Product review: Alpinestars Gordon Drystar Overcoat

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Michael's been putting this stylish overcoat to the test over the winter. He's ridden more than 2500 miles and learnt loads.

What’s good?

Remember when bike jackets were just that: things you’d only wear on your bike? Leather, textile or Gore-Tex, they’d offer protection, warmth, practicality… or all three. But, nowadays the big riding kit hitters, like Alpinestars produce fashionable biking wear you can wear every day, too, as well as on your pride and joy - like this parker-style overcoat.

Made from a soft canvas-type polyester/cotton material with a removable thermal inner jacket, it’s swanky enough to wear out for best, but it’s kept me snug and dry through the winter on my scooter on short hops and long trips, too.

With body armour and double layer fabric for the shoulders and elbows (I wear a separate Astars Nucleon KR-1 back protector as well), it also promises to offer decent protection, should I ever get over enthusiastic and lose the front, tipping into the roundabout outside Morrisons.

Lots of deep pockets, a removable hood and a comfy fit add to the coat’s easy practicality. 

What’s not?

It’s more designed to be used on upright bikes like scooters and it’s not cheap, but when you think it’s two coats for the price of one, you can start to justify the cost.

Price: £299.99


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Michael Neeves

By Michael Neeves

MCN Chief Road Tester, club racer, airmiles millionaire.