The adventure suit must be all things to all people in all weather. From the wilds of cold and wet Alaska to the unforgiving deserts of the Southwest to the hot and humid rainforests of South America, the suit must adapt. Over the next few weeks, we'll take a quick look at three examples that deserve your attention, starting with the Alpinestars Drystar Valparaiso suit featured here.
This is a new midlevel travel suit in the Alpinestars Tech-Touring line and the top choice of those with Drystar, the company’s proprietary waterproof membrane. Cut balances Euro snugness with American room to breathe. Jacket $430; Pants $370.
Chest vents zip out of the way for air inlet, working with a nearly full-back, zip-down panel for excellent breathability. Shoulders, elbows, and knees have CE-certified Bio-Armor, but hips do not. Chest and back armor are optional.
Waterproof membrane and insulating liners can be removed but at the expense of packing room. Ample vents and zip-off sleeves make it good in heat, but Drystar isn’t as breathable as Gore-Tex, so suit gets hot with liner in place. Cozy in cold and wet.
Inlet vents on the thighs work with two-way zippers on the lower legs for additional venting and ease of donning and doffing the suit. Like all the players here, the Alpinestars Drystar Valparaiso boasts numerous internal and external pockets.
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