Alpinestars Stella T-GP Plus R v3 Air Jacket Review – Style or Substance?

I recently had the chance to test out the new Alpinestars Stella T-GP Plus R v3 Air motorcycle jacket. Since this jacket seemed like it could fit the bill with its sporty style and breathable mesh design, I was eager to take it for a spin.

In this review, I’ll share my experiences testing out the features and fit of this jacket over several weeks of riding.

I’ll provide details on the protection, ventilation, comfort, and more so you can decide if this summer mesh jacket might be a good solution for your warmer-weather rides.

But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best mesh motorcycle jacket for you? Let’s find out!

Alpinestars Stella T-GP Plus R v3 Air Jacket

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Sub Title

  • Sportbike-inspired design elements
  • Lightweight, breathable mesh construction
  • Optional upgrades for more protection

Introduction to the Alpinestars Stella T-GP Plus R v3 Air Jacket

The Stella T-GP Plus R v3 Air is a women’s jacket created by Alpinestars, a reputable motorcycle gear company. It is a lightweight, mesh sportbike jacket intended for hot and humid riding conditions.

While mesh jackets typically aren’t as abrasion resistant as leather or textile alternatives, the tradeoff is superior airflow that keeps you cool in high temperatures.

This makes them ideal for riders in hot climates who still want protection without sweltering on their bike.

Design and Key Features

Sporty Styling

The Stella T-GP Plus R v3 Air jacket features sportbike-inspired design elements like textured shoulder panels that resemble race suit construction.

This gives the jacket a performance look suitable for sportbike or aggressive street riding. I appreciated the tailored, curved shape through the waist, allowing the jacket to fit well without looking boxy.

Breathable Mesh Construction

Ventilation is the highlight of this jacket, with extensive mesh paneling placed strategically at the chest, torso, back, and sleeves.

Even the collar is made of a 3D mesh for maximum airflow to cool the neck. Inside, a full mesh liner enhances breathability.

During testing in 90+ degree F temperatures, I stayed remarkably cool thanks to the constant airflow. The mesh panels really work to let hot air escape while drawing in cooler air.

Abrasion Protection

Alpinestars integrates abrasion-resistant 600D polyester despite the mesh in the jacket’s high-impact zones. This adds durability without compromising ventilation.

Armor for Impact Protection

The Stella T-GP Plus R v3 Air is equipped with Alpinestars Nucleon Flex Plus CE level 1 armor in the elbows and shoulders for impact protection. This advanced armor is flexible and articulated for comfort while still being protective.

It’s light and slim enough that I barely noticed it while riding. There are also pockets to add optional Nucleon chest and back protectors for even more coverage.

Pre-Curved Sleeves

The sleeves are pre-curved to match the riding position. I never felt restricted leaning over into turns. The slight stretch panels on the shoulders and elbows also enhance flexibility.

Secure Adjustments

Like all quality riding gear, the Stella jacket included secure closures to keep armor and pads from shifting once you get up to speed. Hook and loop tabs let me customize the snugness at the waist, cuffs, and biceps.

Convenient Storage

For carrying small items, the jacket has zippered external pockets plus Velcro-sealed internal stash pockets. A waterproof inner zippered pocket can hold a phone.

Visibility

Reflective detailing on the sleeves improves visibility after dark. Large Alpinestars logos on the chest and back also help with rider presence on the road.

Fit, Sizing, and Comfort

I’m 5′ 8″ with an athletic build, and I chose a size medium based on the Alpinestars size chart. The jacket fits well in a sporty, snug way while still allowing room for layers underneath.

The pre-curved, articulated design of the Stella jacket means it moves with you rather than binding or bunching. The collar lays smoothly against the neck, and the lightweight mesh liner feels soft against bare skin or lightweight base layers.

Overall the jacket is form-fitting without feeling too tight, although the stretch panels provide flexibility for the riding position. The sleeves run true to size and are long enough to meet gloves without exposing the wrist.

For reference, here are the detailed specifications on sizing:

SizeUS Numerical SizeHeightChest
XSmall0-25’1″-5’3″31″-33″
Small4-65’2″-5’4″34″-36″
Medium8-105’5″-5’7″37″-39″
Large12-145’8″-5’10”40″-42″
XLarge14-165’9″-5’11”43″-45″
2XLarge18-205’9″-6’1″46″-48″

So far, my experience with fit has been great. The jacket allows me to move freely in a tucked or upright riding position.

Protection & Safety Features

Safety is a priority for me in motorcycle apparel. Here’s how the Stella T-GP Plus R v3 Air jacket stacks up in protecting the rider:

  • CE-approved armor – Shoulder and elbow armor is CE level 1 certified. This is the minimum rating, but better than no