Icon Hypersport Jacket
I have to say it's instantly comfortable. You slide in and it feels like your old trusty leather jacket that's been around for years. You can't feel the armor inside, it's super thin which is nice for comfort. And because it's thin and flexible it can pack down into a side bag much nicer than my other jacket with a duel density back pad that's stiff. Its the D3O armor so it's suppose to protect even with it being soft, that's yet to be seen but if you're someone that hates the feel of armor in your jackets like my wife does, this might be the trick for you.
The leather is very high quality, thick and supple. I'm highly impressed with the overall design. It's VERY long in the back even compared to my other jacket that was long already. Got this for an upright cruiser and the lower panel seems soft enough that it won't drive the jacket up at all, but you could use this in a full tuck without exposing your back at all.
Lots of pockets everywhere including some little pen stash pockets on the inside. The cuffs are very comfortable and don't seem to snag on my gloves at all. They go over the gloves just fine and are low bulk so you don't get the feel that your gloves and jacket don't get along like I did with my other jacket. The little monkey paw loops I'll likely cut off but I'm not sure.
The overall style is pretty mute except for the bit Icon logo on the chest that I could do without. There's a little TRP Icon logo on the back that is not a big deal. The zipper is pretty fine compared to most the other jackets I've had, but it's super smooth and seems strong.
As far as fitment goes, it's a more aggressive cut than most the other jackets I've worn. I'm in-between a Med and Large in most makers. I tried on the Medium and there was no way that was happening. It was too short in the front and a little too tight in the shoulders. The large is just about perfect and has room for at least a long sleeve T-shirt and a base layer with the liner still in place. It may also have room for the sweat shirt under it. So a large is a perfect fit for me at 5'11" tall and 200 pounds with a muscular build and pretty much no fat. You could likely go up another 15-20 pounds and still fit into this as I've got the waist adjusted all the way in, but I need the Large for the shoulders, back and arm size.
September 16, 2015
Incredible Value for the Dollar! Do not get sucked into names....
Okay, let's face it, you hear AlpineStars and Dainese no matter where you go, and luckily I am here to tell you I own all three for a very good comparison.
The Dainese D1 I own is a $600 jacket. The leather is thicker for sure, but not by much. The protection on the D1 arms is heavier but it comes SANS back protection. The Icon already has forearm and back protection and the jacket is half the price. If you take the $600 jacket, add the $90 jacket insert, you are at $690 for what I would consider near identical protection, save the shoulder caps on the Dainese.
Looks: Icon is known for more wild colors but also colors that will match your bike. AlpineStars and Dainese do black and white well, but not colors IMO.
Ventilation: I live in Atlanta and ride ATGATT no matter the weather, be it 103 degree or 65. Wind here can be pretty heavy at times, breaching 15 mph in early Sept, then adding 1-2 mph approaching December. You want a well ventilated jacket but also form fitting. The ICON smokes any other jacket on the market for ventilation and that is coming from a guy with a spare $1200 in jackets to choose from here.
X-Tra Features: 10/10 for the money. Back protection, normally not included at all, or at this price, is level 2 and ready for action. You do not feel it and it conforms well to the back.
Fit: These run small in my opinion. I am a stocky 5'8" guy. I wear a 54-56 Dainese and XL in this jacket. The jacket is snug, but just enough. How anyone over 200 lbs wears ICON I have no idea. If you are 6'5" and 250, this jacket is not made for you, sorry. XXL will not fit you.
Overall, with the back protector, wrist straps to hold it firmly in place #brilliant idea#, close fitting wrist areas, forearm protection and ventilation, you cannot buy a better jacket for ANY money, let alone $340. I got the red, white and blue to match my GSXR600 and get many compliments on the match. Sure I look a bit EVEL KNIEVEL, but that is not a bad thing either.
So get out there and buy this jacket. Take it from the guy who has a $700 Dainese D1 that he leaves on the hook on hotter days.
Now, if you are the type of guy or gal who is 1 synapse short of sane and likes hitting the highway and pegging 130-160 mph, you need to spend more dough if you want to live. Although if you are going this fast, it is probably just a matter or time before whatever you buy is picked up by the EMT's as they load your body into the coroner's van.
Don't be dumb, unless you are on a track, you are NOT on a track. Speed limits are there to keep you alive and cars and idiots are not. Have fun, but do not be a jerk or endanger other riders trying to show off. In the end, you give us all a bad name and reduce the reasons why drivers want to look before switching lanes.
September 15, 2015
Best jacket I have ever bought
I wrecked wearing this jacket at over 100 mph. I was thrown and dragged for 200 feet and landed in a ditch. Every inch of me covered by the jacket was unscathed. The jacket held up amazingly and I didn't have a scratch on my torso and arms. On top of that, it also feels amazing and is all around perfect. Buy this jacket.
August 31, 2015
Great three season jacket!
This is a great jacket that provides a fair amount of protection along with some great features. I liked the idea of having leather over some of the less expensive textile jackets. Icon also gives you some great armor built in so you don't have to purchase it separately.
This jacket is comfy, the thumb straps to keep your sleeves from blowing up is a nice feature. The perforation is amazing too... I've worn this on 90+ degree days and not overheated. When you're moving it really breathes. It's a nice touch they provide a zip out liner too, it'll definitely come in handy when the temperature drops.
July 6, 2015
The Hypersport from Icon Moto is comfortable that I often forget I'm wearing it on the bike. The perforation on the chest, arms and back make for such great airflow I don't even feel the need to ride fast to cool off. It even comes with armour baked in saving you from shopping for compatible and effective armour. I love my stealth black version, I feel really badass in this jacket.
June 1, 2015
Awesome Riding Jacket
Bought this at end of season last year as my first armored riding jacket. I wanted black but my 09 FZ6R is black so I went with black w/red sleeves and accents for a bit more visibility. The red arrives a shade darker than the site photos suggest and it looks very sharp without being too flashy. The armor seems top notch and doesn't shift at all, though fortunately I haven't crash tested it yet. The leather, stitching, and material quality is excellent, and seems very sturdy and durable. Only reason I gave that 4 stars is that I haven't fallen it it so I can't speak to that aspect of protection.
The best and most surprising aspect of it is the airflow. Took it out last week on a 75 degree sunny day and it was superbly comfortable. At 40+ mph it feels like just wearing a shirt, which makes for awesome comfy protection if you don't like getting hit by the occasional gravel/rock and such; but for cooler weather (50 or below) you'll definitely want to layer a bit, even with the liner in. Stopped in traffic that day it got a little warm but not a problem. Plenty of pockets though they are tight fitting on purpose so like other riding jackets you can't fit much in them.
I'm 5'10" at 180 and a large fit me perfectly. Well done Icon. I'm now definitely a fan.
May 7, 2015
love this jacket so far
Got this jacket for the fall riding season and let's just say I love this jacket so far. I ordered a medium and I can still fit jackets under this jacket. Has a lot of air flow to keep cool on the warmer days. The inside pockets of the jacket hold my note 4 with the otterbox case. Still need to test this on the hot summer days but until then I love it
December 22, 2014
I'm a big fan of Icon products in general and this jacket is just another example of why. It feels solid on you but is very movable. There's great airflow and having D 30 armor come with it is a great value.
My only complaint of this jacket is that the sleeves, like all icon jackets, are too short. They should be an extra inch.
October 13, 2014