Alpinestars Drop Jersey & Drop Shorts-cby Grannygear
That is me in that photo. Call me ‘Big G’. Well, not really. Not even close actually, but that does not mean that I cannot wear the same cool clothes that Mr. Cauvin does. Even if I cannot drop in like him, I can still suit up in the new Drop jersey and shorts from Alpinestars and go play on the trails that I can handle. So I have been spending some quality time in a bright red/white set of the latest threads from the Italian wizards of trail gear and have enough time to report back.
In the past I have sampled cycling clothing from Alpinestars and found the jerseys to be high quality and very comfy. I have a grey long sleeve jersey that is mid-weight and killer for layering efforts across fall/spring weather. The shorts, while still made well, were less of a win for me. I found them to be too restrictive for easy pedaling and a bit overdone overall as I like a more minimal XC approach to baggies. Now to be fair, they were a trail rider’s short, not a more feathery short, so that is part of it, but you still need to pedal a trail or AM bike too, right?
The new version of the Drop shorts is much improved to my educated tuchus. They are labeled as ‘Enduro’ on them. Well, of course they are. All things Enduro are hot, hot, hot right now. But the true Enduro event demands both a high level of DH/Trail ability and pedaling prowess and these red devils are ready to fight that battle with a less restrictive cut, a slightly lighter fabric (but still a rugged feel) and a full feature set. The image above looks pinkish, but they are red, red, red.
- Unobtrusive velcro tabs at each hip fine tune waist size, which is not limited to just the SM/MED/LG, etc. I have a size 32 short.
- Two slash front pockets and two zipped leg pockets.
- Zippered front vent sections on each leg and a vented back panel at the waist.
- A snap-in/snap-out liner.
- Good leg length and a trim crotch cut for less snaggage.
- Nice lines. Italian, you know.
The Drop jersey is another ‘Enduro’ branded item and is a nice mix of mesh-y panels and more-so mesh-y panels. It matches the Drop shorts perfectly and worn together, you look a bit super hero on the trail so up your riding to match, OK? Features include:
- A small, zipped pocket with a media port sewn in and a headphones loopy at the flat sewn, label-less collar to keep things organized.
- A sewn in soft section of fabric for a sunglass wipey.
- A fit that I would call ‘athletic’. The LG jersey on me was not very blousey.
I wore them the first two times on very warm days, both times being a local area that has trails for bigger trail bikes to play on. The venting was quite good, especially the more open fabric of the jersey. They played well with the pads I wore and I looked quite spiffy too. I still got a bit of leg restriction on the shorts compared to a very lightweight set of baggies, but these felt much more substantial than anything that would be better in that regard and I think that overall they were quite acceptable to sit and climb in, cut wise. The shorts liner was less of a happy spot for me. This is not the first time I have been bummed by the fit and feel of the Alpinestars short liner/chamois combo. These were very short on the leg…is that a trail bike thing or an Italian thing?….and I can overlook that, but the chamois would ride up too and always would bother me at the edge of the pad, creating a pinch/hot spot zone. I finally wore them with a different short liner and that was better for me.
I think that if I was doing less seated pedaling and more shuttle stuff, then the liner would have been a non-issue, but I tend to ride up and then down. Other than that, the Drop jersey/short combo has the high level of quality and style that I have seen from Alpinestars in the past and the new short is quite a better all-rounder than before. The Drop Jersey retails for $54.95 and the Drop Short for $124.95.
Note: Alpinestars sent the Drop shorts/jersey samples to Twenty Nine Inches at no charge. We are not being paid, nor bribed for this review and we will strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.