AGV Sport Tracer Jacket
Fantastic jacket...with one major flaw
The AGV Tracer is a cafe racer/vintage-styled leather jacket with some fantastic detailing, average to above average features and one massive flaw. That ultimately made me return it.
The positives first - the leather is of very good quality, slightly thinner feeling than my River Road Hoodlum (and definitely less pungent). The grain and feel of the buffalo leather is superb. The style of the jacket is very fashion forward - good enough to wear out and about without feeling like you've just come from the track. The inner liner will give you extra protection from the elements, and the more European cut gives a sleeker profile (to those body types it fits).
The negatives - first off, the sizing is definitely off. I should be a medium according to the chart, but I went and tried it on in the store and the large felt like a better fit. I actually ended up buying an XL first (see below) so that I can wear layers but the arms felt a bit long for me. I was also worried about the lack of back pad and I can say the Klim D30 fits the XL - it's tight, but it will fit without modification.
So after much umming and ahhing I went and swapped it for a large sized Tracer. It would have been tighter to put a sweater on underneath, but the arms annoyed me a lot less. At this point I was happy with the swap, and prepped the XL to go back to Revzilla. Before I did that I grabbed the Klim D30 so I could slip it into the large jacket. And much to my surprise, the shape of the large Tracer's back pocket is COMPLETELY different from the XL. The Klim is a triangular shape, whereas large to small sized Tracers have a weird, skinny T-shape.
I have to say at this point, this type of production decision completely baffles me. I have no idea why they did this, and when I rang Revzilla the very helpful Gear Geek actually went and had a look. His response was 'You've baffled a Gear Geek'. He too had no idea why they had done this, and said that no aftermarket pad would fit in without a mod (which I don't want to do). So the dilemma was, stick with an XL jacket I wasn't happy with fitwise, go with the large and no back protector, or send them both back for a refund. I wanted a well fitting jacket with armor for those longer trips, and as the first 2 choices felt like a compromise, I chose the last option.
For a jacket that AGV proudly says was designed by riders, they really didn't think this one through. A shame really as I love the look and feel of the Tracer.
So now I'm on the hunt for another jacket. I will say however the Gear Geeks and the returns people at Revzilla made the process very easy to deal with, so I give full marks for that.
May 17, 2016
I spent a long time looking at jackets, and this one stood out as the obvious choice. It is the best-looking jacket I've seen, is comfortable, has great protection, and is extremely high quality. I'm not sure how a jacket at any price could be better than this one. The only down-side was that Forcefield does not make a back protector that fits. I decided to get the 002 size back protector, and just cut it to fit using a hand saw. I normally ride with just the shoulder/elbow pads, but it's nice to have the option to add in the back protector. I figure I have pretty large back muscles for protection - if you're smaller you might want some armor back there.
I always wear size medium in shirts and jackets, and that's what I ordered here. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is somewhat smaller than a typical medium. But, I think that is deliberate. The shoulders, sleeves, and chest are typical for a medium, it just is more form fitting elsewhere - minimal bagginess in the waist and it only overlaps my pants by a few inches. As an athletic guy (5'10"/170lbs, 42" chest, 31" waist), this is perfect. If you are overweight, this might not be the right jacket for you.
April 11, 2016
Great gear. Protection w/ confort and style!
Amazing jacket. Everything the ad says. Remove the shoulders, forearms and back protections and you'll have a great casual jacket as well.
The colour is actualy a very dark brown, close to black, wich I found out to be even better than a lighter brown.
March 3, 2016
True to size.
After reading reviews and having to do an exchange the answer is NO this jacket DOES NOT run small. I measured myself and had to go back down after ordering one size up. Fit is spot on. If you go one size up then it will work, but that will be for more of a loose fit. However, that will also make the armor a little loose which defeats the purpose of wearing the jacket to begin with. Excellent choice for an inexpensive casual on and off the bike jacket.
November 18, 2015
AGV Sport Tracer jacket review
I have only had this jacket for a two weeks. Quality of the jacket is great and the weight of the leather is also excellent. Armor is good and stays in place very well. I have not replaced the back foam but i intend too, just need to find the right size for it.
I am 5' 10", 140 lbs and 31 in waist/ 37 in chest. I got the medium and it fits great for layering. Can wear two shirt and a hoody under the jacket. If you're my size i would go small to keep the armor in place, and layering will just be really snug.
October 25, 2015
This is an awesome jacket. It keeps you warm, safe, and it's stylish as well. I am 5'10" and weigh 140 and I am wearing a medium. It fits great with room for a sweatshirt on those cold days. I did not notice a smoke smell that another reviewer mentioned. All in all great bang for the buck!
September 2, 2015
Good Jacket with Some Things to Consider
Bottom Line: Despite a few critiques, this is a stylish, reasonably price, nice fitting jacket.
Great Design: It looks good on and off the bike. Fairly athletic fit. It's not designed for summer (no ventilation) or winter (super thin liner), so this more of a spring/fall jacket.
Runs Small: The jacket definitely runs small, which is good if you are between normal sizes. I'm in between large and medium, so the large fit great.
Smells Like Smoke: This is supposed to be made of buffalo leather. A quick search revealed that buffalo hide is tanned via a smoking process. Maybe that's why it smells like it does.
Zipper Pull on the Left: In the States men's zipper pulls are overwhelmingly on the right. This jacket (european) is on the left.
Nylon Flap under Zipper: I would have liked the zipper flap (which is hidden when zipped up) to be made of leather. The nylon looks a bit cheap when the jacket is open.
Matte Black: Maybe this has to do with the smoke tanning, but this jacket is a matte black. And things will make an imprint on it (like the zippers during shipping). The picture they show must be of the jacket rubbed with leather cleaner making it gloss.
Armor: Although I have not crash tested the jacket, it has decent armor in the elbows and shoulders. The back armor is a thin piece of foam rubber, which contrary to the literature, is not easily replaced due to it's unusual T shape. The recommended replacement will not fit.
July 15, 2015
Great looking and not too pricey
I wanted a leather jacket that didn't look exclusively for riding. The style of this jacket was perfect for that and it's not as shiney as the picture shown. My only complaint is about the back protector. The forcefield 001 doesn't fit.
June 1, 2015