The Long Range 2 (top), Lucerne (middle)
and Köln (bottom) round out Alpinestars’
new line of touring Jackets.
Though mostly known for their racing and sport riding gear, Alpinestars’ motorcycle touring riding gear has been gaining ground, and for good reason. Last year’s Durban Gore-Tex Jacket and Pants packed a ton of features into a decent price point to meet the needs of both adventure and touring riders. This year, the Alpinestars Tech Touring line has been expanded to offer different cuts and features to match a wider range of riding disciplines within the touring segment.
The new all-weather jacket collection introduces the Long Range 2, Köln, Lucerne. All featuring Alpinestars’ exclusive Drystar liner and each with varying degrees of weather resistance and thermal insulation.
The Long Range 2 Drystar Jacket is the new top-of-the-line outer shell. With an adventure-style cut and highly durable construction, it’s designed for extreme all-weather resistance. Priced at $499.95, the Long Range 2 is a great value for top-tier adventure gear.
The Köln jacket features a more classic touring cut without the enhanced durability and weight needed for an adventure jacket. The Lucerne takes the concept one step further and offers sport riders a light weight option for all-weather protection. The Köln and Lucerne Jackets are priced at $319.95 and $299.95 respectively.
All of the new jackets in Tech Touring line feature a 4-in-1 configuration system, making them adaptable to varying climatic conditions. The system consists of a water-resistant Drystar liner and a thermal insulating liner which can be independently zipped out to fit the weather.
During the warmer months, pull out both of the liners and open up the zippered air intakes for super-breathable protection. As the sun falls and the temps cool, install the thermal liner for added warmth. If you run into a summer shower, just zip in the Drystar liner to keep from getting soaked. And if your summer ride takes you across Siberia, bundle up with all 3 layers for the ultimate weather resistance. Removable elbow and shoulder Bio Armor, zippered riding pant interface, and reflective stripes are also standard across the Tech Touring line.
If warm weather touring is your thing, the all-new Cape Town Air Drystar Jacket should be a perfect fit. Priced at $299.95, it features extended mesh panels for improved airflow, but still maintains an excellent level of protection with Bio Armor shoulder and elbow pads and ballistic nylon reinforcement. The Cape Town also includes a Drystar membrane for when the going gets wet and Neoprene layer in the collar to keep neck chaffing to a minimum. Along with the standard grey-on-black, the Cape Town is also available in a hi-visibility color way with neon yellow panels.
Keeping warm and dry below the waist is just as important as above, so Alpinestars has released a complete line of touring pants compliment the new jackets. To match the flagship jacket, The Long Range 2 Drystar Pants are designed make you near-impervious to mother nature’s wrath. With Drystar and thermal liners, waterproof zippers and accordion panels, the $389.95 pants are feature packed and ready for the road.
Following the good-better-best model of the jacket line, A-stars also introduces the AST-1, Switch Drystar, and Bregenz Drystar pants. At $179.95, the AST-1 is designed for sport riders looking for a light-weight all-weather riding pant, while the Switch and Bregenz feature the waterproof and breatheable Drystar liner for added comfort and weather resistance. The $209.95 Switch pant features a leg adujstment system that allows the height of the lower hem and knee protection to be fine tuned, a great benefit for shorter-limbed riders. All pants in the collection feature CE certified knee protectors, reflective piping, and comfort foam in the hips.
Complimenting the all-weather jackets and pants is the Arctic Drystar Glove. The $109.95 glove features both a Drystar liner and Thinsulate insulation to keep your hands warm and dry. The short-cuff glove also includes a polyurethane knuckle and high-finger bridge to help in the event of a spill.
Alpinestars Tech-Touring gear will be available in mid-August at your local dealer and on Motorcycle-Superstore.com. Keep an eye on our Street Bike and Gear Review sections for upcoming reviews of new Alpinestars products. For more information on Alpinestars gear, check out www.alpinestars.com.