Alpinestars Specter Jacket Review

"The classic black motorcycle jacket brought up to speed by Alpinestars

Alpinestars Specter JacketJeff Allen

Think of the Alpinestars Specter as the modern equivalent to your old man's black leather jacket—classic murdered-out styling packed with features that exceed present-day safety standards. The Specter's main frame is constructed of high-grade leather that's complemented by four-way-stretch panel inserts. The final product is a lightweight jacket that fits perfectly, working with rather than against you while riding.

Shoulder protection comes in the form of TPU sliders, which, while strategically placed in high-impact areas, are cloaked under a veneer of black leather for a clean look. Additional Level 1 CE-certified protectors are placed in the shoulders and elbows, though bulk stays minimal. Mild perforation in the arm and chest provides adequate climate control for three-season riding, and zippered vents under each arm provide extra airflow in warm weather.

The most impressive aspect of the Specter? It's compatible with the Alpinestars Tech-Air airbag system, which inflates upon detection of a crash for top-notch upper-body protection. The vest installs easily and has all the sensors the system needs on board. While it's a seriously capable safety feature, the technology comes at a steep cost—an additional $1,150. Regardless, it's the best way to get the most from the modern black jacket.


Grade: A
Summary: A jacket with advanced protection that pays homage to the past.
Price $700