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The Alpinestars Black Shadow Hades Jacket features minimal branding and maximum cool. Designed with a healthy dose of street style and track protection, the Alpinestars Hades Jacket is constructed from 1.3mm full grain soft touch leather for maximum impact and abrasion resistance.
Constructed from supple, premium full-grain leather for excellent abrasion resistance and luxurious comfort
Advanced, technical sleeve construction to reduce fatigue and improve anatomical performance
Removable CE-certified shoulder and elbow protection for class-leading impact protection
Chest and Back compartments for Bionic accessory upgrade
Ergonomic stretch leather accordion inserts
New generation, dual-density TPU sliders on shoulders offer unsurpassed abrasion resistance
Padded 3D mesh collar for excellent breathability
Cuff adjustments with Velcro
Multi-panel inner lining
Removable full sleeve 80g thermal liner for colder weather riding
Internal waist connection zipper
Reflective detailing on back and arms for improved rider visibility
Elongated rear profile, plus D-ring and Velcro® waist adjustment system feature Velcro® straps
External zippered pockets and internal waterproof pocket
I like the style and protection of this jacket. I noticed that this is one jacket out of a 3 jacket series. I chose this specific one because it sits in the middle, it's a bit less aggressive than the phantom, but still has that tight race look with some venting.
I ordered the upgraded armor for it and everything fit great (nucleon). Don't worry about buying a larger jacket to fit upgraded armor, they are the same size as the included padding.
I like the inner line that you can take out for the summer weather and that it has another liner underneath that you could take out for cleaning. I use it for the street and couldn't be happier.
Yes, it's not exactly cheap, but it's worth the money and something I felt good investing in. It's the Apple of jackets in that it offers great protection while also looking really good.
June 25, 2015
This jacket has squished many a bug since I purchased it! Wiped those bad boys off and conditioned it... looks brand spankin new again!
I did not want to compromise on protection in my riding jacket, and I wanted something all black that could zip into riding pants for track use. This jacket is comfortable, functional, and sleek.
I had concern before buying the jacket that it might be too hot for summer use in temperatures between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit due to the minimal use of perforation panels in the leather. Not an issue! After removing the thermal liner the stretch panels covering the inner arm as well as perforation near the upper pectoral / clavicle area provide adequate ventilation in temperatures up to 90. Of course you have to be moving over 10 mph in order to cool off at all, and you will most likely sweat in summer temperatures until you do get rolling. So far I haven't tested this jacket in colder weather, but the thermal liner seems sufficient for temperatures down to the 40s (I don't become cold easily).
This is my first leather jacket (upgrading from a textile) and a friend with decades riding experience recommended conditioning the leather at a minimum interval of every 2 weeks. I have taken the advice; one hour to wipe down and condition the leather twice a month is well worth it considering the investment and wonderful quality of this Alpinestars product.
In addition, I have upgraded to an Alpinestars bionic air back protector. It is only slightly heavier than the existing foam back insert, and I don't even feel it. I would make the same purchase over again if given the opportunity.
I am 6'0" 220 lbs. with a 46" chest and based on the provided size chart I fit a 58. I chose to order a 56 because I expected to do most of my riding with the thermal liner removed. This worked perfectly and I couldn't hope for a better fit.
July 3, 2014
This is my first motorcycle jacket. Unbelievable quality. You get what you pay for and you get it all with this jacket! The video review is spot on.
April 5, 2014
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Aaron R: I watched the review and it looks mad!!!Oct 5, 2015
Ryan J: I chose this due to the Alpinestar name and the quality associated with it.
I also like the "Murdered Out" look, I'm not a fan of Flashy or Bike matching clothing.Aug 17, 2015
Philip A: It fits me well, is fairly snug/almost race fit while also looking cool and having a removable thermal lining for seasonality. Going to enjoy commuting and the twisties in this baby.Aug 10, 2015
Nick L:Besides, why would you want to put the track vest under it? The jacket already has a pouch for upgraded protectors. The description for the vest says it's meant to be a standalone unit.Jun 25, 2015