Alpinestars GP Tech Air Leather Jacket
Amazing track jacket
I have yet to take this jacket out on the track but just from riding along P.C.H and twisty canyons like Ortega, I can say that this jacket does it's job so well in all categories. I feel very safe for the protection it offers, which boosts my confidence in riding, and it is actually really comfortable as well. It does put you in a aggressive riding position but that's what you get out of a race/track jacket. The hump on the back doesn't mess with my helmet at all (Shoei GT-AIR). Air flow is really good too, I don't sweat or get hot when I'm moving. After wearing other similar jackets that have a cheaper price tag, I'd say that the GP Tech Air is truly worth the $899.95. You get what you paid for, enough said.
January 24, 2014
I realized this evening that I am, in now way, doing my part to assist fellow riders, as this is my first review. I am an avid, 365 (minus snow) rider, and have spent TONS of time and money on this site and it's products. As such, it only felt right to provide feedback on many of the products purchased from Zilla. I digress.
With regards to this jacket, and pretty much everything else, I take a "don't buy without reason, but when you do, do it right" kind of approach. Needless to say, this jacket and it's $$$ tag fall into that category.
Simply put, it is a wonderful product/jacket. The protection is extensive, and it feels VERY solid. The materials are truly top-notch, and I've owned other nice A-Stars jackets. When you wear it, you feel as though someone really did put time and energy into development.
With regards to fitment, the size chart did not let me down. It is a race jacket, and fits accordingly. If worn properly, don't expect a sweatshirt to fit beneath this thing. It is intended to be tight, and meets that expectation. Lastly, keep in mind that if you plan to add chest and back protection, things get a little tight. May be worth going up a size, or kicking off that New Years Resolution early. Haha.
Additional feedback goes something like this. The hump in the back isn't noticeable, unless your helmet has a Cardo system. If you do, it will likely rub a bit. Not the end of the world. The only other thing I can say is that, at least initially, the jacket forces a somewhat awkward stance. All of the protection and leather cause your elbows to kinda bow-out, so you end up looking like a jacked bodybuilder at times. Not really the most appealing of stances for a "Street Rider" such as myself, but I have survived thus far. Keep in mind though, IT IS A RACE JACKET, and was built for that purpose, not looking cool in town or at the bar.
All in all, amazing product, and I don't regret spending big bucks. It's gonna be in the stables for a while. Hope this helps.
December 7, 2013
Awesome jacket, very comfortable even with the hump on the back and excellent quality
June 17, 2013
You can buy plenty of nice jackets in the $400 range, was really contemplating the all black Jaws this Spring, but this model kept speaking to me in spite of the price. There are many features in the GP Tech Air that the other jackets do not have, particularly the grade of Armor.
The Fit (size 52 with bionic air insert) - I am 6'1", 170, 42in chest, 15in biceps, this thing fits like a glove with a bit of room around the belly - it is snug, but not painful, and thankfully the forearms are a bit longer than A-stars standard cut (cause I got long arms).
The leather is fantastic, the dye job looks great, armor fits correctly and does not move around, zippers are good, stitching appears solid, and flows air nicely. The White on Black pops big time, but manages to look 'handsome' instead of obnoxious, I am not self conscious wearing it, I think it looks incredible.
Okay, my main concern was with the guy who had problems with the hump, I can say that yes your helmet does have a stopping point but for me this was beyond my normal head extension so it has not been an issue. I do full tucks on a SS, and did a 300 mile ride last week in it, had no issues, and did not even notice the hump. I feel the hump is an assest, I swear there was a bit less turbulence and my vision was not as worn out as normal after the ride.
I understand the price seems ludicrous, but the jacket was worth it to me, I really love it, and I highly reccomend it, I don't think you will be dissapointed.
March 27, 2013
this is a great jacket, even without the cold weather inserts, this jacket is warm to wear, without being too hot. jacket fits very nice and none of the armor shifts where it sit when you are riding. My favorite thing about this jacket though is the aero hump on the back, this incresed my top speed nearly 3%.
March 12, 2013
When $$$ IS NO OBJECT
Let me start with commending Revzilla for Their OUTSTANDING SERVICE, PRESENTING THE PRODUCT ON VIDEO and FULLY STANDING BEHIND IT 100% . Can't beat it. OK now about my new GP TECH.........I'm 5'9 200lbs and after trying 5 jackets finally this is it. Had to remove and trim speed hump, but it fits and breathes the absolute best. In my opinion none are worth $900. That being said, there is no better than The GP Tech. Matt. Orange, CA.
March 4, 2013
What a great buy!
I am so happy with my purchase! The price and postage and time to get it here to Queensland was fantastic.
The jacket fits perfect and I couldn't be happier with it.
August 14, 2012
Cannot recommend, design issues, lack of product testing.
The Speed Hump on the back is not designed to fit with your helmet while on a bike in the riding position.It is too close to the top of the jacket so that it jams your head down so you have to fight it to see where you are going, Very disappointed in this jacket after spending right at $900.00. Now I am having to modify it for it to work right with my Arai helmet. I have cut the foam down and will have to tack the leather down. Even after removing the foam out completely, the leather even bunches up on the helmet. I also found that the Velcro was not sown in place properly, about 6" was not sewed to the leather to complete the pouch to hold the speed hump in place. I have contacted AlpineStars about the issues and they are going to send me 2 different sizes of Speed humps to see if this will work....we will see. At present I cannot recommend this jacket for no one should have to modify the jacket for such an issue, very poor product testing and design...I expected much more from AStars.
July 10, 2012