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Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack

  • Fully expandable from 16L to 26L (approx)
  • Water resistant fleece lined audio pocket with headphone exit port
  • Hidden helmet carrier
  • Sternum Map panel holder
  • Internal Lap Top sleeve which fits most 15” Lap Top Computers
  • Internal organizer pockets
  • Internal sleeve for Bionic Back Protector application
  • Built in Rain Cover
  • Available in black
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Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack 4.5 5 63 63
Great bag, lots of extras. It really is an awesome bag. I use it to ride for class every day, easy to go from riding to walking around campus. Fits snug and i like the heavy duty chest piece that connects the two shoulder straps. The phone pocket doest fit an actual phone, doesn't fit my iPhone 5 even so I took it off. Only other complaint is that the laptop pocket could be better designed, Its kind of floppy and just bugs me when there isn't a laptop inside. Could be a few more pockets but maybe I have too much stuff. Great bag, good price, great quality. April 15, 2014
Great backpack except for the moronic qiuck release catch on the shoulder strap. Love this backpack but have had to gaffer tape the quick release on the shoulder strap as any movement made it release. You can imagine how disoncerting it is to have your backpack sag to the right suddenly when you're hooking around a bend because it has "quick released"... no need for it it doesn't work and it is infuriating - get rid of it Alpinestars! April 14, 2014
Great pack: Rain or Shine Great pack that I use in the rain or dry days. Hold a helmet quite well and the taped seams prevent water entry. I like the expandable option if we need it but can zip it closed if not needed. A little pricey but you get what you pay for. April 14, 2014
Great Bag! Great bag for riding! One thing not mention is that the window pocket in the sternum attachment is touch friendly for my phone. March 29, 2014
Functional it's expensive though. I got it on special when it was 100 dollars and I don't know if I would ever buy it at regular price. Its not a huge bag but it has ample space for my textbooks and notebooks for school. There waterproof layer that folds out is great and works fantastic. The helmet carrier is also good when I need to use it. March 4, 2014
Awesome Bought it a few weeks ago and so far so good. Very comfortable and steady while riding. I carry a bunch of random stuff for my EMT training plus some heavy books and binders. I ride a ZX6R and wear the backpack on top of my Astars jacket with no problems at all. So far is holding on strong and no signs of weak parts. Keeping on mind that "you get what you pay for" the price is not bad at all. The only thing that I found unpractical (and this relate solely to me) was the "rain cover" not being removable. Where a I live it barely ever rains and if it does I have time to get home without getting soaked so it's unnecessary for me; instead I cut the liner and now I use the space to keep my clinical gloves close by and with easy access. February 10, 2014
Great product. A little overpriced. I think this backpack is great. I bought it mainly for the helmet carrying feature, but now I realize it has so much more than that. It fits very snug against your back so you won't have it flying around on the freeway. The straps have a clip to stop them from flying around too. Waterproof zipper compartments as well. How wonderful! I think this is a great backpack. Just a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. February 10, 2014
