Why Alpinestars’ Motocross Helmet And A Women’s Jacket Are Important

Airbag technology and a new market for the Asolo brand

2019 Alpinestars gear
Women’s gear and new markets are often a sign of a company’s intentions.Alpinestars

As the fall season looms and new motorcycle models wait to be revealed for next year, Italian gear company Alpinestars pulled the sheet off its 2019 lineup. Across the mammoth line of gear that Alpinestars offers—boots, gloves, roadrace leathers, riding jeans, city jackets, adventure gear, motocross kit, and more—71 new products will hit the US market.

Alpinestars Supertech M10 Motocross Helmet
Alpinestars Supertech M10 Motocross helmet
The big-ticket item is the continued launch of Alpinestars’ motocross helmet, the Supertech M10.Alpinestars

The high-spec, carbon-shell lid made its debut at the Anaheim Supercross in January of this year. It's clearly a big step and a significant push for Alpinestars to work its way into the North American helmet market. Expect to see more of the Supertech M10 lid on pro starting lines in 2019.

Alpinestars 2019 Stella Andes Pro Jacket
Alpinestars 2019 Stella Andes Pro Jacket
The other piece of significant news is the updated Andes Pro adventure-touring jacket—an airbag-compatible, multi-season getup that has sold well for Alpinestars—that now offers TechAir for the Stella (women’s) version.Alpinestars

The Andes’ success brought the company to invest in an upgrade, and in doing so it has become one of two jackets that will offer the TechAir airbag safety system to women for the first time in the US market.

Alpinestars 2019 Missile 2-piece Track Suit
Alpinestars 2019 Missile 2-piece track suit
On the topic of TechAir, pieces of the street and track apparel continue to offer compatibility with the airbag system, and it seems to have led to an update in many garments.Alpinestars

The stretch panels that are key for making room in a jacket or race suit when an airbag goes off are being used even more extensively now. This is especially evident in the new two-piece Missile suit, a split version of the Missile one-piece, which uses the stretch panels for TechAir expansion points but also to help blend where the now-larger zipper holds the jacket and pants together.

While it’s often utilized in TechAir applications, the stretch material also allows flexibility in garments that are either less likely to be used with an airbag or even ones that don’t offer TechAir. Cynics will say it’s brochure fodder that any company would use to sell more product; racers might say it’s technology making its way to consumers that only trickles down from a company steeped in competition. If it means more comfort and a higher potential for a rider to utilize a state-of-the-art airbag system, we say that has to be a good thing.

The expanse of the Alpinestars line is vast; from chinos to backpacks, leather shoes to neckwarmers, there are lots of products and lots of little updates every year. A few more of the notable updates are shown in the photos and captions below. For the full lineup, go to alpinestars.com.

Alpinestars 2019 Ray Canvas Jacket
Alpinestars 2019 Ray Canvas Jacket
The Ray canvas jacket is waxed cotton and intended for urban riding.Alpinestars
Alpinestars 2019 J-6 Shoe
Alpinestars 2019 J-6 Shoe
The J-6 shoe sold like crazy in Europe so Alpinestars brought it Stateside. It comes in black, brown, and all murdered out.Alpinestars
Alpinestars 2019 Celer Glove
Alpinestars 2019 Celer Glove
All of Alpinestars gloves come with touchscreen-sensitive fingertips, including this updated Celer shorty, which comes with a goatskin palm and in four colors. The only gloves that don’t have touchscreen fingers are the three high-spec racing gloves.Alpinestars
Alpinestars 2019 Banshee Leggings
Alpinestars 2019 Banshee Leggings
The Banshee leggings for women are form-fitting but also lined with abrasion-resistant fabric and incorporate low-profile knee armor.Alpinestars
Alpinestars 2019 J-Cult Shoe
Alpinestars 2019 J-Cult Shoe
The J-Cult shoe is stately for a sneaker, and is also waterproof.Alpinestars