Alpinestars Stella Bionic 2Under my dirt jersey, I wear an Alpinestars Stella Bionic 2 Protection Jacket. I’ve had it for 2 years now and have been very happy with it.

All of the stitching, seams and straps have held up, the zippers are intact and none of the mesh has torn. AND best of all… it’s kept my upper body’s boney parts in one piece. knocks wood

When I began searching for protective off-road gear, I went on the premise that it would be best to spend the money up front and buy once. With some gear like jerseys, pants and gloves – you can find all sorts of discounted, last season and cheaper items. But with the hard stuff, I didn’t want to skimp.

With everything I looked at, I kept coming back to wanting all of my protective armor in one shot – full CE back protector, CE armor in the shoulders and elbows & some chest protection instead of just a roost guard and elbow pads. It seemed especially important because I don’t have a whole lotta skill in the dirt department. I’ve already gotten my moneys worth out of the shoulder and elbow armor.

There aren’t too many pressure suit-style choices made specifically for women. On top of that making concessions for my “fluffy” frame narrowed the field even more. The Bionic 2 set up seemed like a no-brainer.

Stella Bionic 2Along with the armor at the back, shoulders and elbows, the jacket has molded plastic boob protectors. Bionic knockers, if you will.

Just this past weekend I discovered that said protectors are also good for honking the horn on my motorcycle. While next to the bike trying to push it and work it out of where I’d dug in a bit – my boob protectors kept hitting the horn button much to the amusement of my darling other half. ::honk::honk:: 😆

I’m sure that the jacket is generally warmer than just a roost guard/chest protector. I know the back protector tends to hold the heat coming off your back close to the body. But, if it’s hot – it’s hot. Sometimes I opt to leave my jersey off to let more air pass over my body and make sure to drink plenty of water.

Aside from the actual protection and amusing boob honking feature, there is the added bonus of feeling like a superhero when I put the A* jacket on. We can all use a little more of that in our lives, can’t we?

Two Fuzzy Thumbs Up for The Alpinestars Stella Bionic 2.

Do you ride off-road? What kind of armor are you wearing?