Gear Scout: Alpinestars Andes Drystar

With an already comprehensive line of riding apparel, it’s hard to believe Alpinestars has any room to expand their offering, but they continue to do just that.Targeted at the growing adventure touring segment, the Alpinestars Andes Drystar Jacket is one of their latest products, and destined to be a big success. What elevates the Andes Jacket above the competition isn’t the feature rich design or impeccable construction that we’ve come to expect from Alpinestars. What sets it apart is the very respectable price of just $249.

Designed around the Alpinestars Drystar textile, the Andes Jacket is a versatile piece with 100% waterproofing and great breathability, even in the most demanding riding conditions. Generous venting paired with a full thermal liner extend the comfort range of the Andes Jacket well into three-seasons. CE-certified Bio-Armor at the elbows and shoulders as well as an optional Bio-Armor back pad ensure optimal protection in the event of an unplanned get-off. Oversized cargo pockets on the front and back of the jacket accommodate ample storage for items you need close at hand and adjustable straps at the waist and biceps fine tune the fit to prevent flapping at high speeds.

As is often the case only with higher end jackets, it is the refinements that make the Andes Jacket so exceptional. Stretch panels in the inner section of the contoured sleeves provide maximum mobility and reinforced polymer-printed texturing in critical wear points protects the jacket from abrasion. A soft-edged liner at the collar reduces irritation at the neck and Micro-Velcro closures promise not to snag and destroy everything they contact.

In a market with jackets pushing north of two grand, it’s nice to see Alpinestars reaching out to the price-minded rider unwilling to sacrifice fit, features, function, or even form. It’s a great looking jacket. If it’s anything like the other Alpinestars products we’ve tested, the Andes Drystar Jacket is sure to enchant legions of loyal fans.

Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.