Kit

Tested: Alpinestars GP Pro R3 gloves

20190602_092025

These racy gloves are made out of a mixture of kangaroo, treated cow hide and goat hide, and feature a whole host of state-of-the- art protection taken derived from experiences learnt in MotoGP and WSBK – Kevlar stitching, super touch armour on the knuckles and dual- compound hard sliders. They also feature Alpinestars clever double cuff fastener which has DFS on the cuff and the company’s patented finger bridge, which prevents finger roll and separation in the event of a spill.

On the bike the fit is just right, being long enough in the finger without having any excess material at the fingertips and they’re reassuringly protective while being supple enough to offer good feel at the bars and levers. And that double cuff makes getting the glove on and off easy, while also ensuring that they’re not going to go anywhere once they’re on.

Advertisements

New kit: Alpinestars ‘Rea 2019’ Limited Edition Supertech R boot

REA_LE_F_WEB_HERO_1440x810

Alpinestars has launched a new Limited Edition Supertech R boots, the ‘Rea 2019’.

Jonathan Rea is the most successful rider in World Superbike Championship history. With four back-to-back world titles under his belt, 2018 saw him equaling the existing record of 17 wins in a single season with his 11th consecutive victory. His final win, under the spotlights at Losail, was his 56th for Kawasaki; a record for a single rider with a single manufacturer in WSBK.

Alpinestars has provided Jonathan’s performance protection technology throughout his WSBK career and to celebrate his achievements on the track, Alpinestars has launched the Limited Edition ‘Rea 2019’ Supertech R boot. Featuring a red, green and black design derived from his own signature style and the Kawasaki WSBK team, the unique graphics allow fans of ‘JR’ to enjoy all the technical innovations of Alpinestars class-leading Supertech R boot in a distinctive, premium race boot fit for Champions.

The WSBK race weekend at the iconic Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli holds fond memories for Jonathan who took double victories at the track in 2016 and 2018 on his way to the WSBK crown. It is fitting then that Alpinestars most iconic road riding boot should be worn by the most successful Superbike rider ever, at a circuit that has been a happy hunting ground in past years.

New kit: Alpinestars launches Zarco Supertech R Limited Edition

Screen Shot 2019-05-19 at 09.25.21

The French MotoGP race weekend at the legendary Le Mans circuit is one of the highlights of the racing calendar, a heady mixture intoxicating history, Gallic passion and close racing. Local hero Johann Zarco has tasted success at his home track; in 2017 he finished second and became the first French rider to finish on the podium in the premier class at his home race since 1988, and he secured third in the Moto 2 race in 2015.

Johann is a back-to-back Moto2 Champion, and has a 125cc win, 15 Moto2 wins and six premier class podiums, four poles and four fastest laps to his name. Noted for his blistering speed, daring overtakes and aggression, Johann is one of MotoGP’s frontrunners, with his smooth riding style often in the thick of the action. The Johann Zarco 2019 Limited Edition Supertech R recognizes his devastating corner speed and bravery on two wheels. Featuring all of the technical innovations of Alpinestars class-leading Supertech R boot, the black, blue, white and red fluo colorway allows fans to enjoy an eye-catching, premium race boot fit for champions.

The Supertech R features performance innovations, including a redesigned compound rubber sole, an ergonomically profiled shin plate and a redesigned front flex area – all of which enhance the podium winning performance of this CE-certified boot.

New kit: Alpinestars Racing Absolute one-piece leathers

Motorcycle race suits offer the very best form of rider protection. They’re constructed with abrasion resistant materials, have generous impact protection and are designed to keep you as safe as possible in the event of a crash. Leather slides incredibly well, and you’re more likely to suffer heat burns from your skin rubbing against the leather than damage from cuts and the likes. Speed causes a lot of injuries but the injuries caused by friction are far greater.

The Racing Absolute Leather Suit is different. Using lessons learnt from the MotoGP World Championship and input from Alpinestars athletes, the Racing Absolute is a state-of-the-art kangaroo leather one-piece racing suit which sets new benchmarks for protective technology available to riders. An example of this is the brand-new innovative aramid bonded leather that is found in the areas of the suit prone to high abrasion; the shoulders, knees, elbows, forearm, seat, and the sides of the back all have this added layer of protection along with dual-leather layers. This aramidic bonding was developed in collaboration with Marc Marquez and is proven to significantly increase tear and abrasion resistance while also protecting the rider from heat transfer, particularly in the case of a long slide on the Tarmac.

