Alpinestars A-10 Air-Flo Pants
Excellent Track or 'Sport' gear
The A 10 is excellent.
Fit: I'm 5'10, 185lbs,, ~31/32 inseam, muscular, wear 34 jeans and 36 measure around navel. Euro size 54 is perfect fit for me. Leg length is not a concern with track boots or any high riding boot.
Weight, Comfort: A 10s are relatively light weight (compared to leather, duh) and very comfortable on and off the bike. In prep for track I spent a few three hour rides in these at 90+ degrees and they are cool while moving. In traffic, yes, they get a bit hot. At Track, 7 a.m. - 5.p.m., 80 to 90 degrees. they were great; comfort, some air flow while riding and okay walking around the pits.
Protection: Strong layers of aramid and denier (sp?), well placed armor in hips side of thighs, cixcix and heavy knee shin armor. No crashes, thankfully. But my bet is they'll hold up and protect in a bad slide or low impact high-side. I'm completely confident.
Overall: A bit pricy but I recommend A 10s. When you get you hands on them, and put them on, you'll feel the quality, comfort and protection.
August 28, 2015
Great on those hot days
I have worn these a quite few times when I get out of town. The airflow is excellent. It is easily is 90+ degrees in the summer/early fall here and these make it feel like I am in air conditioning.
They do fit small though. The first size I ordered was a 48, which were just too small. I returned them and got a 50, which is still a bit tight.
August 7, 2015
Great riding pants
I first bought the diamese textile pants but returned them because they fit too snug and were very constrictive and uncomfortable on the bike. I love these alpinestars pants! Their great and have plenty of air flow and make it moving around on the bike in turns very easy. Very stylish and well made. They fit a little loose when your just walking around in them but once you sit on the bike all the knees armor and every thing falls into place perfect. I'm 5'8" 32 waist and bought a size 50. A size 48 may have fit but I didn't wanna chance it. I'm happy with the pants. And the fact that you can put knee sliders on them is great. I recommend these
July 25, 2015
A really good pant
I hope to never test the crash-worthiness of the product bu I feel much better protected in these than in kevlar Jeans, or overpants. They are nicely fitted, and great airflow. Other Revzilla reviews gave me the fit info I needed to get it right on the first attempt. They could use a pocket... Directions for removal of crash padding for washing woefully inadequate.
June 15, 2015
AStars Air flo pants
Wanted a nice pair of vented riding pants and settled on these. Has fantastic venting. Satisfied overall, only issue I have had is that in stop and go traffic the knee/shin armor riding up and down my legs can get rather irritating.
June 8, 2015
Good Summer Pants
These pants are good for the summer months. The air flow is good and they come equipped with velcro for knee pucks. They do not come with the pucks though, which was a little annoying. If you pay $250 for a pair of pants they should come with a $25 set of pucks. Other than that they are great. I had to buy one size up from the measurements on the site.
June 1, 2015
A10 vs Dainese New Air Drake Comparison
I just picked these pants up to replace my Dainese New Air Drake textile pants. I've been wearing the Drakes for the last two years so I will compare the two since they are competing products and I think anyone looking for this style of pants will look at both of these.
I am 5'6", 30ish inch waist, with skinny legs. I think my inseam is 28-29". I have both pants in a 46.
The A10s definitely have tight calves like others have mentioned. I have to pull the pants down a little to zip the calves. They're comfortable once zipped and I expect them to maybe stretch a tiny bit based on other reviews. The length is also a bit short. The legs stop right at my ankle. Ultimately these are benefits as it is clear these pants are made to be worn with full length boots which is what I wear.
The Air Drakes have more room in the calves but maybe slightly less room in the thighs. This means you have to fold the lower leg over on itself if you want to tuck them into boots. However, the legs aren't wide enough to fit over full length boots. The legs are also longer. Compared to the A10's, the legs will drag on the floor when wearing socks. However, it also means you can wear these over short boots.
Knee and shin protection for both pants is roughly equal. The Air Drake pads cup my knee a little better. The A10 pads are slightly larger which is probably a good thing.
Both pants have dense foam around the hips. The Air Drakes feel like they have a little better coverage in this area.
The A10s have a little ribbed padding piece under your tailbone. It's hard to tell if it will offer any significant protection though I would rather not find out. It doesn't seem to affect comfort when riding.
The A10s have much needed stretch panels along the lower back and above the knees. This is an area where the Drakes are lacking as they are definitely tight in the knees and you can feel the back of the pant tighten when in a tuck. The restrictive knees in the Drake also make it harder to hang off the bike. The A10s also have velcro patches on the knee for sliders. This is one of the primary reasons I am switching to the A10s over the Drakes.
Both pants are equally snug in the crotch area which is through no fault of my own. You can feel this restriction when hanging off the bike. More room or stretch panels would be nice to have.
The Drakes have a tighter waist than the A10s. The A10 waist is elastic and much more comfortable. However, the Drakes have a rise built into the back of the pants that the A10s do not. If you don't zip your jacket to the pants then you're going to have a gap when riding.
The A10s obviously flow more air then the Drakes. The A10 textile is a better comparison when it comes to air flow. Dainese just released a mesh version of the Drake so that is a better comparison to the A10 air. It looks like it has more mesh than the A10s so it should flow better but may also offer less abrasion protection. I would expect the alternative versions of either pant to fit the same.
The textile material used in the Air Drakes feels studier than that in the A10s so it seems like they may offer better abrasion resistance.
Both pants have mesh lining inside of them.
The Air Drakes also have two side and one rear pocket. The A10s have no pockets. I am indifferent to having pockets in my riding pants but I can see how it could be useful to others.
Both prices are about the same for these pants which isn't too unreasonable. On one hand, you can get nice leather pants for not a whole lot more than what you will pay for these. On the other hand, decent riding jeans cost about the same but are inferior in protection and in the features they offer.
My reason for switching to the A10s is to have more air flow and because the Air Drakes are too restrictive in the knees, both when riding and when hanging off the bike.
Also, as with any Alpinestar product, their name and logo is plastered everywhere. It looks tacky and I don't like being a walking billboard for their company. I removed the rubber Astar logo on the knees by cutting out the stitching. They look much better and you could never tell a logo was sewn in there. I also used a black fabric dye pen to black out the Alpinestars name on the velcro shin patches.
May 31, 2015
Excellent style and fit!
I love these pants! I've worn riding jeans and over pants. Nothing seemed to fit. The pads and protective elements would shift around because regular pants are too baggy. The Alpinestars A-10 Air Flo Pants are fitted to my body, so that the protection stays put. They look amazing too!
May 13, 2015