Alpinestars Bionic Jacket body armour review

Stay safe on the hills

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £219.99 RRP | USD $249.95
Alpinestars Bionic Jacket

Our review

Quality fit, great features and neck brace compatibility make this a great choice for staying safe on the hill
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Alpinestars have plenty of experience of making technical protection and the Bionic Jacket is a fine example of it. It uses a traditional mix of foam padding and hard plastic armour, and the fit, pad position, functionality and compatibility make it one of the comfiest, most effective sets of upper body armour we’ve tried.


The removable backplate may look cumbersome but thanks to the five-piece construction, it articulates well enough that you soon forget you’re wearing it. The uppermost panel is attached with Velcro and simply tears out to make it compatible with a neck brace. Similarly, the front chest padding is cut low to avoid clashes with a brace.

The shoulder padding is slim enough to prevent that ‘ice hockey player’ look but will still take a decent knock if you hit the ground. The sleeves can be removed via zippers located just under the armpits should you want to use a different brand’s elbow pad but we’ve found that Alpinestars’ own are great. There’s ample coverage and the criss-cross strapping means arm pump is less of an issue too. The mesh construction meant we didn’t get too hot and with five sizes to choose from, the fit is great. 


This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications


Name Bionic Jacket (12)
Brand Alpinestars

Description • Slim, CE certified elbow and shoulder protectors with Lycra piping. • Ventilated PU and PE chest guard and 8mm impact foam back protector. • Ergonomic 5 plate back protector follows the natural curve of the back with locking plates that lower the possibility of overextending the back. • Lightweight mesh construction with light and breathable padding. • 3 panel sleeve eliminates the need for extra straps on elbow pads. • Wide hip straps on the integrated kidney belt eliminate bunching around waist. • Stretch Lycra panels for a slim fit. • Locking front zipper. • Velcro straps with D ring and TPR puller.
Clothing Sizes Available L M S XL XXL