The suit is constructed from premium grade, 1.1mm kangaroo leather for flexibility, light weight, suppleness and superior abrasion resistance, and this focus on performance continues with the suit’s armour; which consists of CE-approved, race-derived protectors on the elbow, shoulder, knee and tibia, and Alpinestars new exclusive GP Dynamic Friction Shield (DFS) on the knee and further DFS protection on the elbow and shoulder. This is bolstered with CE-certified Nucleon hip protectors, and riders can add the CE-certified Nucleon chest pads, available as an accessory upgrade.

A new feature of the Absolute Racing Leather Suit is the RR elbow slider, which is anatomically contoured for comfort and features a removable screw-mounted slider insert, which allows riders to replace it once it’s worn.

Other considered design touches include a body mapped race fit pre-curved sleeves for reduced fatigue on the track and strategically placed anatomical stretch panels for high levels of movement and a superior fit, with aramid reinforced stretch panels on the crotch, back of the leg and underarms for additional flexibility and breathability. There’s also a removable inner stretch mesh liner and large perforated leather panels on the chest and legs for cooling airflow, ensuring the rider stays cool, no matter how hot the action on track.

This attention to detail continues to the aerodynamic speed hump, which improves stability and airflow at speed. Designed to accommodate a hydration pack, it comes complete with an opening for a hydration hose. Another neat feature is the printed logos; these not only reduce weight, they also improve the flexibility of the leather, thereby enhancing comfort and performance.

The Absolute Racing Leather Suit is available in a number of striking colours and is a fully CE-certified riding garment, conforming to CE-Category II prEN17092 draft standards – AAA class.

Tech-Air® airbag system:

This suit is built to accept the Race Airbag System, which is purchased separately, installs easily and does not require any external sensors to operate. Should it detect the start of a crash, it will deploy a protective airbag, providing unrivaled protection to the rider’s full back, shoulders, kidney area and chest.

The garment is designed to accommodate the jacket’s inflated volume without compromising seam strength or material integrity. The jacket’s ergonomic design means that it can be worn without the airbag system for a versatile, personalised fit.

An LED display on the sleeve indicates the airbag’s operational status, while internal housing located in the built-in CE-certified back protector accommodates the system ECU allowing the Tech-Air® vest to be installed in any compatible Alpinestars jacket.

It’s smart too: extensive research and testing on the road and track have allowed us to refine the triggering algorithms, allowing the system to accurately assess when to deploy ahead of an impact.

For more information, visit http://www.alpinestars.com.

New kit: Alpinestars launches S-M8 helmet

S-M8

Hot on the heels of the S-M10 helmet that has made a big impact on the market, Alpinestars has launched the new S-M8 lid.

Designed to offer riders the most advanced, protective and performance enhancing helmet possible with excellent ventilation, comfort and a light weight, the S-M8 draws on Alpinestars depth of experience in world class innovation across all motorsports and its deep rooted commitment to motocross.

The S-M8 shell utilises a highly advanced moulding technology with a multi-composite combination for the greatest levels of protection while the smooth outer layer is streamlined and free of any external channels and features that might act as a load point in an impact, or compromise the overall integrity of the construction.

Another key feature is the S-M8 shell sizing solution; each helmet fit size has its own appropriate shell size to deliver the most anatomical solution for the wide variety of fit needs.

Other key design touches include the patented A-head fitting height and angle adjustment system, the patented visor release system, MIPS, emergency release system and a hydration system compatible lining design for easy and quick fitting and connection to a hydration system.

New kit: Alpinestars Limited Edition Stoner Supertech R boot

StonerLE_Pair

The Australian MotoGP race weekend at the legendary Phillip Island circuit is synonymous with one rider, two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner. The Australian took six consecutive premier class wins at his home Grand Prix during his illustrious career, and to celebrate this remarkable achievement Alpinestars has created the Limited Edition Stoner Supertech R Race Replica.

The Stoner Limited Edition Supertech R recognizes Stoner’s racing success, his style and his devastating speed. Featuring all of the technical innovations of Alpinestars’ class-leading Supertech R boot, the special colorway allows fans to enjoy a distinctive, premium race boot fit packed with cutting edge performance innovations, including a redesigned compound rubber sole, an ergonomically profiled shin plate and a redesigned front flex area.

Stoner burst onto the MotoGP scene in 2006, taking pole in just his second race as he established himself as one of the quickest riders on the grid. He dominated the championship the following season, taking tens race wins and six pole positions on his way to giving Ducati their first premier crown.

