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Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Any one got one of these jackets? https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.sf...lBGxoCdSbw_wcB

Are they suitable for cold morning commutes here?

My Richa jacket is now past its best.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

I have one,don't think they would be suitable for cold mornings imo then again it would depend on what you would be wearing inside it, l also have a Richa streets ahead of the andes much heavier jacket.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Originally Posted by KP100
Any one got one of these jackets?
I have one since 2013, It is getting a little tatty around the edges now, but
it is still completely waterproof.
http://www.biker.ie/forum/showpost.p...7&postcount=19


Are they suitable for cold morning commutes here?
The Andes jacket is very warm. IMO, too warm for our Irish climate.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Richa have some great stuff coming out in 2017 most are available now...have a look at the Richa Atlantic gore-tex pro laminated jacket 750 but from seeing it it's much better then anything Dainese, Alpinestars or revi't have at that price point. Have a look through the catalogue https://view.publitas.com/richa/coll...017/page/44-45 the gore jackets are back, starting at 399 I think. Richa have upped their game over the past couple of years. Good brand, good value.

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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

have one , good jacket fit wise and waterproofness had a richa rix2 before the Andes, it all boils down to layering been out in minus temperature and just above freezing its ok for the price you pay for it
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

I have a Andes dry star jacket. Very warm and pretty water proof. I commute everyday and it keeps me warm in the cold temps with Just a shirt underneath
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Rather than a brand, I'd be looking at a jacket's type of construction.

My ideal jacket would be a laminated design (preferably Gore-Tex) that has plenty of effective venting. Closest I've seen to this ideal are Rukka's Energator (aka Navigator?), Armaxion, or Armaxis, but they're astronomically expensive.

Some other brands are starting to produce similar laminated-type construction for lower prices - thorough searching will unearth them.

If I couldn't find or afford such a jacket, I'd be looking at a design where the waterproof liner is removable (vast majority of jacket's thermal/insulating layers are removable). If the waterproof liner is fixed/non-removable ( la Alpinestars Andes), then none of the vents - no matter how many are fitted - will truly vent. This may not see important now but in summer, vents do matter, even in Ireland.

One - IMO major - drawback with anything other than the laminated-type of design is that the outer jacket will always become saturated in rain. The only way to avoid this is to wear a separate waterproof over-jacket (& pants) for heavy or persistent rain.

It's all about compromise - if my budget was 2000+, I'd go for the best-vented GoreTex-laminated jacket & pants I could find from Rukka, Klim, Dane, Stadler.

If my budget was between 1000-2000, I'd be looking at laminated-type jackets & pants from other brands, whether Gore-Tex (e.g. Rukka Kalix, Alpinestars Managua, Scott Priority GT, Rev'It Posiedon & Dominator), or proprietary membranes (e.g. Alpinestars Yokohama, Macna Impact, Spidi H2Out X-Tour) were used, though some of the jackets I've seen in this price range don't include much in the way of venting.

With a budget of under 1000, the only option seems to be the three separate layer design (outer shell, removable waterproof liner, removable thermal liner), supplemented with a separate rain jacket & pants. This is what I went with, and I'm happy enough so far - more faff than I'd like, but it's effective.

Few jackets I'm aware of (other than mesh summer gear) have the level of venting that my Dainese D-Stormer jacket has, it fits well, it looks well, and hasn't let any water in anywhere so far; had it since October, but haven't been caught in any particularly heavy or persistent rain to really know for sure how it'll perform when really tested.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Originally Posted by 2shea
have a look at the Richa Atlantic gore-tex pro laminated jacket 750.
If your budget is in that region I'd strongly consider
https://www.infinitymotorcycles.com/...le-jacket/4669
5/6 year warranty, warm, very comfortable and absolutely waterproof.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

How does the HiViz keep on the Andes Drystar.

Is it easy to keep? Being Yellow is a big selling point for me as I comute in all weather.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

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How does the HiViz keep on the Andes Drystar.

Is it easy to keep? Being Yellow is a big selling point for me as I comute in all weather.
Never buy a yellow jacket or trousers. It will be manky after a few weeks.

