Alpinestars Pikes Drystar: the waterproof sporty jacket

The Alpinestars Pikes Drystar is a waterproof and sporty jacket which features a thermal layer on its inside. It includes many details that protect its resistance against the wear and also provides a good thermal protection during all the year round.

Materials
Alpinestars uses different fabrics reinforced with a polyurethane coating, which gives the Pikes Drystar' fabrics a greater resistance to abrasion. Behind the outer fabrics we find a Drystar membrane, the 100% waterproof fabric developed by Alpinestars.

Ventilation system inlet close up (left) and closures  to improve jacket's fitment (right).

The jacket's construction incorporates elastic accordion panels on the elbows to improve Pike's overall flexibility and, just below there's a lether panel to improve security and abrasion resistance in the forearm area.
Inside, we find the thermal lining, long sleeved and fully removable with side zippers and snaps buttons. The jacket has polifabric-made collar and cuffs for a more pleasant contact to the skin in those areas.
Ventilation
The Pikes Drystar jacket system has Contyrol Climate System Alpinestars Input via zip regulate the entry of air into the jacket. There are two entrances located in the chest and two outputs on the back, both with inner mesh fabric, which is responsible for channeling the air in the jacket. There are also adjustments in waist and cuff Velcro, zippers well on both sleeves, which help us to tailor the jacket according to the external temperature.

Ventilation system inlet close up (left) and closures  to improve jacket's fitment (right).

Protections
The Alpinestars Pikes features flexible internal protections on elbows and shoulders, all with CE certification. In addition, the shoulder area also has an external dual density TPU protector with Alpinestars logo.

TPU shoulder protector close up (left) and forearm leather panel (right).

There's also foam padding: PE (polyethylene foam) on chest and back. You can access them by opening the rear zipper, that it will also allow us to fit out Alpinestars Nucleon back and in these places where where the foam padding is present. However, this is optional: both the back and the chest protectors does not come standard with the jacket.

The Alpinestars Pikes features spece for a back protector and pants connecting zipper (left). Inner winter linner close up (right).

Fasteners and pockets
The main jacket's closure is by zipper and a Velcro clasp. The Pikes Drystar incorporates pants connection zip and reflective inserts on the back.
Talking abaout pockets, it's a very complete jacket: there are two exterior zippered pockets and one more in the chest, the latter waterproof. Inside there is another waterproof zippered pocket to the chest, and two pockets with Velcro closure. The removable thermal liner also has two velcro pockets, so we will have three inside pockets in total, no matter we waer or not the inner lining.
The Alpinestars Pikes is the sportiest waterproof jacket in the Alpinestars Tech-Touring range. If you want a complete, light and comfortable textile jacket, Alpinestars Drystar Pikes is a great option to consider.

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