Alpinestars Specter Jacket Review

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


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