Alpinestars Bionic 2 Protection Jacket
During the summer I ride in this jacket while training in Moto-Gymkhana.
I usually have a synthetic, Underarmour style shirt underneath to wick off sweat, and this jacket on top.
This jacket has a proven record for me. I've been down multiple times, but at pretty low speeds, rarely exceeding 20mph.
In a slide out, you usually hit elbow and shoulder first. Sometimes I can roll out of it, and this jacket has enough mobility to do that. Protection is great! I love forearm protection, and a beefy elbow. Back protector is also very thick and substantial, while still staying quite mobile.
I also really like that this jacket even though not designed for abrasion protection, still manages to keep you off the pavement. All points of contact are on the armor, and they are high enough that the skin doesn't really touch the pavement in a slide. As I said, in the summer I don't have anything on top of this jacket when training, and I had multiple slides in it, and never had any road rash, nor ripped any of the mesh.
Mesh construction that holds the armor together is great for summer days as it lets in a lot of air. Airflow is still blocked in the areas where there is armour, but that is expected. Jacket stays on just fine, without riding up or shifting on the body. Wide velcro belt around the belly, helps a great deal, and there are two small velcro tabs on the chest, so you can connect chest piece to the belt if you want to, for a more solid feel.
One caveat with this jacket tough, that you need to be aware of. The back protector has a zipper, that allows an easy removal. Unfortunately zipper tends to open up on its own, compromising the protection. Its a really bad design, and something that Alpinestar should be aware of. I fixed it quite easily by simply stitching a few loops on the sipper to stop if from opening up. Of course you won't be able to remove back protector now, without cutting those stitches, but I never had to remove the pack protector, so its not a problem for me.
Overall and excellent protection and a great price. Looks good, vents well, easy in and out and manages to keep me safe. Highly recommended!
October 12, 2014
Very good product at Very good price, end excelent service Of revzilla
August 11, 2014
Great protection Jacket !
It looks better in person ! Very stylish and highly recommended in summer, well ventilated and you feel very protected which gives confident on the road.
MV Agusta Brutale 675
March 3, 2014
It fits like no other.
I lost the previous armor to a forest fire and went with exactly the same one. Best armor out there.
October 21, 2013
I got it so I had something while riding, I usually throw a hoodie over it. Feels great!
October 21, 2013
Great Armor, Found the solution to the UN zippering of back armor .
After reading all reviews and seeing the common problem to this jacket which was the back armor unzipping I decided to give it a try anyway and not listen to the little problem. Tried the jacket for a couple of rides and it would unzip, I was on my way to pack it up when I noticed two pieces of extra fabric under the zipper of the back armor, instantly I thought that's there for a reason and it was! When zippering the back armor make sure zipper tracks grab those pieces of fabric and voila!!! No more UN-zippering while you have it on while riding. By the way I had tried this jacket in a bike shop in a Large " That's what I normally wear " it fit great a little to snug, went ahead and got a XL and fits Greater.
Great Airflow, Feels very protective, Comfortable, Looks Great.
The zipper, but I found the solution!
August 26, 2013
Great for hot summer days.
I'll start off by saying I do recommend this product. While wearing it, I get good air flow and at the same time I feel protected. That being said it still gets hot where the armor is, which is not a big deal to me. The biggest issue I have with this product is that the back protector zipper comes undone very easily. At the end of the day the jacket works great, just double check the zipper on the back protector before you head out on a ride.
July 15, 2013
Delivery was right on time, product is everything I was expecting. I would recommend it to my friends
July 15, 2013