Alpinestars Megaton Drystar Jacket
Great Jacket for the Price
I've worn this jacket for a couple of months now and I am very happy with it. It is very warm on the highway at 75 mph down in to the high 40s. I haven't tried it when it is colder out.
The collar is a bit stiff at first but it softens as you wear it.
I haven't been caught in the rain yet so I can't comment on its "waterproofness".
There are a TON of zippered vents on this thing. One on each arm, one over each armpit in the front and one on each side of the lower back. 6 in total! Take the liners out and open all of the vents and you are set on a warm day. The only downside is if you have a backpack on you block the armpit vents at least partially. It doesn't bother me though.
The arm adjusting bands are great for adjusting between having the liners in and not. They help keep the armor where it is supposed to be. On your elbows.
This jacket zips to the current Alpinestars express drystar overpants which is what I wear this jacket with.
This has been mentioned in other reviews and my only complaint is the liners could be better secured in the jacket. They have a tendency to shift around when you are trying to put the jacket on. Once you get it on and situated correctly, the entire jacket fits well and stays where you need it, but it can be a little bit of a process to get it on sometimes.
Fits well when riding both a sport touring (Kawasaki ZR-7S) and a sport bike (Yamaha R6).
I bought the large back protector with this and it fits this large jacket perfectly.
I went with a large. I'm 6'0" 180lbs. normal proportions. No belly. Sorry, I don't have a tape measure around to give you measurements.
Overall a warm yet well vented, comfortable, versatile and good valued jacket. I would highly recommend.
May 11, 2015
Great Price, Slight Discomfort
This is an excellent jacket! It comes with two liners that make it super snug and warm -- each being able to be removed separately. There is excellent ventilation for warmer riding and great sweat control. The jacket comes with some light protection as well as straps on the arms to adjust the fit. As other reviewers have pointed out, there is slight discomfort around the neck area scraping, but it's only really been bothersome after a couple hours of riding. All in all, a wonderful jacket, with only a bit of discomfort. Definitely recommend this jacket, especially while it's on sale!
May 4, 2015
Great jacket for the price. Happy with it so far.
Great cold weather jacket even on my naked ZX10R. Worn it in 30 degree weather and kept me warm on my 40 min commute. Haven't worn it much in warmer weather. I have only had it for a few weeks. I'm 5' 8" 200 lbs bought a large. Fits well with a t-shirt & hoodie with the quilted liner in its a little tight but not uncomfortable. I just need to not be so fat.
April 28, 2015
Wear your gear!
Okay. First, I don't write reviews. But on my way home tonight I had to lay my bike down to prevent hitting a truck that pulled out in front me or go into a ravine.
I was going a least 45 mph and laid the bike down on blacktop. When the bike stopped, I was yelling at the guy that pulled out in front of me.
Immediately, I realized I was okay. The guy apologized profusely! He said he never saw me. He was very sincere and upset. A nasty bend in the road made it almost impossible for him to see me as I rounded the turn.
I got up and walked around. Other than a nasty abrasion on my right hand I was fine!
This is my first accident on a road bike. Dirt bikes? Well there have been a few :)
I'm 55 and can tell you I'm fine because of my gear! I will get up tomorrow, like any other day, and go to work. I didn't require medical attention. I'm very fortunate tonight!
It wasn't any one piece of equipment that saved me from serious injury tonight but all of it combined.
This is what I was wearing when I went down:
Nolan N86 Helmet
Alpinestars GP Air Gloves
Forcefield Limb Tubes - Knee protection
Alpinestars Megaton Drystar Jacket
My right glove was torn, my right sleeve was shredded, and my pants were shredded at the right knee.
My only injury was a nasty abrasion on my right hand, at the base of my pinky, where the material wore through the glove.
Alpinestars - Suggestion: Place a piece of Kevlar in the glove from the the pinky to the palm along the outside edge of the hand. If the glove wouldn't worn through at the base of my pinky I would walked away with zero injuries!
Please don't get me wrong. The gloves did their job! I'm typing this without pain! But a little more material in this area and the gloves would be a 10! Now I would rate them a 9+ and will buy them again.
Bottom line - There is no one piece of equipment that will thoroughly protect you from serious injury. It's the culmination of all your gear that will allow you to walk away from a wreck.
Tonight, I can attest that all this gear works. But only if you wear your gear.
Wear your gear! Wear your gear! Wear your gear!
April 28, 2015
Great jacket for warm and cold(ish) weather
I have had the jacket for a couple weeks now and am very happy with it. Most of my riding has been in the warm Southern California weather. I have left the wind stop liner in and have always been comfortable with some of the vents open. I've also ridden in the mornings when it's in the high 50's and have still been comfortable. I don't plan on riding in any weather much colder than that so I probably will never need the included thermal liner.
April 27, 2015
This is a very versatile jacket. My only gripe is that the collar on the insulation layer rubs a little bit, turtle neck required.
April 21, 2015
everything you would expect
This jacket is perfect for every riding scenario you could be in. The air flow is great for the summer and keeps you warm in the winter. Not a bad price either
April 20, 2015
Live in NH, used this jacket when commuting to work the first week in April (generally 37-40 degrees fahrenheit when I was riding). Commute is about 35 minutes, entirely at highway speeds. This jacket keeps me very comfortable at those temps with all the liners installed and just a T shirt underneath. Absolutely no concern when hoping on the bike at 32 degrees to head down to work, although at that temp you will want a light fleece underneath. I have also done some longer rides (around the 2 hour mark) at about 40 degrees and found I should have thrown a fleece on underneath, as I began to get a bit chilly. Like other reviews have noted, the neck is pretty tight, which takes some getting used to, but also helps cut down on wind penetration. Vents in the shoulders are excellent if you start to get a bit warm.
I'm 5'6, about 168lbs, and it does fit a bit snug with all liners installed. Really don't mind this, because I don't really need to put anything under it.
April 8, 2015