Icon Patrol Waterproof Jacket
Good idea, bad jacket
I've had this jacket for about two years now and have found that for the price the quality could be better. The jacket is fairly nice but it does have a few weak points, the first problem I had with it was the chest vent zipper got stuck on the mesh materal, I had to cut the mesh to unstick it, I haven't had that happen again but it is something to look out for. I got mine in the hi viz yellow and it is fading from the sun, it is still visible but has lost alot of the brightness of new. The main problem I have with it is the rubberized zipper, I have to fight with it just to zip it up, it does not seal unless you push in on it and when you do it gets stuck on whatever you have on under it. It did work for a month or two before it started to go bad, but now I can hardly get it to zip up at all, today I went for a ride and was careful zipping up to where I could see but up under my chin when I zipped all the way up it came undone and when I tried to unzip I was stuck. So because of the zipper I would not recommend this jacket. I now have a $400 piece of.......well you know. Another thing the hydration pac when full of water pulls the jacket down in the back and is uncomfortable and anoying. Made in China is another negative.
December 1, 2013
geat for winter riding
I bought this jacket last month because i was in need for a good riding jacket for the winter. I bought the large size since i planed on gaining a lot of muscle threw out the winter and hate the tight feeling from normal sport bike jackets like most of my friends do. The jacket fits large on me and i started out at 195 and now 210 at 5'11 with an athletic build but it has plenty of space in the stomach area for anybody that needs it. If you are around 195 i suggest getting the medium if you don't plan on gaining any weight or layering. If you have large neck muscles or thick in the neck it might be hard to have a comfortable fit but i find a good neck gator works perfect for me so i don't have to zip it all the way up. I have yet to ride it in rain but i ride to work every morning in 45 degree weather with lots of wind and feel no leaking of air with everything zipped. I highly suggest spending the little extra money and go with this jacket if you want good quality.
November 19, 2013
Awesomeness! I got the grey color, looks sweet
I feel like sitting in a car not a motorcycle, that's how worm it was wearing this jacket riding at upper 30's temps at night.
I picked it up from Revzilla store in PA and drove back to Maryland and it starts raining, but the jacket kept me dry.
The cool thing is that the outer shell is water proof not like other jackets that have inner waterproof liner.
Lots of pockets, St. Christopher gremlin is cool, I like the visor cleaning cloth in one of the pockets.
Ventilation is perfect as I rode 300 miles in a cold-warm-cold weather and it was perfect.
Very impressed with this product and worth every penny spent.
** I got $20 in zilla cash after the purchase.. thank you Revzilla.
November 4, 2013
This a cool/cold weather jacket rather than an "all season" as they sell it. It does not vent enough for warmer climates.
I did try it under a downpour. Excellent performance.
September 9, 2013
I purchased the jacket and pants together in the spring of this year. I have now ridden in cold weather, rain, and wind. I feel very comfortable in this jacket with the pants with just a t shirt and jeans under them. The jacket keeps you warm with the full zip out liner. The vents work well when you are riding in warmer weather but I would not choose this jacket for those hot days. I have found that this jacket is not cut for a sport rider, which I pretty much expected. So it is on the baggy side when sitting on my bike. However, when I ride a touring bike this is the perfect setup. Pockets all seem nice. I have used just about all of them. I found that the medium jacket was on the larger side for me but I really wanted the arms to be a good length so this seemed to work out. So all in all, its not the nicest jacket Ive worn as far as fittment on the bike, but I bought it for those nasty days and now I find myself enjoying wearing this suit with the gloves as well when the weather turns.
August 21, 2013
A lot of things going for it, but definitely not waterproof
I've now had this jacket for about 10 months, and sold my car about the same time, so I went through the entire winter with this. LIke most of the other reviews, I was happy with the quality, styling, fit(esp. good for me since I'm very slender), and the features. I went through the entire winter wearing just this jacket, although I removed the liner which was a little baggy and wore my Arcteryx soft-shell underneath for a better fit, and to have something to wear at work without packing lots of clothing. This jacket, heated Gerbing gloves(amazing!) and some $30 closeout no-name ski pants did me just fine all the way down to about 22 degrees for a 30 minute commute, and I'm not one to like cold weather, so I was happy about that.
