AGV Sport Element Vintage Leather Jacket
Awesome Jacket for an Awesome Price
First of all, the photos online of this jacket certainly do not do it justice. The jacket doesn't have that fake-distressed look as it does in the photos and looks so great that if it weren't for the pads, I would wear it out to dinner (well, I still might, even with the pads). The size is right on with most other jacket manufacturers and it feels great once you throw it on. I've ridden a few miles with it so far and the air flow is great along with the comfort in the riding position. I've experienced no chaffing around the neck or wrists, all of the zippers work flawlessly and do not catch on any material. There are two pockets on the inside big enough for today's obese smart phones and fat wallets along with two good sized zippered-pockets on the outside for other trinkets or to warm your hands at a stop light. The shoulder, back, and elbow/forearm pads are placed appropriately and definitely give me more confidence if I ever dumped the bike. The stitching, velcro around the wrists, and zippers all seem to be of great quality as well. Overall, this jacket is a great buy and there is absolutely nothing that has disappointed me.
May 7, 2015
Comforting and comfortable
I wanted a jacket less ostentatious than my Alpinestars Stunt, and with vents that can be closed. This fits the bill nicely. First MC jacket I've owned that feels right after I get off the bike and walk into the restaurant.
I chose this jacket for the first review at the Kindly Gentlemen Motorcycle Club blog. There I noted my two and a half gripes: It's not designed for us overweight guys, which is hardly the jacket's fault. And I assure you that is not the smell of leather, but the smell of a chemical factory that has consistently failed its EPA inspections. Oh, and calling it "brown" is a stretch. None of these matter, because it is both comforting and comfortable on the bike, and understatedly stylish off the bike. Just what I wanted.
August 18, 2014
Style, fit and function!
Really like this leather! Only issue is smell of leather...like a barn full of saddles...strong. Have been airing it out and it seems to be improving. Will be taking it in to a leather cleaner to see if that helps....hopefully it is not because of a cheaper leather product being used. Hope this works because it's a great jacket, style, fit and function!
August 11, 2014
So I was looking around for quite some time online between multiple types of jackets, wondering what type would be the best fit. This jacket fits great. I'm like 5'9'' 195 (so a little gut), but fits. Close fit to the stomach but does fit. It's a little on the short side, and doesn't cover you lower back when in a full tuck. I would say it's very warm. I've been driving in 40 degrees and it does the trick. The vents when open do vent nicely. I think in the summer on road trips, it'll be perfect, but in town riding may be a little warm. The only thing I didn't like was the length of the jacket, or the fact it doesn't have the extended fabric over the lower back. Other than that totally worth every penny.
January 20, 2014
Great leather jacket!
This leather jacket looks good and stylish. I have gotten many compliment. The protections feel solid and hopefully I will not have to test it out. None my friends realized that there are pads so that is a plus.
Fit wise, it fits athletically. The shoulders are wide and the waist skinny. Not just fit but skinny. Compared to a Dainese jacket, it tapered more.
For reference: I'm 5"9', 180lbs and around 41" chest, 32" waist.
- AGV size M fits me perfectly all around so you can get a sense that it is quite tapered.
- Dainese size 52 fits well but waist is not as slim.
January 14, 2014
Best Brown Leather Jacket Available!
This jacket is beautiful. It's made with a fairly thick but supple leather, and the distressing is not overdone. The colour is a tad on the grey side of brown, but some oil or treatment will reveal a beautiful deep brown.
It fits great but will need some breaking in, as the joints are slightly stiff.
The cuffs were very stiff, but after some time spent working the cuffs while I watched a movie, they felt softer and more comfortable while wearing.
Overall this is simply the single best brown leather motorcycle jacket available. The cost is bang on, it has armour, unlike the majority of other brown leather jackets on the market, and it's style is both modern and classic.
September 2, 2013
Right away this jacket smells authentic. The leather is supple to the touch, with solid construction and nice lines. It is lighter than anticipated, though many people have complimented it and it does wear quite nice.
I dislike the rather crude cuts of the leather around the zipper and insides, taking away from the overall fit and finish. It is not an overly warm jacket, with adequate venting. The vents though actually cause a lot of lift at speed as the rear is without vents.
It is not the most comfortable jacket for me personally, but is not uncomfortable. 6'3" 214 with solid build, I may have gotten the L instead of the XL. Though it does leave room for a hoody on the colder mornings and nights I can say it likes shorty gloves, rather than gauntlets.
The great thing about it is that it's style and color look good on a sportbike, or bobber, and most likely any other bike
August 20, 2013
On the bike or for every day
I really wanted something I could wear while riding to my destination and when I hopped off. I had been exploring leather jackets for a while (Schott and RSD) and when I came across AGV's version of the classic leather motorcycle jacket I had to try it out. First of all can't argue with price and the pictures don't do it justice...at all. The color is great, my only gripe would be if it were darker brown, maybe AGV will have that option in their Fall line-up. I suppose you could always stain it but risky. The jacket smells great and wears very comfortable out of the box. As soon as it cools off I plan on wearing it everyday. I think it runs a little small, especially since you'll most likely be wearing a long sleeve underneath. I'm 5''11 with broad shoulders, almost 46 in chest, 34 in waist but had to exchange for an XL after trying the L, fits like tailor made. Armor can be easily enough removed so you don't look too hulking but I really don't think it looks that bad walking around the town. I cannot stress the price point enough, you'll be paying closer to $600 for a jacket that's not as good and doesn't include armor, and is really of motorcycle styling but not meant for taking a spill. Everything about the jacket plays the part, right down to the antique finish in the grippy brass YKK zippers! AGV is def. on my radar for future jackets.
July 3, 2013