Alpinestars Matrix Kevlar Jacket
Great looking jacket with adequate protection, but lacks durability.
I've been using this jacket exclusively for almost 7 months. I love the styling of it, you can wear it off the bike without looking out of place. It goes well with jeans and sneakers. The elbow and shoulder protection is decent, but it has no back protection. Luckily, I haven't had a chance to test its abrasion resistance. In 80-90 degree weather, the airflow is decent, especially if you don't zip all the way up.
The main drawback of this jacket is the lack of durability. The color started to fade after about 2 months of use. The fabric around the cuffs and neck is also very flimsy. The zipper pull also broke off after about 3 months, although I can still pull it up and down, it just takes a little more work. It's kinda disappointing coming from a known brand like Alpinestars.
August 13, 2013
i really like this jacket. i am glad i returned the SS seven sins jacket and exchanged it for this one. i am 5'7" tall 135lbs and skinny so even though it runs on the smaller side (smaller compared to SS seven sins small), it fits me really well! if you ride with friends who have leather jackets, this jacket will really set you apart! looks very casual and goes really well with the dainese D1 kevlar jeans and TCX riding sneakers.
i highly recommend this jacket.
May 13, 2013
very subtle, discrete street jacket
I'm 5'11, lanky build with a 38 suit size. medium would've been tailored but the large fits just as well for my long arms. leaves just enough room for a thin hoodie on those colder days. hard to tell what color it truly is. indoors it's olive drab, broad daylight it looks gray. I wear it daily, even when I'm not riding it's a suitable windbreaker. only knock I can think of is there's no back protector, so no going HAM! on the backroads, not that you're supposed to any way. can't go wrong with this jacket, especially for the price. pity it only came in one color. heather gray would've gotten a complete 5 star rating from me.
May 6, 2013
Stylish light weight jacket
Love the jacket. Got it on sale and received it super fast from Revzilla. Only wish it had back protection. Such a cool jacket you can wear everywhere. Order up though because it's cut very small. This was a close out item.
May 6, 2013
They won't know you just got off a bike!
Stylish low profile jacket that won't place you on a space shuttle or even a motorbike when you go shopping or running errands.
Fit for daily street wear. Snug fit giving you protection that won't run from your joints. Kudos to A*
February 13, 2013
Stylish jacket for a good price
Overall, this is a great 3 season jacket. I wanted something that didn't look like a flashy motorcycle jacket and this is perfect. Very stylish, most people never know it's my armored jacket. I do wish it had a pocket for a back pad, however. A few quirks and cut corners: the elastic around the sleeve cuffs feels cheap and is already abrading where it meets my gloves. And the zipper pull is on the left side which will always feel foreign to me. Fits small, I'm 6 foot and lanky and a large fits perfectly.
December 23, 2012
Looks like a normal jacket, great for city riding
This is a great casual jacket that looks really cool. Most people don't even know I'm wearing a motorcycle jacket with armor in it. It has held up very well over the season I've ridden with it. Only gripe is the zipper pull is a little cheap, a small price to pay for everything else about the jacket being top notch. The price is right, and the style is right.
December 4, 2012
Stylish jacket at an excellent price!
This is my first motorcycle jacket, so I was really on a tight budget and this jacket fit the bill nicely and I love the casual style that doesn't scream motorcycle rider. I would rate this as a 50-85 degree jacket. I've ridden it in deeper extremes but this I feel this is it's sweet spot.
The armor is very low key and not bulky at all. I always get compliments and surprised looks when people realize it's actually a motorcycle jacket with protection. The fabric is like a thick denim/canvas material and there is a zimmer on the sleeve's that will allow some air flow. I also like that the sleeve's are a generous length compared to my other jackets that are definitely more of the standard sport cut.
I would give this jacket a 4.5 star but there is no such rating. The only reason it does not get 5 stars is because the color is already starting to fade. I have no washed the jacket yet, so I am assuming it's due to UV damage. It does give it a worn in look and doesn't look terrible, but it may not hold up long term.
I am 5' 9" 150lbs and I wear a Medium and to me it fits perfectly.
November 6, 2012