Alpinestars Women’s Eloise V2 Air Jacket Review

I recently tested the Alpinestars Eloise V2 Air women’s motorcycle jacket to see how well it performs for summer riding.

In this review, I will share my insights after thoroughly evaluating the jacket’s design, features, fit, comfort, protection, and value.

To assess whether this jacket delivers on comfort, versatility, and protection, I rigorously tested it in real-world conditions through numerous rides in varying summer temperatures.

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

Alpinestars Women’s Eloise V2 Air Jacket

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  • Limited storage capacity
  • Good protection and value
  • Extremely breathable, airy feel

This review will detail my experiences with the Eloise V2 Air and highlight the jacket’s standout qualities, like its stylish, understated aesthetics, flexible fit, and included armor. I’ll also discuss where I think there’s room for improvement.

My Testing Protocol and Experience

To provide the most useful insights in this review, I tested the Eloise V2 Air over multiple weeks and various conditions, including:

  • Multi-hour rides in temperatures from 65-95°F
  • City commuting in stop-and-go traffic
  • Highway touring at speeds up to 75 MPH
  • Rides at dawn, day, dusk, and night

Over several hundred miles of testing, I evaluated the jacket’s comfort, airflow, fit, aesthetics, features, and protection.

Here are the main highlights of my experience with the Alpinestars Eloise V2 Air jacket:

Airflow and Breathability

The lightweight poly-mesh fabric and perforated panels make this jacket extremely airy and breathable. I stayed cool and dry even at temperatures above 90°F thanks to the constant air circulation. The mesh flows a noticeable breeze.

Protection and Safety

The CE-rated elbow and shoulder armor offers impact protection without limiting mobility. I also appreciate the reflective details on the back for visibility.

Style and Fit

The Eloise V2 Air has an understated design that transitions seamlessly from the bike to everyday wear. The pre-curved sleeves and adjustable waist tabs allow you to customize the fit.

Price and Value

This jacket punches above its weight class with impressive features and protection at an affordable price point of around $170. It’s an amazing value for riders looking for Alpinestars quality on a budget.

Limited Storage

My only gripe is the need for more internal storage or pockets beyond the basic slash openings on the sides. It limits the versatility if you want to stow a phone, wallet, or other small items.

Key Specifications

To help you understand the Eloise V2 Air’s technical attributes, here are the jacket’s key specifications:

Materials:

  • Main exterior shell: Polyester mesh
  • Reinforcements: 600D polyester
  • Lining: Polyester mesh

Safety:

  • Alpinestars Nucleon flex protectors CE Level 1 (shoulders & elbows)
  • Reflective graphic details on the back

Comfort & Fit:

  • Pre-curved sleeve construction
  • Adjustable waist tabs
  • Low-profile collar
  • Hip and waist adjustable Velcro tabs

Additional Features:

  • Chest and back ventilation panels
  • Snap-button system to attach to riding pants

How Does the Eloise V2 Air Compare?

The Eloise Air Jacket works well against similar mesh and textile jackets from brands like Dainese and REV’IT.

The airflow, protection, comfort, and value blend makes it stand out. Riders specifically looking for more storage and pockets may prefer options like the REV’IT Sand 3 jacket.

However, the Eloise outpaces the competition when it comes to delivering Alpinestars quality and protection without compromising breathability and comfort in hot weather.

Comparison to Similar Jackets

JacketKey Features
Dainese Racing 4 Perforated Women’s JacketPerforated leather construction, removable inner lining, CE armor
Firstgear Kilimanjaro 2.0 Women’s JacketWaterproof and breathable outer shell, CE armor, reflective detailing
Icon Overlord Women’s Leather Jacket100% leather construction, zippered vents, armor on shoulders & elbows
Richa Infinity 2 Women’s JacketRemovable waterproof liner, CE armor, stretch panels for flexibility

Final Verdict: Ideal Summer Riding Jacket

After extensive testing, I can confidently recommend the