The 'Stella' illustrate that we have a lady’s motorcycle jacket in our hands. Alpinestars uses stars to place the stars in the limelight. GORE-TEX® jackets always get us warmed up, literally and figuratively, and that is of course their intention. This (relatively) lightweight jacket is perfectly adjustable and adaptable, offers an abundance of storage space, and is equipped for just about any weather condition.
In terms of style and features, this Stella Ketchum GTX (stands for GORE TEX®) is aimed at the adventurous touring motorcyclist. They ride in a variety of conditions and locations, have the courage to ride through the winter, and will not be put off by a few dark clouds.
Hence the outer, hard-wearing layer as the first line of defense. The technical textile construction is first and foremost wear-resistant and is reinforced by external shoulder cups, for example, but it also immediately sets the tone when it comes to weather conditions. The integrated, fixed GORE TEX® membrane is not far off, and neither are the long vertical vents. The long vertical vents can be fixed with a push button, and in combination with the large air outlets in the back, this gives excellent results. If it gets too cold, you can add the removable thermal lining. The durable exterior contains sufficient stretch material to keep it all comfortable, flexible and above all very pleasant.
That in itself is worthwhile, also because it is all tangible and visible quality, but the real trump is in the individual customization options. The Stella Ketchum GTX got the typical touring cut, which is longer at the back than at the front, but besides that, there are a lot of small and bigger elements which make this jacket fit your body perfectly. The upper arms, the collar, a drawstring at the air vents and the sturdy centering straps are the most important, the way the underarms and the sleeve end are shaped perhaps the most striking. It's illustrative of the level at which this Stella Ketchum GTX operates.
Should we also mention the magnetic central zipper, which makes moving up and down that little bit easier, and the six decent, lockable, spacious and secure storage pockets. Note the mesh pockets in the front, on top of the very spacious 'normal' pockets.
A few sentences about the light weight are in order: 'lighter' is probably more appropriate, as in: for a waterproof GORE TEX® jacket with thermal lining and all these features, it is not too bad. Those who think of 'light as a feather' will be disappointed. This is a sturdy jacket that works just as well at -5 as it does at +30, and which also wants to get you to your destination unharmed.
To do that safely, high-quality impact protection is provided. CE certified Alpinestars Nucleon Flex Plus shoulder and elbow protectors are standard, the optional Nucleon KR-2i back protector (level 2 certified) or Nucleon KR-CELLi back protector (level 1 certified) is a personal choice. The reflective details provided by Alpinestars remain discreet during the day but do an excellent job in unfavorable conditions.
The Stella Ketchum GTX is a top motorcycle jacket, there is no doubt about that. Alpinestars couples, more often than not, the years of accumulated know-how from racing to a sleek touring collection and this jacket is high up in the hierarchy.
With the connection zipper you can easily link the Stella Ketchum GTX to an Alpinestars motorcycle pants.
The Stella Ketchum GTX is Tech-Air® 5 ready and can therefore be easily equipped with this revolutionary airbag system.
There is maintenance clothing, and then there is clothing maintenance. Good, solid motorcycle clothing is an investment in comfort and personal safety. So invest in its maintenance after your purchase and enjoy your gear for longer.
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