Alpinestars GP Pro Leather Jacket
couldnt be any happier and satisfied with this jacket.
April 13, 2015
I bought this jacket just under a year ago and could not have chosen better.
Firstly, regarding size, I was a little unsure what to get. I tried on some lower-end Astars jackets in stores and figured I'd be either a 54 or 56. My build is stocky and short. I have a big chest and back and am 5' 7". Everything which seemed fitting contradicted the size chart. I would recommend that you seek out a physical jacket to try on before leaping into the unknown. I ended up buying a 56 and am happy I did so.
In addition to size, what you may also want to consider is accommodating for a beefier back-protector. The protector in this jacket is, well, not a protector. I bought a Rev'it RV06 which fits perfectly, but does require a little extra room in the jacket. Plus, if you're a commuter like me, you'll need some extra room to allow for additional clothing layers on colder rides.
Second, the quality is top-notch! I knew given the price, that I'd be getting something nice. But wow! This jacket is absolutely gorgeous. The stitching is well done and strong, the liner is comfortable, the zipper is smooth and durable, and the material is well made. The protection in the arms and shoulders fits as they should, and are hardly noticeable.
Thirdly, this jacket is a 3-season jacket at best. I live in northern Arizona where it snows, rains, and freezes. I've tried many combinations of clothing to stay warm while communing in the fall, but because this jacket is perforated and flows air well, it's somewhat futile. There are of course options out there to stay warm in this jacket, but for the budget rider, you may be stuck wearing hoodies/long sleeve shirts/under armour/etc. and applying a degree of mental fortitude.
Lastly, the negative: The jacket does not have a removable liner. Despite all the use I've put this thing through, it hasn't begun to stink yet. But I still wish there were a way to clean the innards without having to take it to a specialist. On another possibly stranger note, the race hump on the back was slightly too long for my helmet in the tuck. I solved this by cutting off about 3/4" of the plasticy-rubber which it was made out of - then put it back in. Now the bottom of my helmet no longer gets stuck on it. No worries.
Overall, this is a fantastic jacket! With this, you really do get what you pay for. Unless I go down in it, I see myself wearing this jacket into the ground. I love it!
March 28, 2015
Love this jacket. Very well ventilated! I feel it has great protection ask well after I added the back protector and chest protectors. Looks great on/off the bike with my AGV Corsa helmet and A*s pants and boots. I have 3 A*s jackets. This may be my favorite (Celer, Jaws, GP Pro)
March 17, 2015
Very comfortable & great looking design
I am 5'8 , 157 lbs , and I have a very athletic build. I purchased the US40 /Europe 50 and it fits perfectly. I love the design and the integrated armor pieces on the shoulders. It is very comfortable and air flow is great ! I am currently using it in 55-60 degree weather with a base layer top and leggings .One of my favorite features is the new style speed hump :) . I would definitely recommend this jacket ! It is the best bang for the buck!
November 10, 2014
Amazing piece of armor!
First off I read a lot into jackets as I wanted something that was the best for my money, that I could wear comfrotably on my harley or my CBR. After countless reviews I felt confident in ordering this jacket, although it took more effort to choose the correct size. I am 5'11" about 185lbs with a 44" chest and a 34" waist. I ordered a size 56 jacket and out of the box it was very snug, almost to the point I could barely take it off on my own. However this is a leather jacket, and it will fit to your body once broken in. Now after a month I can comfortably wear the coat with a thick shirt underneath. The jacket itself is hefty but while riding it breathes very well, but riding through town I unzip it a little to get more air flow. The protection feels amazing, I feel nearly invincible while wearing it. The armor hugs my body great and the jacket flexes with ease with all motion even though it didn't upon first purchase due to not being broken in yet (if you get it and it's snug but you can still breathe, just be patient lol.) I've had road rash from being down on the road, this jacket feels as if it would easily prevent even the worst of injury while going down. When spending on protection, you cannot spend enough, it's not about IF you go down, it's about WHEN, and I'm happy I have this jacket when I ride. I highly reccomend it and am very pleased with it. If you have any questions feel free to ask as I use it daily.