Can't imagine riding without it. I absolutely love my A* Tech Aero. The flip down chest section is great for credit/debit/ID, makes purchasing food/gas/etc very easy without having to reach into jacket pockets or take of the backpack. The ability to disengage the left shoulder strap is a life saver for when I wear my leather jacket. Getting into a backpack without this feature is a pain. I really can't imagine riding without this backpack, I love it. I recently did a weekend road trip with just this backpack and no tank/saddle/tail bag, just the backpack. I was able to fit everything I needed by expanding this backpack. It's not huge, but if you're smart you can really stretch it's utility as an overnight/weekend bag. Simply, I love this backpack. I only gave it a 4 star on durability because I haven't had it for long. But I would definitely recommend this backpack to every rider. January 30, 2014
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Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Rezza S: Matches my jacket and I like the style! Apr 8, 2014
Greggory G: read all the great review, decided to try it. (got it on sale)
glad i did.
Mar 11, 2014
Marcus P: Need a backpack specific for riding that would make it easier for me to use on and off the bike. This backpack many awesome features that benefit the rider. Plus being alpinestar makes it awesome:) Mar 7, 2014
Sam M: Wanted a backpack that would also hold my helmet and this one seemed to do that as well as have lots of other tech features. Plus it was on a one-day sale that I couldn't pass up! Mar 3, 2014
Jacek M: I live outside US but I aways find the Revilla video presentations so helpful. I'm visiting US for business and I'm happy to finally make purchase from Revzilla. Keep doing the good work!
I was considering the Ogio no drag 5 and some other bags. I made my choice based on the great revzilla reviews.
Jan 24, 2014
John mark R: first of all its on sale,and I know alpinestars is always a good product,and with this price it better be good. Jan 8, 2014
Daniel C: Needed a backpack that could hold a helmet without taking up internal space Dec 21, 2013
Holly S: My son put this on this Christmas list. Since he has a tendancy to pick the newest "it" thing, I always have to do plenty of research before buying. I first talked with people at the dealership and then went online. I could only find praise for this backpack. I was happy to see that it handles a helmet so no excuses not to take one (he has a ducati and there doesn't seem to be a way to store a helmet). I know he's not expecting it so I'm excited to give him something of quality that's useful. Dec 14, 2013
Yashar S: Heard good things about it. Was not disappointed. Dec 3, 2013
David V: Black Friday sale and also all the additional addons that make it a great product compared to other back packs. Dec 1, 2013
Jason T: great sale price on what i hear is the be all end all of riding backpacks. Anthony says it's his go to pack, and now it will be mine. thanks revzilla for helping me decide on what to buy for my first season of riding. much love!!!! Nov 30, 2013
Marc D: streamlined and seems like it can hold a good amount of stuff Nov 29, 2013
Linda R: A friend of my husband's and one of your customers, Benjy Yates, suggested it as a Christmas present for my husband! Hope he likes it! Benjy has this pack and loves it. Nov 29, 2013
F O: im looking for a good sized bag with a helmet carrier...this one isnt so bulky and i can carry enough for a day's ride Nov 29, 2013
Chris B: Carrying my laptop plus more accessories. Awesome Nov 24, 2013
Michael H: Many reasons:
It's expandable, which is nice for when I'm not carrying a lot of stuff, I can't tone it down. It has quick releases for ease of getting on and off. Those of you who have worn packs without this know how important that is when wearing an armored jacket. Lots of pockets. Media pocket. Ballistic nylon. Astars brand, which has never failed me. Lumbar strap. Water resistant. Helmet attachment.

