Alpinestars Gunner WP Jacket
What a great jacket for a steal
I'm a bigger guy (read: fat). 6'1 240 lbs.
I ended up getting a 2xl the first go around but felt like a sausage and couldn't fit my back protector in. I usually wear Xl in shirts, figured go a size up. Nope. I'm on a 3 XL and it fits great with my back protector in. I was a little dissapointed that it didnt actually have the button for my Alpinestars bionic protector but heck it still feels snug and secure.
I sent it back and took the hit on shipping (i figured it was well worth it after seeing the build quality of the jacket)
This thing is awesome for fall and winter riding. Super warm inner liner, still decently warm without it, water proof, and all the added armor made me feel really confident that it will hold up in a crash.
It has vents on the shoulders and lower back for airflow that I've used this spring as well.
I highly recommend this for the colder days and wet rides. Awesome jacket.
April 28, 2015
I have had this jacket for over a year now. I bought it after returning from a ride where I got soaked to the bone and was freezing by the time I got home. I have ridden probably 10K miles in this jacket in the past year+. (all winter-ish riding) It is definitely waterproof and does a great job of blocking wind and keeping you warm. I have ridden for 3-4 hours in the rain and been completely dry inside the jacket. I added a CE rated back protector that fits nicely where the comfort foam was previously. It's a great cold/wet weather jacket.
April 27, 2015
One glaring issue
I've had this jacket nearly a year. The removable liner makes a big difference in how warm it is. The little straps that keep the sleeves in place broke on the 2nd or 3rd wear, but that hasn't been that big of a deal at all.
The biggest problem I have with this jacket is the strap that goes in front of my neck. If I attach it to the other side, it rubs my neck raw. If I don't, the velcro on the right side snags onto the soft velcro on my Shoei RF-1200 where it's supposed to keep the helmet strap from rubbing your jaw raw.
I can't seem to come up with a good compromise. I suppose a turtleneck might work to keep it from rubbing my neck/adams apple raw, but I don't even own a turtleneck and I'm not wearing one every time I wear this jacket.
If others have experienced this and come up with a workaround I'd love to hear it. Other than this, the jacket is a 5-star jacket, but as-is, it's just painful to wear.
April 24, 2015
Excellent 2-3 Season Jacket - Rain, Cold & Crash Tested!
I've now had this jacket for about 5 months and have worn it daily - through winter (mild central coast California winter - but got down to the 30s and 40s regularly), rain, warmer temps (80s) and even through my first crash (fortunately a slow speed, minor lowside - more later).
All in all, I have been extremely satisfied with my purchase and would highly recommend this jacket for daily commuters like myself faced with ever-changing weather and temperatures or casual enthusiasts looking for a great bang for their buck.
While I find many "all-weather/all-purpose" jackets to be too bulky looking for my tastes, this one has a much more slimming, sportier appearance that I prefer, even with the thermal liner zipped in.
Sure, there's no mistaking that this is a motorcycle jacket, so if you're looking to blend perfectly into a crowd off the bike, you won't. But it's by no means flashy nor its Alpinestars logo and name branding obnoxious. On the contrary, it's unobtrusive and understated in its styling without apologizing for what it's made for - riding a motorcycle.
There's a certain timeless appeal to its simplistic, focused lines and I find its lack of too many bells and whistles refreshingly welcomed. I'm much more interested in a jacket being a well made jacket with protection where it counts first and foremost than I am in it having countless zippers and velcro straps, pockets everywhere or the most cutting edge materials or features that my budget can't currently afford anyway.
SIZING / FITMENT:
I bought the XL. I am 6'3", 230lbs, broad shoulders, average to athletic build with a few extra pounds around the waist. I usually wear a size 44 Long in jackets.
With the comfort padding in the chest and back and with the thermal liner zipped in, it was definitely a bit too snug for my tastes (especially with any kind of sweater on). But once I removed the chest and back padding (intend to add armor there soon and will report back when I do), it fit pretty much perfectly.
I have fairly long arms but the sleeve length was spot on nonetheless. And during the colder days of winter I was able to layer just fine (t-shirt, shirt, sweater) and still have the thermal liner in without the jacket getting too snug for comfort. And unlike some other jackets, I'm not then swimming in it when I remove the thermal liner and wear just a t-shirt underneath.
While I could stand to lose a few pounds around the waist, I'm not fat and don't have a big belly and wouldn't recommend this jacket to someone who does. A little pot belly or minor love handles will be just fine, but I suspect that much more than that and this jacket will become uncomfortable and unflattering. On the positive side, if your few extra pounds really are just a few like mine, you will benefit from a "slimming" effect from the minimalistic, flattering cut of the jacket.
The only real design flaw is the collar which is a little rough against my neck and is a little too tight and uncomfortably stiff when velcroed. And I have a fairly thin neck for my build. Alpinestars could benefit from lining the collar more comfortably and allowing for more adjustability in its fit.
The key to really appreciating the jacket is in understanding that its more multi-purpose, multi-season oriented design means that it will never be perfect for any one condition, but as a VERY affordable (as motorcycle gear goes) jacket-of-all-trades (see what I did there?), its superb value will have you shrugging off any imperfections you might notice as inconsequential in the "grand scheme of things" - maybe enough to notice in the most extreme of conditions, but minor enough to not ruin your day or leave you questioning your purchase.
