I really like the way this jacket looks and feels. I wanted something with protection for cool weather riding but didn't want leather. This fits the bill perfect and a great value for the price. I think it can even be worn as a casual jacket. It has been unseasonably warm here this year but it seems this jacket will be warm enough into the low 30's. The padding is comfortable and seems properly placed. I'm sure there is better protection available but this seem very adequate. The size does run small. I am 6' and 218 lbs. and ordered an XL like I wear in other jackets but had to return for an XXL which fit perfect with and without the liner. The return was easy and quick. Thank you Dennis Kirk! This is my first stop whenever shopping for motorcycle parts and gear and usually where I end up buying. Prices and service are unbeatable.
Let me start of by saying that I love this jacket. It looks good, is a great value for the money, and gets the job done with great features -- especially the collar.
There are a few nit picky things I'd mention to prospective buyers: The size runs a bit small. The liner effects the fit a bit more than I'd like. The main zipper, while funtional now, seems pretty lightweight. I hope it holds up and will update this review when I've had tha jacket for a year or so. I like the jacket so much if the zipper gives up, I'll pay to have a heavy duty one put on it.
The smell out of the bag is funky. I think it's the waterproofing/treatment. I've had this jacket a few weeks and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. Might try washing it and see if that helps. I didn't like the way the pads felt so I took them out. Nice to have that choice.
The jacket is light weight, which is what I wanted. I think it will make a great three season jacket and it's ultimately more packable than my leather jacket is (Nice for stuffing in a saddlebag when it's hot out).
The snaps are heavy duty and stylish. The collar is very well designed and functional - snaps down for the wind, folds up and snaps around the neck for a bit more protection. The side snaps do their job well. The water resistance seems pretty good for the couple of light showers I've been caught in.
The style is just what I was looking for without having to pay for a barbour or something super expensive. I was looking for a "classic biker jacket" that didn't make me look like Ricky Road Racer or a Sons of Anarchy Wanna Be -- this jacket fills the bill perfectly.