Anthony gave a good description of all the Astars packs. This seemed to suit my needs best.
Nov 10, 2013
Bernard A: i always buy the best things. Nov 9, 2013
Chase F: Needed a commuter that could double as a day pack. Also wanted helmet storage. Oct 28, 2013
Hien T: I needed a commuter back pack with expandability. Great for shorter people (5'3"). Aug 18, 2013
Kenrick B asked: This might be a silly question but I can't imagine me using the waist straps all the time, but when I don't buckle them, even when in the securing clip, the straps seem like they hang a bit low and I am concerned about them getting caught in the wheel or chain.

What do you guys do about this?

Thanks.
Jan 6, 2014
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Charles F H: Hi Kenrick B,

I've had the Aero pack for a couple of years and I rarely ride without the hip straps. It's too much of a distraction with the straps flailing around. And the bag moves too much on my back without them. But if you really don't want to use the hip straps, I would suggest tucking and zipping them up in the hip pouches that are on the bottom of the bag on each side.
Jan 15, 2014
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neil a: That would never happen unless you where getting run over by the bike already, the straps are not that long and also have really nice clips to hold them Jan 6, 2014
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Kenrick B: Thanks for the response. I like having the buckles fastened so will continue to do so as it does make the pack more stable when riding. Jan 16, 2014
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ANDRE B C: They hang low, but not as low as the chain or wheel. I guess the worst that could happen is having some scratches on the paint job... Jan 6, 2014
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Kenrick B: I'm a new rider so thanks for helping to alleviate my (perhaps irrational) fear. Jan 16, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does the raincover secure with a drawstring or elastic? Sep 12, 2012
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KJUDODAVE: ELASTIC, IT LOOKS LIKE A SHOWER CAP WITH ALPINESTARS ACROSS IT!!!! BUT IT WORKS WELL. Feb 25, 2013
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RevZilla: The rain cover lives in a pocket near the top of the pack and is secured by elastic. Sep 14, 2012
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Hien T: The raincover secures with elastic. Oct 17, 2012
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Sakamotociclista: It does secure with a elastic. Jan 3, 2013
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A shopper asked: I have an AFX FX-39 helmet in XL, and I was wondering if it would fit securely in the helmet carrier. Jul 12, 2012
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RevZilla: Dual Sport helmets like the AFX FX-39 will not fit into the Alpinestars Tech Aero Helmet holder securely. The Tech Aero is designed to a hold street which does not have the large peak visor or the elongated chin bar which prevents it from fitting onto the secure bag correctly. Jul 17, 2012
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Mike99: I am not familiar with the AFX FX-39, but the helmet holder fits my Nolan N103 with articulating chinbar, size XL, with no problem. The raincover does not really fit securely with the helmet in the holder. Aug 12, 2012
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TheHoff: The pocket is huge. It swallows my L full face. There are two straps to tighten it down but your helmet is pretty far off your back so make sure you don't wack it on something/someone. Jul 23, 2012
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KJUDODAVE: YES ITS PRETTY SECURE. I HAVE A XXL FLY TREKKER. Feb 25, 2013
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George C asked: Is the Sternum Map panel holder removable while still maintaining the chest support? Dec 14, 2013
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Jarvis T: George,

Yes the Sternum map pocket is removable.
Unfortunatelyi if you remove it you will give up sternum support.
Only other support if removed will be the waist and shoulder straps..

Hope this helps.
Dec 17, 2013
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Alejandro G: Yes no problem. However it feels a bit more secure with the map panel holder no. I have to say Im very happy with the backpack. Dec 17, 2013
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Tchon M: Yes it is not needed for support really. More of an option that needed. Great backpack I also like the icon. Dec 18, 2013
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A shopper asked: Do the tags on the zippers of the backpack say anything or are they just like a hanging string? Feb 1, 2013
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RevZilla: The blank strings hanging from the Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack are meant to help the rider locate the zippers easier. Feb 1, 2013
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KJUDODAVE: IT HAS THE ALPINESTARS LOGO. Feb 25, 2013
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Paul M: It says "Alpinestars". Feb 12, 2013
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A shopper asked: I would like to know if my HTC phone would possibly fit in the phone pocket on the left shoulder strap. It's 5" x 2 5/8" Oct 27, 2012
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RevZilla: Your HTC phone will not fit in the Alpinestars Tech Aero shoulder strap pocket because it is too small.

We would recommend you to look at any Kriega backpack, and get the additional Kriega Kube Pocket, which should allow you to fit any type of phone.
Nov 1, 2012
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Paul M: It is only good for old Nokia phones. No smart phone will fit in that. The pouch can hold 10cm (3.9") x 4cm (1.6") or about two adult male fingers. Tiny!! Feb 12, 2013
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KJUDODAVE: NO ITS MADE FOR A OLD STYLE NOKIA.:( MY HTC EVO DONT FIT. Feb 25, 2013
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A shopper asked: How big does the waist belt expand too? Most backpacks are for small guys...what does this pack go to in size? May 7, 2011
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Mike99: Each waist strap, including side pouch and buckle, extends to 21". The width of the backpack at the waist is 10.5". I'm not a small or thin guy, and the backpack fits over my textile jacket with plenty of adjustment room to spare. Aug 12, 2012
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Chris K: Its hard to say exactly as there is not sizing info provided, but based on my measurements, I would estimate that it fits at least up to a 46 inch waist. May 16, 2011
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BIGSITT: I probably have a 34-36in waist, and I bet you could fit in there with a 42+in waist. Jan 18, 2012
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A shopper asked: what is the depth in the bag while extended Jan 11, 2013
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Paul M: Not sure which way you mean depth... if the backpack is standing upright, the depth (or the height) is 45cm or 17.7". If the backpack is lying down, the depth is < 18cm or 7". Feb 12, 2013
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RevZilla: The approximate dimensions for the Alpinestars Tech Aero Backpack are as followed:

