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Alpinestars A-8 Protection Vest

$259.95
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An innovative fusion of advanced design methods and high-tech materials ensures that Alpinestars A-8 Protection Vest offers the off-road rider unrivalled upper-body security in a streamlined, ultra-lightweight protector that can be optimized for various riding conditions and requirements.

This high-tech armor system attains the highest level of protection in terms of CE standards (1621-2 level 2 and 14021) while granting the rider exceptional freedom of movement. The A-8 is optimized for use with Alpinestars' Bionic Neck Support.

  • Attains the highest level of protection in terms of CE standards (1621-2 level 2 and 14021) using a newly developed, super-light Vaco12 structure in the back protector and high-performing EVA foam on the lateral and chest protectors.
  • Close fitting design allows the armor to be used over or under a jersey.
  • Constructed of extremely tough Thermo PU and Polypropylene, super-lightweight mesh backed by soft, washable Biofoam.
  • Large, lateral protectors closely yet comfortably conform to the body.
  • Designed to integrate with Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support / neck brace compatible.
  • Semi-rigid TPU / PP plates allow the protector to fit close to body and follow the body's motion to ensure optimal protection at all times.
  • Intake and Exhaust vents combine with perforated panels to greatly enhance airflow.
  • Adjustable lateral and chest straps for a superior fit.
  • Removable shoulder and upper arm guards.
  • Optional accessory back strap system allows the A-8 to be configured for use without the back protector.
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Overall 3 out of 5 stars
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crf250man
Breaks easily, doesn't last long, cheap metal

I bought this about 6 months ago and it came broken out of the box. One of the tabs to lock the strap in was broken. All the metal on it is very very very cheap Chinese metal. The screws holding the shoulder guards on are very difficult to tighten when they come loose because the screwdriver strips the top of them off with little effort because of the cheap metal used. I had to drill through it in both shoulder guards and put a screw and bolt on to keep the shoulder guards on. If I were you I would strongly recommend not buying this chest protector. Go for the Troy Lee Designs Shock Doctor one. Bottom line is the metal is just WAAYYY to soft. I don't understand why they would make this with such cheap metal. You WILL have the same problem with the soft metal.

Overall 3 out of 5 stars
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Location: Nevada
PapaBear
Protection vest

I had to return the vest. It is sized M-2X, it ran small.

Overall 5 out of 5 stars
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OLDMOTO
Good protection

Size runs a little on the small side. Good quality.

Overall 5 out of 5 stars
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ride
Great vest!

I'm 6' 1", 185 lbs and the 2x-4x fits well. Rode with it yesterday for the first time and very impressed. Seems very well made.

Overall 4 out of 5 stars
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Location: Vancouver, Wa
Fatfastguy
Needs a couple of things to be perfect

I am big guy,6'2" 240 pounds and i bought the largest size possible. There are tons of adjustments to get the fit just how i liked it but it did take some time to achieve. The 2 major problems i have is the back protection does not articulate, it is a solid piece that does not bend the same way my back does. On me it has a slight bend going out ward at the bottom away my lower back. I dont think this effects the fit or how it will work in a crash but it looks funny. The adjustment screws are rather tight from the factory and you need to have a very large flat blade screw driver or you will end up stripping the heads. The A-8 stays in place while riding and is very comfortable. I have my USWE/Leatt H4 back on over the A-8 without issue. I have not crash tested it yet so i cannot comment on it's durability

Overall 5 out of 5 stars
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Hunter119
LEGIT!!!!

I just cracked 2 ribs and the pain is awful,,, nothing can compare to the pain. But saying that i didn't wear a chest protector cause i didn't think they were cool. After my latest wreck when I messed my ribs up my parents made me get this protecter. It feels awesome, fits great with my BNS I also took the shoulder pads off to put it under my jersey.... it honestly doesn't look like you're wearing anything. So get this!!!! its worth the money all day long to not go threw this pain Instagram @HunterJones__

Overall 5 out of 5 stars
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kabara
Incredible for Cross Country

This chest protector is very comfortable and lightweight. It is very comfortable to handle and drive.