Stoner added another MotoGP title in 2011 and finished his career with 38 wins, 69 podiums, 39 pole positions and 29 fastest laps from his 115 race starts

New kit: Alpinestars launches Limited Edition Doohan Supertech R boot

Doohan LE

The San Marino MotoGP race weekend at the iconic Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli holds fond memories for five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan; the Australian won at the track in 1991 and enjoyed another five victories on Italian soil throughout his illustrious career.

Mick dominated racing’s premier class until 1998, winning five consecutive world titles, and to celebrate this incredible feat Alpinestars has created the Limited Edition Doohan Supertech R Race Replica.

The Doohan Limited Edition Supertech R’s are a fitting tribute to Doohan’s achievements on the track. Featuring all of the technical innovations of Alpinestars’ class-leading Supertech R boot, the special colorway allows fans to enjoy a distinctive, premium race boot fit for Champions.

New Kit – Alpinestars John McGuinness Limited Edition Supertech R Boot

McGUINNES_LE_Supertech-r-pair

The Mountain Course; legendary, iconic and one of the ultimate challenges in motorsports. 37 and a half miles of everyday street tarmac that snakes through stone-wall lined country lanes, along tree tunneled straights, through usually sleepy towns and over the foreboding mountain roads of the Isle of Man at full throttle. A rugged, windswept island setting that sits in the middle of the Irish Sea which, for over 110 years, has been the greatest test of rider and machine at the annual TT races.

To complete the TT course is special, to win is to join a small group of motorcycle racing’s revered stars. With 23 TT victories in his career to date, John McGuinness is a legend; the King of the Mountain who has re-written the record books and stood on more TT podiums than any rider in history. His focus, his accuracy and his devasting speed has set a bench-mark that few can aspire to match and for such ability, it is fitting for Alpinestars to introduce the John McGuinness Limited Edition Supertech R Boot.

The boot itself is the usual no-compromise boot you’d expect from Alpinestars. Designed and developed to the highest technical standards, the Supertech R Boots today represent the pinnacle of racing innovation for track and road use. Alpinestars’ most iconic sports boot, the Supertech R incorporates a whole host of performance innovations including a redesigned compound rubber sole, an ergonomically profiled shin plate, a redesigned front flex area, plus the pioneering dual torsion, bio-mechanical ankle brace – all of which enhance this CE certified boot.

New Kit – limited edition Alpinestars Schwantz Supertech Rs

2220015-1536-fr_le-schwantz-supertech-r-boot

Suzuka ’91: Four title contenders enter the final lap mere feet apart. An all out battle, passes under braking so late you can not bear to look and the lead will change hands again and again. An inside line appears, barely an opening at all and the number 34 Suzuki dives in and makes the pass stick. When the checkered flag is waved the top four is decided by .556 of one second and Kevin Schwantz is victorious with a final lap battle that is cemented in MotoGP history.

No one typifies the all-or-nothing, knife-edge, racing of the era like Kevin Schantz. Hailing from Houston, Texas, a background in motocross gave him the skills to battle shoulder to shoulder in the tight chicanes and historic corners of grand prix road racing with unique style.

In 1993 he became World Champion wearing the legendary Alpinestars GP PRO boot and now to mark the 25th anniversary of that title, Alpinestars introduces the Limited Edition Kevin Schwantz Supertech R in a Kevin’s individual color way – an icon now just as it was back in the 1990’s.

Designed and developed to the highest technical standards, the Supertech R Boots today represent the pinnacle of racing innovation for track and road use. Alpinestars’ most iconic sports boot, the Supertech R incorporates a whole host of performance innovations including a redesigned compound rubber sole, an ergonomically profiled shin plate, a redesigned front flex area, plus the pioneering dual torsion, bio-mechanical ankle brace – all of which enhance this CE certified boot.

RST – limited edition World Cup Pro Series CPX-CII race suit

FullSizeRender-1 2

The RST Race Department has been busy throughout the football season developing its new Pro Series CPX-C II suit.

Inspired by the upcoming football world cup, the leather one-piece suit has been designed using feedback from elite riders like Alex Lowes in WSB and MotoGP, Richard Cooper in BSB and Ian Hutchinson at the TT, and as a result there are substantial upgrades to the fit and ergonomics of the Pro-Series CPX-C II and added removable elbow sliders.

The suit features extensive CE-approved armour throughout, while the enlarged stretch panels and more aggressively cut legs and arms make it easier than ever to move around on the bike.

The suits are available in the colours of the 32 countries taking part in this year’s tournament. Priced from £659.99.