4 inches deep (full extended at the base) x 20 inches high x 11 inches wide
Jan 14, 2013
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A shopper asked: What are the dimensions of the tech aero? Oct 3, 2012
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RevZilla: The Alpinestars Tech Aero backpack is approximately 21.5" high, 14.25" wide, and 5.75" deep (measured internally) Oct 5, 2012
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Paul M: Approximately, 45cm (17.7") in length, 30cm (11.8") in width and less than 18cm (7") in thickness (at the thickest part and tapers off to to the top and bottom). Feb 12, 2013
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A shopper asked: I just bought the Astars MX-1 jacket. The race hump on my jacket isnt huge but still, would this back pack be able to hang low enough to sit a little below the hump? Other generic backpacks with no chest straps work with my jacket because I can hang them pretty low, but I am really wanting to buy a real riding backpack and this one seems awesome if it would work. Jul 2, 2012
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RevZilla: In general, jackets with a race hump make it difficultto use a backpack. This is especially true with motorcycle backpacks since they are designed to sit right behind the shoulder blades (thus providing a better feeling of balance while riding). Additionally, the race hump on the MX-1 is not overly large, however it is not terribly small either. Ultimately, we do not feel that you would be able to use this backpack comfortably with your current jacket. Jul 5, 2012
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Hien T: With the strap fastened, this backpack sits really high so it will definitely touch your race hump regardless how big it is. Oct 17, 2012
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Talha S asked: Which AlpineStars back protectors work with this bag? Also, is back protector really needed on a backpack to provide back protection? Wouldn't backpack on its own provide sufficient protection? Dec 10, 2013
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Carlos M: A Revzilla Representative already answered this up above with "Alpinestars Bionic Race Back Protector, or Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector." As for it providing sufficient protection on its own I think not. Perhaps with nothing inside the bag at all it would help a small amount. But the back protectors are designed to absorb the energy of an impact to keep it from reaching your spine and the backpack itself is not so I wouldn't say it is an adequate way to protect your back without the proper back protector insert. Watch some of the Revzilla videos about the back protector products they're very informative. Dec 17, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is the alpinestars tech aero as aerodynamic as the dainese backpack r or the mach series from ogio? I love their shape but the tech aero to be quite bang for the buck today. Dec 2, 2013
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Norman R M: I don't have the other dainese or ogio but based on looks alone, I'd say they may be slightly more aerodynamic. Having said that, I really never noticed any issues with wind or aerodynamics with this backpack. It's still slick, even with a ton of stuff inside. Dec 2, 2013
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A shopper asked: Im searching for a backpack for using it daily with small books and normal stuff, and maybe carrying a 15.6" laptop when I need to travel with it.
Im really concerned about how good the waterproofing of this backpack is, since I pretend to carry a laptop inside Im not expecting any water to get in.

Thanks
May 5, 2013
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RevZilla: This backpack is designed to fit most 15" laptops. The thickness of your laptop may determine whether or not it fits. Moreover, this bag is water resistant, not waterproof. We recommend that you use this backpack in conjunction with a dry-bag if you wish to ensure that your electronics remain water-free. May 8, 2013
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A shopper asked: Which alpinestars back protectors can be used with this backpack? Mar 18, 2013
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RevZilla: On the product page, Alpinestars states that the Alpinestars Bionic Back Protector is the intended option, however the shoulder straps and waist strap are not removable, making hits seem rather bulky. Alternative options would be the Alpinestars Bionic Race Back Protector, which only has a waist strap, or the Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector, which is an insert. Mar 19, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is there a difference between this fall 13 tech aero with the last one? It seems the same. Oct 31, 2013
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A shopper asked: Specifically their First Wave Military Reservoir in 3L? Would it fit somewhat snugly into any of the pockets? Or how about their regular 3 liter reservoir?

Specs for the military 3L:
3 Liter Elite Reservoir 44 cm (17 Inches) 16.5 cm ( 6.5 Inches) 11.5 cm (4.5 Inches
Mar 5, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is the tech aero as aerodynamic as the dainese r or the ogio mach series? Dec 2, 2013
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Product Style RevZilla SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
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