For a $230 motorcycle jacket, the Alpinestars Spartan has impressively sized armor in the shoulders and elbows. I suppose if you name your jacket after Greek warriors, it better be down for a battle with road rash. The CE-approved armor isn’t the easiest to access because it sits in pockets beneath the jacket’s fixed mesh liner—you have to open up a zipper sewn into the bottom of the liner, then reach up and blindly fish the piece out. The second, removable polyester liner features two hand-sized pockets with a Velcro fastener, and this liner is easily removable via two small zippers inside the chest compartment and two buttons inside each sleeve at the wrist. One of my favorite features is the zippered waterproof pocket inside the left chest area, because it’s big enough to carry just about any phone out there and it zips up securely.