Overall 5 out of 5 stars
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Location: Washington (the State)
Shu8
Good rib protection

I bought the A-8 for the rib protection. This unit does a much better job of covering the ribs than most. When I first put it on the fit was pretty weird but it has plenty of adjustment to make it fit just right.

Overall 2 out of 5 stars
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Location: Missouri, USA
stlyamadude
Frustrated

ordered med xl and my opinion was too small.fit was very tite..i am 6'1 190lbs...only covered to above my belly button...also had a broken tab new out of box on the front clip ...sent back next day...ordered a 2 x 4x....fit was alot better but shoulder cups are located far towards back and top of shoulder..not towards front top of shoulder..front of plastic dug into my pecks and has sharp edges..also the shoulder cups have sharp pointy edges that would stick my back..very bottom of back protector has like a tail that sticks away from my your back about 1'' 1 1/2...it does not follow the contour of your back properly.i have a alpinestars bns that is supposed to fit perfectly with this chest protector..lol..my fox airframe fits better..no bs...this does have a ton of adjustment and it can be moved every which way but i could not get it to fit right....also trying to adjust it is like pulling teeth from a 2 year old kid..terrible...but does have a lot of it...looks are awesome!!!! side latteral guards are sweet...i think that this would be a very hott chest protector ...no doubt about it that they put time and effort into this thing but will look into another... O almost forgot to say.....the second one i received was broke also..the bns tab loop the holds the bns down broke while walking around my living room..just received it today at .245pm and was already back in the box by 630pm to ship back to motosport... this is at no fault to motosport ..motosport payed for shipping back to them on both protectors..i use none other than motosport for all my off road needs..the best!!!

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steve Over 5 months ago Location: pa
Hey I had bought this last season and I wreckd the back of it dug into the ground snapping the plastic chest adjuster nubs are there replacement parts?
For this and now I have some thing useless that I paid a lot of money for
Top 1 Contributor
Over 5 months ago
MotoSportExpert
I am glad the Alpinestar Protector did exactly what is was designed for. It protected you in a crash! If you need replacement parts, please check with manufacturer: http://www.alpinestars.com/contact
Drew611 1 year 4 months ago
I'm 6'4" about how close would this come to my belly button?
Expert MotoSport Staff
1 year 4 months ago Location: Portland, OR, USA
MotoSportRyanT
The XXL-4XL Size would fit riders 6'1" to 6'5". Unfortunately, Alpinestars does not give out the extact length of the torso guard so it is hard to say how far down it will sit. I would say with this particular vest, it should come down far enough to cover most of the stomach area.
david 2 years 3 months ago Location: Rye, CO 81069, USA
How does it fit with a leatt neck brace and where is a good sizing chart?
Top 250 Contributor
2 years 3 months ago Location: Missouri, USA
stlyamadude
I do not own a leatt only a alpinestar bns neck brace.. I found that it was a 50-50 fit. Not great but better than most others I've owned.. the straps that hold the neck brace in place brke before I was ever able to wear while riding... fit chart I found said I needed small - large...I think the xl-2xl fit me better..I sent back both a8 that I ordered because they both broke before I ever had a chance to use them..I am 6'1 and 173 lbs...
MotoSport Staff
2 years 3 months ago Location: Portland, OR, USA
MotoSportExpert
This is designed to work with a neck brace. Depending on your body type/build and your preferences though, it is recommended to try both on to see if they would work for you specifically.
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ALPINESTARS MENS APPAREL

