Alpinestars Bogota jacket review | A versatile and high quality jacket for any situation

The Alpinestars Bogota Pro Drystar jacket, tried and tested by Michael Neeves
The Alpinestars Bogota Pro Drystar jacket, tried and tested by Michael Neeves
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I’ve been wearing this mid-range, three-layer, all-season Alpinestars Bogota Pro Drystar Jacket on new bike launches, group tests and commutes on adventure and touring bikes. I’ve used it in the stifling heat of southern Spain and Italy, under fresh Welsh Autumn skies, sub-zero Scottish road trips, through a dark, dank British winter and everything in between.

With its multiple layers it can be as warm and dry, or as cool and airy as you want it to be, depending on the conditions, which makes it hugely versatile. I wear it with summer base layers or winter base layers underneath and an Alpinestars Tech Air 5 airbag vest. I also use the matching Bogota Pro Drystar Pants (£239.99).

Price: £341.99 (was £359.99)
Tested by Michael Neeves for nine months/3,000 miles

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Well made
  • Light
  • Easy to wear
  • Well fitted
  • Cool in the summer, warm and waterproof in the winter
  • Reasonably priced.

Cons

  • Collar could be higher
  • Adventure style looks won’t be for everybody
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Practicality
    5.0
  • Looks
    4.0
  • Quality
    5.0
  • Protection
    4.0
  • Value
    4.0
  • Verdict
    4.0
Construction 65% Polyamide/35% Polyester outer (450 and 600 Denier) outer jacket.<br>Polyester removable thermal inner jacket.<br>Polyester ‘Drystar’ removable waterproof jacket.
Type All-season uni-sex riding jacket
CE Rating AA (EN 17092-3:2020)
Armour Level 2, Type B (EN 1621-1:2012) Nucleon Flex Pro shoulder and elbow protectors.
  • Outer jacket: DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treated, four larger outer pockets (two zippable
  • Two Velcro fastened) to the front and one Velcro to the rear
  • Two large zippable front ventilation panels in the front, one in the rear and one in each arm
  • Stretch inserts around armpits and elbows
  • Adjustable waist and forearm straps
  • Drawstring bottom and Velcro cuff fastenings
  • Two inner pockets (one waterproof)
  • Chest and back protector pockets
  • Quilter thermal liner: two Velcro fastened inner pockets

Is it comfortable?

This jacket is a tale two halves. In the heat I just wear the outer shell, where it’s light, easy to move around in and this size large fits my lanky six-foot frame perfectly.

It’s perhaps a little too much of a motorcycle jacket to wear casually, but it’s comfy when you’re riding and the Velcro adjustable sleeves are the perfect length and width to go over winter, or summer gloves. The jacket’s hem is low enough to prevent drafts sneaking up your back and the adjustable arm and waist straps ensure a snug fit.

Huge ventilation panels unzip and roll clear to reveal a mesh fabric that does a superb job of cooling you down in hot weather, especially riding adventure bikes off-road, where my pedestrian pace doesn’t produce much in the way of airflow.

The Alpinestars Bogota jacket, close up of the back vent

The jacket comes with two removable inners: a quilted thermal jacket and a black waterproof jacket with fluorescent yellow arms. They can be fixed together and fastened inside the main jacket, or you can use one or the other.

For winter riding I wear all three layers together because the rain is never far away in the UK. The waterproof layer can be worn over the outside of the jacket (or any jacket you own), which stops the fabric jacket getting waterlogged, but I wear it underneath for convenience.

Used like this it’s always kept me warm, dry and protected from icy windblast on long trips. There are no leaks from wind or rain, although I’d like the collar to be higher, as sometimes I get a drafty neck, even wearing a neck tube.

The triple layer Bogota Pro Drystar Pants are just as versatile, have similarly large ventilation panels and are long enough to fit nicely over off-road boots.

The Alpinestars Bogota trousers

How practical is it?

Even when the jacket is fully layered it’s a piece of cake to wear and to take on and off. With four deep front outer pockets there’s no shortage of carrying space and the inside pockets are handy for keeping valuables dry.

Like many adventure-style jackets there’s a big pocket around the back to store larger items like bottles of water, although it’s tricky to reach when you’re wearing, unless you have Inspector Gadget arms.

Does it look good?

I wouldn’t usually wear this style of kit, but I need to as part of my ‘road tester’s dressing up box’ during road test photoshoots. That said, no other kind of jacket is as practical on a long trip with changeable weather conditions, so I enjoy wearing it from a practical point of view. It’s well fitted, doesn’t look too bulky and I like the grey design with lumo green flashes.

