Alpinestars Stella GP-R Leather Jacket
- CE-certified to CE Category II, PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425.
- Tech-Air ® compatible.
- Premium leather main chassis constructed from 1.3mm genuine bovine leather.
- Large accordion stretch panels help movement and comfort on the bike.
- Power-span stretch fabric panels on sleeves further improve fit and feel.
- Waist adjustment for an improved riding fit.
- Two zippered hand pockets.
- Pre-curved sleeve construction reduces riding fatigue.
- Zippered air intakes are strategically positioned for optimized airflow when opened.
- Localized perforations for enhanced levels of ventilation.
- Printed graphic and embossed details.
- Chest and back compartments for Alpinestars Nucleon chest and back protectors, available as accessory upgrade.
- Fixed inner liner for breathability.
- Removable thermal liner.
- Inner waterproof wallet pocket.
- Adjustable snap button system to integrate the Level 2 CE-certified Alpinestars Nucleon back protector
- Comfort fabric on collar.
- Alpinestars CE-certified Bio Armor protectors on shoulders and elbows.
- Dynamic Friction Shield (DFS) external dual density TPU sliders on shoulders.
Read on for more details.
Please use Alpinestars sizing chart for women to choose a size that best matches up with your measurements.
For reference, our studio photos were taken with a size 44 jacket on on our Fit Check mannequin Laverne. Laverne is a standard dress size 6. The 46 is called out as a US dress size 8 by Alpinestars and it is very comfortable on our mannequin, which checks out.
About sizing when accessory armor is used: I’d recommend you add 1” to your bust and waist measurements when adding any of the back protector choices. Also add an additional 1” if you plan to add chest protection.
Our Two Cents
The Alpinestars Stella GP-R leather Jacket is a race leather jacket with a TON of features. This jacket has the full host of features to add race-ready armor and it is also Tech-Air compatible (ready for Alpinestars air bag system).
This is a race cut jacket with nearly every race oriented feature available from Alpinestars. It includes armor fitted into the shoulders and elbows, but also has leather covered, hard plastic impact sliders on the shoulders. This jacket has a full leather chassis with large panels of stretch material behind the shoulders and on the inside of the arm. The ample stretch panels give a lot of flexibility of movement which would otherwise be difficult in a heavy leather jacket like this.
You can wear this jacket without race pants or you can pair the jacket with one of Alpinestars race pant options. There is a full-around zipper in the back of the jacket to make the connection. With race pants attached, you’ll have a 2pc race suit.
What makes this jacket new and different from previous race jacket is in the options for armor available to you. It’s a rather long subject, so here it goes….
About the armor options for this jacket: This jacket is one of about a dozen models by Alpinestars that is Tech-Air compatible. That means the jacket has some pre-installed wiring harnesses and has extra stretch panels built into its shell to accommodate Alpinestar’s optional air bag system. To say it is “compatible” means you can add the air bag system in the future if you like. The air bag system is a relatively new product for Alpinestars and things are changing as they continue to develop the product. The Tech Air system is a VERY SIGNIFICANT investment… currently around $1200. As of this writing we are not a dealer for their air bag system, and the system’s availability is very limited.
Aside for the option of adding an air bag vest in the future, this jacket has all the same armor system features of any of the Alpinestars race jackets. That means you can buy this jacket now, and fit it with a chest protector one of the back protector options and use it now and it will function as well as any of the non-Tech-Air compatible jackets. In the future, should you choose to explore buying an air bag vest, your jacket will be ready. The air bag system would be used in place of the optional chest protectors and back protector. The shoulder and elbow armor that is standard here would be used whether use use conventional armor or the Tech-Air bag vest.
This jacket is set up to add any one of three back protector options that fit into a fabric pocket in the back of this jacket. We have listed those three options below. For a race jacket like this, I’d steer you toward the Nucleon KR-1i unit because it is the most robust of the three and offers the highest level of protection of the three. Chest armor can an should be added also. One option is available and is also listed below. You can also buy one of about 8 different “worn on the body” type back protectors to use instead of the types that fit into the fabric pocket. Those add an extra step for you to get outfitted into the jacket each ride, so you’ll want to put in the extra effort to get a more elaborate back protector. Have a look at those options here. All these back protectors have a small snap at the top/back that affixes to the jacket with a corresponding snap located inside the jacket just below the collar. The snap in the jacket is adjustable for location to get the right fit. And then the back protector affixes to your body with a waist belt and/or shoulder straps. The two units that would work best inside a jacket like this are the Nucleon KR-R and the KR-R Cell.
If you plan to wear this jacket on the street, you’ll probably want to buy one of the back protectors that fit into the jacket. The only circumstance where you want to consider one of the “worn on the body” units is if you plan to pair this jacket with matching sport leather pants and run on a track. For wearing on the street, the more elaborate back protectors might extend lower than the back tail of the jacket and would also be a lot of trouble to use frequently (like daily on the street).
Now that I’ve told you all about armor, let me tell you a bit about comfort and seasonality. This is an all leather jacket, so the comfort range will be colder weather through warm weather, but probably not hot weather. To handle the warmer weather, the jacket has two front chest vents that will admit quite a bit of air. For colder weather use, the jacket does come with a removable full sleeve thermal liner. So with these climate control feature, this jacket is set up for everyday street use, but is also well armored enough to serve the amateur track rider too. :: Paul, 11-01-19