Alpinestars TZ-1 Reload Leather Jacket
Great air flow!
I wanted a good perf leather because I have been down in a joe rocket Suzuki replica mesh jacket that just didn't hold up. I got the scars to prove it. This Alpinestars TZ-1 Reload Leather Jacket is great! Really good air flow( I'm in south Florida). The fit is nice but a little big on me, 38 is the smallest I could get size wise, I'm 5'5 145lbs. The feel and stitching is on point. I do wish the armor was a bit better on the back but I know I can upgrade it.
May 6, 2013
Best perf pattern for airflow
This jacket offers the best perforation pattern in the quality leathers I've seen so far. The style is simple (I got the all black) and it just feels right on the bike. Was not sure about the low neck when looking at it in front of the mirror, but on the bike it's very comfortable, perfect, and I'm very happy with it overall.
April 29, 2013
I recently received my jacket. I'm 6', 165lbs, ~32" waist. I ordered a 50 and it was overly tight - arms were about an inch too short, it was wearable but zipped very snugly with only a tshirt on. 52 seems like it will be a better fit.
From a build perspective, the jacket is great - the armor holds in place well (as long as you buy a snug enough size), the styling is great, it's a very nice looking jacket. The back protector is not overly expensive like some other brands. Have not tried it on a bike yet but it seems like air flow will be decent - hard to say without trying it though.
I would certainly recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a stylish, well made, well fitting leather jacket at a reasonable price.
April 24, 2013
Overall good jacket
I live in a very humid area of Australia and this jacket does struggle for flow during the day (my textile flows a little better) but with that being the only complaint this jacket is great.
When choosing this jacket my size was all over the place (3 different if I recall), I was going to get a 52 but instead opted for the 54 and all the time during shipping I'm thinking it's going to be to big for me, anyways when I got it, it fit perfect.
TL;DR not much flow for humid conditions, consider a size larger
March 27, 2013
Great summer jacket
Living in south Florida I needed so e thing that lets tons of air in to cool me down. This jacket does that perfectly while remaining to have a lot of protection and tons of pockets. I got the white it gets dirty real fast but looks super fly.
February 18, 2013
Excellent, Light Weight, Mid-Price Range Jacket
I've had this jacket for only 1 weekend, but used it on 200 mile round trip through a variety of weather, so I think I've put it through its paces a bit.
This is a lightweight, perforated leather jacket, but still offers very good protection. I'd say, not a track jacket but well suited for all other riding. Leather is soft but fairly thick, with the armor and pants zipper, I have no doubt in the protective abilities of this jacket. But, it doesn't feel like you are wearing a whole cow, like some other leather jackets I've tried on.
90% of my riding is in 90º+ weather so the perforated leather is essential. And, it seems this jacket has very good airflow. Better than the waxed canvas jacket I have. In 50ºF, 80mph, misting rain, I was pretty cold with a hoody on underneath. So, a windproof liner would've been something nice to include with this jacket. In the summer, it'll be hot, but at least there will be some airflow while in motion.
Fit is slim and form fitting. More "european" cut. Which is good with me, and what I wanted.
My only gripe is the lack of a removable liner, and plastic zippers. But, they are good quality YKK zippers, so it's not a concern.
Overall, very impressed and very happy with it.
January 28, 2013
Comfortable, high-quality jacket
I have a race-cut jacket that offers a lot of protection and fits like a glove. The downside of that jacket is that it isn't very comfortable for everyday riding. It also looks pretty dorky off the bike. I was looking for something that would provide good protection, work in the Texas heat and have a slightly more casual fit.
I took a chance on the TZ-1 Reload and it's nearly perfect. The fit is great and it looks great both on and off my bike. It's casual and comfortable without being baggy or lumpy. I also don't feel like a jerk walking around in it at the gas station like I did with my other jacket. I'm 5'10" 175lbs and originally got it in size 52. It was a little too baggy and long in the waist/sleeves so I exchanged it for a 50. The 50 fits perfectly and still allows for the addition of a couple of thin under layers.
I upgraded the back protector to the Bio Armor back protector. The medium-sized protector fits the TZ-1 size 50 well. The shoulder and elbow protectors do move a little and don't feel like they'll be as protective as the hard GP-style armor in my other jacket but they are CE-rated and I'll just have to go with that.
I still haven't had a chance to test it in 90F+ weather but for temperatures up to 85F, it was comfortable when moving. At about 65, it starts to feel a little too cold when moving but the looser fit of this jacket allows for a decent amount of layering so I was reasonably comfortable down to around 55F.
This is my first Alpinestars jacket and materials and workmanship are outstanding. The pockets are useful and it's nice to have hand-warmer type pockets that are easily accessible and handy.
It's hard to find anything negative to say about this jacket but if I had to find something bad, it would be about the cuffs. The Velcro closures at the sleeve cuffs are a little rough and can be uncomfortable with gauntlet style gloves. Not a very big deal.
December 27, 2012
So I wanted a really low key jacket that I could wear off the bike and this one almost fits the bill. I got the Blacked out version and I think it looks pretty good. I am 5'10 173 with i think a 42 inch chest. It is a smidge large when I wear a t-shirt underneath, but nice and tight with a hoodie. I originally tried a GPR jacket in 54 and it fit great, so I went ahead and got a 54 for this one. It definitely fits looser compared to more race oriented jackets. I decided to keep it since I don't plan on buying another jacket for awhile and I fully intend to ride in the cold. Overall it is very comfortable and flows a ton of air.
September 17, 2012