Icon 1000 Hood Leather Jacket
A True 'Hoody' Jacket
I've been waiting to write this review until I had the jacket for a few months, and at first I wasn't quite sure what to make of it.
I also have a Icon chapter jacket that I will compare the hood to.
First off the Hood runs large, where my chapter in a size large fits me spot on, the Hood feels like its half a size larger, everything about it feels larger, from the length and circumference of the sleeves to the length and breadth of the torso. The Hood fits like you would expect one of your favorite, broken in hoodies to fit, a bit large and comfortable but not necessarily form fitting.
I almost exchanged for a medium but it was far too tight on my 6' 185 pound frame, and I have come to appreciate the extra room the large provides. The extra length of the sleeves vs my chapter allows less exposure when actually on the bike but does look a bit odd while off the bike.
The sizing strangeness aside, the jacket is beautiful, with the leather equal to the high quality hide on my chapter, very heavy and of very high quality, the perforation only covers a small area and it is definitely not a warm-weather jacket.
The actual hood is made of the same leather as the rest of the jacket, heavy and an interesting design experiment if not particularly useful, it is removable and the jacket looks just as good without it.
I've found the overall construction and fit and finish to be equal to my other Icon 1000 gear, that is to say about equal to and maybe a tiny bit below what you would find on premium european brands.
The jacket is completely badass and everyone I've encountered wants to try it on, so image-wise I would say Icon scored a home-run. Looks aside, I appreciate that Icon includes a full CE reactive armor suite, shoulders, elbows and back, making the jacket not just another pretty face but a functioning piece of riding equipment.
If you're into the style then I would say go for it, just keep in mind the sizing oddity and plan accordingly.
October 9, 2014
Very nice quality!!
I have only wore this once, since it is still 90-100 degrees out. But it fit great and was warm the day I wore it, but air flow seemed good. I remove the liner and I only rode about 70 or so miles it in and when I was done I wasn't soaked in sweat.
September 22, 2014
Not much anchoring the armor, unfortunately
Okay, let's face it; the hood is a gimmick feature. Nevertheless, it's well-executed for what it is, and it puts a big smile on my face. That said, I'm usually rocking a hoodie, anyway, with whatever jacket I'm wearing, beginning in early October.
Bang for the buck is only fair; I've seen nicer leather and features in this price range. And, like many ICON products, this too suffered from those homeless threads that seem to be congregating around the liner. I've never had a seam split on an ICON jacket. But, their tailoring isn't confidence inspiring, if you don't know any better.
I've rated the style as "Good" because I like the basic design of the jacket. What I don't really care for is the contrast stitching and insets, especially at the zips. I knew that before pulling the trigger, but upon seeing it in-person it just didn't work for me. I'm 6'3", 165lbs, with a 40" chest and 34-1/2" waist (measured 4" below navel at the belt line). Ordered a Large and the fit was a bit boxy, overall. Would have liked to try a Medium, but my arms are long and I didn't want to lose the inch in sleeve length.
As for Protection and Durability, the armor is problematic. The pockets for the D3O shoulder and elbow armor are sized appropriately. However, the lining, itself, which houses the pockets, is quite loose, making me think the armor will not be where you expect it in an off. Comment applies to both shoulder and elbow. For this reason, alone, I can't recommend the jacket (and, ended up returning it).
In summary, if you're going to drop $600 for a novelty jacket, you could do much worse. But, you could do a whole lot better, too.
September 20, 2014
The comfort and style of your favorite hoodie for your bike
I was able to pick this up from the store in Philly, and it is amazing. The smell and feel of the leather is great. It's comparable and i'd say even softer/suppler than other top grade leather you'd find in other jackets. The jacket has some heft to it, so you know it's there, but falling back on that comfort thing, you don't really notice it. I would say sizing runs a bit large and loose, like a hoodie should. So even with measurements that say a 4x is the correct size, the 3x gives me the right fit. The "soft" 3DO armor is comfortable and flexible, so you don't really notice it when wearing the jacket also. It blends in, so it allows for a more subtle look off bike.
Riding this jacket home, I wasn't terribly impressed with the airflow, but I did have a backpack on, and had just ridden to the store in a mesh jacket. Once I was able to get on the highway and get moving I found that it flowed a good deal of air, even though the leather isn't excessively perforated. I did find that the cuffs are rather large, and won't have a snug fit on gloves. This may be an issue as the weather gets colder as it will allow for cold air to flow into the jacket. I did find this to add to the airflow, depending on how my wrists were positioned. I didn't find the hood to be noticeable in terms of being buffeted by wind when riding, and didn't hinder head checks with my Sena or Drift Ghost on my helmet (Sena on left, Ghost on right). The hood didn't fit over my helmet, which would have been kind of cool, but not really functional when riding.
There are some nice touches, and attention to detail paid in this jacket as well. The ends of the drawstring of the hood are capped in metal, the weight helps the cord from flapping around too crazily in the wind. The drawstrings aren't really long enough to worry about finding them whipping you in face or neck. In one of the interior chest pockets, there's even a little pouch that has a St. Christopher's medal.
August 30, 2014