I rode in rain, sleet, some light snow(about all we get in the mid-atlantic) and lately, some temps in the 70's and 80's, and the vents work pretty well for this. The jacket is a little baggy and goofy looking without the liner on my skinny frame, but not a big deal.
So now down to the "waterproofness"....I have ridden in several rainstorms recently with the warm weather, and this jacket is just not waterproof at all I hate to say. I didn't really notice it during the winter because of all the clothing I had underneath, and probably from the protection of my soft-shell jacket. As of now, I have put it to the test in several hard downpours on the highway with only a T-shirt underneath. Within about 5 minutes on the road in a rain shower, I can start to feel my chest and shoulders get damp, and by the time I'm on the interstate doing 60+, my shirt is soaked and I'm starting to get chilly. Just before writing this review my commute home was 45 minutes in a monsoon-like storm, and I was soaked almost from the neck down, Funny thing is, the last thing I could feel getting wet was my legs which means my no-name ski pants that I paid $30 did a better job. All the vents and pockets were zipped up, and I even applied some leftover Nikwax waterproofing to the upper portion a few months ago while doing my mtn. biking and camping gear.
I still think it's a good piece of gear for most riding, and in the future if I went on a long-trip I would just bring my packable Gore-tex layer to wear underneath. It feels solid and protective, fits great esp. with winter layers on, and the price was good. For someone maybe in the Pacific Northwest, Gore-tex would be a better option but I didn't want to spend that kind of cash just yet, and we don't see consistent rain here most years.
The low score in the protection and durability category is from the rain protection and not related to the actual construction of the jacket. I have yet to test it in a crash (knock on wood), but it seems to be tough material.
June 7, 2013
Not sure what to think......
I have now ridden over 5,000 km (3,000 mi) wearing the Icon Patrol jacket and pants. I have experienced a wide range of temperatures and the first significant rain this morning (20-minute downpour). Overall a good jacket that looks great. I will have to try riding in heavy rain again to see if my concerns are justified.
Temperature: I have experienced 0C (32F) to 30C (86F) temperatures. The jacket has performed rather well. The insulated liner makes it quite warm at low temperature and the venting is good at higher temperatures. It is a heavy jacket that will have you cooking in traffic when the thermometer reads hot, but there is no way around that. The pants are heavy and hot. They get uncomfortable at temperatures above 20C (68F).
Waterproofness: That's the reason why I jumped on the keyboard today. After that short downpour, I noticed dampness in the jacket and the front of my shoulders was wet. I did notice that the chest vents zippers were not all the way in their "garage", but we're talking a few millimeters here (less than 1/8"). Is that enough to let water in? Apparently yes.
Size & fit: The jacket fits a little large. The sleeves are a touch too long but that is a minor issue. Fitting gloves inside the cuffs is difficult but that is the price to pay to have good seal. The jacket fits me great with the thermal liner in but is a little loose without it. The cinching of the sleeves will correct most of that although I am considering a minor velcro alteration to make it cinch a little tighter. I am 5'11" and 190 lb. Wearing Large jacket and Medium pants. The Medium jacket was just too tight at the armpits even with the liner out. I wear the pants as overpants. They are a bit tight at the waist, but the legs are comfortable (length and width). The Large pants were simply too baggy.
June 6, 2013
Excellent fit and quality construction
I'm a 40 sports coat, 5'9", 158 lbs and found the medium to be perfect. The zippers are good and the magnet overflap is very clever and effective. It is so nice to not have to plan a layering strategy beneath the coat...this one does it so well that I just wear a normal shirt and feel comfortable down to the low 50's. Ok, I'm a softie when it comes to warm weather. But this is a quality jacket that is well thought out in terms of pockets and venting and neck closures.
May 3, 2013