Personally, I wouldn't recommend this jacket in temps above low to mid 80s as it doesn't have a whole lot of ventilation, but that is one of those trade-offs you accept in exchange for its waterproof, minimalist design. I've worn it in sunny, high 80s temps and while it was fine overall, I would have preferred something a little lighter and more ventilated. But again, its value exceeds any discomfort. That being said, I will be looking to purchase something a little better suited to higher SoCal temps for the late spring and summer seasons.
On the other hand, this jacket performed beautifully in the lower temperatures of a central coast California winter. With proper supporting clothing and gear, I kept cozy and warm on my daily 12 mile commutes through wine country (avg 50mph) in temperatures that were often in the 30s and 40s (ºF) from November through February. I don't think this would be the right choice though for sustained colder temperatures or sustained freeway speeds in temps below 40ºF. It's just not heavy enough to replace layers of warm clothing, but also too snug to layer anything more than a t-shirt, long sleeve button down and fleece - which happens to be perfect for the milder winters of coastal wine country but would not be enough for the more adventurous commuters of the northern climes.
Have worn this jacket through light drizzles and heavy downpours and I always arrived dry thanks to its waterproof shell - no pesky leaks or malfunctions at all.
As for wind - on windy days, the jacket has a tendency to billow a little if you leave any way for wind to get in due to the lack of airflow, but it's minor and mostly mitigated by the adjustable straps around the arms and waist as well as the collar's velcro closure. But it DOES cut the chill of an autumn or winter wind exceptionally well.
As mentioned earlier, I did go down in this jacket so can attest to its durability and protection in a crash, though it was a low-speed (20-30mph) lowside tumble caused by another vehicle taking a blind turn too tightly and cutting through my lane which meant as I came around the turn I was faced with the rear of their vehicle still in my lane much too quickly for my attempted evasive actions to have any benefit. Just as I thought I had managed to swerve and brake my way to safety, I was all of a sudden over the handlebars as the bike went down and I somehow managed a shoulder roll as I hit the pavement (thank you Aikido training for programming that one into my muscle memory!).
While my 2007 Yamaha XT225 was determined totaled by the other driver's insurance company, thankfully I managed to escape my first crash with no broken bones and hardly a scratch thanks to the low speed nature of the crash and my adherence to an ATGATT philosophy - only injuries were a thoroughly bruised up right shin and calf and overall body soreness for a few days. I did note that I'm certain my shoulder and elbow hit the pavement and the armor and fabric worked exactly as intended - no injuries sustained in those areas and barely even a scuff on the jacket.
If, like me, you value BOTH form AND function, but aren't overly concerned with camouflaging your gear so that it looks like "normal" clothing yet also don't want or need to look like a stormtrooper, you too will appreciate this jacket.
If, like me, you don't derive a sense of self worth by name dropping or needing to display every high end brand name you can afford to buy and aren't super thrilled about being a walking advertisement covered in logos but are happy to wear a few tastefully displayed ones that don't detract from the overall styling in support of a proven, high quality brand that you can get behind, then you too will appreciate this jacket.
If, like me, you value utility and efficiency but not at the expense of aesthetics, you too will appreciate this jacket.
And if, like me, you need an affordable, all-purpose, multi-season jacket but not at the expense of style, quality materials, durability or workmanship, this jacket is definitely THE one to consider.
April 20, 2015
Nice COLD weather jacket can go to 40 degrees and sunny.
Great 3 season COLD jacket. Im 6ft, 200 lbs, 44 chest, 34 wasit (maybe 35 waist) and wear an XL. Fits nice though a little snug in the shoulder/back/bi area w/ the inside liner. Cant wear much underneath. Back protection is near useless. Collar is a pain to deal with as it is tight on the neck and the velcro doesnt always keep in close. I sometimes get the collar cought in the helmet strap when putting on my helmet. Reverse side zipper takes getting use to but overall, very satisfied for the price paid.
April 13, 2015
Great cold weather jacket
This jacket has been great for cold weather riding (30 - 45 deg). It is very warm and feels extremely durable. The style is great too! I feel like it fits a little snug with the liner in and wish that it had some elasticated panels under the arms and around the shoulders. This is a great jacket for the money.
March 23, 2015
Awesome jacket for coastal climates
I always get compliments from friends on how awesome this jacket looks for a textile. It's actually my first jacket and glad I got it - all my buddies have perforated leathers and they're freezing most of the time or burning up. Throughout all my rides in the 40-80 degree range in the bay area roads I am comfortable. The vents do a great job and the inner layer (that's included with the jacket) makes quite a difference too.
Amazing bang for buck. I actually didn't buy this jacket from RevZilla (doh - I didn't know about RevZilla at the time of purchase) but what a steal it is at the closeout price. Even at normal price it is a steal in my opinion.
I'm 5'5 @ 170 pounds (athletic build I guess you could say) and went with a small. Fits great.
March 13, 2015
Great Winter Jacket
I bought the 2014 model and it was a freaking steal.
The Jacket is very warm (though thermal lining can be removed). It has a decent amount of pocket and air vents (which don't help much).
It has arm fasteners that help with the fitting and a neck protection (that itches a little)
The armour is not that great though. Particularly the back armour (which i swapped).
I must say I'm pretty happy with the product specially for the price i paid.
Long live Revzilla
March 2, 2015