ADV Pulse

NEWSLETTER
Get ADV Pulse delivered by email
Sign up for ADV Pulse Weekly

Newsletter

Get ADV Pulse delivered by email
Sign up for ADV Pulse Weekly

Connect With Us

Follow On Facebook:

ADV NewsAlpinestars Introduces All-New Adventure Suits For 2023

Alpinestars Introduces All-New Adventure Suits For 2023

New ADV suits debut at the Astars gear and ride intro event.

Published on 05.29.2023
Alpinestars adventure touring gear 2023

With the 2023 riding season in full swing, Alpinestars has released a new line of adventure touring suits to fit a range of different riders. Earlier this month, we got an opportunity to get an up-close look at the new gear at the Alpinestars Adventure Tour in Big Bear Lake, California. The idea behind the Astars event was to show off some of their new and current ADV products to a group of moto journalists, dealers and content creators, as well as getting everyone together to go ride in one of Southern California’s premier dual sport destinations.

The Alpinestars Adventure Tour was hosted by The Outpost on the north side of the lake — a recently renovated glamping site owned and operated by a group of off-road motorcycle enthusiasts. With great food and drinks, comfy camping, gorgeous views right on the lake, demo bikes from Kawasaki, Aprilia, Harley-Davidson and Honda, along with trails starting just a quarter mile away, we couldn’t ask for a better location. But the icing on the cake was the three special guests Alpinestars shipped in — Dakar Winners Toby Price and Ricky Brabec, along with last year’s Dakar podium winner Skyler Howes.

Alpinestars adventure touring gear 2023
The icing on the cake for the event was hanging out and riding with these three kings of Dakar — Ricky Brabec, Skyler Howes and Toby Price.

ADVERTISEMENT

So the stage was set for an incredible couple days of riding with a great group of folks. It was time to get the rundown on this new adventure gear from Alpinestars team.

Bogota Pro

Starting with the most affordable suit in the new lineup we were presented with the Bogota Pro. With a sub-$700 price tag for the jacket and pants, it’s priced affordably for a midrange suit. Constructed using 100% GRS certified recycled Nylon 6 materials and a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treatment, you get water-resistance built into the shell. Yet it also comes with a fully-waterproof Drystar liner that can be worn either inside or over the jacket. Full roll-down vent panels on the chest, mid-back, and thighs, along with full-length venting forearm zippers allow max airflow. There’s also a detachable thermal liner as well when more insulation from the cold is needed. For protection, the suit features CE Level 2 Nucleon armor in the shoulders, elbows, and knees along with a set of Bio-Flex hip pads. Plus you get a wide range of different color options, including some Honda specific colorways.

Ardent

Also presented at the event was an un-released adventure jacket called the Ardent. This jacket is constructed with a blend of 300D ripstop fabric and extra-durable textured 1000D poly material in its main chassis. A highlight feature are the new 3D-angled vents on the biceps and forearms that act as scoops for increased airflow while moving. It’s also designed with a relaxed fit and a highly-adjustable lower section to accommodate a range of body types. If you prefer a more ‘American fit,’ this might be the jacket for you. Additionally, it features a detachable Drystar waterproof liner that can be worn over or under the outer shell, or simply on its own as a stand-alone rain shell. The Ardent jacket is expected to be released later this fall with a price tag in the $430 range and will also get a matching pair of Ardent pants.

Montiera

Moving up to the sub-$900 range, we have the Montiera Jacket and Pants. The main difference between this suit and the Bogota and Ardent is the upgrade to Drystar ‘XF’ (Extra Flow), which is a laminated 2-layer 450D waterproof material, built into the shell, so there’s no additional waterproof liners to manage. However, it does come with detachable thermal liners in the jacket and pants for riding in cooler winter conditions. For hot days, you get direct airflow to the body with full-length forearm vents, along with large chest and thigh vent panels that are easy to operate with a gloved hand thanks to a unique magnetic clasp system. The Montiera also gets the Nucleon CE Level 2 armor in the shoulders, elbows and knees, along with the Bio-Flex hip pads.

AMT-10R

Next in the lineup is the AMT-10R, and here we move up to the premium level of adventure touring suits with a price tag of around $1,400 for the jacket and pants. But this suit has a unique trick that lets it perform like two suits in one. Like the Montiera, it gets CE Level 2 armor and has premium Drystar XF built into the shell for waterproofing without an additional liner.

