I rode this kit for several months here in Bend, Oregon in a variety of conditions. Our high desert winter has been great for riding with cool temps and light snow showers and rain. It’s allowed me to venture into the woods on 35-degree days where I was slapping wet branches on tight, singletrack and then the next weekend traveled to the east side of town and ride high-speed desert trails in 60-degree sunshine.
Our terrain is varied, but one thing that’s common no matter desert of woods, is the contact with shrubbery. We beat up equipment here, whether it’s the lava rock fields, sharp juniper and manzanita, or pirate singletracks through new growth pine trees. Sleeves and pants often succumb to the sharpness, so it’s always a pleasure to get a kit that we like that lasts more than a month.
The Venture R kit is durable without being overkill. It still moves, breathes and rides like a motocross kit without that thin, silky feeling that always results in tears and snags. The pants are a bit warm on hot days, but worth the extra sweat as they look good, fit good and last. The air vents work great and they don’t even look like I’ve been dragging them across Manzanita all winter long.
The jersey is plenty breathable for my liking and it subtle, another plus. The Rip-Stop material has held up and the vents are not snagging or coming apart. The drop tail tucks into my pants nicely and stays in place thanks to some nice silicone grippers on both the pants and jersey.
As much as I love the pants and jersey, the Venture R jacket is the most technologically awesome piece of the kit. Granted it will probably get the least amount of use, I am stoked to have it in my gear back for many winters to come! The jacket keeps me warm when it’s cold out, but doesn’t cause me to overheat as the temps rise, as long as I’m not riding super technical or physical terrain. If the speeds drop and the “hard” starts popping up in hard enduro, then I’ll drop the jacket and stuff it in my pack. It does take up a bit of room when folded up because it’s a substantial item. If you’re trails are moving along then simply unzip the jacket and enjoy the airflow around your core while your arms stay nice and warm.
I’ve been testing and riding lots of kits over the last few years since moving to Bend, Oregon and I can say none have held up as well as the Alpinestars Venture R kit. I 100% recommend the setup to riders who are looking for a riding kit that will stand up the rigors of off road and enduro riding. The pants are comfortable, move well, and aren’t overly built. Yet they still hold up well and offer decent ventilation when the zippers are open. The jersey is pretty simple, but it works! The jacket is the standout item here for riders looking to pack stuff on them or keep warm and protected on narrow, overgrown trails. It’s a testament that when I’ve got a gear bag full of the latest, flashiest gear I continue to reach in and pull out the Alpinestars Venture R kit…Then again black is my favorite color.
Pants – $149.95;
Jersey – $29.97(on sale);
Jacket – $219.95;
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