Alpinestars Stella T-Kira WP Jacket Review – Is This Jacket Worth The Hype?

I recently had the pleasure of testing out the new Alpinestars Stella T Kira waterproof jacket. After thoroughly testing this women’s riding jacket, I’m excited to provide my in-depth review and recommendations.

The main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best women’s motorcycle jacket for you? So, join me as we dive into this versatile cold-weather option’s key features, benefits, and drawbacks.

Alpinestars Stella T-Kira WP Jacket

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Key Takeaways

  • Great value cold weather jacket
  • Relaxed fit suits various body types
  • Waterproof and insulated with vents

The Verdict

The Stella T Kira hits a sweet spot for all-weather commuting and touring. It provides cold and wet weather adaptability without sacrificing comfort or mobility.

The quality and versatility make this an ideal starter jacket for new ADV riders. While airflow could improve, the overall package is hard to beat for the price.

Compared To Other Womens Jackets

FeatureOur JacketBelstaff Bradshaw Women’s JacketBering Lady April JacketSpidi Rock Women’s Jacket
MaterialHigh-quality fabricPremium leatherDurable textileAbrasion-resistant material
StyleModern and sleekClassic and sophisticatedSporty and stylishEdgy and urban
VentilationBreathable design with adjustable ventsLimited ventilation panelsMesh panels for airflowWell-ventilated construction
ProtectionCE-approved armor on key impact zonesReinforced impact zonesArmored shoulders and elbowsImpact protection at critical areas
Weather ResistanceWater-resistant coatingNot specifiedWater-resistant textileDesigned for all-season use
FitAdjustable fit for comfort and flexibilityTailored fit with adjustable featuresSporty and snug fitComfortable and adjustable fit
PocketsMultiple interior and exterior pocketsLimited pockets for essentialsFunctional pocket layoutConvenient storage options
PriceCompetitive pricing for the features offeredPremium price pointMid-range pricingVaries depending on the model
Brand ReputationWell-known for quality motorcycle gearEstablished luxury brandRespected in the motorcycle communityRecognized for durability and style

Introduction

The Stella T Kira strikes an ideal balance between protection and comfort. It provides the waterproofing and insulation needed for cool weather riding, including useful vents to prevent overheating.

The relaxed fit caters to various body types, making this jacket very accessible for new riders.

Keep reading for my detailed analysis of sizing, construction, weather adaptability, safety features, and more.

Sizing and Fit

I’m 5’4″ and 125 lbs with a slim, athletic build. I tested a size medium, which felt roomy but flexible. Alpinestars’ sizing runs generous, so there is no need to size up or down.

The princess seams and pre-curved sleeves complement a feminine shape. I appreciated the ability to cinch the waist and arm openings for a personalized fit.

(This table provides size-related measurements for different sizes, including chest, bust, waist, hip, arm, and height, all in inches.)

SIZECHEST (IN)BUST (IN)WAIST (IN)HIP (IN)ARM (IN)HEIGHT (IN)
3830.7-32.332.3-33.924.4-2633.9-35.420.5-20.963.4-64.6
4032.3-33.933.9-35.426-27.635.4-3721.3-21.765-66.1
4233.9-35.435.4-3727.6-29.137-38.622-22.466.5-67.7
4435.4-3737-38.629.1-30.738.6-40.222.8-23.268.1-69.3
4637-38.638.6-40.230.7-32.340.2-41.723.6-2469.7-70.9
4838.6-40.240.2-41.732.3-33.941.7-43.324.4-24.871.3-72.4
5040.2-41.741.7-43.333.9-35.443.3-44.924.4-24.871.3-72.4
5241.7-43.343.3-44.935.4-3744.9-46.525.2-25.672.8-74
5443.3-44.944.9-46.537-38.646.5-4825.2-25.672.8-74

Construction and Materials

The outer shell utilizes 450D polyester with reinforced 600D polyester over impact zones. It feels thick and durable, capable of resisting abrasion in a slide.

The fixed waterproof liner and removable 60g thermal quilted insulation make this jacket suitable for temps ranging from 50-70°F. Vents above the chest help prevent overheating when riding in the mid-range temps or while stuck in traffic.

Safety and Protection

The T Kira comes equipped with CE Level 1 armor in the elbows and shoulders. An integrated pocket allows you to add a back protector for full coverage (sold separately).

Reflective details on the sleeves and back boost nighttime visibility. The long cut drops past the waist for additional protection.

Features and Benefits

  • Waterproof and insulated for cold weather – keeps you warm and dry
  • Vents regulate temperature – prevent overheating in fluctuating conditions
  • Relaxed, comfortable fit – accommodates different body shapes
  • Adjustable waist and arms – customize the fit
  • Armor and reflective details – enhance protection
  • Short connecting zipper – joins with pants for a full suit

Drawbacks

  • Non-permeable liners can cause condensation
  • Vents provide limited airflow unless riding at speed
  • Doesn’t include a back protector

FAQs

Does this jacket run small or large?

It runs slightly generous in Alpinestars’ alpha sizing. Go with your usual jacket size.

Is this a 3-season or 4-season jacket?

Its fixed waterproof liner and insulation suit it best for fall, winter, and spring riding. Vents provide some airflow, but it would be too warm for peak summer.

What kind of armor does it have?

It comes with CE Level 1 armor on the elbows and shoulders. No back protector is included.

Can you remove the liner?

No, the waterproof liner is fixed. Only the thermal quilted layer can be removed.

Does it have good nighttime visibility?

Yes, reflective piping on the sleeves and back improves visibility after dark.

The Bottom Line

For women seeking a versatile, budget-friendly cool weather jacket, the Stella T Kira delivers. It provides waterproofing, insulation, and impact protection without restricting movement or breaking the bank.

While airflow could be better, the overall performance is impressive, considering the accessible price point. Any female rider looking to extend their season should seriously consider this Alpinestars staple.

In closing, the Alpinestars Stella T Kira strikes an optimal balance of features and value. My recommendation comes after thoroughly testing this jacket in real-world conditions.

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