Oscar by Alpinestars Shelley Women's Leather Jacket Review

No-frills black leather motorcycle jacket from Alpinestars tested and reviewed

Alpinestars Gets it. They know that most women don't want some frilly, flowery, pink thing to ride in. They want what everyone wants: gear that looks good, fits right, and functions like it's meant to. The Shelley Jacket from Oscar by Alpinestars is just that: a no-frills leather jacket that fits right, keeps you warm and protected, and can be dressed up or down depending on what you're doing.

Oscar by Alpinestars Shelley Leather Jacket
"The body length is perfect and the neckline sits nicely. Style wise, I dig the clean design. It looks great on a bike and definitely has the moto look but you can also dress it up for something nice. It doesn't scream moto chick ya know? I think it appeals to more than one type of woman."Bianca Endersby

The Shelley Leather Jacket is part of Alpinestars Oscar collection, which just means that it's going to be a little more stylish and feature some of the fashionable little details specific to this collection, while having all the protective qualities you expect from Alpinestars.

The main body of the jacket is made of premium full grain leather, and cut to fit a slimmer rider. Perforated zones on the insides of the sleeves and side of the body are a subtle style piece, but provide good venting in the wind. A cotton thermal liner quickly snaps in or out without a zipper and just looks like a flannel, not some dorky technical layer.

Oscar by Alpinestars Shelley Leather Jacket
Unique Oscar trims, snaps and rivets help set off the unique style of this jacketMorgan Gales

For protection, removable CE rated armor comes equipped in the shoulders and elbows. A pocket is included if you want to put in one of Alpinestars back protectors, as well. With the slim sleeves, the armor can be a little bulky when you're off the bike, but in riding position the bent elbow pads are harder to notice.

Oscar by Alpinestars Shelley Leather Jacket
Oscar by Alpinestars Shelley Leather Jacket (Back)Morgan Gales

At speed, the arms don't flap around and the zipper does a fairly good job at blocking the wind. With vented leather on the sides, we weren't too concerned about a little bit of wind getting in. The thermal liner definitely helps when things get a little chilly, but this is probably not your cold weather jacket.

The Shelley Jacket, like the rest of the Oscar collection, is among the stylish top-shelf of Alpinestars moto gear, coming in at $570. Over the course of wearing and breaking this jacket in for the past few weeks, it has softened up and already started to take on a new personal look.