MENS JACKETS / SHIRTS
SizeEuroUSChestWaistHeight
X-Small 46 36 35.0 - 36.6in (89 - 93cm) 28.7 - 30.3in (73 - 77cm) 5'7" - 5'9"
Small 48 38 37.4 - 39.0in (95 - 99cm) 31.1 - 32.7in (79 - 83cm) 5'9" - 5'10"
Medium 50 40 39.8 - 41.3in (101 - 105cm) 33.5 - 35.0in (85 - 89cm) 5'10" - 5'11"
Large 52-54 42-44 42.1 - 43.7in (107 - 111cm) 35.8 - 37.4in (91 - 95cm) 5'11" - 6'
X-Large 56-58 46-48 44.5 - 46.1in (113 - 117cm) 38.2 - 39.8in (97 - 101cm) 6' - 6'1"
2X-Large 60 50 46.9 - 48.4in (119 - 123cm) 40.6 - 42.1in (103 - 107cm) 6'1" - 6'3"
3X-Large     49.2 - 50.8in (125 - 129cm) 42.9 - 44.5in (109 - 113cm) 6'3" - 6'4"
4X-Large     51.6 - 53.1in (131 - 135cm) 45.3 - 46.9in (115 - 119cm) 6'4" - 6'5"

MENS PANTS
SizeEuroUSWaistHipInseamHeight
X-Small 44 28 29.9in (76cm) 36.2in (92cm) 29.9in (76cm) 5'9" (174 cm)
Small 46 30 31.5in (80cm) 37.8in (96cm) 31.9in (81cm) 5'10" (177 cm)
Medium 48 32 33.1in (84cm) 39.4in (100cm) 33.9in (86cm) 5'11" (180 cm)
Large 50 34 34.6in (88cm) 40.9in (104cm) 33.9in (86cm) 6' (183 cm)
X-Large 52 36 36.2in (92cm) 42.5in (108cm) 35.8in (91cm) 6'1" (186 cm)
2X-Large 54 38 37.8in (96cm) 44.1in (112cm) 35.8in (91cm) 6'3" (189 cm)
3X-Large 56 40 39.4in (100cm) 45.7in (116cm) 38.2in (97cm) 6'4" (192 cm)
4X-Large 58 42 40.9in (104cm) 47.2in (120cm) 38.2in (97cm) 6'5" (195 cm)

MENS RACE SUIT
SizeEuroUSChestWaistInseamHeight
X-Small 46 36 36.2in (92cm) 29.9in (76cm) 29.9in (76cm) 5'9" (174 cm)
Small 48 38 37.8in (96cm) 31.5in (80cm) 31.9in (81cm) 5'10" (177 cm)
Medium 50 40 39.4in (100cm) 33.1in (84cm) 33.9in (86cm) 5'11" (180 cm)
Large 52 42 40.9in (104cm) 34.6in (88cm) 33.9in (86cm) 6' (183 cm)
X-Large 54 44 42.5in (108cm) 36.2in (92cm) 35.8in (91cm) 6'1" (186 cm)
2X-Large 56 46 44.1in (112cm) 37.8in (96cm) 35.8in (91cm) 6'3" (189 cm)
3X-Large 58 48 45.7in (116cm) 39.4in (100cm) 38.2in (97cm) 6'4" (192 cm)
4X-Large 60 50 47.2in (120cm) 40.9in (104cm) 38.2in (97cm) 6'5" (195 cm)

A=CHEST / HIP

B=WAIST

Measured around the natural wasteline;

C=INSEAM

Measured from the crotch to the bottom of the leg.

D=HEIGHT

MENS GLOVES
SizeSizePalm Width
X-Small 7 2.2 - 2.6in (5.7 - 6.7cm)
Small 8 2.6 - 3.1in (6.7 - 7.9cm)
Medium 9 3.1 - 3.6in (7.9 - 9.2cm)
Large 10 3.6 - 4.1in (9.2 - 10.5cm)
X-Large 11 4.1 - 4.6in (10.5 - 11.7cm)
2X-Large 12 4.6 - 5.5in (11.7 - 14cm)

GLOVE SIZING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Place a tape measure on the palm of your right hand.
  • Measure from the knuckle of your forefinger to the knuckle of your pinkie finger.
  • Use the resulted measurement in comparison to the chart on the left.

HATS
SizeHead Circumference
Small/Medium 21.7 - 22.8in (55 - 58cm)
Large/X-Large 23.2 - 24.0in (59 - 61cm)