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Jacket Review: Alpinestars TZ-1 Reload leather jacket

Alpinestars TZ-1 Reload leather jacket, £299.99

Time tested: 3000 miles / 24 months

What’s good? It’s a subtle, stylish, top brand name perforated leather jacket that’s made from full-grain leather and has lightweight, CE elbow and shoulder armour. The fully vented panels mean it keeps me pleasantly cool on all but the hottest days, but you’ll be shivering on anything but a short journey if the temperature drops below 12 degrees. I like the blacker-than-black style and despite my ungainly dimensions, it feels very well tailored. The closures are all good, and none have failed – as you would hope with YKK zips.

What’s not? There’s little to criticise. Nothing has come adrift in use, and while I get a tad paranoid about the side pockets opening in use, they never have. There’s no proper back protector as standard, but I wear a separate one anyway, so this doesn’t bother me. It’s a fairly one-dimensional jacket, fit for purpose, but useless on anything other than a hot day.


Quality rating: 4/5

Value rating: 3/5


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