Cortech Adrenaline Leather Jacket
Good warm/hot weather jacket with useless pockets
Almost got hit on a highway in my dark jacket. Had a spill on the bike not long before that, so on the ride home I had a thought- "You know what? Maybe something a bit tougher and more visible is in order." So went onto Cortech and got this.
Pros: I bought the white/red and it looks awesome! Much more visible than gray or black (a.k.a. asphalt camouflage). You can't help but feel cool in this! Speaking of cool, ventilation is great as well. I've gone riding with this in 95F heat and still stayed fairly comfortable while riding. The vented arms channel the air up into your torso and then out the back, which wicks away sweat marvelously. Like the snug feel of it and the sliders in the shoulders and elbow. Adds an extra sense of security in addition to the armor. The back armor is "meh" at best, but I already wear an Icon Stryker vest so I just pulled the insert. Do with as you wish. The collar and cuffs don't ride on my skin despite their snugness. Comfortable for a sportier riding position as well, and shrugs off small rocks that a car tire might spit at you.
Cons: There is one useful pocket on this jacket, and it's the one where your wallet goes. The inside breast pocket is ideal for a smartphone but a nightmare to get closed because the zipper isn't anchored to anything. Takes both hands and possibly a friend to zip! Also, stuck my wallet in one of the hand pockets one day and it pulled the lining out along the seam! Don't recommend carrying anything larger than the palm of your hand in there. Also, these will only connect to the Adrenaline pants. I have a pair of the Cortech GX Sport pants and the 8" zippers do not work together, so if you have other Cortech gear don't expect them to work together. Also, this is useless in the cold! Never mind the vest liner-that ventilation through the arms turns the jacket into an icebox in anything lower than 65. No wet tolerance either.
In short: Not suited for cold or wet at all, and there are some issues with the pockets. But then again, Cortech never designed this with those functions at the top of the list. It's a RACE jacket, and that means it is made for sleekness, comfort at speed, riding in dry warm conditions, and protecting the rider in the event of a high-speed tumble. So if you want something with utility, I advise you to look elsewhere on this site. But if you want something that's visible, sport-focused, and fits like glove, this will tick the boxes.
September 13, 2015
Works great during those hot summer days.
I really like this jacket. It opened my eyes to the quality of CORTECH gear. Although, it was a bit stiff when I first put it on. I had to manually fold the zipper to get into a tuck position. But it was pretty much broken in by the end of the ride. I would not hesitate to buy another CORTECH product.
July 29, 2015
I am very pleased with the quality of this jacket. I ride in North Texas and find this jacket cooler than the textile mesh jacket I was using. I admit I bought it for appearance because I ride to work everyday and needed something cleaner and trimmer than my preferred Aerostitch road clothes. After riding with the Jacket I decided to buy a pair of Cortech gloves.
July 27, 2015
The jacket is snug but all the pad placement is perfect. Heavy when you first put it on, but worth the protection.
June 16, 2015
Very high quality jacket... fit chart helped get the exact size
Materials top notch... design and fit great... love the jacket
January 5, 2015
Not very often a piece of clothing fits this well!!
I read all the reviews I could on this jacket, and there were a lot. When I received the jacket I was prepared for a little disappointment but I was wrong.
This jacket is everything I hoped it would be. It fits me like a glove! The sizing is perfect (I'm 180cm, 87kg, somewhat athletic build) and the medium was a perfect fit.
I love the way the jacket fits across my chest but still hugs my waist, and yet I can lean forward comfortably to the handlebars in complete comfort. it's snug when zipped up to the wrist.
The quality of jacket is very high, and the leather smells great. The protective pads sit well and you barely know they are there.
The only issue I have is on the left wrist, with pressure on my watch when the jacket is zipped up to the wrist. It could use just a smidge more space where your watch sits on your left wrist.
October 13, 2014
try to fit for me. has extra liner for cold days. It still gets hot in hot weather just like any leather jacket. but I feel very protected. looks great.
May 14, 2014
Had the unfortunate chance to crash test this jacket just a few weeks after purchase in a 30mph lowside. The armor inserts absolutely saved me from an elbow and collarbone fracture, absorbed a majority of the impact force (my left knee abosorbed the rest, which, unfortuately, was not padded -_-). Leather is super tough, you can barely tell I took a spill in it unless you look at the scraped up steel sliders on the elbow and shoulders.
Very breathable jacket; I daresay even a bit too much for a chilly morning. But as far as awesome protection in hot weather, hands down, it is a great way to go.
Only real cons: I am tall, and, like most clothing for people with long limbs, I had to buy a 2XL jacket just so the sleeves would reach my wrists, which made the belly area a bit looser than I would have liked. Still a far better fit than euro style jackets are on us tall folk, but for this price, I wish companies would offer "Tall" options with their jackets so they fit properly. Other con: FRONT ZIPPER. What a pain it is. Not really enough to dock it more than 1 star, but what a pain it is to get it zipped up without catching. Like a 2-3 minute long affair. So frustrating.
As far as styling, I really liked that this jacket didn't have silly logos all over it; just a nice clean look. Got a lot of compliments on it (even after I crashed).
Overall, I would absolutely buy this jacket again
April 28, 2014