• 12-11-2012
    thor34
    Royal racing alpine storm jacket
    Hey just wanted to see if anyone has purchased the royal alpine storm jacket? A local bike joint has some and they fit and seem pretty good. Just wanted to get someone else's opinion. Thanks
  • 12-12-2012
    Calhoun
    I had my LBS order me one, and I am picking it up tonight. A buddy of mine picked one up last year and loved it, but he bought it close to the end of the cold season. First ride will be tomorrow night, temps will start around 40 and drop from there, should be a good test.
  • 12-12-2012
    thor34
    Cool! Let me know what you think! Thanks
  • 12-14-2012
    Calhoun
    Rode with the jacket last night. Didn't get too cold, right around 40 or so. I wore one layer under the jacket and never got cold. I was suspicious of the venting at first but it really helped cool things down for the climbs. My only real disappointment with the jacket is the fit. It is not really cycling specific. The torso is long and the sleeves are a little short. The jacket was bunching up in the chest/stomach area when in riding position. The waist harness from my backpack kept that from being too annoying, but I really wish the jacket was designed with a better "on bike" fit.
  • 12-14-2012
    2wheelrevolution
    Royal jackets are good stuff. I have both the Alpine and the Matrix and am really impressed with the function not to mention how awesome they look both on and off the bike!
  • 12-16-2012
    DoctorMike
    Same here, both Alpine, Matrix and just picked up a Hexlite. Dig 'em all. The fit on the Matrix, at least for me at 5'10", 170lbs, is a bit better than the Alpine, which is rather long. Not a huge fan of the velcro closure straps either, but RR, in general, has some great outwear for the money. And they're warranty department is pretty stellar.
  • 12-16-2012
    thor34
    Thanks for the replies. A shop near home is selling them for 125. I'm honna get one for Xmas. Thanks and stay warm
  • 12-17-2012
    Calhoun
    I got a couple more rides in the Alpine. Fit still isn't stellar, but it isn't too noticeable while riding. It is warm though. Saturday morning it was in the 30s with some snow and under the jacket I wore a t-shirt. Never got cold.

    Glad to hear the Matrix fit is better, I will probably get one of those soon.
  • 01-07-2013
    PeytonP
  • 01-07-2013
    PeytonP
    Also, I found some for less than $100 on Amazon. Mine will be here in a week.
  • 01-07-2013
    thor34
    Well I got my jacket and I'm pretty happy with it. I'm 5'10, 186 lbs and I went with the large. The jacket is a little long. Still I hunk this is a great overall jacket! I rode yesterday with it and a med. base layer with 36 degree with pretty high wind and stayed warm! Actually kept he hood up and tightened over my helmet. Overall a good jacket for price! On and off the bike! Thanks for h help fellas
  • 01-07-2013
    PeytonP
    I'm 6'3" and an athletic 210lbs. I ordered a large because that's what I normally wear... But maybe the British sizing is a bit different from the American usual? Now I'm a bit worried mine won't fit well.
  • 01-09-2013
    Calhoun
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PeytonP View Post
    I'm 6'3" and an athletic 210lbs. I ordered a large because that's what I normally wear... But maybe the British sizing is a bit different from the American usual? Now I'm a bit worried mine won't fit well.

    Unless you have long arms you should be fine.
  • 02-21-2013
    PeytonP
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PeytonP View Post
    I'm 6'3" and an athletic 210lbs. I ordered a large because that's what I normally wear... But maybe the British sizing is a bit different from the American usual? Now I'm a bit worried mine won't fit well.

    Thought I should report. Yeah... The UK large is much ore fitted and smaller than a US large. I like fitted stuff but he fit was just too snug and a little too restrictive. Sleeves were too short when reaching for bars. I had to send back for XL. Hopefully it won't then be too baggy.