Women's Gear Guide For A Day At The Track

We take a closer look at Alpinestars’ Stella line, as well as its Tech Performance Base Layer and Nucleon KR-R back protector

Women riding motorcycles on the street has increased dramatically over the past few years, and with that, ladies are also spending more quality time at the track. This has resulted in apparel makers producing a greater variety of track gear specifically intended for females with a need for speed.

I am new to motorcycling, but since starting my job at the Bonnier Motorcycle Group, I have had the opportunity to not only learn how to ride but twice attend our annual industry "Hack Day Track Day." For this year's event, I reached out to Heath Cofran from Alpinestars for a closer look at the women's Stella line.

Alpinestars Stella Motegi V2 one-piece leather suit.
Alpinestars Stella Motegi V2 one-piece leather suit.Alpinestars

As you can see from the video, the new Stella Motegi V2 one-piece leather suit has features that make it great option for a day at the track. I recommend getting properly fitted because, although this size-14 suit fit exceptionally for my height (it’s not easy finding apparel that hits both wrists and ankles when you’re a 6-foot-tall gal), it was a little loose at the waist. That being said, I felt comfortable leaning into corners, tucking behind the windscreen, and getting on and off the bikes that I rode.

Alpinestars Nucleon KR-R back protector.
Alpinestars Nucleon KR-R back protector.Alpinestars

Underneath my suit, I wore the new Tech Performance Base Layer, which is designed to keep the user comfortable regardless of the ambient temperature. For this year’s track day, the temp was in the 80s, but I was cool even while wearing the suit. On top of that, I wore the Nucleon KR-R back protector, which strapped to my waist and snapped into the collar of the suit. Most of the time, I forgot I was even wearing it.

Alpinestars Stella SP-1 leather gloves.
Alpinestars Stella SP-1 leather gloves.Alpinestars

As for gloves, I donned a pair of Stella SP-1 leather gloves in size Large. These also were comfortable throughout the day, and my grip on the handlebars felt natural. The carbon-fiber knuckle protectors and padding on the palms were not bulky, and I was confident in the protection that the gloves provided.

Alpinestars Stella SMX-6 V2 boots.
Alpinestars Stella SMX-6 V2 boots.Alpinestars

I also wore the Stella SMX-6 V2 boots. With my height comes a larger shoe size, so I was a little concerned that my feet might feel cramped. I was pleasantly surprised when I slipped on the size 43s and found the perfect amount of room around the toes all while having the rest of the boot fit snuggly at the arch, heel, and top of my foot. Velcro covered the zippers and allowed some adjustment around my calves, as well. Even after a full day of riding, I didn’t experience any discomfort. If you are interested in purchasing Alpinestars’ Stella gear for your next track day, check out the sizing and pricing information listed below.

Stella Motegi V2 1 Piece Leather Suit:
Colors: Black White Red Fluo or Black/White/Fuchsia
Sizes: 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50
MSRP: $999.95
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Nucleon KR-R Protector:
Color: Black/White/Yellow
Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
MSRP: $149.95
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Stella SP-1 Leather Glove:
Colors: Black, Black/White
Sizes: XS, S, M, L
MSRP: $169.95
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Stella SMX-6 V2 Boot:
Colors: Black Fuchsia White Vented, Black White, Black White Vented
Sizes: 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43
MSRP: $269.95
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There are several other options for women's gear, including the AXO Talon Women's Leather Suit for $800; Held Ayana Women's One Piece Race Suit for $1,350; Dainese Laguna Seca Evo One Piece Perforated Suit for $1,199.95; and Spidi Mantis Leather Perforated Pro Suit for $1,399.90.