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Product Review: Alpinestars Oscar Monty jacket (£449.99)

What’s good about the Alpinestars Oscar Monty jacket?

It might be the ‘year of the retro’ for bikes, but it’s also boom-time for classically-styled riding kit, too. This riding jacket is from Alpinestars’ Oscar range and is made from full-grain leather that’s washed and wax-treated, then garnished with vintage-style zips, press studs and rivets to give it an authentic old-school look. I’ve been wearing it for general riding and if course when I’ve been testing retros for MCN, so I look the part. It comes with CE-certified shoulder and elbow protectors and I wear an Alpinestars Nucleon KR-R back protector underneath. It’s extremely well made and comes with a snazzy cotton flannel removable lining that’s both warm and appeals to my inner hipster. It’s light and loose enough to be worn as a pub jacket and not tight and restrictive like a more fitted, traditional leather bike jacket that’s designed just to be worn on a bike.

And what’s not?

With its standard body armour and my extra back protector, there’s no reason to believe this jacket won’t protect me in a crash. But this is much more a sunny Sunday morning jacket, plodding along on a retro wearing an open-face lid. I still prefer wearing a thicker, more body-hugging leather jacket for faster café racing. It’s pricey, too.

Time tested

Five months/2000 miles


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