Alpinestars Bionic Pro Jacket
I actually bought this to wear in conjunction with a leather jacket for long distance interstate riding and large city commuting on a sportbike. I figured that the pads are CE rated, and throwing on a leather jacket over it ended up costing me a fraction of a lot of pre-padded jackets while offering the same level of protection. The ultra low profile makes it easy to wear under jackets and other semi-loose clothing, and the mesh construction keeps it from getting too hot. True to size, easy to put on and take off, and very comfortable. It's a motorcross shirt, so the pads are designed for impact protection. I believe this makes it good for high traffic commuting, and I feel like I would be well protected in a low speed collision if I were to bounce off a car or a curb. also, the chest protector has saved me some grief from flying debris on the interstate. On the flipside, I feel like the armor would get torn off the mesh shirt if I went into a slide, so I don't recommend wearing it on the street without stacking leather or some other kind of abrasion resistance on top of it. Great product, and you can't argue with the price tag. Definitely recommend it.
May 19, 2014
I like Alpinestars, they make good stuff. And that gear is one of them. Thank you Revzilla for good prices.
April 15, 2014
You get what you pay for. Yes its very light and not bulky, but it offers minimal protection. What is the point of an armor jacket if its just a few thin pieces of foam which are not even CE rated for impact???
I have Bionic 2 jacket, and recently bought and reviewed (didn't like it either) their Bionic Tech jacket. Looking to minimize the bulk of the Bionic 2 a bit, but this jacket is definitely not the way to do that.
Don't waste your money on this and pay a bit more and get their CE rated armor jackets. Those will have proper armor, to save you in case of a crash, which is the hole point of an armor jacket, to crash in it, not to look stylish.
Again, all armor are just thin pieces of foam. They might absorb some of the impact at street speeds, but I wouldn't go out on a highway in this.
April 12, 2014
Awesome summer jacket. Great price.
I was in the market for a summer jacket to replace my old speed and strength and I found the Alpinestars Bionic Pro. It has great protection and is very streamlined. Perfect for riding in a hot climate like Barbados!
February 25, 2014
Great jacket with ample protection for street riding. This is an awesome product for summers with complete ventilation.
November 15, 2013
Exactly what I was looking for.
I had previously purchased and then subsequently returned two other armor jackets - the Thor Impact Rig and the Fox Titan Sport Jacket. They were returned because I found them to be too bulky, too hot, too uncomfortable and neither looked or felt like they would survive long term abuse.
So for the past year I have just been wearing separate elbow pads and a roost guard. The elbow pads protect ok but I am continually having to pull them up as they slide down. Either that or cinch them so tight I get crazy arm pump. I never found a happy medium.
So when this was released I was super psyched. It's exactly what I was looking for. Lightweight, low-profile, smartly designed and ample protection.
Alpinestars does a very nice job with thoughtful design including no fabric in areas prone to bunching (arm pits, elbow creases).
It isn't cheap, but then at least it's worth it. Those others I mentioned aren't far off price-wise but they are in a different league in terms of design, fit and finish, and durability.
I deliberated between this and the Bionic Tech version. Ultimately I ended up with the Bionic Pro because the Tech version is only L-2XL at this time. Honestly though it seems to be the better choice if you want light, low-profile but still with adequate protection. The Tech, on the other hand, looks like mega protection, with a kidney belt,and a bunch of extra cinching etc. Basically overkill for me and my needs.
October 8, 2013