Alpinestars Winter Gear
All Mountain 2 Pant, Denali Flannel & Andres Tech Flannel
Words by Drew Rohde
Over the last couple years I’ve gone from being a cold-weather newbie to a slightly knowledgeable critic. After leaving SoCal’s mild winter season and relocating to the high desert of Bend, Oregon, I’ve gotten used to riding in cold temps that I swore would have kept me indoors in my L.A. days. Thanks to brands like Alpinestars, I’m able to get out and enjoy my days on the trail, ripping wet dirt even when temps are down into the low 30s. Here are a few of my favorite pieces this season.
The All Mountain 2 Pant is built with a light and highly durable main shell that incorporates a two-way stretch textile for excellent fit and flexibility. It also has an ergonomic design that allows for the integration of knee protectors, this pant is ideal for riding in poor weather conditions.
• Ergonomically designed for a performance fit and to allow for integration of knee protectors.
• Lightweight and durable main shell fabric made from two-way stretch textile with highly water resistant finish.
• Pre-curved leg construction with reinforced Cordura panels on lumbar and knee zones.
• Side zipped pockets for secure closure.
• Front waist adjustment for customized fit, plus front zipper with snap closure.
• Vented panels on upper thighs and lower leg for improved cooling airflow.
The Andres Tech Flannel is an innovative cotton and poly flannel main shell that incorporates a windproof layer on the upper chest and shoulders. The Andres Tech shirt is perfectly adapted for cooler climates and fuses comfort and style.
• An innovative cotton/polyester flannel material that is quick-drying and features a soft touch finish on the exterior.
• Windproof, bonded light jersey material on upper chest and shoulder.
• Anatomically profiled, pre-curved sleeve construction for riding comfort.
• Zippered water-resistant store pocket on rear offers safe closure.
• Front patch pocket with snap button closure to safely secure belongings.
• Embroidered eyelet at armhole to improve ventilation.
• Reinforced with anti-abrasion printing on elbow area to minimize tearing and increase durability.
The Denali Vest is built with extensive Primaloft® insulation panels for excellent thermal performance. Ample four-way stretch panels and an extended rear hem make the Denali Vest versatile with a range of storage compartment options for convenience, fit, comfort and performance.
• Extensive Primaloft® insulation panels on front and rear torso offer excellent thermal properties.
Insulation panels feature seamless construction for durability and material integrity.
• Four-way stretch side panels keep vest close to the body.
• Two external zippered front pockets secure small belongings on the trail.
• Two internal compartments for convenient storage.
• Large zippered compartment on lower back offers storage and organization of bike tools, tubes or water bottles.
• YKK® zippers offers durable, reliable and lightweight closure.
• Elongated lower back hem provides improved protection from mud and wet.
• Zipper garage on collar for comfort and to prevent irritation.
The Wolf’s Last Word
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!
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