It seems like buying a race suit is becoming as difficult as buying a new bike, especially with the wide range of options available on the market today and with retail pricing ranging from $799.95 to $2899.95 for Alpinestars suits, it is a decision that isn’t taken lightly.
We’re going to go over the available Alpinestars suits with a brief summary on each one to hopefully allow you to feel more comfortable about your purchase.
First, let’s talk about fit. One of the most common calls we get from customers who just tried on their new suit is that it doesn’t fit right and/or it doesn’t feel comfortable. More often than not, they are basing this on standing up in their living room and walking around the house. A race suit is not meant for either of these scenarios, they’re meant for the rider to be on the bike and carving up the track. The first thing we’re going to ask you when you call with concerns about the fitment is: how does it feel on the bike?
When you first put on your new suit, it’s going to take a lot of work and you’re going to look ridiculous putting it on, that’s a given. We’ve all been there. After you get your suit zipped up, get out to your bike and sit on it. Get in a tuck, get your butt off like you’re going to drag knee (be careful and make sure it’s on a rear stand or have a buddy help hold the bike). Does it feel comfortable now? Is it hindering your movement at all? These are questions to ask yourself before determining if the fit is good, or if the fit is off. If you think it’s still not fitting right, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have or exchange for a different size.
Ladies, we have suit options for you too. Give us a call if you need help with sizing or if you’d like to purchase a suit.
The complete Alpinestars’ suit line covers a range of riding styles, from Sunday morning cruises to WSBK level race suits. First up is the Alpinestars Motegi Suit –
The new entry level suit from Alpinestars. This is a great all-around suit that is perfect for carving canyons or tackling a trackday.
Alpinestars designed the Motegi with a less aggressive cut than the ultra-aggressive higher end suits, meaning that it is possible to stand up off of the bike without it feeling like a workout. This doesn’t mean that it is any less comfortable on the bike, however. The Motegi features durable Aramidic stretch panels that run down the length of the underarms, sides of the torso, crotch and back of the legs for increased mobility and comfort on longer rides.
Available in black/white, white/black, black/white/red, white/black/red, black/white/yellow (pictured here), and black/white/gold
The SP-1 suit from Alpinestars is a full-on race suit and one of our most popular selling suits. It’s easy to see why they’ve kept this suit in their lineup since 2009. CE-approved GP armor is found in the knees, elbows, and shoulders and has the option of adding in the Alpinestars Bionic Race back protector and Bionic Race chest guards for even more protection. This suit is heavily perforated in the chest, legs, arms, back, and the race hump, and perfect for riders in the warmer climates or the humid mid-west climates.
Available in black, or white/black (limited sizes)
The Alpinestars Orbiter suit puts an emphasis on providing a comfortable riding suit that can handle multitudes of riding styles. This suit is the best all-around suit offered by Alpinestars. Perfect whether you’re just out for a ride, carving up the canyons, or at a track day. Alpinestars has accomplished this by incorporating proven protection technology with new ergonomic features such as an offset zipper and copious amounts of stretch material, such as across the chest.
The Orbiter is available in the black/white/red shown here, and black/white.
One of the first suits we see in the Alpinestars collection to have heavy influences from MotoGP and WSBK development. This suit has DFS (Dynamic Friction Shield) protectors in the shoulders and elbows. Whether you drag your elbow on purpose or by accident is your choice, but at least you’ll be protected! A removable, washable mesh liner will help keep this suit fresh for long into its wearable life. Also notable with this suit is a 3D mesh sleeve and ankle cuffs for breathability and added comfort with gloves and boots.
Available from Riders Discount in black/white/red (shown here), black/white/grey, and black/white/hi-viz yellow. TheGP Pro two-piece suit option is available as well in black, and black/white/grey, however it is not perforated.
As briefly noted, the Alpinestars Atem suit is CE-approved. Not just the armor or specific areas of the suit, the entire suit is CE-approved. This is without a doubt one of the safest suits ever produced. Alpinestars has accomplished this incredible safety rating using high-grade, highly abrasion resistant leather with additional leather reinforcements in impact zones. Adding to the protection is an array of armor that use much of the same technology found in the Race Replica suit including DFS protectors on the shoulders, elbows, and knees. The Atem is a suit that, while expensive, actually offers a great deal of bang for the buck. There aren’t currently any other suits that offer this kind of high-end tech at a price near it. On top of that, we think it’s one of the best looking suits on the market!
Available in black/white/red (shown here), and black/white and black/white/yellow.
Alpinestars GP Tech Suit – $2199.94 MSRP
— The best mass produced suit on the market
— Fit runs a bit larger than normal Alpinestars, recommend going one size down from your normal size
— Alpinestars GP Tech Suit Full Review
As close as you can get to the Race Replica without paying the price. The GP Tech is 15% lighter than the Race Replica too. This is done with a mixture of kangaroo and cow leather. The benefit of kangaroo is that it’s lightweight but still offers excellent abrasion resistance and stretches better to fit multiple body types. CE protection is integrated in to the suit plus the external PU sliders are proven technology derived from MotoGP and WSBK. Other notable features are rubber coated knees on the inside to help grip the bike better and accordion stretch panels on the calf for better fit for those of us that don’t skip leg day.
Available in black, white/black/red, and red/white/black
The Alpinestars Race Replica is the same suit you’ll see the pros wearing on your TV. The only difference is their suits are custom tailored and have the Tech Air airbag system installed. The highest level suit produced, the Race Replica uses premium leather with an aggressive race fit cut. Even the ventilation is carefully considered so as to provide enough airflow for the rider but yet not poke too many holes in the leather to compromise the strength of the leather. There is an abundant use of accordion leather and Kevlar stretch panels. This suit will feel even tighter than the others at first, but will be the most comfortable on the track.
Available in black/white/yellow (shown here), black, white/red
Which suit would you buy? Leave us a comment below with any questions or comments you have! If you would like to place an order, give us a call at 866.931.6644!