Leather jackets are an essential element to every man’s wardrobe, most people know that it’s important to avoid the sort of leather jacket that has an elasticised waistband and denim sleeves but narrowing it down from there, finding the exact style of jacket that you like can be a serious undertaking.
Once you climb onto a motorcycle and decide that this is exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life, the leather jacket conundrum becomes even more difficult. Now you need a good looking jacket that has body armour and racing stripes.
Well maybe you don’t need racing stripes but I do. Which is why you can imagine my pleasant surprise at finding this jacket recently from Alpinestars, it has space for elbow, shoulder and back armour and it looks like something a 70s icon would wear during a particularly daring chase-scene.
It’s called the Dragster Jacket and Alpinestars is selling it now for $429 USD, it comes in 3 sizes and is made of 1.2-1.4mm full-grain leather. It also features pre-curved sleeves, removable CE certified GP protectors on the elbows and shoulders with injection molded shell and dual density foam padding, back protector compartment with PE padding (CE certified RC back protector available as an accessory), chest padding pocket with PE padding (Alpinestars Bionic Chest Pad available as an additional upgrade), as well as three internal and two external pockets.