Cortech Adrenaline Leather Jacket
Great price, style, protection. Terrible zippers.
The Jacket seems good and I hope it holds up well, the matching pants already had a few loose threads with 2 weeks of wear, but I don't think there are any on the jacket yet *fingers crossed*. If it does stand the test of time then it's a great jacket except for the ZIPPERS! The zippers are pretty much garbage. They're plastic and get snagged really bad really often. I can't zip the jacket to the pants by myself because it snags so bad and I attempted it several times. I either have to have someone zip them together for me, which everyone has had trouble doing, or zip it all together and climb into it like a one-piece suit. The main zipper is also bad and it took me a little while to figure out, there are certain spots you have to pull while zipping to keep the zipper from snagging, definitely a two-hand job. The armor seems good and I feel safe riding in this. Tons of airflow so I think I will be good to go in through the Kentucky summer. The style is awesome, and I think it's one of the best looking jackets out there. Overall as long as it holds up I love the jacket, especially for the price and I would recommend it to my friends. I can live with the terrible zippers.
February 3, 2014
1 month after owning this jacket it is still perfect!
The fit is true to size 44 lg, the zippers on the sleeves can sometimes ride up a little bit. That is a simple fix by getting some longer gloves that cover the wrists. Overall for the price you really cant go wrong for the price and the color scheme looks great with the white and red. simple and sharp. Back padding is a joke but is a simple fix with spine protection vest, on the out side of the jacket. last things last is it gets a kinda cold on the mornings or overcast/rainy days with so much of the leather being perforated. I have to wear a thin jacket underneath the jacket and its only November in so cal. But Rev Zilla came through with a solid product once again!
November 28, 2013
Great look meets great function
The fit of the XL on my 6'2" 195 lb frame was good. It is a snug fit but that's how I like the feel. The mesh leather breathes great when I ride in California weather and I'm still comfortable when the sun goes down. The armor feels good on the shoulders & elbows. And I've lost count on how many complements the jacket gets when walking around. Using this for over 3 months consistently, I am still very happy and can justify the Excellent ratings I've given.
September 19, 2013
great jacket, great style, just remember to wear long sleeves in colder weather
I bought this jacket a few months ago, and so far it's been a solid 4/5 star purchase.
Background: I live in Los Angeles, bought the jacket at the end of June, and am now writing this review in the beginning of September. I usually wear the jacket with some basic gloves I got at the bike dealership, a t-shirt, and jeans. I'll also say that I just started riding at the end of June. Oh, and I'm 5'7", 165 pounds, and I have a 41.5" chest (bought the 42"). And I got it in red, which is pretty true to color as shown in the pictures.
- The protection seems pretty legitimate. The shoulder pads are heavy duty, as are the elbow pads, and as described in the video there's a forearm pad as well, which I think is made out of some sort of plastic. There's also a slot for a legitimate back insert, although I'm not sure which one would be the best fit (it's not a weird slot or anything, I just don't know about these things).
- The look is awesome. Very aggressive, and when you wear it with jeans you kinda look like a badass. Definitely the right look for someone with a street bike.
- Pretty top notch quality. The leather seems high grade, it's put together very well and seems very durable. Again the padding is also solid, and overall it seems like the kind of jacket that I could easily wear for 10+ years. Maybe some of the $650+ jackets are even better, I don't know, but there's no trace of this being a 'bargin item'. And at $323 it really isn't.
- Great for protection in fairly hot weather. The perforations in the leather are huge, so even on a hot day when you're riding around you're comfortable.
- Solid amount of pockets. There are two on the sides, one 'chest' pocket on the inner left side (left side if you have it on), and then there's a fourth vertical zipper pocket also on the left side just inside of the main jacket zipper. That's where I put my cell phone. Overall I keep a decent amount of stuff in my pocket and it seems to work out.
- Nice shape. It's decently roomy in the chest, and not too tall of a jacket either. This isn't one of those jackets that only fits if you're a twiggy European dude; it seems like you get away with it fitting even if you had a little bit of a gut. That said though, it's still a nice snug fit.
- The stretchy material is great around the underarms. I definitely don't feel constricted in my movements when I ride. I think they have it around the elbows as well.
- Bottom back has a nice pad, which is dually beneficial for protection, and the guy behind you not seeing your butt crack.
- The perforations are huge. The pictures do it justice to some extent if you zoom in, but for a new rider it's just wasn't something I was considering. For reference, they're about the thickness of the thickest string on an acoustic guitar (each hole). This potentially presents a couple of problems. For one, while it hasn't rained in LA since I got the bike, I'd imagine it's about the farthest thing from waterproof save for maybe a fleece sweater. More importantly though, it's only really comfortable to ride with just a shirt underneath during the day. At night, it's pretty cold. And again, I'm in LA, so the temperature outside at night is probably around the low to mid 60s, and I went to school in Indiana so I'm no stranger to cold weather. There's an insert that you can put in (or leave in, I took mine out initially), but it's only a vest, no sleeves. Anyway long story short, if you live up north, don't expect this thing to last you much into Fall from a comfort/warmth perspective.
- The sleeve edges are thin mesh inside. Sometimes I forget to strap up my gloves immediately, and then the velcro gets attached to the lining, and it's starting to fray now. Would have been a nice feature to put nylon around the edge of the inner sleeves.
- The inner 'chest' pocket zipper is not very stable. Again, the lining is that thin mesh, so when you pull on the zipper the lining comes with you instead of the zipper opening. So you need 2 hands to open that pocket.
- It's very heavy. Even though it's not 'winter heavy', it definitely is not the easiest thing to carry around. That's also partly due to the fact that, because of the arm/elbow padding, you can't just fold it half and then drape it around your forearm. It doesn't bend that way. You kinda just have to carry it at your side. Not a huge deal, but a minor inconvenience.
- I've seen sleeve zippers that lock in place, and this jacket doesn't have that. Even if you close them all the way, with thick gloves on underneath it opens back up a little. I worry with this, that if I crashed, the sleeves might pull back and my forearms might meet the pavement. That's all speculation though.
- Pocket distribution favors the left side, not balanced. Also, I wish the vertical zipper inner pocket had one of those pockets where you could still control your smart phone touch screen.
Look no jacket is going to be perfect unless you pay a ridiculous price for it (and even then each jacket is built for certain purpose). Will this be the only jacket I ever buy? No chance. But, I do think it was the best purchase for the money. If this is right at your price range, don't hesitate. It's a great jacket, it's looks awesome, it's seems solid, and it'll last you in the specific circumstances I mentioned above (hotter weather riding). But, for another $100 or so, I might have taken another look at the Dianese Cage jacket. Although that jacket is very black, and this one is more for Summer riding, so maybe I need to get both...
September 3, 2013
Best stylish jacket.
I'm very happy with this jacket. Fits comfortable. I'm 5'10/180lb and I bought a LG/44.
Fits awesome, looks awesome, great air flow and
Fits like a glove and it has a pretty aggressive style/look.
July 8, 2013
I have a Cortech one piece racing suit and the Cortech Adrenaline Jacket. Both of them are excellent quality and great bang for the buck. The Adrenaline jacket flows a lot of air, as does the racing suit. I live in Phoenix and I wear both year round. Actually track days stop in Phoenix June through August, because it's just too hot. In the winter, the vest in the Adrenaline jacket is all I'll need.
I wear and XL jacket and a size 46 one piece suit.
April 15, 2013