Alpinestars Durban Gore-Tex Jacket
Excellent jacket and pant for daily commute and touring in tropical weather
Got this jacket in size 50 and pant in size 48 in July 2012 and been using it for daily commute to work. Use the pant while touring only.
It gives you excellent fit with many points for adjustment to fit your body and size. The build quality is excellent. Has lots of pockets to store your stuff and 2 waterproof pockets with zipper each on the jacket and pant.
In warm tropical heat without the Gore Tex liner on and with all the air vents zipper opened and main jacket zipper 3/4 drawn, you can get ample air circulation into the jacket. You do feel warm when stationary. Once you reached your destination, be sure to open up the main zipper to get maximum ventilation.
In tropical rain with the Gore Tex liner on, you are assured of not getting wet at all. And after heavy rain the jacket and pant will dry up quickly within 2-4 hours under the fan.
The protection padding provided is top of the range. Except for the back protection for the jacket. Planning to replace that with a better protection padding.
Overall, i'm happy with the Durban Gore Tex jacket and pant. It may cost higher than other make but it gives excellent protection, build quality and air ventilation.
Highly recommended to all riders and tourers.
November 13, 2012
Relatively expensive, but well worth the money.
A* has raised the bar with their Durban gear! The fit and finish is spot-on.
August 28, 2012
One of my favourite jackets
I've had this jacket for a year now and have ridden in all sorts of weather and temperatures in it from below freezing into July heat.
-It is VERY comfortable. Wish all the jackets were this comfortable. With all the protection in (I have installed the optional back and chest protectors) I barely feel like I have a jacket on, that's how well it fits.
-I love the fact that you can add chest pads. I wish all the manufacturers followed Alpinestars on this one.
-Bionic Air back protector is also very comfortable and unobtrusive.
-Vent's on sleeves work well, but the chest ones not so much once you install chest pads.
-A larger vent on the back would be nice.
-Micro velcro strips are the only complaint I have, some are useless after a year of use, especially the ones on the pockets I used regularly. I've never had velcro fail after a few months!
-Lot's of good and useful pockets
-Works great with Alpinestars Arctic Drystar Gloves, longer gloves harder to fit inside the sleeve
-Armour is excellent and fits great.
-Sleeves are removable but I don't think anyone needs that IMHO.
-The bag that comes at the back is a nice touch but I'd rather just a simple pocket there. The shoulder strap adds bulk, abut you can't remove it. Removing the bag leaves a zipper that can cut and scratch the seat. Not my favourite feature, and would be happy with just a pouch to fit the GoreTex lining
-Speaking of GoreTex lining, it is excellent. The entire jacket is water repellent, so not much get's through to the lining, but whatever does will not make it past the lining. I have ridden in some hard rain and snow, and always stayed completely dry. The micro-fleece is also surprisingly warm. I am comfortable riding wearing only a t-shirt under this lining down to about 10 degrees Celsius. And with a thin wool mid-layer I can go below 0 Celsius. Very effective.
-Style is good, everyone likes it, but I wish there was an option for more "urban" colours, since I use it daily for commuting fall through spring, and wish I didn't look like I just came from a desert rally all the time. The desert colours are in line with the adventure concept, but this jacket works for anything you throw at it, and I am happy riding a sports bike in it as well as a roadster.
Overall, I can't think of many jackets that could fit so many uses as good as this one does. Yes, there are other jackets, from Rev'It, Dainese, BMW... But if you like this one and are considering it, I highly recommend it.
July 24, 2012
Excellent and comfortable jacket
I’m 5’8”, 165 lbs, 41” chest and I bought this in a size 52.
-This jacket vents massive amounts of air; so much so that with the Gore-tex liner removed and every vent closed it still flows a noticeable amount of air.
-Extremely comfortable and lightweight when worn; after a quick break-in the articulated elbows, light weight and soft outer material make it feel more like a sweatshirt than a stiff protective jacket.
-Slim fit; I would consider going up a size if you plan on layering anything underneath the jacket besides the Gore-tex liner to use it in colder environments. I can’t even fit a micro fleece under the size 52 jacket. I bought it primarily as a summer jacket with the intention of wearing a synthetic t-shirt under it with no liner so for this purpose it’s solid.
-The collar on this jacket is the only thing I think could be improved. It is a tall collar for use with the BNS and has a snap on the back that lets you snap it down. It is difficult to get comfortable around the neck and it’s a tight fit. I have a 16 inch neck. When it's warm it has a snap to keep it open and flowing air around your neck which is great but the exposed Velcro patch sticks to the bottom of your helmet. There is a plastic attachment point on the left side of the collar for the BNS that gets in the way if you wear a pack or hydration bladder.
-The zip-on/off sleeves do not form a complete seal to the jacket. Even with the zipper completely zipped there is still about a 1.5 inch gap under the arm pits. This is excellent for warm weather but causes noticeable drafts when the temp drops.
-For the price it should come with a removable CE back protector and not a cheap foam pad. User could then decide what kind of protector to wear based on conditions and type of riding.
I bought it as a non Gore-tex jacket to get me from the house to the trail. For this purpose it works very well and I am very happy with it. I don’t use the inner liner so I don’t know how it does in the rain. During warmer weather the vents work very well and you can effectively manage how much air moves through the jacket. For me I think it strikes an excellent balance of off-road user adjustability and touring capability to get you to and from the trail. I don’t think this is a high country all season jacket unless you go up a size. Overall it’s light, comfortable, and moves with you while you’re getting after it.
April 18, 2012