Review: Alpinestars All Mountain Rain Jacket

Lightweight waterproof shell keeps you dry, packs down easy

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The Velcro wrist closures are highly adjustable.

Velcro wrist closures are highly adjustable (click to enlarge).

To help dial in fit there are cords at the waist and around the hood. There is also a healthy amount of Velcro at the wrists.

When the jacket is fully zipped, the soft liner protects you face from bumping against the cold zipper.

When the jacket is fully zipped, the soft liner protects you face from bumping against the cold zipper (click to enlarge).

Other thoughtful touches include reflective logos, a fleeced lined inner collar, and an extended lower back panel.

While I normally keep my cellphone buried in my backpack, I did notice my iPhone 5 (sans case) barely fit in the interior media pocket. Those with larger phones beware.

While I normally keep my cellphone buried in my backpack, I did notice my iPhone 5 (sans case) barely fit in the interior media pocket. Those with larger phones beware (click to enlarge).

On the trail, the All Mountain Jacket did an excellent job keeping me dry. It packs down small enough that I carry it on almost all my outdoor adventures (including the occasional hare scramble), yet it still looks brand new after being hosed down repeatedly. If I were only rating this jacket based on the performance and quality of the materials, it would receive a glowing five-chili review. However, since it does cost $200, I have to nitpick. My biggest gripe is the size of the hood, which barely fits over some helmets. I also discovered that the interior media pocket is too small to accommodate larger cell phones.

If you’re in the market for a high quality waterproof layer, the All Mountain Jacket from Alpinestars is well worth considering. At $200, it’s not cheap, but neither is good gear. Now if only that hood was a little bigger…


For more information visit www.alpinestars.com.


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Comments:

  • tb says:

    I closed this window as soon as I saw $200. Well actually I didn’t close it yet because I’m typing this.

    Closing window in 5,4,3…

  • MP says:

    How is the jacket after it slides along the ground? Is it still worth $200 after that, or will it just be ripped gear?

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