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Alpinestars A-8 Protection Vest

An innovative fusion of advanced design methods and high-tech materials ensures that Alpinestars A-8 Protection Vest offers the off-road rider unrivaled upper-body security in a streamlined, ultra-lightweight protector that can be optimized for various riding conditions and requirements. This high-tech armor system attains the highest level of protection in terms of CE standards (1621-2 level 2 & 14021) while granting the rider exceptional freedom of movement. The A-8 is optimized for use with Alpinestars’ Bionic Neck Support.


  • The combination of advanced design methods and high-tech materials ensures that Alpinestars A-8 Body Armour offers unrivaled levels of safety and performance to the dedicated Motocross and Enduro rider
  • The large, lateral protectors are unique for such an armour system and wrap around the body effortlessly, while a newly developed buckle system allows the fit to be precisely adjusted
  • The A-8 has also been designed to integrate with the Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support to offer riders a complete, high performance protection system for the upper body
  • Attains the highest level of protection in terms of CE standards (1621-2 level 2 and 14021) using a newly developed, super-light Vaco12 structure in the back protector and high-performing EVA foam on the lateral and chest protectors
  • Close fitting design allows the armor to be used over or under a jersey
  • Constructed of extremely tough Thermo PU and Polypropylene, super-lightweight mesh backed by soft, washable Biofoam
  • Large, lateral protectors closely yet comfortably conform to the body
  • Designed to integrate with Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support
  • Semi-rigid TPU/PP plates allow the protector to fit close to body and follow the body’s motion to ensure optimal protection at all times
  • Intake and Exhaust vents combine with perforated panels to greatly enhance airflow
  • Adjustable lateral and chest straps for a superior fit
  • Removable shoulder and upper arm guards

Sizing Info:

  • Sized to suit riders ranging from 158-195cm in height (5’2” - 6’5”)
  • Waist Circumference 75-83cm (29.5" - 32.75") - SM-MD
  • Waist Circumference 83-115cm (32.75" - 45.25") - MD-2XL
  • Waist Circumference 115-121cm (45.25" - 47.75") - 2XL-4XL

Please Note: Vest sizing may be mislabeled on the packaging, however sizing on vests is accurate.

