Icon Patrol Raiden Waterproof Jacket
Sportbike tested.... Rider approved
So let me explain a bit, I bought this jacket because I needed an all weather jacket to wear with my 2nd motorcycle. Now, I bought this jacket a bit in advance to the bike and decided to test it out on my Daytona 675... To sum it all up the jacket is superb when considering cold conditions however, it does take some adjusting to when riding due to the overall bulkiness of the jacket
When I received the jacket the first thing I noticed was how much more vibrant the colors were, the red is a very bright and appealing red, and surprisingly the grey doesn't melt too far into the overall colors. The amount of reflective taping is "too dang high." Bad jokes aside the rider profile created with this reflective material (this is with the camel pack attached) is great and would really give me confidence when riding up to a military base's gate without a riding vest in the early morning (you military people know what im talking about). The zippers are great and the whole jacket has a premium feel to it, it should be noted though, this jacket is for sport touring/adventure that means its heavy... really heavy....
At first I wasn't too keen on the patches, I thought they were cheap and really wished I could get the jacket without them, but again this is something you need to see in person, the patches in my opinion do actually add a nice finish the jacket, is it worth the extra 100 - 150 dollars... well lets say if they sold the raiden jacket without them and it only cost 25 dollars more than the bland one color basic version... I would get that, but these aren't bad.
Pockets, pockets galore
seriously giant freaking pockets pretty much everywhere I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO PUT MY PHONE BECAUSE I HAD SO MANY OPTIONS!
when comparing this to most street jackets, even leather, this one stack up in weight... maybe not as much but it definitely makes up for it with its bulk which brings me to my next point
I rode for an entire week with this jacket in early Feb weather... This is California February.... Its cold but not cold when comparing it to other locations. I used this jacket without the liner and i'll say I had issues at first moving my head, the way the collar comes up pretty much into the helmet creates resistance not necessarily optimal for a sport bike that requires a lot of head movement. Of course this can be fixed by either not zipping the jacket all the way to the top or adjusting it prior to getting on the bike. I mentioned the weight earlier, it really does change the way you ride, not by much, but it does take some getting used to especially when you come from lighter mesh or basic textile jackets. The hood..... is probably the most useless part of this jacket, really it only serves as a fashion statement however, in my opinion its a good fashion statement. I did however find myself removing it near the end of my week to make the jacket a bit more practical. Finally, we come to another vital part to this jacket... venting.
with this jacket I took a 3rd motorcycle safety course, this means I was up at the cold crack of dawn and was riding in the warm afternoon sun, well it would seem that this warm afternoon sun was the hottest sun throughout the week. Now that I've established that it was hot let me tell you how this jacket performed, for anyone whose taken a MSF course you know there is a lot of talking and a very small amount of riding, when we were off the bike the jacket was uncomfortable even with the vents open... who didn't see that coming? Well even once we got moving it still wasn't enough to completely cool down, at least not until I hit speeds of 15 - 25 mph, after that it was pretty cool, almost too cool.. I'm noting this because for a jacket like this to breath so well when at speed is something I wasn't expecting, I probably wouldn't think to hard if I had to choose this jacket for a cold morning commute and possible warm afternoon. Other than that I felt the jacket was adequate however at its price point I can't help but caveat the recommendation with this, the jacket is great however, as its advertized, its not designed for sport bikes. Can you use it with one, yes, is it optimal... no but if you have another reason for the jacket or you need something warm this is a very good option
also in regards to its weather proofing, lets be fair here, everything is only waterproof to a certain point before it gets completely soaked through. I have yet to test its waterproof capabilities but I don't really expect it to last too long in torrential waters, still its better than most and should provide a decent amount protection
on in terms of sizing, I normally wear Large/Tall jackets... I decided to buy one size up because Icon Jackets tend to fit small on me, The jacket fits, its close to being too big but then again its not for the type of jacket it is.... In the end I would recommend go one size up, even though it fits large I feel more comfortable knowing it covers my body rather than be too short.
March 15, 2014
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