Alpinestars Verona Air Jacket
Great protection despite lower price
I have been wearing this for a little while, and I love the discreet look of the Verona Air. I can wear this to work with kevlar jeans and a shirt, and nobody would realize I took the bike to work. It's got good airflow with all that mesh, although the back gets a bit heated if you buy the optional back protection (which I highly recommend as otherwise, it's just the jacket textile between you and the road).
Recently, I lowsided at about 50 km/h. As I was getting to the point where I realize I couldn't save the bike, I had to let go before it lands on me and trust my gear. I landed on my forearms and skid for a good 50 feet, and started tumbling as the road surface wasn't very smooth. I did several turns before land on my back pretty hard. The Verona Air worn through on a couple spots on one arm (quarter coin size holes), but otherwise performed very well. The Bio Armor elbow/arm pads beneath were not even scratched. I had a backpack on, with disc locks and other stuff, so pretty glad the back protector was there to shield me from any hard objects injuring my back. Ended up walking away with some road rash on the knees and slight re-opening of a old wound I had stitched up on my forearm, and that's it. Could have been much worse.
Excellent jacket - highly recommend.
December 10, 2014
Excellent summer jacket
6'3 // 215 athletic build // Size 2XL fits like a GLOVE.
Sleeves are perfect length, torso is perfect length, all the pads line up exactly as they should. The jacket fits slim against the body, although if you have a bit of a gut it could probably accommodate it.
The jacket looks great. Very minimal and simple design, the material feels durable but soft to the touch, and is very comfortable to wear. You could easily get away wearing it around without people questioning you...although I don't really see a scenario for this. Any temperature that's low enough to require a jacket while out is gonna be too cold to comfortably wear this on the bike.
The jacket flows a tremendous amount of air. The only downside to it is that it's available in black only, since it soaks up WAY too much sun while standing still, it gets blistering. While moving, however, it's perfect, and will keep you cool up to the 90s. If I had to say, I'd keep the effective temps in the 75-90 range. Above 90 you really need something white to reflect and not soak up the raidant heat. Below 75 it starts to get chilly, and if the temp dips into the 60s you're gonna be pretty uncomfortable without a good base layer, so it's really a late spring to early fall jacket. I haven't been down in it so I can't attest to how effective it is in keeping you protected, but I can say that all the pockets for the pads, and the pads themselves are very well positioned inside the jacket, since they all line up perfectly on my body, which is very comforting as on some jackets they're slightly off.
September 22, 2014
I don’t know why I waited so long to get a summer mesh jacket but I’m glad I did. On a hot day it can be a bit stuffy in slow traffic but above 40 mph it gets really good air flow. A couple of times I’ve actually needed to wear a sweatshirt underneath it on summer mornings before it warms up outside. When it’s really hot (above 90 degrees) it’s pretty warm no matter how fast I’m going. Even though it’s mostly mesh, the protection feels almost as substantial as other jackets I have. I imagine it certainly beats having a get-off in a t-shirt. I’d rather be a little sweaty than a lot bloody.
They seem to be cut really small, I usually wear a small or medium jacket but I ended up getting a large and it fits perfect.
August 15, 2014
I usually wear a small, so I tried the small (both versions) and opted for the air. I didn't try the medium but definitely should have... The cut is short and the arms short. With a back armor, it is. Tight fit... Maybe too tight. I'll wear it for short runs, but will let my wife have it as her permanent, since it fits her better.
The styling is great though. Looks like a light jacket.
July 28, 2014
Great jacket for the price
Very light weight jacket and awesome for summer time. Fits a bit small but that's all alpinestars. Very comfortable definitely recommend.
July 28, 2014
This jacket is great in any thing over 75 degrees. Any less and it starts to get chilly. Ive ridden with this in over 90F and it feels like a long sleeve t-shirt. Very comfortable, form fitting and the armor feels like it would do its job.
July 19, 2014
Perfect Summer jacket
Jacket is awesome for summer rides. Very cool and breathable with lots of airflow. Comfortable and looks great on or off the bike.
July 8, 2014
TO HOT,Major disapointment
2. Protection and can be upgrade.
1. Is no cooler than my Alpine stars Cape Town Jacket.
So it was a waste of money to buy the Verona Air Jacket.
I did not return it because I had to test it in order to determine
how it would do in Houston.
The main reason I bought it was because the heat was
killing me and I had hope I could ride safe and not get too hot.
This jacket is not the answer to hot places like Houston.
2. It was expensive for no more than it is.
3. It is not easy to zip.
I am very disappointed in Revzilla review of this product,
He should have advised people to get the Cape Town for just
a few dollars more.
June 25, 2014