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Old 01-16-2013, 03:45 PM   #21
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astars makes some good stuff, and they have a wide price range... you get their entry level stuff and it is just like anybody's entry level stuff... you misapply their stuff and it will be the same as anybody's stuff used for what it was not intended...
stuff than is better by anybody else costs more...
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Got a lot of miles on my boots with no problems.

Had a pair a gloves that I only used on the weekends that had a seam come apart and all the grip appliqués on the fingers fall off, while some cheaper, older Scorpion gloves I used daily got more mileage and lasted a lot longer.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:45 AM   #24
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Jackets, suits, boots are great. gloves are cheap and always come apart at the seams.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:52 AM   #25
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Everything of theirs I've had (gloves, suits, MX boots) is great EXCEPT their roadrace boots (SMXPlus)... those aren't worth the money.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:03 AM   #26
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Got a lot of miles on my boots with no problems.

Had a pair a gloves that I only used on the weekends that had a seam come apart and all the grip appliqués on the fingers fall off, while some cheaper, older Scorpion gloves I used daily got more mileage and lasted a lot longer.
I had a pair of gloves that lasted about 150 miles before the seams started coming apart. They refused to stand behind their product.

$85 Astar gloves - 150 miles
$45 Icon gloves - 6000 miles

I'll never buy anything with that name on it again. Not even a hat.
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I don't buy name brand gloves - way over-priced for what they are. Jackets and suits are good. AStar suits are the only ones I've found that fit my big calf muscles. Tried Dainese and they must cut them for skinny Europeans.

I don't look at the brand name as much as the individual build quality. I sewed my own leather seat skins for car seats back in college so I know a thing or two about the different stitching techniques. You can tell a lot about how a piece of gear was designed and how much time was spent putting in together by the materials and methods. Brand label and patches are just what the OEM's customer tell them to sew on.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:44 PM   #29
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Jackets, suits, boots are great. gloves are cheap and always come apart at the seams.

I haven't had much luck with their gloves as well.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:52 PM   #30
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I haven't had much luck with their gloves as well.
Are you buying their upper level products like their GP Tech or GP Pros?
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:59 PM   #31
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Are you buying their upper level products like their GP Tech or GP Pros?
Yep. Last pair I had was the GP Pro that I sold to another member. I think it might have to do with me excessively twisting thy wrist and regripping the throttle constantly. Held up somewhat well for normal DD I guess. Funny thing was I has to warranty the original pair because the thumb was sewn wrong So Alpinestar sent me a new set.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:06 PM   #32
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Yep. Last pair I had was the GP Pro that I sold to another member. I think it might have to do with me excessively twisting thy wrist and regripping the throttle constantly. Held up somewhat well for normal DD I guess. Funny thing was I has to warranty the original pair because the thumb was sewn wrong So Alpinestar sent me a new set.
was it sewn in the wrong direction? wow with all the gloves that i have purchased from them, i have never see one like that lol good that they sent you a replacement pair!
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:09 PM   #33
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I've owned a pair of their midgrade MX boots since 2004 and still fit and function perfect with nothing coming apart or breaking.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:11 PM   #34
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It was sewn short, not the wrong direction/position! LOL

One thing is for sure is they do have awesome customer service and warranty!

Most of their stuff is made in the same factory as most other vendors. Just different QC/QA.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:22 PM   #35
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WORST CS EVER! Gloves were 3 DAYS old. The rep literally told me face to face "too bad", then turned around and walked away.

It is solely because of their utter lack of customer service that I will never buy their product again.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #36
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:16 PM   #37
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I've had nothing but good luck with their boots and jackets. My experience with their gloves is hit or miss. My SP2s have held up like a champ through more than 10k miles with some inclement weather thrown in to boot. A pair of S1s blew a stitch on the finger less than 500 miles out of the package.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:53 AM   #38
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I've had my A* Sniper Air jacket for about a 1 1/2 yrs, and the only things wearing on it are the plastic tab on the end of the zipper connection, & the logos (have gone down in it once & it saved my ). I also have a pair of the SP-8 gloves that are quite comfortable, I haven't had any issues with...unlike the Icon and Joe Rocket gloves that I had before, which both came apart along the outer seams.
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Old 11-17-2015, 05:35 AM   #39
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I got a pair of A-star Atlas gloves and a gp-air jacket with the bike I bought from a member here. The jacket is stil in great condition but the gloves need to be replaced after putting about 18k miles on them. I've bought another jacket for winter riding, a pair of shin guards, and a bionic jacket.
I did have to send the shin guards back due to the stitching coming out.
About the only problem I see with consistancy is the weak adheasive they use on the velcro straps with rubber backing. The rubber tends to peel away.
I had ordered some "Alloy" gloves that looked like the leather was cut on a friday afternoon, and stitched on a monday morning. They are in the process of being returned, but that is more a function of where I bought them, than A-star themselves.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:44 PM   #40
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Alpine Stars have been around a long time making quality gear, however with the turn in the economy since maybe 2008 they have had a growing line in the economy market segment.
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