Alpinestars Bionic Pro Jacket
Great lightweight protection
I bought this jacket with no illusion that it afforded me equal protection to a set of armored leathers. I needed very lightweight armor to wear when riding my dual sport off road on trails. I wear this under a jersey and it works perfect. Much better than a dedicated off road roost guard. The construction is solid and the zippers are great. I'm 5'9", 180 lbs and the large fits perfect.
It is very lightweight and breathes very well. Considering I'm on Guam, where it's constantly at or above the upper 80s with high humidity, even a textile jacket will overheat you. This works well under a large shirt and has saved my elbows and shoulders in several light crashes on the trail. It shipped super fast and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again should this one become damaged.
January 5, 2015
Not For Daily Commute
The jacket offers good protections with minimal bulkiness and nice air flow but due to several missing options i believe your money can be spent better elsewhere.
1. The sleeves are pretty hard to stick your arms through and when you do it has no reinforced tabs to pull on which forces you to grab onto the flimsy mesh material.
2. Sleeve/arm protection did not seem like it would stay in place during a fall due to the absence of fastening straps and I also found them to be uncomfortable.
3. With no waist/hip strap it felt like it would ride up or bunch up after several hours of use and it did not seem secure.
4. Lack of features for a $200+ dollar item.
November 8, 2014
Alpinestars Bionic Pro Jacket
This Jacket is just what I was looking for, light to intermediate protection, extremely breathable, great for the summer, and last but not least it looks great. I'm 6'5" 200 lbs and wear a XL, it fits well. I admit I'm a little too tall for it, but a XXL I think would have been to loose around the stomach. Highly recommend this jacket.
August 11, 2014
Great summer jacket, air flow is unbeatable, but there is a trade off of protection, looks awesome though
July 28, 2014
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