Friday, November 5

Firstgear TPG Monarch & Alpinestars Stella Sigma Jacket Review

Today we review two excellent jacket choices for ladies; one built for ADV touring and one for sport touring. The Firstgear TPG Monarch Jacket is the women's version of the Firstgear TPG Rainier, a bombproof all-season all-weather jacket. The Alpinestars Stella Sigma Drystar Jacket, on the other hand, is a sporty-cut waist-length Fall-Winter-Spring jacket designed for sport touring in all weather situations. Depending on your application, when you pair either one of these jackets up with women's winter motorcycle pants, you'll be comfortable, warm and protected during any cool and cold weather riding.

First up is our Firstgear TPG Monarch Jacket Review:

Essentially a carbon copy of the Rainier but cut for a woman's curves and contours, the TPG Monarch packs a feature set that will go head-to-head with the finest Adventure Touring gear for women available on the market today. It features a Hypertex Plus waterproof breathable membrane that is built into the abrasion-resistant 600D nylon outer shell which will keep you covered through any precipitation hurled at you. The liner is a three-layer laminate that is waterproof, windproof and microfleece-lined for comfort. It operates as both the zip-in liner but can be taken out and worn standalone as a stylish destination layer. For the warm weather, take the liner out and open up the six total vents -- two chest, two sleeve, and two 8" rear
exhaust vents -- and you'll flow plenty of air to be comfortable in summer heat.

YKK waterproof zippers can be found throughout this jacket with a scuba-style RiRi zipper for the main connection to prevent any precipitation from penetrating. There are two hidden front pockets underneath the front seam and two side pockets along with a key pocket on the left sleeve. There is also a good deal of adjustability to accommodate an array of women with waist and arm straps and zippered side gussets for customization. The Monarch also features an integrated under the helmet rain hood that tucks neatly under the collar when not in use. As far as all-season all-weather ADV touring gear, you won't find many other jackets that compare with the Firstgear TPG Monarch; phenomenal features and year-round functionality.

Next is our Alpinestars Stella Sigma Drystar Jacket Review:

Built for three-season sport touring, the Alpinestars Stella Sigma is a stylishly sport-cut jacket that offers a great deal of functionality. The waterproofing is built into the high-denier outer shell via the Drystar waterproof breathable membrane. For warmth and versatility, there is a removable thermal liner that can be taken out in warmer weather, combining with the chest and arm ventilation to keep you relatively cool on warmer Spring and Autumn days. The Stella Sigma has removable CE rated shoulder and elbow armor, with upgradeable PE chest and back padding. These can be upgraded to Alpinestars CE rated Bioarmor for added protection.

Cut specifically for women, the Stella Sigma is very accommodating with waist, wrist and arm adjustments. There is also a waist connection attachment to pair this up with select Alpinestars textile and leather pants. Four external pockets, rubberized logos, and reflective trim round out the feature set of this solid three-season waterproof sport touring jacket.

To see our full selection, visit our Ladies Textile Jackets section at Also, both of these jackets are featured in our Cold Weather Women's Motorcycle Gear Guide.


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