July 15, 2014
Great Jacket for the Track, Good for the Street
This jacket is clearly at home on the track: quality leather, excellent CE-rated armor in the shoulders and elbow/forearms, external sliders on the shoulders and elbows, 270 degree zip for pants, pockets for a chest protector, and Alpinestars' snap system for their line of racing back protectors. The cut is very aggressive, and it loves to be in a full tuck, but a 3/4 tuck or even half tuck is not uncomfortable for riding on the street. I ride aggressively for fun, so I enjoy the protecting this jacket affords. I also take my bike on a 25 minute commute to and from work every day during the riding season here (May to almost October). So far, this jacket has seen temps in the low 50s up to the high 90s; it's kept me comfortable through all of it thanks to the perf scheme. It doesn't look like much, but the jacket moves a decent amount of air above 40 mph. The jacket can get a bit warm above 85 in slow traffic, though. I expect this jacket will be easy to take into weather as low as 40 with a decent base layer, and I expect it to be wearable into the 100s as long as I keep moving. I marked 4/5 on air flow because this is to be expected from a track-ready jacket.
As far as fit goes, this jacket is quite aggressive. The articulated arms are great for a street bike - even a sport/touring bike like my GSX650F, but I'd imagine they could cause fatigue on just about anything else. This jacket runs a touch small, as the video says. I'm 6' 2" tall, 185 lbs with a 42" chest and long arms. According to the chart, I could've fit either the 52 or 54 so I ordered the 54 for some extra sleeve length. I'm very glad I did. The chest is a perfect fit thanks to the stretch fabric that runs across the arms and chest, but the arms are a bit small and much shorter than I had thought. I recommend going with a full gauntlet glove to make up for it. If you're near the upper end of a size, definitely bump up to the next one - you won't regret it.
In the styling department, this jacket is killer. I went with the red/white/black version and couldn't be happier. Paired up with my black Icon Airmada Stack helmet and white Scorpion Guardian gloves (killer deal in the race-ready full gauntlet glove arena), this jacket is mean and turns heads. The GP style speed hump on the back is a bit excessive (especially if you don't plan on taking this to the track), but it's integrated into the shape of the jacket very well so you don't know that it's there until the back of your helmet touches it in a tuck. Don't let this turn you off; the hump looks really good on the bike. Elasticated stretch panels are positioned well to provide comfort and some styling, and the sliders look sweet while serving an important purpose: keeping your skin on when you low-side (hopefully you don't).
Overall, this jacket is great. I had to take it to 4 stars instead of 5 for minor flaws like the limited perf scheme and lack of storage (the internal waterproof pocket is great, but is barely big enough for a wallet and phone), but this jacket still rocks. If you want an aggressive, track-ready leather jacket with great looks and a GP-style hump at a good price, look no further.
July 7, 2014
Very well made, and very breathable! I am in Tampa and it's very warm in the summer, this jacket is very cool when riding! I purchased a larger size to accommodate a sweatshirt to wear underneath on cool days since this jacket does not have a liner. An overall very protective and well made riding jacket!
June 30, 2014
The GP Pro for 2014 is an awesome jacket. For the price I think you will be hard pressed to find another jacket with this level of protection for the streets. You can also get the matching pants for this jacket which is a huge plus if you decide on going to the track.
After riding for about a month with the GP Pro jacket on I am very happy with it. The construction and overall quality of the jacket are very high. I am 5'8 170lbs and a somewhat athletic build, I ordered a 56 and it fits me snug. My brother whom I ride with also has the GP PRO, although he has the previous style GP PRO.
The jackets are very similar but different, the new GP PRO has the redesigned race hump which locks in nicely with my Shoei RF-1200, also the new GP Pro has flush sliders on the elbows and much more ventilation than the old jacket.
Compared to my brothers GP PRO (previous gen GP PRO), my jacket breathes significantly more air, which is great when it is warm out, but when it is cold I am often freezing and he is the one that is warm.
I would recommend this jacket to anyone looking for great protection and quality, but if you plan on riding with this jacket into the fall keep in mind you may want to order a size up so you can wear a few more layers underneath. If you live somewhere warm this jacket will be awesome. If you do live somewhere where it is colder most of the time the old GP Pro will do a much better job of keeping you warm in my opinion. By the way I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 15, 2014