleeves and the abrasion resistant treatment on the elbows ensures I’ll have it for years to come. Probably one of my favorite pieces of the kit is the All Mountain 2 Pant. Impressive to say the least, the pants are supple yet durable. They have zippered thigh pockets for great storage and zippered vents for long climbs when the temps creep up on those cool morning rides. They have resisted tearing against pedals and desert juniper and sage. Two warm thumbs up for making cold weather look good!