Alpinestars T-Fuel WP Jacket
Not Recommended for Commuters!
Weak Velcro on the left cuff. Poor stitching on the inner lining causes chest protector to fall out. Zipper comes apart. I commute to work every day there is fair weather around 40 degrees. I expected more quality and durability from a motorcycle jacket. I’m fairly confident in the materials. I’m not at all confident in the components used to keep those materials together. I’ve had jackets that never give me a problem for years. I’ve only had this jacket for around a year. Very disappointing, I’ll think twice before I buy any alpine stars product, and look for reviews that report durability and quality when shopping for my next jacket.
January 15, 2014
Happy I grabbed it
I'm 5'8'' 157 lbs and wear a 40 dress jacket. I sent back my medium with Bio Armor back protector for a large with a large Bio Armor back protector. Decision based on fit with protector installed. Medium looked good but was short in arms and tight in the chest It's a bit roomy without the liner but great with it in. The jacket is very comfortable and lightweight. I'm a wimp to the cold and am very happy with the warmth provided. The style splits the difference between racer Joe and dorky touring gear. With the Bio Armor back protector and my slip stream back pack I'm comfortable on my Street Triple R on the highway and backroads. The one knock is the zipper. It's one gauge too small for this type of jacket. Not a deal breaker for me. I really like the versatility this jacket offers especially early fall to winter without having to carry full rain gear. My Gerbings fits with the liner in so I'm thinking no snow, I ride home for Christmas. Revzilla was super accommodating on the exchange.
October 8, 2013
Really good jacket worth much more than price.
Really good jacket worth much more than price. Good air flow once you are on the move....good in light rain but have not tried it in heavy rain.
August 19, 2013
Good for cold weather
I bought this jacket with the intent of using it year round. The arms get very hot unless you keep moving. The removable shell liner helps a little, but even without it this jacket still gets pretty hot. I recommend this for cold/cool weather riding (70 and below)
May 4, 2013
Great for the price. Classy good looks
The T-Fuel waterproof jacket is an incredibly versatile jacket for the price.
Yes, the ventilation isn't super, but a dash more throttle gives enough wind to counteract that.
The only two complaints I would mention are that the elbow protectors in the sleeves move around a little, not enough to matter in a collision but it would be nice to have some sort of tensioner at he elbow. Also the Bio-armor back-protector should be standard and not a $30 extra.
Overall the classiness of the jacket makes it useful for more than just riding. But when riding, the removable liner and breathable shell have kept me comfortable from 10-70*F.
March 31, 2013
A qualified recommendation for an OK product
Before I get into the product specifics, let's talk about intended use. I currently live in an area that allows me to ride year round. Winters do go down to the high 20's (slightly below zero if you prefer the metric system) so warm clothing is still required.
Given my location I get a great amount of use out of my mesh jacket (Verona Air). For those colder days I had been pairing the mesh jacket with a second layer or even a third. The t-fuel solves this problem by properly blocking cold air, with a bonus: I can use my Alpinestars back and chest protection.
About this jacket. Very good bang for the buck. You get a full liner, what I think is a nice urban/retro city style and some protection. It's also waterproof, but I've not tested it.
The not so great stuff? The fit is challenging. I'm 5'9" 170 lbs and the medium would not have allowed any layers. Moving up to a large I can layer, but the elbow pads are very loose. Not the best solution for protection when layering.
The main zipper is quite light and I've had issues with it. You have to be extra careful to align the zipper or it will 'unzip' from the bottom up. A more heavy duty bi-directional zipper would have been appreciated.
Another issue is the collar: There is a flap with no hook on the inside of the jacket should you wish to keep it open up top. With the jacket unzipped, the collar will poke you in the face. I've fixed this with some double sided tape and Velcro. Now I can rock an open collar at will.
Bottom line: OK jacket but you get what you pay for. Good price with OK fit, low quality zipper and a collar that could have used a bit more design consideration
Overall, it does the job on a budget and looks very good. Great on a cold day and looks good. I do however think it could have been better designed.
March 15, 2013