Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar Jacket Review

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The Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar is considered one of the best adventure touring jackets on the market. Constructed from an abrasion-resistant and 100% waterproof breathable poly-fabric textile, this jacket is well-thought-out and extremely comfortable. The ventilation in this jacket exceptional, thanks to Alpinestar’s newly developed ventilation system. Starting from just AU$400, the Andes V2 Drystar is one of the best priced, feature-packed adventure jackets you can buy in Australia.

Review Summary:

  • Many features
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Excellent fitment
  • Preferable for cold climates

Introducing the Alpinestars Andes v2 Drystar

Jacket Review Alpinestars Andes v2 Drystar
Pictured: Alpinestars Andes v2 Drystar
Specs

Sizes: S-4XL

Style: Adventure Touring

Certifications: Shoulders: CE II | Elbows: CE II

Material: Poly Fabric Textile

Liner: Thermal Liner

Ventilation: Chest Intakes | Back Exhaust

Waterproof Shell: Yes

Reflectors: Graphic Details | Logos

Pockets: Front: 2 | Back: 1

Pros

+ All year functionality

+ Extremely comfortable

Cons

Armor doesn’t stay in place when the liner is out

Rating
4.2/5

Fitment & Utility

You will not have any difficulties getting the right size for you with this jacket thanks to the Velcro-closing waist adjustment belt and sizes ranging from 37.5/S to 53/4XL. Having such a wide variety of sizes to choose from and various adjustment belts allows you to really customise the jacket and allow it to fit all body shapes and sizes with ease.

Included with this jacket is a soft edge collar and a 3D mesh construction, which increases airflow on the inside of the jacket by creating channels to assist circulation. The jacket also comes with an internal waist connection zipper, allowing you to connect it to the matching Andes V2 Drystar Pants. This, in turn, stops the jacket from riding up. It also ensures that your entire backside is protected in the event of a crash.

Safety

The Andes V2 Drystar also includes removable CE level 2 elbow and shoulder protectors. Reinforced texturing strengthens critical elbow and lower arm areas. As a result, this increases abrasion resistance. There are also reflective graphic details and logos on the arms, upper chest, upper back and lower back, which greatly improve the rider’s visibility. Unfortunately, however, the armour doesn’t stay in place when the liner is removed. We may have gotten one from a bad batch, but if the problem is shared with all of the jackets, this detracts from the safety greatly and makes it suitable only for cold climates.

Ventilation & Waterproofing

Waterproofing is handled by the Andes V2’s shell, constructed from Alpinestar’s 100% waterproof and breathable Drystar technology. This material is optimised for excellent performance in cold climates. Even if you remove the thermal liner, it is still a warm jacket. Although it is breathable, it isn’t all too comfortable in temperatures over 30°C. A few of the pockets on the Andes v2 are also waterproof. Any maps or electronic devices have an added layer of protection on those long, rainy rides.

The zippered chest intakes and exhaust on the back handle ventilation in the jacket. Alpinestars calls their particular take on this concept the “Direct Ventilation System” (DVS). This allows for great comfort and ventilation at high speeds as the air enters the jacket directly through the front and channels along the 3D mesh to cool your entire body. The hot air then exits through the back of the jacket. All of these zippers can be adjusted to optimise the air intake, depending on the weather you are in and what feels most comfortable at the time.

Comfort

The Alpinestars Andes V2 Drystar Jacket is most comfortable in colder climates and seasons. Although this is a breathable jacket, the waterproof outer shell limits this to some degree. If you are riding at temperatures below 30°C, this jacket is remarkably comfortable. When riding in temperatures between 24°C-30°C, the DVS, in conjunction with the 3D mesh, cools more efficiently.

Complimenting these features, this jacket incorporates a hidden shock cord that can fix intake vents in your chosen direction. This helps allow as much air into the jacket as possible and minimises distractions while riding. You can also remove the long-sleeve thermal liner inside the jacket on warm days. This makes a huge difference to your comfort on warmer days. Just make sure that the armour stays in place once the liner is removed.

To top it all off, this jacket features pre-contoured sleeves with accordion stretch panels on the elbows. These give you a greater range of movement and remove the feeling of constriction that you may have experienced with some other models. You also get a volume adjustment system that ensures you can tailor to your body and arm shape.

Features

As mentioned previously, this jacket includes a removable long-sleeve thermal liner plus pre-contoured sleeves with accordion stretch panels located on the elbows. This ensures the jacket is capable of taking on most rides. The Andes V2 Drystar jacket also comes with external zippered pockets, ensuring that your belongings are safe and secured while you’re out on your ride. The jacket also includes a waterproof internal pocket, an insert wallet pocket, and a large external utility pocket located on the lower back. This jacket also has replaceable parts. This means that you don’t have to buy an entirely new jacket if something breaks.

Final Thoughts

The Andes V2 Drystar Jacket is packed full of features, especially for a mid-priced adventure jacket. From one of the most popular motorcycle gear brands worldwide, it has both an attractive design and plenty of replacement parts if need be. It’s an incredibly comfortable jacket and is a great entry-level purchase for both new and experienced adventure riders. This jacket is best suited for cold weather and cold climates. If you plan on riding in the summer heat, this jacket probably isn’t the one for you. Overall, this is one of the best winter adventure jackets you can buy in Australia. For only $400, it’s also one of the best-priced jackets you’ll find.

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