Alpinestars Lucerne Drystar Jacket
Best purchase so far
Ok, so let me start off by saying that Revzilla service is top notch. I ordered a medium, don't know what I was thinking, and it got here really quick. Unfortunately I had to take Anthony up on the free exchange. I'm not a big guy, 170lbs. (Mostly gut) 5'7" 40-41" chest. I couldn't even get my arms in this thing.
Once I got my large, I was in heaven. I rode this badboy in 33F at 65mph. Only thing cold were my poor jean cladded legs. Ouch! This thing is so warm and like others said, that's with just a regular shirt underneath.
If you live in NYC, you know that we had some crazy temp fluxes. In the warm temps, 60's, this thing worked perfect. Going to pick up the drystar over pants so I can start riding a little sooner this year.
Zipper is tiny with winter gloves on, and the front velcro ain't to grippy but those are minor details. I suggest going a size up. Btw, it worked great when I got caught in a downpour on my 35 minute commute home. Jacket does look better in person. Only gave it 4 *'s cause I'm still waiting to try it out in the summer and the neck's a tiny bit tight.
March 19, 2014
Great just to small
Outstanding jacket, used it without liners due to size, weather was wet foggy and 38 degrees, only down fall is a Medium is a small in US standards. if your a big person even the large will not get it. I am 150 pounds and thin , and its like wearing a kids jacket. I will pass it on to one of my friends girls as its that small. other than size issues with a insulated shirt and a T shirt I rode in 38 degrees and was OK, just remember its like two sizes below what is shown.
January 20, 2014
The best jacket in my opinion
I've owned this jacket since September 2013. I did get into a highside accident going about 40mph and the jacket protected me. There was very minor damage to the jacket. The left arm zipper is now non-functional, and some of the mesh is torn.
Style - Looks so much better in person. Very stylish in my opinion. I do not like logo's and very plain things and this fits me perfectly.
Comfort - I can ride with this thing on all day without any issue. I ride a 2011 Kawasaki ZX-6R which is a pretty aggressive riding position. It feels incredibly comfortable. I have never used the waterproof lining so I can't speak on that. I use this jacket in the summer,fall, winter and spring with no issues. For the hot NJ summer months, 80 degrees Fahrenheit and above, I would recommend getting a lighter mesh jacket for sure. I plan on doing that.
Protection - Like I said, I highsided at 40mph. The only roadrash I got from the fall was on my hands because I wasn't wearing gloves.
Air Flow - Has plenty of flow when you want, and you can block it off when you don't want it. The thermal liner is incredibly quick to remove if you have a cold morning, then warm afternoon. 80-90 degree days don't phase me on the highway because you can open up both zippers on each arm and let the air roll through, feels phenomenal.
Features - Removable liners (thermal & Waterproof), air passages on both arms and back. Plenty of pockets. Collar does not let any air on the cold days, and you can tuck it back on the hot days.
Weight - I can ride with this thing on all day without any issue. It is heavy enough for 30-40 degree weather, and light enough for 80degrees.
I would HIGHLY recommend this jacket. I wish I could have mine repaired from the damage of my accident.
January 14, 2014
This all season jacket is great!!!
This jacket is great i live in a city with 72 degress average of temp and this jacket without the liner is excelent and when i go to the mountain 53 degrees i put the liner back on and also works perfect the jacket fit very well, great protections and if you want more buy the hard portection for the back, the ventilation works excelent i little bit hot at 12pm but it can be handle i bought the black one and it look very nice. if you decide to buy this jacket you will enjoy as i do :)
January 13, 2014
Good combo of fit, style, features
The Lucerne has a good combo of fit, style, features.
* Warm enough that I don't need any extra thermal gear, just more normal work shirts. Have ridden in the low 30's hi 20's on my 30 minute commute.
* Hi Vis styling, without being overly flashy. Note: If you like a lot of front pockets, then this jacket probably isn't for you. There are some, but not lots.
* Good armor
* Main zipper handle is small. Zipper quality is fine, but should have used next size or two up.
* Definitely snug in the arms, neck & shoulders, especially with all the liners in. I'm 6'3", 195, 42" chest and bought the extra large. If you have large arms, this jacket will probably bee too tight with all the liners.
November 18, 2013
Very nice functional 3-4 season jacket
Love the 2 take-up straps on the arms. Styling is great, the hi viz looks very good. I got the XL, I'm 6' 190, 36 waist, 42reg suit coat. Roomy without liner, but plenty of adjustability. It's slightly longer than waist length which is great. Not 3/4 though.
I opted for the sastec 1/16. Easily modded to fit.
I highly recommend this setup! Not tricked up but very serviceable.
October 9, 2013
Simple, versatile sport touring jacket
The Lucerne is a sport-touring jacket without any of the ADV pretension. Its cut short like a sport jacket, which is perfect for my ninja 500R, and would also be great for a VFR, Triumph Sprint, or even a full-on race replica.
The styling is very subdued; I got it with the Hi-Viz panels on the back and the shoulders, and I think it actually looks better than the black/grey model. Off the bike, it resembles a ski jacket or the like; unlike some garish jackets, I've never gotten stares, or felt out of place.
With both liners out and the arm and neck vents open, it is nearly as cool as my full-mesh A*s jacket. I know. I'm surprised too. But it is exceedingly well engineered. Being in NorCal, temperatures can swing from sweltering to breezey, wet, and cold over the span of three miles. The arm vents are very easy to zip up while on the bike, which I couldn't say about my old Olympia jacket.
The chassis looks quite durable; I wouldn't take it to the track, but I have no qualms about riding fast in it. The zippers are a little smaller than I like, but that does keep the bulkiness down.
I'm 5'9", 165, and bought a medium. It fits like a glove, though with both liners in, I probably could not get a thick sweater on underneath, too. But that's what the quilted liner is for!
My only qualms with the jacket are the chest protector pockets. There is only a thin strip of velcro holding them in, and it is very easy to undo it when taking the jacket on/off. Its not a safety issue, but it does get a bit annoying when you take off your jacket and armor plops out!
All in all, it is a true four-seasons, do-it-all jacket, for a great price!
September 16, 2013
Best fit for all
I've bought the right size for me and it feels like a complete jacket. The air system turns it very fresh and when it's cold the layers solve the problem.
August 26, 2013