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Alpinestars A-8 Protection Vest 4.3 5 6 6
Expensive but nice I was looking for one with rib protection since I recently took a rock to the ribs and broke a couple. I'm not sure how much it protection it would offer because the rib covers are soft bendable plastic, but at least it has something. I don't like the fastening feature so much; there's a small plastic button, and the straps have a series of holes like a belt. The button isn't very easy to line up and push together. In spite of that, the overall protection seems well above average and isn't cumbersome to wear. February 25, 2014
Decent protection excluding the shoulders Overall.... not worth it. The chest and back protection is great, CE2 and you can tell. Coverage is so-so especially if you are bigger. For reference, 6' 235 lbs, with wide and muscular shoulders/arms, but definitely a belly and extra "padding" all round. Bought the biggest size. These are NOT designed for broad or muscular shoulders. I'll have more to say about shoulder pads later but in terms of fit, the curve of them is very narrow which essentially means the edges rest on top of them instead of my shoulder fitting up inside the armor. The vest offers a fantastic amount of adjustability, but you can tell it all seems to be designed for someone with a shorter torso (I have an average height torso for 6'). The natural curve of the back protector wants to sit further, just an inch or so, down my back than I can get out of the available adjustment. The thinner pads that seem intended for scapula protection (shoulder blades) are not wide enough and don't cover mine. Chest piece is spot on though. Good coverage, comfortable and just the right width. This should tell people with a narrower build that while the back might suit you better you might find the chest piece too wide and restrictive if bringing both arms in together. Of course, YMMV. Now onto the real reason I'm not recommending this; the hardware (screws and base plates used to adjust the fit) and particularly the hardware attachment method for the shoulder pads is entirely inadequate. Screws and attachment plates are made out of a soft pot metal (maybe aluminum, can't be sure) that deforms and strips easily when trying to use a flat blade screw driver to disassemble. The worst thing about them are the bases you screw the little bolt into. It's hard to explain, but they are anchored to the shoulder armor in soft plastic by a tiny little flange on the base, not riveted or an integral part of the pad itself. So here's what happened to me: I gave this piece of gear my usual keep the tags on, minimally adjust for fit, and move around in it. Everything goes great ok, cool, cut the tags off, time to adjust the hardware, especially for the shoulders to try and get them to sit further out... boom just taking it off, not pulling or tugging on the should piece at all, the front attachment just comes out of the pad, so it's only attached from the back... awesome. At first I just thought the screw came loose but soon saw the screw was still attached to the anchor point, which itself had come detached from the armor. The reason for this, as far as I can tell is that the plastic mould of the shoulder piece was simply malformed from the factory and the anchor piece has no way of staying in. I looked at the other three anchor points and the rest seem somewhat secure but I feel confident in saying that one good off and something's gonna break. Another thing is the rib/side protection is attached to the sides of the back protector with just thin neoprene material. I can see this failing/tearing if you hit the ground on your back the right way. So long story, sorry, but I just wound up removing the shoulder pieces altogether. As previously mentioned they don't conform to my shoulders well anyway. The chest, back and side protection are still good enough to serve their purpose. I do have an idea of drilling all the way through the shoulder pieces and lacing them to the vest with 550 cord... this could work... we have the technology... Smaller guys, this might work ok for you if you're lucky enough to not get a defective one from the get go but the overall quality does not justify price in my opinion. Bigger guys... move along, nothing to see here, except maybe for the single fact that if you've got gut, there's a ton of adjustment in the waist (I used to be 315, and I think this could have been adjusted to fit me even then) I buy a lot of gear. I'm a total poindexter for this stuff, and I know what it's like to pay X amount of dollars for something and have my expectations either met or even exceeded. This does NOT do it for me. October 22, 2013
Great overall protection Good fit and adjustable. I'm 5'6, 165 lbs and took the large. Great protection and very durable, I have crash tested it and it's worth every penny. August 5, 2013
Ultra customize able fit I am a large fellow so I ordered the largest size available as an alternative to a textile jacket that I bought that felt flimsy. Since I ride mostly dirt and have a multitude of jackets that offer as much or more abrasion resistance then that textile jacket seemed to offer this seemed like a good choice and it also has back and chest protector which the jacket did not and its cheaper! So about the fit when I got it it fit, barely, and I knew it would be uncomfortable to ride in but after looking at the manual I saw that there are adjustable straps everywhere on this thing and its not just Velcro adjustments this is real hardware after a few turns of the screw driver this armor was fully customized to me and felt great tried it under a few jackets and stays in place with allot of movement. My only grip is that if you were to wear this over something the shoulder pads have a tendency to flap in the wind and might not stay put in an off could do with bicep straps to hold em down. February 25, 2013
great protector - great quality great protector - great quality. Bit pricy but good quality product November 15, 2012
Best chest protector on the market for off road motorcycling. Great protection for the rider's chest, back, and sides. I would like to have more air flow for cooling and some reflective features for night safety. It's a well made product that should last for a long time. November 12, 2012
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
James D: Best protection, multiple use and style for the price. Oct 2, 2013
A shopper asked: Does this fit well with a Leatt brace? Has anyone tried or seen someone wearing the two together? May 9, 2012
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RevZilla: The Alpinestars A-8 Protection Vest has not been released yet. For that reason, we are not able to verify if it will be compatible with a Leatt neck brace. Theoretically it should be, but we would suggest you to wait until the Alpinestars A-8 Protection Vest is released to get a final and sure answer to that question. May 16, 2012
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WillMoto: I have both. They fit reasonably well together. I found it works best if you tuck the neckbrace inside of the protector at the back, and sit on top of the protector at the front Nov 15, 2012
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jumpingjackflash: Yes. My Leatt Adventure Brace fits nicely with the Alpinestars A-8 Chest Protector. Nov 12, 2012
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A shopper asked: Most armor will list if it is certified as CE level 1, 2 , etc if it has been certified.

Oct 17, 2012
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jumpingjackflash: The Alpinestars A-8 Chest Protector is rated for the following:

CE EN14021:2003 Off Road Motorcycle Use - Meets the 89/686/EEC Personal Protective Equipment with an impact performance of <15KN.

CE prEN1621-2:2010 - Meets the 89/686/EEC Personal Protective Equipment: Full Back Protector. Passed cold and hot test. Offers a superior protection level of 2.
Nov 12, 2012
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RevZilla: The Alpinestars A-8 Protection Vest's chest and back protector are both CE Level 2 certified. Oct 17, 2012
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A shopper asked: My waist comes in at 33" so just over the small size and just at the beginning of the MD-2XL size. Since the MD size is capable of adjusting to 45" I'm wondering if the lateral panels for the ribs will be too big for me. I'm looking for a good fit wearing it over a base layer or jersey. Should I get the S/M or the MD-2XL size? Jul 20, 2014
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David H: Definitely the bigger MD-2XL. I'm the same size as you; my girlfriend bought the small and I could get it on but it was a bit restrictive. With the larger size I don't even notice the lateral rib panels. The only part that seems a bit big is the chest protection, it binds a little against the inside of my upper arms when crossing my arms, but that's not an issue with bars in my hands ;) Jul 20, 2014
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Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black/Silver / SM-MD 818922 6700012-12-S/M/27010590 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Silver / MD-2XL 818923 6700012-12/M/2X/27010591 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Silver / 2XL-4XL 818924 6700012-12-2X/4/27010592 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
White/Red / SM-MD 818925 6700012-23-S/M/27010593 Out of Stock
White/Red / MD-2XL 818926 6700012-23-M/2X/27010594 Out of Stock
White/Red / 2XL-4XL 818927 6700012-23-2X/4/27010595 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours