Alpinestars Air-Flo Pants
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by Rick K. for webBikeWorld
The timing couldn't be better -- just as the weather
here in the Mid-Atlantic has reached its typically
brutal hot and humid summer peak, we've been taking a
look at some of the new mesh clothing items for 2006
We covered the Alpinestars
T-Stunt 2 mesh jacket a few days ago and the
Alpinestars ACR Air-Flo jacket
review is now posted.
And what better choice to go with the jackets than
the Alpinestars Air-Flo mesh pants?
Note that a sharp-eyed webBikeWorld visitor informed
us that the pants shown here are the Air-Flo pants.
We had been calling these the ACR Air-Flo pants, which
was incorrect. Apparently, the ACR version does
have a waist zipper to attach to the Alpinestars ACR
Only Alpinestars knows what "ACR" stands for, but the
"Air-Flo" part is self-explanatory. I've been
wearing these pants on several extended rides and they
do flow lots of air, so they're aptly named.
However, the Air-Flo pants are only about one
step above jeans in the protection department.
They're cut like jeans and they fit like jeans when
ordered to a normal street pant size. But they're
also designed to be worn as an over-pant, as long as
they are sized accordingly.
My feeling is that they would have to be ordered at
least one size over the normal street pant size for them
to fit as overpants.
I ordered the pair shown here to fit me as normally
sized pants and not as over-pants. I usually take
a size 36" waist, and the Air-Flo pants in size
large, claimed to fit 31" to 36" waists, just fits me
when I suck in my breath as I batten down the hatches.
At the small end, it's my feeling that
riders with a 31" waist would find them to be too baggy,
so I'd say that the size large would really be better
suited to something like a size 32" to 35" waist.
The other sizes probably fit about the same, relatively
The Air-Flo pants have minimal protection, with
very thin pads only in the knees. Think of these
pants as offering the protection of, say, a heavier
textile pair of jeans. Since I never wear jeans
for riding, these pants would be about the absolute
minimum I'd recommend.
The pants do have the typical softer mesh lining sewn
inside, which is made from a material rather like
taffeta. This keeps the heavier mesh outer fabric
away from the rider's skin and offers some comfort and
provides a bit of air to circulate against the rider's
I've also worn the
Cool Air Bodyguard Adventure (armored) pants
underneath, and I think they will definitely add to the
protective qualities of the Air-Flo pants. The
Bohn armor is designed to stay snug to the rider's body,
so it might not matter that the somewhat baggy ir-Flo
pants could move around a bit during a slide.
I'm also worried about what might happen if I did end
up in a slide wearing the Air-Flo pants with only a
pair of underpants underneath. It probably won't
be much fun getting molten Nylon plucked out of my
scrapes, but this is a problem with most textile
motorcycle riding pants, mesh or not.
The pants have two relatively deep jeans-like slash
pockets in the front, and the vertical seam on the sides
has a zipper that allows entry into the pockets of any
pants worn underneath.
The waist has a jeans-like zipper and closes with a
metal hook and snap assembly. The pants also have
Velcro adjusters on either side, but since there's no
elastic used anywhere in the pants (as far as I can
tell), the adjusters are only minimally useful and may
cause some bunching for those with smaller than maximum
Elastic waists should be standard in every pair of
motorcycle pants made, as far as I'm concerned.
This would make them much more comfortable and it would
also help the pants fit a wider range of sizes, which
could mean more sales and less inventory problems, so
I'm not sure why the manufacturers don't wake up and
think of ways to do this. I'm always amazed to
find a pair of pants like the Air-Flo that have zero
The pants have a unique zipper arrangement for those
who will be wearing them as overpants. The zipper
starts at the outside of the ankle and unzips all the
way up and over the knee and then ends on the inside of
the thigh. This zipper is fairly well hidden, and
since I don't wear mine as overpants, I'm pleased that
the zipper isn't in the way.
The Air-Flo pants don't have a waist attachment
zipper that would allow them to be fastened to any of
the Alpinestars mesh jackets, and I find this to be a
very strange oversight. However, the ACR Air-Flo
pants, which are almost identical to these, do have a
zipper attachment and zipper slash pockets in front.
Unfortunately, they were not available when we ordered
our Alpinestars gear.
Although it may be a moot
point, as the
T-Stunt 2 jacket we recently reviewed does not have
an attachment zipper anyway, but the
ACR Air-Flo jacket
If the weather is so hot that any other type of
motorcycle pant is simply too uncomfortable, then the
Air-Flo pants should be just the ticket. I
think they actually offer more air flow than jeans
because of their heavy mesh construction, and I would
think they'd certainly offer better abrasion protection.
I will admit that the combination of the Air-Flo
pants and either the Alpinestars T-Stunt 2 jacket or
matching Air-Flo jacket (which flows more due to its
greater quantity of mesh) is about as comfortable as
you're going to get when the weather is brutally hot.
And I'll also secretly admit that, protection levels
notwithstanding, I've been wearing the Alpinestars combo
on most of my rides recently. The problem is the
minimal amount of armor or padding, but I guess that's
the price one has to pay for being able to ride in hot
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Review: Alpinestars ACR Air-Flo Pants
We purchased ours at
Retail Price: $139.95
Sizes: S to XXXXL (4XL)
From "P.A.": "Aloha, I have been using the ACR Air-Flo Pants
for a couple of months now. The weather here in Hawaii for the most part
is almost always warm to hot. Leathers are great at night, early mornings
and very late in the afternoons. During the day however, you'll feel like
a Hawaiian lau lau (steamed pork wrapped in spinach).
I do agree that protection is very limited having only the soft
foam protectors in the knees. However, I wear these in lieu of jeans along
with Bohn armored shorts and
Icon Field armor leg
protectors and boots. I also share in the opinion that these pants
should be the minimum amount of leg protection unfortunately there are many
riders here in Hawaii that ride with out any sort of protection. Mahalo..."