Alpinestars Street Cargo Pants
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Air-Flo Mesh Pants |
Alpinestars Ergo Painter
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld
Our series on Alpinestars gear for hot weather riding
concludes with a look at the Alpinestars Street Cargo
Pants, which are sort of a cross between street jeans and mesh
The Cargo Pants can be purchased one size small, as these were,
for wearing solo, but they're also designed to be worn as
overpants if they are ordered at the normal waist size.
I've been mixing and matching summer gear lately,
comparing the differences between the Alpinestars
Air-Flo Mesh Pants,
the Ergo Painter
Pants (jeans) and the Street Cargo Pants shown here. The weather
has remained super hot
and humid, exactly the right
conditions to evaluate these type of alternatives to leather.
When the temperature reaches about 90 degrees F it
really becomes just too uncomfortable for motorcycle
riding no matter what type of clothing I'm wearing.
Even full mesh jackets and pants eventually reach the
limits of comfort.
When it gets that hot, I'll admit that jeans may be
the only way to go. But I'm just not sure where
these Street Cargo Pants fit in. They don't have
the air flow properties of mesh
and they're much heavier than jeans. The Polyester
most of the air that might help cool the rider.
Perhaps they will work better in a narrower range of
temperatures, like during the beautifully extended fall
weather we get here in the Mid-Atlantic. But then
I'll probably be back to wearing leather anyway...
The Street Cargo pants are comfortable enough for what they are.
They're made from 100% Polyester fabric, with a
full-length (and also 100% Polyester) permanently
attached fabric liner. I don't want to know what
might happen to my skin with a coating of melting
Polyester during a slide, so on second thought, perhaps
it is more sensible to wear these as overpants?
The waist is cut like a pair of street jeans.
It has belt loops, slash hand pockets in front, a zipper
and a single metal button snap at the waist. The
waist has no elastic, which is a shame. I normally
take a size 36" waist and ordered these to fit by
themselves. They're a size 34 and they fit
There is a touch of elastic in the back of the pants
just below the waist. This elastic is covered with
a fabric flap that I guess is also designed to allow
some air venting.
They do have a bit of styling flair with their cargo
pockets on each leg, to the side and above the knee.
There's a sort of strange opening just below the cargo
pockets that I guess is supposed to allow air to flow up
the rider's thigh, but I don't notice this happening
when I'm riding.
The pants do have a side zipper that starts down at
the ankle and opens up to the knee. This is
presumably to allow easier ingress and egress when
they're worn as overpants. Two sections of Velcro,
one at the cuff and one about mid-calf, keep the leg
The legs are not tapered and they are shaped with a
kind of stovepipe effect that gives enough room down
below. The cuffs are too wide to tuck in to riding
boots, but they work well with something like the
Scout boots, which unfortunately are too hot to wear
in temperatures over about 80 degrees or so.
The Street Cargo pants have removable CE-approved
armor in the knees but there is no other armor or
padding anywhere in the pants.
The Cargo Street pants can also be worn with the Alpinestars
T-Stunt 2 mesh jacket or the
Alpinestars ACR Air-Flo jacket
but the pants do not have an attachment zipper.
Also, you may want to also take a peek at our reviews of
Underwear Body Armor and
Sport Shorts. Both of these work great under
jeans or pants like these.
I'm not sure what else I can say about the Alpinestars
Street Cargo pants. As
you can tell, I'm not really thrilled with either the
design or the way they function. They seem too
constraining for hot weather use and I'll be wearing
something with more protection when the weather gets
However, that's just my opinion. I do like the
styling and they will probably work well as a pair of
knock-around pants for casual riding. They might
also be a relatively good compromise for long distance
By the way, sorry about the poor quality photos.
Our Nikon D70 died; apparently there are a batch of the
originals that have a problem. Nikon's fixing it
for free and we hope to get it back in time for the next
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Review: Alpinestars Street Cargo Pants
Retail Price: $119.95
Sizes: 28" to 38" waist.