I wear the black Andes jacket with a high-vis vest over it.
http://www.bestworkwear.co.uk/portwe...tive-vest.html
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

I have used mine for 2 years. If you are commuting at low speed sub 80kms - basically city commuting it's fine.

Dual carriageway 4 degrees or below and it struggles.
Layering is key. And a buff
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Might give this a go instead. Looks warmer.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2527710200...84.m1436.l2649
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

I have an Aplinestars Valpariso. Slighly better then Andes. However more or less the same. Im 24/7 all yr round and always dry - you need to wash & rewaterproof once a year, i do anyway. It gets filthy.

Fyi, Megabikes have Andes on sale. Go have a look
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Got a clean second hand one for 50 euro on ebay. Yellow.

I guess I will just have to wash and waterproof it regular .



What do you guys recommend to waterproof your gear? I got spray on stuff from Aldi before and it was a waste of money
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Originally Posted by hooch
If your budget is in that region I'd strongly consider
https://www.infinitymotorcycles.com/...le-jacket/4669
5/6 year warranty, warm, very comfortable and absolutely waterproof.
I was looking at them but only have the z-liner, no direct venting. Only good for winter and spring...The Richa is gore-pro (laminated and won't get wet and heavy) and has gore-tex armocor on shoulders and elbows as well as the gore gecko stretch fabric in the arms...apparently Richa and Gore have spent 10 years designing this jacket. I'll let you know I'll getting mine next week...
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Is there a big difference in feeling between a 200 pound jacket , to a 700 pound jacket?

It would break my heart paying that much for a jacket..
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

I've the Andes jacket 2 years now , used every day and not a drip of water has got in. Used in all the frosty weather and find it fine for the cold.
Best jacket I've ever had in 28 years biking.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

My wife has that jacket and she loves it. If she's OK, then it would be probably be too warm for me, but it has a detachable layer for the summer.

Very waterproof as well, so I would recommend it.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Been using it for the past couple of months and well happy with it...

Very warm, no need for base layers so makes it handy for the commute...

For the price it's a great jacket...

http://www.motorcycleshop.ie/alpines...ack-2351-p.asp

I believe they have a discount code coming in the next couple of weeks...

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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

+1 for the andes gear never let in water and can be very warm even in cold weather
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

I bought the jacket last November an have used it most mornings since then. When I wear a jumper and t shirt underneath it is good for 40 Min of wind protection at motorway speed but gets slightly cold any longer.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Have alook at this thread as well....some additional optinos mentioned there...

http://www.biker.ie/forum/showthread.php?t=235843

I use the following jacket/s for all year commute...
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Macna Jacket - Look for Macna Concrete and/or Night-eye version. I haveI both the jackets -the second one is very good at night time esp. during winter months. Both are 100% waterproof - upgrade to a level 2 back-protector. Read more
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I've an andes drystar jacket. Great all rounder. Only complaint is it is a bit scruffy now after two years day in day out use. I'll buy another.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

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Is there a big difference in feeling between a 200 pound jacket , to a 700 pound jacket?

It would break my heart paying that much for a jacket..
I was looking for a Gore jacket and anything decent was around the 500 mark, so for a bit extra got GorePro (Rukka Armaxion) jacket along with a 5 year warranty from Rukka. Haven't seen a bad review of them and so far mine has been perfect, and fairly warm even without base layers, just a tee shirt underneath.

I suppose it depends on how often you want to wear the jacket and how long you plan on keeping it.
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Anyone know what the fitting is like on this jacket im thinking medium or large (40") chest.
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I'd go large mate. It's not a big fit
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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

They are big on the waste though. I am XL on the shoulders but have not got a beer belly(yet) Too much room down below even with the belts fully in. The jacket also tends to inflate even with all vents closed.

You also need to consider a back protector as the stock one is next to useless. soft foam .
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Cheers lads I am still undecided between the andes and the rst adventure 2

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Re: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

Has anyone bought the Andes 2?

Need a new suit. My belly is bigger and nothing I've got really keeps a drop of water out.

Also, who stocks RST? The adventure suit they do is also of interest to me.
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