Long-term review: 2016 Alpinestars Racer Braap

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I got these jerseys in august 2016, and used them since then, now it’s Jan 2020 as I updated the review, along with my other jerseys, I switched type of jersey according to the weather, the Racer Braap jerseys I used when it was not very warm as in midsummer. I don’t have an exact number of which I have used each jersey.

Sizing:

I use size L for Alpine Stars jerseys, with Fox I use XL, Mavic Size L, Swix base layer I use Medium.

Some videos:

a bad video I was not able flip due to not using proper software:

Pros:

  • No itching label at the neck or itching stitching.
  • Comfortable against the skin
  • Good fit. No issues with the jersey arms sliding up.The jersey fits well over Poc elbow pads or probably any other protective padding.

Cons:

  • after some months of use the the label on the inside started peeling. but the label does not matter.
Alpine starts Racer Braap jersey laber falling off.
Alpinestars Racer Braap - lapel fallen off
  • All of the jerseys eventually developed a tear at the upper chest lower throat area, in a upside down triangle, after few years of use, then eventually some the sleeve ends the stitching failed. but nothing that can’r easily be fixed with a sewing kit. All 4 jerseys developed a tear like this, but this one had a shorter tear, but just gentle movement using my hands I could make it grow, so with in a crash or a lot more use it would tear a lot more, so this has to be sewn. Repair instead of throw away clothes.
Alpinestars Racer Braap

So far my most durable jersey has been Mavic Crossmax but it has a itchy label so I only use it in when I use a base layer. I think this is due to the type of weave it has, much tighter, no exposed thin threads, like on the Racer Braap jersey.

Alpinestars Racer Braap
Here you can clearly see the weave, and the damage after long term use.
it has oval shaped diagonal holes/channels/pattern with exposed threads going trough them.

Verdict:

I can’t really recommend it due to bein too fragile, but the fit is great.

I can only recommend a jersey that won’t tear, and last many years, which this jersey does not. but of course you can keep using it and repair it, patch it up sew holes shut.

so if you don’t mind it’s not as durable as a jersey could be, and you want a jersey that had this amount of air flow through it, and not more or less, then you can go for it, but I would not recommend it.

Some More pictures:

Flickr Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskJJUpAb

Review: 2015 AlpineStars Drop 2 Enduro jersey ( 2019 update, this review is in the process of being updated)

Sizing:

I use size L for Alpine Stars jerseys, with Fox I use XL, Mavic Size L, Swix base layer I use Medium

Pros:

  • No itching labels or stitching
  • good fit works well with protectors underneath, the sleeves are long enough, good size of collar, the jersey stay in place how it should no sliding or twisting of the sleeves or any other part of the jersey
Alpinestars Drop 2 jersey wear_20181016_171050
  • the collar is not too open,so it works well , it keeps the buff in place,I wear a Swix  Race X base layer underneath & a buff/neck warmer(s), for those colder times where you don’t have to wear a jacket to stay warm, as the neck is one of the places I get cold fast, this is a big plus for me.
  • the pockets do not interfere with my Evoc backpack, the pockets are perfectly placed.
  • the pockets are so big you can have lunch or some energy bars in them, or 2 buffs or 2 sets of gloves.
  • easy to take things out or put in the pockets,because of the Velcro straps,which makes a secure pocket to keep stuff in,but I would not keep small or tiny stuff in it because they could come out, on rough rides, because the Velcro straps are only in the middle and not on the whole length.

Cons:

  • Due to the way the jersey is woven, it’s more fragile than the Mavic CrossMax jersey, it has thinner thread and more exposed thread.

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  • the stitched part of the pocket rolls down on the Velcro strap some times, but this is not a big deal, there is more than enough Velcro to keep the pocket secure.

Verdict:

Not most durable option, fits great, I can’t really recommend it as it’s not perfect.

you can buy it here:

http://www.ridestore.no/alpinestars-drop-2-bike-shirt-black-white

Ridestore got some good photos of Clothing, so check it out,(more in the link above)

Alpinestars Drop 2 Trøyer
Picture by Ridestore.com