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The Tech ST Gore-Tex Jacket from Alpinestars offers unsurpassed road touring performance with a 100% waterproof GORE-TEX® outer shell for weather protection, breathability, weight-saving and durability. Designed to accompany the Tech ST GORE-TEX Pants, the jacket features premium CE rated SAS-TEC armor in the elbows and shoulders and abrasion resistant leather outer panels for superior protection.
Gore-Tex Pro Shell textile main construction (full waterproof / breathable outer shell!)
Waterproof Gore-Tex leather panels on shoulders and elbows for added abrasion resistance
Gore-Tex Armacor ripstop material in key areas
CE Approved SAS-TEC armor at shoulders and elbows
3 layer garment with ventilation to pass Gore-Tex® motorcycle rain test
Neoprene roll at neck and sleeves for comfort
Removable windbreaker neck extension membrane covers neck and chin
Removable thermal liner
Two Climate Control zippered front air intake vents provide direct ventilation
Two vertical Climate Control zippered rear air exhaust vents
Width adjustment straps on sleeves, waist and neck for precision fit
D-Ring waist adjustment for precision fit
Elongated back profile covers lumbar region in the riding position
YKK waterproof zippers on all external openings including 2 WP external side pockets
Good 3 Season Jacket
I have tried a whole bunch of different leather and textile jackets in my search for something which will insulate enough in the depths of winter but flow enough air in the fall and spring to be comfortable.
The Tech ST will probably be my final stop on the gear carousel for this season for the following reasons:
1. Simple design. Too many touring / inclement weather jackets nowadays have layers upon layers with zippers, snaps and velcro everywhere which make modifying the jacket more complicated than it need be. This also makes the jacket fit differently with the liners in than with everything out. This one has a thermal liner and that's it. Liner in for the cold days, liner out for the mild days and vents open on the warmer days. It won't flow enough air for a humid summer but I don't think it is intended to be fully 4 season.
2. Armor. In addition to the shoulder, forearm and back pockets it has chest protector pockets (and not for one of those inconvenient one piece pads but two small pads which stay in place when you take the jacket off). The cinches on the arms really help to keep the armor in place, especially important with the liner out.
3. Leather in impact areas. Textiles are getting better at abrasion resistance but I like the security of a little leather on the elbows and shoulders.
4. It looks good. Low-key branding and a simple, minimalist design.
1. I tried a few different sizes of these and one thing I noticed was that every single jacket I tried had the neck warmer in the wrong place. When you wrap it round your face the nose holes are off to the side on your cheek. Every single one of them had this problem. Also, the start / finish point for the zipper is in the front which leaves a 2" gap right at the front of your neck where wind can enter. It's a major selling point of this jacket so they should have got the design of the neck gaiter right.
2. One color option. I would have liked to see at least a few flashes of high viz, white or suchlike just to break up all the black, for safety reasons.
Overall a very good jacket - good enough on this occasion to lure me away from my usual brand.
October 16, 2013
I really like this jacket, but two downsides in my opinion: it doesn't come with the Bionic armor and it really should for the money, the pads are completely the right way to go in my opinion, though the back pad that actually fits the jacket is smaller than it should be. The included foam pads are a joke, just like the cheap drawstring bag which is included in the but pocket(?) of the jacket. If I'm buying a $900 jacket I expect real pads and I can get my own gear bag thank you very much.
Second issue is the shoulder and elbow pads- I understand the technology here, but the fact is that it is a leap of faith- the pads don't feel very significant, sure hope they are if I ever need them.
Final complaint, the collar kindof gets me in the neck, but the cool wrap around neck protector makes up for it.
Overall, really nice jacket. I highly recommend getting a smallish one, trying to size up left me with a huge chest bubble.
December 18, 2012
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A shopper asked:So, what do you think the upper temperature the Tech Touring jacket would be wearable? Right now August in the midwest is going from 50F in the morning to 95F by 4pm. I realize individual's tolerance is a major factor. Those two small air vents on the top don't seem to be designed for high air flow.
RevZilla:Yes, the Alpinestars Tech ST Gore-Tex Jacket will be a great jacket for cold weather conditions. The way it will work for you will depend on your tolerance to cold like you mentioned. You might need an extra layer of protection for riding conditions under 40 degrees. You can probably use that jacket up to 80 degrees as long as you remove the thermal liner.Aug 22, 2012