Alpinestars Spartan Jacket
- Multi fabric construction incorporating polyester and waxed cotton fabric
- Water resistant treatment on outer shell fabric
- 2 side and back zippered large ventilation openings
- Waist and sleeve adjustments with snap buttons
- Two zippered hand pockets
- Removable thermal liner (80g on body; 60g on sleeves)
- Reflective detailing
- Front inner waterproof wallet pocket for safe storage
- Chest pad and back compartments (Alpinestars level 1 CE certified Nucleon chest and level 2 CE certified Nucleon back inserts available as accessory upgrade)
- Microfiber comfort edge on collar
- Level 1 CE-certified Bio-Light shoulders and elbow protectors
- CE 89/686/EEC
Read on for more details.
These jackets are sold in US based “alpha” sizes, so selecting a size is basically pretty easy. The size Medium and XL jackets fit Huey and Dewey, our Fit Check mannequins very nicely! Also, we checked several sizes with a tape. We found the sizing to be comparable to standard men’s clothing sizes. So our primary advice would be to choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing.
Alpinestars publishes a super-complicated size chart which can be used to pick a size based upon your chest and waist. We’ve condensed their chart down to make it easy to read (see below). You can use this size chart to check your own measurements against the size chart to make sure the size you select will work. Choose a size that is big enough for both your chest and belly.
The max waist of a jacket style like this is only a couple inches smaller than the max chest, so the style is very forgiving in case you have a bit of a belly, but don’t be concerned if your belly is smaller than the size listed below because this jacket has effective side waist adjustment straps.
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Our Two Cents
The Spartan jacket from Alpinestars is a simply styled textile jacket which is a bit more casually styled and a little bit lighter than most of their other street textile styles. City riders will like this jacket for use on and off the bike.
The shell material of this jacket is a little bit lighter than you find with most textile style jackets. There are two types of material used. The material on the shoulders and arms and down the sides of the torso is a typical textile material. The panel on the chest and in the middle of the back is a softer material that simulates waxed cotton. There are a couple shades of color with these panels which gives this jacket an upgraded style. Alpinestars says the materials are treated to water resistant which I would take to mean they’d shed a light rain for a short time, but don’t expect the jacket to keep you dry in a full-on rain at higher speeds. This one is part of AS’s “City Collection” which is aimed at urban riders, so it doesn’t have many of the more complicated features found on other models (such as full waterproofing).
This jacket has two side zips in front and two in back to let some air pass through and then it has a removable full sleeve liner to add a layer to keep you warm in colder weather. I’d recommend this style for all but hot temps and cold temps, but all else in between should work well.
The armor option for this jacket are quite robust for a “city” style. The jacket comes with removable CE protectors in the elbows and shoulders. And it has a pocket to install the optional back pad. We have listed the options for upgrading the back protector below. For a lighter weight jacket like this, I’d recommend the KR-CELLi option so the weight and thickness of the back protector doesn’t overwhelm the jacket chassis, but the KR-1i or KR-2i works as well if you are really concerned about getting the very most rugged back pad you can.
The jacket has two handy zip pockets in front and one waterproof breast pocket just inside the main zipper which would be idea for your tech. :: Paul, 05-29-18