I tested this Alpinestars T-Jaws waterproof textile jacket (RRP: £199.99) over six months, covering 10,000 miles.
What’s good about it?
This stylish Alpinestars jacket has been my go-to jacket all summer long. I’ve commuted in it, rode in scorching temperatures while abroad and even take it off-road. The fit is perfect, there are no bulges or tight spots and the CE-approved elbow and shoulder body armour fits snugly into position. It’s light and has to be one of the most comfortable jackets I’ve ever worn.
There’s an additional Velcro and D-ring waist adjustment for a secure custom fit, plus a waist connection zipper, which allows easy attachment to Alpinestars riding pants. In the height of summer, the inner liner is easily removable and there are additional zip open vents to let even more air in. When the cold returns, it’s back in with the thermal jacket lining and I’m reasonably warm and dry.
Alpinestars claim the jacket is waterproof, but it isn’t. It will withstand a small shower or even a decent downpour, but after two hours of heavy rain, water slowly starts to seep in. When the temperature plummets to single figures, I’m forced to add an extra base layer. The right zip on the cuff has broken slightly, but the hardest bit is keeping it clean – I should have opted for a darker colour.