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Alpinestars didn’t redesign the GP Pro suit for 2012, but they did bring out a brand new color - Red/White/Blue. This new option is available now from Riders Discount, so be sure to get in touch with MIKE if you’re interested. He can be reached by phone at 866.931.6644 ext. 804, or you can send him a PM through this forum. If email is more convenient, go ahead and send one to FORUM at RIDERSDISCOUNT dot COM and we’ll get back to you right away!

The Alpinestars GP Pro takes advantage of technologies developed by Alpinestars-sponsored racers in MotoGP and World Superbike. Made with 1.3mm full-grain leather that covers 85% of its outer surface (the rest is Aramadic stretch panel), the suit can be expected to hold up well where abrasion resistance is concerned. A vast portion of this leather has die-cut perforations in it that span the front of the suit from the collar all the way down to the openings for the feet. The top of the aerodynamic hump is also perforated. This die-cutting method not only produces millimeter-perfect spacing of each perforation but also assures that the holes will not fray over time. Of course, these perforations allow copious quantities of cooling air to pass through and keep the user comfortable while at speed. Further abetting the ventilation process, a fully-removable liner is placed between the rider’s skin and the outer leather shell, preventing sticking and allowing the skin to breathe. In certain areas, this liner has stretch panels sewn into it to permit a wide range of movement without an undue amount of effort required by the wearer.

Another area where Alpinestars Tech Labs looked towards their prototype suits was with the integration of a U-shaped accordion stretch panel that runs from the lower back and up each side of the torso. With this, it becomes possible to provide a near-custom fit for a wide range of wearers and it also permits additional ease of flexibility. The suit has the potential to reduce rider fatigue because of this enhanced fitting scheme which gives the rider a feeling of being one with the suit, rather than being one in the suit. Additional accordion stretch panels are located in front of the knees and behind the elbows. As already mentioned, 15% of the outer shell is made of Aramidic stretch panel in areas that are unlikely to contact the ground in the event of a crash. These not only aid in fitment, but enhance ventilation as well.

Looking after impact attenuation, Alpinestars has installed CE-certified, removable armor in the elbows, shoulders and knees. PE-padding is used in the hips and chest, the latter of which may be upgraded with Alpinestars’ own Bionic Chest Protectors. Furthering the suit’s ability to reduce the force of impact felt by the rider, hard PU plastic external sliders are located on the elbows, shoulders and knees to spread the load of an impact over a larger area and impart greater abrasion resistance to the leather. These are strategically placed where they are likely to come into contact with the pavement during a crash. Finally, if you don’t already have a back protector, don’t forget to ask about ordering a Bionic Race back protector with this suit. This particular Alpinestars back protector snaps into place just below the user’s neck in one of three selectable positions.

MSRP $1099.95
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