The Alpinestars Bogotá and the Dainese Tempest are two versatile jackets devised for year round use, water and cold resistant and with a Touring and adventurer focus at an affordable price.
For jackets to be suitable all year round they must have breathable and water repellent fabrics, as well as being tear and abrasion resistant. Both jackets use their own materials to this end, which in spite of having almost identical properties, they are named differently.
Over view of the Alpinestars Bogotá and the Dainese Tempest.
To start with, the Alpinestars Bogotá is mainly made of reinforced poly-fabric. The interior has a detachable, long sleeved thermal lining which is very lightweight (100 grams in the torso area and 80 grams in the sleeves). This lining has been devised to be easily and quickly inserted or removed; proof of this is the red colour of the zip, to help us avoid confusing it with other fasteners in the jacket. As well as the thermal lining, the Bogotá has a waterproof and breathable intermediate layer of Drystar material. It is a long sleeved lining, very light and with good finishes that acts as a bridge between the thermal lining and the exterior jacket, making it a layer that perfectly complements the thermal lining during the coldest months. The seams are thermosealed for optimum comfort and the lining is fastened via a system of zips and buttons, ensuring complete waterproofing.
The Bogota has a detachable waterproof lining, whereas the Dainese lining is bound to the outer fabric and is not detachable.
As regards the Dainese Tempest, this mainly employs Duratex fabric in its exterior and includes a waterproof D-Dry membrane, which allows for optimum breathability. The inner thermal lining is long sleeved and just as light as the Alpinestars one, affording it a great freedom of movement. It has various pockets, finishes in the collar area for optimum feel and is removable via a zip system.
The thermal linings of both jackets are very similar: lightweight, long sleeved and with pockets.
Both jackets have protections on shoulders and elbows with European certification (CE), but those on the Dainese jacket are clearly more rigid than those of its competitor. On the other hand, the shoulder protections of the Alpinestars Bogotá include a studied foam reinforcement for the area of the shoulder blades.
Detail of the shoulder protections of both jackets.
Both jackets are also prepared to include the back and chest protectors of each brand respectively, which, although they are not included, they are the perfect complement for our safety. Yet the Bogotá does include, as standard, a foam in the back area, whilst the Dainese is sold without any standard protector in this area
Fasteners and fit
As regards the jackets’ fasteners, we have to mention that the Alpinestars Bogotá has an external zip fastener, as well as a final Velcro closure. As for the Dainese Tempest, this includes a zip fastener and another button fastener which ensures excellent insulation. We should remember that this jacket incorporates a waterproof lining in the outer jacket, therefore the external insulation is vital to avoid water penetrating the garment.
Details of the lower fitting systems of the Dainese Tempest jacket.
We also find different answers for the fit of each jacket from Alpinestars and Dainese. Whilst the Bogotá relies on Velcro as a fitting element, the Dainese uses straps and buttons. With Velcro, Alpinestars ensures a perfect fit to each situation. On the other hand, Dainese uses straps on the waist and sleeves as a more secure fitting element, whilst at the end of the sleeves we have buttons.
In the collar area we find that Alpinestars maintains the Velcro, whilst the Dainese has two buttons. Here is an important detail: in the Bogotá, the inner lining reaches the collar and nape area, forming part of the temperature control system, whilst in the Tempest, the inner lining does not reach the collar, but instead we find a special fabric, similar to that seen in the Dainese D-Explorer (link to D-Explorer blog article) and a Velcro strap to adjust it to us. To this end, both jackets have materials that afford optimum feel for the wearer.
Both jackets have an optimal touch in the neck's area
Just to point out a detail, the lower buttons of the Tempest are covered in a rubber finish so as to avoid scratching the bike’s tank.
The Alpinestars Bogotá has a ventilations system where the air inlets are on the sleeves and the flaps found on the upper part of the thorax. In the rear there is ventilation outlet just below the nape of the neck.
Detail of the air vents in the chest region of the Alpinestars Bogota.
The Dainese Tempest trusts its ventilation to two large zips going from top to bottom on the front and another two on the back for expelling the air. Its proportions are more generous than its rival, partly because the waterproof membrane is incorporated into the jacket and requires greater ventilation during the warmer months.
Detail of one of the air inlets of the Dainese Tempest, which allows greater air flow.
The Bogotá has up to four outer, front pockets: two of them waterproof with zips whilst those on the chest are not waterproof and have Velcro. In the lower back part we find a large pocket.
The Tempest, in contrast, only has two outer pockets with buttons and another inside, the only zip fastening, waterproof one.
In order to improve visibility, and thus the user’s safety, both jackets include reflective elements. For the Bogotá, the reflective elements are wide and easily visible at first sight, whilst for the Tempest they’re quite discrete. This latter model has a version with fluorescent yellow on the sleeves, which contributes to its visibility. On the other hand, the Alpinestars also has fluorescent colour versions.
Detail of the big pocket placed in the back of the Alpinestars Bogota
The Alpinestars as well as the Dainese offers a female version of the product and both jackets have matching pants to gear us up completely. In both cases there are internal zips to connect both garments and provide improved ergonomics on the move.
In conclusion, we have two very similar jackets on the protection level as well as for comfort on the go. By analysing their details we can conclude that the Alpinestars Bogotá, in spite of being designed as an all year round jacket, is more comfortable as a spring/autumn, summer jacket, whilst the Dainese Tempest provides a warmth plus in the colder months. Also, the lines of the Alpinestars evokes more the adventure segment, whilst the Dainese leans more towards the touring segment. And, as in nearly everything, it will be the user who, according to their needs, will chose one or the other.