Young mountain bikers who want to emulate their grown-up trail-rippers should look no further than the Alpinestars Youth Vector Shorts for perfect performance on the trails. Pull them on and show the big guys how this bike riding business is done.
Specifically tailored to offer a supportive fit for younger mountain bike riders, the Alpinestars Youth Vector Shorts are every bit as effective as their adult big brothers, scaling down in size only.
The ergonomic fit, made possible thanks to the multi-panel construction, is certainly every bit as good; close enough to the body to stay speedy, but a little roomier to allow space for knee protection to keep youthful limbs pedalling should the worst happen. On top of that, there’s extra padding around the knee area too, so you can be every bit as confident as them when they head out into the trail.
Key to these shorts’ addictive performance is the sheer sense of freedom that they bring to the party, with four-way stretch panels helping to avoid restrictions. The printed logos lend another grown-up touch to proceedings, and younger riders can quickly and easily adjust the fit thanks to side waist tab adjustments, a front zipper and a subtle, hidden snap closure rounding things out.
Alpinestars is a technical safety gear manufacturer for motorcycle and auto racing (MotoGP, Motocross, Formula One and NASCAR), as well as extreme sports. The company takes its name from the English translation of the Italian word "stelle alpine" which, when translated into English, literally means "Alpine stars".
They have also developed a fashion clothing division for men's and women's sportswear lifestyle apparel, based upon Alpinestars' heritage in motorsports.
Founded in 1963 by Sante Mazzarolo in Asolo, Italy, the company started out making hiking and ski boots, but quickly focused on making boots primarily for motocross racing. In the 1990s, the company branched out into manufacturing all types of protective and technical gear ranging from gloves and jackets to full leather suits for motorcycling. They also sold Alpinestars branded mountain bikes until 1996. Today they have offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo while the original headquarters and main research & development labs remain in Northern Italy.
The company is today headed by Sante's son, Gabriele Mazzarolo. Alpinestars is now a global brand, developing technical racing products for MotoGP and World Superbike with leather suits, boots, gloves and protection worn by MotoGP World Champions Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner. In auto racing, flame and heat retardant Nomex suits, footwear, gloves and underwear have been developed in Formula One and NASCAR with recent Champions Fernando Alonso and Jimmie Johnson.
Alpinestars has established a fashion division with design centers in California and Italy.
The current Stig on Top Gear wears a white Alpinestars race suit
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