Alpinestars Koln Drystar Jacket
A+ jacket, truly 4 seasons, couldn't be happier
I've put well over 10,000 miles on this jacket so far in the last year and I have no doubts it will hold up for another 10,000 and likely many more. I use this as my daily commuting jacket and have taken it on long distance trips. The numerous pockets are great and while the outside ones are not totally waterproof, they do keep a surprising amount of water out and have kept my phone safe in several unexpected downpours.
I've ridden in everything from 30 to 90+ degree weather and with the 3 layers, it's been great. I wish there were slightly bigger/more vents but that's the slightest quibble I can find with it if I have to find one. Oh, and don't leave the rain liner in when riding in 85 degree Carolina sun, that was my bad.
I've also gotten numerous favorable (unsolicited!) comments on the look of the jacket from other riders and my fiance who thinks it looks "sexy" - so there's that.
In all the miles, about the only noticeable wear I've found is the slightest fraying at the edges of the sleeve cuffs. Seeing as how I've used this with everything from gauntlets, to street gloves, to winter gloves, I can't be surprised. Also, the large adjustment in the wrist closure has allowed me to adapt to any season/gloves comfortably.
I've gone down once at low speed in the jacket and there wasn't even a scuff, nor did I have even the faintest mark on me.
The waist closures are great, tighten them up for summer riding over a t-shirt, or let them out for winter riding over a base layer and wool sweater
All in all, for the price, performance, quality and style, I can't think of a better jacket. Definitely an Alpinestars fan after this purchase.
July 30, 2016
Really 4 seasons (Norcal)
It's summer already (~90F) and stripped down to the shell with vents open this jacket is very comfortable ... This will really be a 4 season touring jacket for NorCal.
April 19, 2016
Great all seasons jacket
Great jacket. There's a bunch of hype in the product video about the zippers, they're not really that special. Good pockets, very comfortable. Live in Nevada and the outer shell is cool enough on hot days, even though it gets a little warm at stop lights. I am 6 foot tall and 185lbs, athletic build, the large fits great.
September 24, 2015
Solid, Good Quality Touring Jacket
Just bought this a little while ago and had a chance to test it out on a recent trip.
Things I like:
The outer shell is a tough, wind-resistant material. Without either of the liners it kept me warm and I didn't feel air blowing through the jacket, unless I opened the various zippered vents. Good night-time visibility with reflective material placement too.
It also feels like it would be water repellent without the inner liner, but I haven't had to test it yet.
I can also swap out the Alpenstars back protector from another jacket (same brand) into this one.
The separate "Napoleon" or chest zipper pocket is great. Makes it easy to get your wallet or other items even with gloves on.
Things that could be better:
The armor in the sleeves feels like it sits low. Great forearm protection, but the elbow seems vulnerable. Also, the arms have only one wraparound velcro strap for making the fit, and the armor, more snug. It really needs 2 straps and the armor needs to sit higher up in the sleeve. Back armor placement is fine. It sits right where it should.
My summer mesh Alpinstars has a huge rear or back cargo pocket. I can stuff all sorts of items in there. This jacket does not have that feature. The front pockets are roomy, but I like that big cargo pocket on my other jacket. Should be a standard feature.
And, the jacket has a bit too much product logo detail on it. Like I said above, the reflective material is great, but cut down on the branding. Less is more, guys.
These elements are enough to give it a good 4-star rating. Could be 5 with some modifications, mainly the arm armor placement and the branding.
September 21, 2015
great jacket with 2 removable liners
Have not tried it with the thermal or waterproof liner but great so far when riding. Really hot in the Summer when your are off the bike but it is fine in hot weather while your are moving and getting some airflow.
August 31, 2015
i rode in 38 F pouring rain for 140 miles in this jacket and i didnt really get wet or cold . colorado
than took the liners out and rode thru mojave desert in 110 F heat , it didnt feel like owen as long as i was moving .
very good jacket for the money . casual stylish .
i ride ktm 990 adv and i recommend this product .
i also have ktms adv riding gear , and ktms adv gear doesnt even come close to this jacket . its a true 4 in one .
the jacket does run very small , i wear everything xl , and this one i had to get xxl and its tight fit . also if you have a big neck this jacket is not for you .
June 1, 2015
A great technical jacket for an entry level price.
I was looking for an all season jacket that doesn't stand out like a storm trooper or a power ranger. I'm usually not a fan of black but the styling and highlights/reflectors on this jacket goes well without standing out too much.
True to size, can't fault a thing except that the elbow pads are positioned lower than usual, thus exposing the vulnerable points.
December 1, 2014
Good touring jacket
Jacket has good temperature control via 2 liners and multiple venting zippers. It is a snug fit but that's to be expected as it is a touring jacket.
While it is very rain resistant, if stuck in a real downpour, you will need to put on real rain gear over the top to stop it from getting saturated.
October 20, 2014