Alpinestars Track Protection Vest
Im not quite using this for what it was intended for. I wanted a motorcycle vest with protection that didn't look to "aggressive". I bought this to throw over like a hoody or a shirt. I love that it has a back brace that's removable and the construction of the whole vest is pretty neat and doesn't feel cheap at all. I do think it would have been nice if alpinestars inserts for the chest could have been optionally slid into this vest like their jackets. Also, the very end of the vest isnt elastic so it can be tight depending how far down your vest runs and the bottom of the vest is a bit snug around the stomach area. I don't have a huge gut but i do have a bit of a belly. Still, the vest is very comfortable, very fashionable, the brace is definitely there for the protection and it doesn't seem cheaply made at all. vest fits snug but i'm wearing it over a hoody i refuse to ride without some form of long sleeve no matter how hot it gets out.
June 20, 2016
Good Chest and Excellent Back Protection
I have been using this vest under my Fieldsheer adventure touring Jacket for street riding since the summer of 2014. I have never had an impact on the vest, so I can't comment on the actual protection; but it seems like it has excellent coverage and it is well designed. There are only two things I don't like: it does not come in tall sizes and it is very hot in warm weather. I'm 6'5" and very lean (~160 lb). I normally wear medium tall in shirts and jackets, so I bought a size medium vest. The vest fits me snugly like is should and the back protection seems good, but the chest protection does not extend low enough at the bottom front to completely cover my ribs. If the temperature is about about 90 F, then the vest is very hot because the ventilation is limited.
February 2, 2016
Good for its purpose
I purchased this vest for back protection and why not extra protection under my Laguna Seca one piece suit. Even though my suit is a race fit it fit under it but very uncomfortable, its too bulky all around for my taste and it made me look like Gru (Despicable Me). With a confort fit suit and if you dont mind looking like Gru its a great track vest with excellent protection.
I personally had no use for it, for short or in town rides I always wear my mesh jacket. So i called Revzilla and exchanged it (hassle free) for a Knox Aegis back protector and i couldn't be happier.
January 17, 2016
Best for short rides or a hot day
I have been wearing it here and there for a couple weeks now and I have no complaints.
The air passes right through it and it doesn't feel like it is going to fall apart from heavy use over time.
April 29, 2015
Great product for daily commute and sprited riding
This track vest is awesome! I use it for my occasional daily commute, and for my spirted rides (track or weekend warrior). The vest fits perfectly on me (large,200lbs, bit of a belly, and muscular build up top) feels like its not even there. Will fit comfortably under a race suit, or a padded jacket. Protective back shell is removeable and fits inside my AS backpack as an insert (AS techpak). Great product, and a few of my ride friends also feel the same about its quality!
April 13, 2015
Great air flow and comfortable
This vest has been a great purchase so far. I bought a large based on the staff recommendation. I'm 6'1", 215lbs and it fits very nice. Not too snug. The airflow is great and keeps me comfortable during the 80+ degree rides. The back plating isn't even noticeable during rides. Great product!
September 2, 2014
It fits over my fat belly and seems to provide decent protection, but I wouldn't really know for sure since I haven't been in an accident with it. The only complaint I can make is that it seems that the top of the back protector comes up a bit too high and nudges against my helmet if I tilt my head back. Usually don't notice it though.
August 4, 2014
Great product fits nice and snug
This item is great. I was using a cheap field armor vest to commute around town and decided to go with this nice piece from alpinestars. First off it fit nice and snug and dissapears as you start to ride. Air flow is awesome for hot summer days. Also very stylish with the all white back protector and feels secure for a basic vest to just throw on real quick. Wearing this vest under a full suit gives great protection against your back which was my main concern. Overall would recommend everyone to try it out!
July 30, 2014