Alpinestars T-GP Plus R Air Jacket
This is the first mc jacket I've ever purchased or reviewed. Ended up going to the Revzilla store in Philadelphia and their staff was extremely knowledgeable and took the time to make sure I left with a jacket that I liked, was sized right, and in my price range. Thanks!
Jacket comes with elbow and shoulder armor but the back pad is for comfort only and offers little/no protection but is easily upgraded. I've been wearing it a few times a week commuting and the chest area offers little airflow so it does get a little warm/sweaty at stoplights.
September 8, 2014
Nice mesh/textile jacket with good airflow
This is a nice jacket with good airflow and decent protection. Overall, I like it a lot. It looks great and is very light weight. I bought a size large and It fits well but it is a bit smaller than I would have liked. The waterproof pocket is a nice touch but I wish there was a few more pockets. My only gripe, and this is not the jackets fault, is that the air conditioning is always on. I ride in Boston and when I get off work at midnight it can be pretty chilly and while the jacket was perfect on the 80 degree ride in, at 55 degrees at midnight it can get very chilly, even with thermals on.
I would recommend this, but I personally wish I had taken a step up to the T-GP Pro Air Jacket which comes with the removable windproof liner...
August 22, 2014
Protection and Style <3
I feel very secured wearing this jacket. I keep it on if I'm hanging out with my friends in a very cool place, because it looks really good on me; however, the air flow is not that great. I sweat a lot in the jacket. While riding, the jacket is comfortable, but not on the tracks when you bend and slide from left to right at the turns.
August 17, 2014
Ballzn Great Jacket
1000 mile review Ninja 1000 ABS and KLR650
Fit is spot on to Revzilla recommendations.
Style is great! Black and white version has white piping vertical front that looks sharp and is slimming.
Received some compliments while out riding.
Armor is in all the right places and works. Took a 10-15mph dump of the KLR650 and landed right on shoulder armor in gravel. Saved my shoulder and no damage to coat either
Wish I was wearing this jacket when I smoked into a Buick Lesabre last year and went for a tumble down the roadway. The armor in the forearms would have completely prevented the road rash I experienced.
Didn't come with Bionic back protector, sold separately for $80.00.
Air flow is great through sleeves and out through small of back. Air flow to chest is limited, but I'd rather have the padding there than perforated mesh.
Would have rated excellent across the board, but went for good rating in "bang for buck" and "protection durability" because the bionic back protector isn't included. Once installed the jacket is completely solid.
August 7, 2014
Great Jacket For FL!
Had a leather ICON Jacket, was way too much for the FL summers. I am 6" at 155lbs. so nothing fits me like a glove for the most part. Got the medium and i have never had a motorcycle jacket fits so nice. Has many pockets on the inside of the jacket and if you have a-star pants they will zip to them. Also have a really nice water proof pocket that has saved my phone, wallet, etc. Highly recommend if you don't mind sacrificing the protection due to the mesh.
July 28, 2014
Very nice product for the money!
Alpinestars, has a lot of nice products for the money. I found there products fit me well. If you have a slimmer musclar frame they will be a better fit for you. I went with a large jacket wich is a little big, but I felt the medium would not allow me to fit layers of clothes underneath. The arms will be a bit long if you go one size up and you use a full length glove. If I was going for a full out track I would've gone with the medium, but for everyday riding the large is a better fit. Just so you know here's my body size, this might help give you an idea on the fitment for large Jacket Vs Medium: 5'9", 172lb, 41.5 chest, and 11 % body fat.
July 28, 2014
Pretty Good... Not Quite Great
I bought this jacket to replace a Joe Rocket Velocity jacket which I thought lacked style and features. The A* T-GP Plus R Air definitely has style, but I don't love it's feature set. Velcro wrist tightening straps, instead of zippered forearms. Lame! I have A* GPX gloves (which have ulna pads) and they're a pain to get tucked under the sleeve. Possible, but it's a pain, Teeny tiny little locking front zipper...hard to grab with gloves on. No built in kidney-area padding like Joe Rocket. And no removable liner.
Now for the good news. Very well constructed, and with quality materials. Very comfortable...all the armor naturally positions in the right places, for me. I added bio armor back plate, and bionic chest pads. Doing that requires ordering one size up. I'm 5'7"' 150lbs. I could wear a small, but no way I could do so with the back and chest armor. Medium was perfect for me.
The airflow is average without the back and chest armor. Not as good as the Rocket Velocity. Airflow with back and chest armor installed is not so great. I'm willing to wear this jacket, with back and chest armor installed, up to mid-80's. Beyond that, just too hot.
All in all, I'm satisfied but if I had it to do all over again, I'd try for something with even better air flow, and zippered forearms.
July 18, 2014
Overall I really like this jacket. I'm a sucker for the alpinestars brand. The fit is good, I'm a slim medium usually and this fits well with a little extra room in the chest and belly region. I was able to wear a really thing (jersey knit) hoodie underneath which was very comfortable. I don't like how short it is because whatever shirt i'm wearing under shows, but I guess that's how all motorcycle jackets are.
One thing I like is how comfy the foam pads are. I will eventually go to the armor panels but for now these feel good when I'm hunched over on my tank.
The bulk of the airflow comes in the arms which feels really good actually as it makes its way up your arms. Since I ride a sportbike I'm not upright most of the time anyways but i noticed that the air doesn't really go through the chest much, probably because of the padding. This jacket is a little bit warmer than my other generic riding jacket (which is admittedly probably pretty thin) which I actually like because it means if I'm out all day and have to ride home after dark I'm still comfortable.
The thickness of the jacket makes you feel well protected and it forms to my body well. I'm not a huge fan of the zipper being opposite from most male clothing (right side). it feels awkward trying to connect the zippers. But the zipper is solid, you could wear it at any level and it wont move. The waterproof internal pocket seems unnecessary for a summer jacket but it's cool nonetheless. I haven't used it because I don't like having anything in chest pockets when i'm hunched over the tank.
One thing about the armor to clear up any confusion. The front and back pads that come with this are just for comfort...they are not the bionic ones that you can buy and insert. BUT the shoulder and arm pads are the bionic armor. I thought I would have to buy all four areas of protection but the arms/shoulders are already good to go. Wearing a backpack with this jacket is great, normally i hate wearing one when I ride but with the back foam my bag forms to my back better and i don't notice it's there.
One thing I wish it had is a rear pocket like running jackets have so I could throws stuff in there.
July 7, 2014