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GP Star Allstar Jacket Review

Friday, September 26, 2003
Whether you are cruising the streets or just looking to make a fashion statement  the Allstar has you covered.
Whether you are cruising the streets or just looking to make a fashion statement, the Allstar has you covered.
There's no shortage of leather jackets to choose from when shopping for some upper body protection, but it can be difficult to find a jacket that protects and is still stylish enough to satisfy the fashion conscious. That's where GP Star's Allstar jacket bridges the gap by simultaneously covering your vitals while making them look good.

GP Star, also a retailer of exotic bikes, is targeting the metropolitan, 18-35 crowd with its riding gear. Since nearly 85% of its customers bought the Allstars strictly for fashion and don't even use their GP Star jackets for riding, the North Hollywood, California, company is moving forward with top-quality leather fashions that make a statement off the bike. The Allstar jacket is a shining example of attractive and protective riding gear.

The Allstar is made from 1.3mm-thick, drum-dyed cowhide that is made in Pakistan. The jacket leather is soft and malleable right out of the package and is fully perforated, save for a little bit of elastic nylon to ensure a comfortable fit. Several plastic patches adorn the front chest and a large plastic logo on the back enhances the aesthetic appeal, depending upon who you ask. While the big pill graphic on the back is an allusion to speed as a drug, it made us feel like the local X dealer with an advertisement on the back.

The Allstar jacket is cool in the summer and warm in the winter thanks to the perforated 1.3mm exterior and zip-out liner.
The Allstar jacket is cool in the summer and warm in the winter thanks to the perforated 1.3mm exterior and zip-out liner.
Transforming the jacket from winter wear to summer wear is as easy as removing the insulated nylon torso liner. Fastened to the inside of the jacket with sturdy zippers, the liner adds plenty of warmth on chilly mornings, a nice feature when the temperature during your ride varies significantly. A rider's arms do without the benefit of the liner, which stops about one inch into the arm area.

Protection is provided by unobtrusive Kevlar armor in the shoulders, elbows and back, backed with foam padding. Even though the protection is all but unnoticeable, the Kevlar pads can be removed by simply pulling them out of the Velcro-secured sleeves. The Allstar also has provisions to create a full set of leathers thanks to the handy zipper at the bottom of the jacket that can be fastened to leather pants.

Our jacket arrived in black with silver and yellow striping running the length of both arms. The arms are pre-formed to suit the riding position of sportbike riders, but still work well for any style of riding. We took the jacket on a 500-mile cruiser ride and were impressed by the high level of comfort.

GP Star Allstar is available in black with trim color options of: Blue  red  silver  white  and yellow.
GP Star Allstar is available in black with trim color options of blue, red, silver, white, and yellow.
Zippers that run the length of the forearm increase ventilation and snaps at the cuff give a secure closure, whether using gauntlet-style gloves over the cuff or shorty gloves under the cuff.

Three of our testers who measure more than six-feet who usually wear jackets with a chest measurement of 54 said the Allstar's arms were a tad on the long side by about an inch. It didn't seriously hinder comfort or function, but should be noted.

One final beef: There are no pockets on the outside of the jacket; instead GP Star places two zippered pockets inside on opposite sides of the chest for security.

Overall, the GP Star Allstar jacket is a solid piece of apparel that is well constructed and stylish, offered at a reasonable but not cheap $299. The Allstar is an excellent choice for those in the market for a versatile and quality leather jacket with a flair for the atomic funk.

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