However, the waterproof shell around the arms, shoulders and chest can be removed to reveal a fully-vented, and still abrasion protected, mesh coat underneath. This gives the rider max airflow coverage, directly to the body, over a much larger surface area than any vent panels. In addition, a combination of Kevlar and leather give this suit an upgrade in abrasion protection department as well. What’s more, the jacket is also designed to accommodate Alpinestars’ Tech-Air 5 Airbag System for an even greater level of protection.

Gear Testing

Big Bear is one of our favorite stomping grounds in Southern California and the riding doesn’t get much better in the state of California. Here you can start off in the lush pine forest trails with lake views and snow-covered peaks, then drop down within an hour or so to a vast desert landscape with incredible rock formations and roads taking you to endless horizons. Just getting to Big Bear can be an adventure too. We took the long way from LA, which featured 130 miles of twisty canyon roads. 

Alpinestars adventure touring gear 2023

While not an extensive test, we did get a taste of the new gear with three different route options made available ranging from difficult dual sport to road riding. I tried out the Montiera jacket and pants on the hard routes. The stand out feature on this suit is the venting. Long arm vents, along with large chest panel vents give direct airflow to the upper body to cool you off quickly when working hard on the trail. The thighs also have big vent panels that are all easy to operate. If the rain comes, just zip everything up and you’ve got premium Drystar XF waterproofing built into the shell without any additional zip-in layers needed.

Alpinestars adventure touring gear 2023
We also got in some testing with the Tech Air 3 airbag system off-road. While designed to be a street system, we’re learning it can handle some pretty advance off-road riding too.

I also had an opportunity to ride with the AMT-10R a few months prior at the launch of the Husqvarna Norden 901 Expedition in South Africa. We had wide-ranging temperature swings traveling from the high mountain tops to sweltering deserts, as well as foggy coastlines. The ability to quickly remove or install the top waterproof layer (like a little matador jacket) and convert the jacket into a full-vented mesh garment, while still retaining abrasion protection, was immensely useful in this constantly changing environment.

Alpinestars adventure touring gear 2023

I haven’t tried out the Bogota yet, but it looks like a nice value in the sub-$700 range with nice protection, venting, styling and colors. It features a Drystar zip-in liner that can also be used as a stand alone jacket at your destination, so there is some additional off-the-bike versatility there when you get to camp or want to use it on a wet hike. From their new adventure suit line up, we’re also looking forward to trying out the Ardent when it becomes available later this year. It appears the key benefit of this jacket is its ram-air style arm vents and versatile fit. 

The Future Of The Alpinestars Adventure Tour

Alpinestars adventure touring gear 2023

Alpinestars did a fantastic job putting together this event for its first year. The Outpost was an amazing venue, the riding in Big Bear was epic, and we had a blast hanging out with Dakar legends, fellow journalists, gear dealers and ADV content creators. We are looking forward to coming back again next year and we hear after this successful test run, the Alpinestars team may open up the event to the public in the future. So keep an eye out for this event next year, as well as the sweet new ADV gear from Astars at your local dealer or online.

Alpinestars Tech-Air Off-Road V2 airbag system
We also got to see the upcoming Tech-Air Off-Road V2 in the flesh. The much-anticipated off-road airbag system will be launching later this year.

Also keep an eye out for Alpinestars’ big release of their off-road airbag system, the Tech-Air Off-Road V2, coming later this year. According to the Dakar pros we spoke to at the event, the new off-road airbag has become indispensable safety gear for riders — second only to a helmet. For more information on their Adventure Touring line, check out the Alpinestars website.

Photos by Simon Cudby, Rob Dabney and Marco Campelli.

Author: Rob Dabney

Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.

Author: Rob Dabney
ADVERTISEMENT

Related Stories

Related Stories

Notify me of new posts via email

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
ADVERTISEMENT

Watch: 2024 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro Tested

For 2024, Triumph's dirt-focused Tiger 900 — the Rally Pro — has received...

My First Time Riding Enduro, How Hard Could It Be?

Nestled between the Sierra Nevada and Inyo Mountains of California lies a l...

DoubleTake’s Popular Off-Road Mirrors Get Major Upgrade For 2024

Life always looks clearer in the rear view, that is, until you’re looking int...