Alpinestars Off-Road Gear Review
Alpinestars Off-Road Gear Review
'Tis the season to gear up and get out to your favorite track or trail. The Holidays are the perfect time to get your favorite people their favorite set of gear, too. After all, dune riding is all about safety and it is imperative to gear up before each ride. In fact, sand isn’t the only terrain that you should gear up in when riding quads – on the trails, in the desert, on top of the mountains, next to the nearest town dump, or even in your backyard, you should ALWAYS gear up before riding. And, at the same time, you’ll be teaching your family, friends, and most importantly, the next generation of riders how to properly gear up before swinging a leg over a quad.
Recently, we were out in the dunes with Yamaha testing their lineup of Raptors and YFZ450R's. For this test, I made sure I had many of the proper gear items on before swinging a leg over Yamaha’s sport quads. This gear included:
- Helmet: Alpinestars Supertech M10 Anaheim Helmet ($649.95)
- Goggles: 100 Percent goggles for eye protection (price varies)
- Neck Brace: Alpinestars BNS Tech-2 ($299.95)
- Jersey: Alpinestars Supertech Jersey ($79.95)
- Gloves: Alpinestars Aviator Glove ($39.95)
- Pants: Alpinestars Supertech Pants ($229.95)
- Boots: Alpinestars Tech 10 Boots ($599.95)
You can get all of this gear at your local retailer or on Alpinestars’ website and 100 Percent’s website (links provided, above). Not only was all of this gear comfortable and easy to break in before my trip, but it kept me safe in the process.
If you have worn a neck brace in the past, then you know that some of them restrict your motion a bit, especially with certain shapes of helmets. Alpinestars designed their M10 helmet to work perfectly with the BNS Tech-2 neck brace, giving me the ultimate range of motion while riding. You can see in the pictures how many different directions my head was angled for these photos, and each stance displays great range of motion. I was also impressed with the comfort of this helmet/neck brace setup. The helmet fits snug but not too tight, and the carbon design makes it extremely light on your head. Compared to my previous helmets, I couldn’t believe how light it turned out to be and how much this impacted my all-day riding experience in a positive way.
If you haven’t ridden with the latest “air”-inspired gear sets, then you are in for a bit of a change. Older gear is thicker and doesn’t breathe as easily as the latest designs, which feel lighter on your body and more free flowing. I really enjoyed this Alpinestars gear set for those facts alone. However, if I was purely looking for something to last longer, I would have opted for a bit of a thicker material for my gear for longevity’s sake. Since I only ride sport quads 4-5 times a year, this gear setup will be fine for many years. Again, if you ride every week, you’re going to want to look into thicker Alpinestars gear in order to keep it for a bit longer.
Last but not least, I was afraid the Tech 10 boots would take more than a couple hours to break in, especially since my last Tech 8’s I have had for 15+ years and they are positively the most comfortable pair of shoes I own. Surprisingly, the new Tech 10’s only took a few hours to break in. Not surprisingly, boot technology has come a LONG way in the past 15 years, and these Tech 10’s are more comfortable, better supported, and include better buckles than I could have ever imagined. Essentially, it was worth the upgrade.
Plus, at the end of the day, who doesn’t like a red/white/blue color scheme? I’ll be getting this setup again, that’s for sure...
Photos: Adam Campbell Photography