Icon Patrol Raiden Waterproof Jacket
I already had high expectations of this jacket after doing a fair bit of research, but getting hold of the real thing is far above that!
Both jackets, got red and a grey one, are excellent quality, stitching I'd perfect and all but invisible. The jackets are highly visible KEY for biking in Asia!
High wear areas all well placed and the Raiden version just looks great.
To date have not found any issues with versatility, as have ridden I 12-30 degrees.
A word on the fit, I'm 5'11 42-44 inch chest, and the large is perfect, would not want any smaller at all. Icon must have changed the sizes since the revz review.
February 5, 2014
True Winner. Thanks ICON.
As my wardrobe is utterly filled with Revzilla products, I am on a mission today to be helpful and provide an up-to-date review of as many products as possible. As such, this review will be current (as of late January 2014), quick and to the point.
First off, I am a street/custom rider, so the brand's approach is dead-on for me. Might not be for racers and what have you, but to each their own.
The "Raiden Jacket" is very serious business. Not for the faint of heart. Pictures don't do it justice. I took the recommendation and downsized. As such, it's nice and snug. Throwing a hoody underneath is a bit challenging, but it does work. Maybe I just need to lose a few. Haha. It is incredibly warm. Styling is beautiful. Love the patchwork. It's a VERY thick jacket, and seems incredibly durable. Gonna be around for a long time. Very satisfied. 5 out of 5 stars for these reasons.
Some people feel ICON is a "bargain-brand" of some sort, but I disagree entirely. My closet is filled with their stuff, and I wouldn't spend my hard-earned money on garbage - repeatedly. Their quality has vastly improved, and the ICON 1000 line is a true winner.
January 25, 2014
jacket keeps out the wind and the rain, looks great
January 22, 2014
Very stylish, a bit bulky
First off, I ended up RMA'ing this jacket and did not opt to get another one. I used it primarily on a 10 day trip in Alaska during which it performed well. One day we rode all day in 18-24 degree weather. That was a little below this jacket's range, as well as the rest of my gear (nothing heated), but I survived.
Why I returned it is because the hook and loop fasteners on the cuffs wore out. They didn't really hook strongly when the jacket was new, but they deteriorated to the point that they didn't have any stick at all. They would pop loose as soon as I tried to pull my gloves over them. I didn't know if it was a design flaw or just a problem with my one jacket, but I didn't want to risk it with another.
Overall the jacket is warm. It has lots of pockets, though some could be bigger. The rabbit pocket isn't large enough to store the liner unfortunately. I love the sleeve pocket, perfect for quick access to a phone or wallet. It seems relatively waterproof, I stayed dry though it was colder in a heavy downpour. It is bulky though, even cinched down - there is just a lot of material. The magnetic closure over the zipper is great, the jacket is pretty simple to get in and out of. Oh and the hood - very nice. It's actually adjustable too so you can completely hide within it or pull it back a bit so you can see.
The jacket really does look fantastic. I had the orange. I wish it came with the bladder for the camelbak pouch, I had to purchase that separately.
I think the price is reasonable for the features and overall quality of the jacket. Nobody else seems to have had my cuff issue, so maybe it was a defective jacket.
October 30, 2013
Great comfort and love the color.
I loved how the jacket looks. Also it has great comfort.
August 10, 2013
did the job
i didn't buy from Revzilla, cause i'm in Europe, but this website helped me to find the right size, etc, and it's probably the most popular bike gear website in the world, so it makes perfect sense to put the review here.
for me, the fit is true to size, i almost always buy everything in L, and got the icon patrol jacket and pants in L.
the suit is very adjustable, including pant length, but not sleeve length! i'm 185cm, and the fit is close to perfect.
when buying, make sure to sit on the bike in the pose you normally sit, to be sure the pants and sleeves are not short/tight, etc.
in the spring, i was riding without the thermal liner, wearing just the t-shirt underneath -- and it was warm enough for commuting at 10-15 degrees (celsius).
with the liner, it's comfortable for short commutes in 5-10 degrees. lower temperatures, or faster speeds - i put more layers on.
took it to Nordkapp, 3 weeks, 7000 km, 5 days of rain, sometimes cold, sometimes warm. temperature ranged from +8 to +30 (approximately). the suit handled it very well. i had some stuff wet after rains, but i can blame shorty gloves for that though. dries very fast using a heater, if you can find one.
in heavy rain, the water can get in through the sleeve openings, and through the thermal liner, and into sleeve pockets "from inside". so it's advisable to store stuff in the internal or side pockets when riding in rain, or get some gauntlet-style gloves :)
also make sure to zip all pockets and vents properly, all the way.
there are many pockets. i was carrying my mobile, wallet, camera, matches, side-stand pad, GPS (zumo 220), all the keys, cigarettes, lighter, snacks, and many other things in the pockets, and still had more pocket space. almost everything went out dry after all rains, only 1 matchbox drowned.
the pants and the jacket are VERY bulky, so if you plan to put them in the side cases on your bike while you hike -- make sure to reserve LOTS of empty space. the jacket fills almost entire 45L case, the pants fill half the case.
the pants are very wide at the bottom -- which is good, they fit well over my astars SMX-5 boots.
the jacket gets dirty pretty quickly, can't say yet how it will end up after cleaning.
has ventilation. can't say much about it, used only 1 time when it became REALLY hot, and it helped a bit :)
summary: this is the best suit i ever had, it can handle the lowest temperatures, strong cold winds and rains, feels very comfy, and looks very stylish! it kept me dry and warm in all weather conditions i tried.
i think it will handle at least 2-3 more trips like that, maybe more. the quality is very good.
i definitely don't regret buying it. thanks, ICON!
August 6, 2013
Great Adventure Jacket!
I was looking at the BMW and Klim rally jackets and this has all the features as those $800+ jackets, and it is half the price. I have riden in this jacket and the matching pants in 40F temps with rain and I was warm and dry the entire time. It truly is waterproof and windproof. Remove the liner and open the vents, 90F temps, you don't even know you are wearing the jacket while at speed. Stop and go traffic is another story.
The hydration pouch works best with Camelbak 1.5L.
June 7, 2013
Follow ICON's sizing chart.
Do not listen to the video review sizing information. I am a bit smaller than the big dude in the video and I normally wear large jackets. I took the advice of the video and ordered a medium jacket and pants because the dude in the video was wearing mediums. Well the sizing must have changed since the video was made because the medium was way to tight on me. I returned it and got a large which fits great. Lesson learned...follow the manufacturers sizing chart. Other than that its a nice product and great customer service from Revzilla.
April 24, 2013