By Troy Siahaan
Full disclosure before we begin: I’m a former Alpinestars employee. But don’t take that to mean I’m a fan of all its products. There are definitely some duds. A perplexing one was the first-generation Missile Tech-Air suit. At a thousand bucks, it was a novel idea as a relatively affordable entry-level airbag-compatible suit. The thing going against it was fit (at least for me) – I didn’t like the fit at all. At 5-foot, 8-inches, 150 pounds, with a 30-inch inseam and 31-inch waist, I’m about as average as they come in regards to body size and type. Still, the Missile was uncomfortable. The proportions were wrong and it was tight in the hips and knees, making it difficult to move my lower body the way I wanted.
Apparently, several others had issues with the Missile also because, as part of Alpinestars’ updated 2020 collection of leather racing suits, the Missile gets a heavy update and a new name – the Missile Ignition. Three other suits are also new or updated for 2020: The (now former) top-of-the-line GP Tech V3, the Motegi V3, and the new flagship, the Racing Absolute, billed as a production version of the suits GP riders wear. I didn’t get to wear any of those suits though. For this review, I sampled the Missile Ignition for a full trackday at Buttonwillow Raceway in conjunction with Trackdaz.
It’s an amazing feeling when you can try on a new suit and instantly feel comfortable. It may not sound like much, but the revised hip-knee length goes a long way towards improving the Missile Ignition’s fit over the previous Missile. At least for my body type.
At $1099.95, the Missile Ignition might be the least expensive Tech-Air Race compatible leather suit in Alpinestars’ Tech-Air lineup, but for many folks that’s …read more