The Alpinestars Bogota jacket, close up of the external pockets

What’s the build quality like?

They might be mid-priced in Alpinestar’s line up, but both the jacket and trousers could easily pass as range-toppers. They have a quality feel and despite the amount of wear they’ve had in all kinds of conditions, on and off-road, still look as good as new.

Zips, buckles, fasteners are all sturdy and easy to use, too. The outer jacket by itself will withstand a light shower, but used with its waterproof inner it’s always kept me dry, even in heavy, relentless rain.

The Alpinestars Bogota jacket, close up of the inner pockets and waterproof lining

Protection and CE ratings

With its AA rating the jacket and trousers are almost at the top of the tree (AAA is the highest) when it comes to impact and abrasion resistance, although I haven’t put them to the test. Rubbery plastic Level 2, Type B shoulder and elbow armour are an ample size to cover my joints for extra protection and always stay nicely in place.

There are pockets for a chest and back protector, but I mostly wear an Alpinestars Tech Air 5 airbag vest, unless I’m riding off-road when I’ll wear an Alpinestars KR-1 Cell back protector.

The Alpinestars Bogota jacket, close up of the sleeves

Are they good value?

Quality adventure kit like this is never cheap, but you get what you pay for and it’s possible to spend a whole lot more. Some of the most expensive jackets out there can cost as much as £1600, but generally you can buy adventure jacket and trousers to suit your pocket.

With the Alpinestars Bogota Pro Drystar jacket you get three jackets in one and lots of useful features. You can also use the waterproof jacket separately over any of your other kit and even wear the thermal inner jacket casually off the bike.

Tried and tested by Ben Clarke for two months, 1,400 miles

"Let’s not beat around the bush here, this is an expensive jacket. You could suit yourself up from head-to-toe in reasonable gear for the cost of this one garment and still have enough money left over to fill your fuel tank. So I wasn’t willing to accept even a minor flaw – and I haven’t been disappointed.

"The Gore-Tex fabric construction is a little stiff at first but breaks in quickly and all the CE Level 2 D3O armour sits exactly where you want it. I wore this through the summer and the venting is exceptional. If you open everything you get a great through breeze without the whole thing inflating and if you ride into a thunderstorm, it is possible to do them all up on the move – although being an amateur contortionist will help.

"Once you’ve zipped it up, not a single drop of water will make it in anywhere. And it actually keeps you pretty warm when it’s chilly, despite being quite thin. And if you head off road, you have so much comfort and freedom of movement that you almost forget you’re wearing it. I still feel that £650 for a jacket is a lot of money, but I certainly can’t fault the end product."

Tried and tested by Saffron Wilson for one year, 500 miles

Price: £209.99 (was £299.99)
"The RST Pro Adventure suit has been my go-to every time I’ve spent a few hours off the tarmac. Both the jacket and the trousers are double-layered and made from MaxTex fabric, which is lightweight and comfortable as well as offering a good level of abrasion resistance.

"The ventilation is very effective with vents in the chest, arms, back and all over the legs. Plus, both the trousers and the jacket have a removable waterproof lining if you need less bulk for summer rides. This is the women’s version which has been designed specifically for a female fit, but there’s also a distinct men’s version, too. Plus, when it was being developed there was input from Dakar legend Mick Extance – who certainly knows his stuff when it comes to off-road gear."

Tried and tested by Dan Sutherland for one month, 1,500 miles

"Comfortable, warm and stuffed with protective D3O armour, this is the best textile suit I’ve used. With enough room underneath to accommodate thermal layers, it has kept out the even the most torrential of downpours, despite the cuffs being slightly too narrow to tuck your thick winter gloves into your sleeves. It’s also practical, with nine pockets in the jacket alone and plenty of adjustment in both garments. I will be using this suit for a long time to come."

The bottom line

Adventure jackets are without doubt the most practical around and the Alpinestars Bogota Pro Dystar (and matching trousers) is one of the best I’ve used. It’s light, stylish, easy to wear and has lots of useful features, like good length sleeves and back, big pockets and strong, easy to use zips and fasteners.

The jacket and trousers have a quality feel, are sturdily made and cool to wear in the heat thanks to its superb ventilation panels. Best of all are the extra two inner jackets included in the price.

Used together they keep me warm and dry in the depths of winter, the waterproof layer can be used over any clothing and the thermal jacket can be worn on its own when you’re off the bike. For big riding trips on or off-road in all kinds of weather conditions this jacket has been the perfect companion.

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