Icon Stryker Rig
Nice idea but lacking quality in manufacturing.
I've had 2 of these rigs in my possession. 3 if you count the last one I had before I sent it back.
The first one I received was damaged right out of the box. Plastic rivets were missing from the back plates.
The second one lasted about 2 hrs before stitching started to come apart. The stitching was coming apart and also the mesh on the rear of the shoulders seems to easily stretch and rip during normal use. Once you look at this material closely you'll probably wonder how it is supposed to stay together while being so thin.
Ultimately I didn't have confidence that this item would actually stay together in a fall and I returned it.
On the rest of the rig:
Good shoulder and forearm/elbow protection (mostly the padding and not the material holding it in place).
The forearm protection stays in place but the shoulder protection straps are stretchy and don't really stay tight for very long.
I don't know if it was just me but the weird loops at the ends of the sleeves for your thumb had stitching that was too thick and parts of my hands would tingle and go numb after a while of riding with pressure on those areas (ie: the grips on the bike).
The sleeves are nice and tight, the chest was a bit looser and the waist area seemed like it was made for someone with a huge beer belly. You can zip the thing up (make sure you have the zipper connected correctly otherwise it splits open easily, not heavy duty), strap around the waist belt (kidney belt?) and the bottom of the rig still rides up a bit. Can be awkward with riding pants that are meant to ride higher.
It was a fairly comfortable rig but in the end I just wasn't comfortable using it regularly as PPE. Seems more geared towards wearing under a motocross jersey or something to that effect (if it doesn't start coming apart on you).
Over-priced for it's manufacturing quality. The pads are solid and I would love those in a thick sweatshirt or something similar, it's just that the materials holding everything together need more thought.
Maybe you will have better luck. . .
August 25, 2015
Great armor but short arm straps
I have a xl-2xl and it fits me good but the straps on the arm could be longer.
August 14, 2015
Great looking And Great protection
just received product today and overall love the look and feel of the icon Stryker rig. The only cons were: as I was overlooking the product fresh out the package, a rivet popped out from the back protector. Not a deal breaker as it popped back in and seems secured. After trying it on, I decided to remove the back protector from the jacket itself and found that the top rivet popped out from the back protector. This one wouldn't pop back in but being I didn't want to deal with returning, and waiting for a new one I Krazy glued it and it seems stable. Do note that the back protector is not as hard as some might think but does provide the protection that you are looking for. Wish I had pictures of the popped rivets but thought about it as I wrote the review. At half the price I think the icon Stryker rig would be an amazing product. But if you have the money to spare and want to look bad a**,and or are ok with the rivet issue then I do recommend.
July 15, 2015
Great for middle TN summer riding
This rig is great for hot weather riding. It breathes like a t shirt. I the armor is all well secured and stays in place. The only complaint and the reason i didn't give it a 5 star for durability is that the plastic rivets holding the back protector plates pop off so they need to be super glued in to stop that. Could easily be worn under a non armored jacket once the weather cools down.
July 13, 2015
Not the best Quality
I'm 5 '9' with an athletic build. I purchased the M/L size and it fits fine. The front of the shirt is a little short so I definitely recommend wearing something underneath. The quality of the shirt seems cheap. The back straps for the back protector was half ripped when I received it. In addition, the stitching was poorly done on the back zipper for the back protector. I could see the holes from the stitching which appeared to look like the zippers were unable able to bear the weight of the back protector. Overall, I ended up unzipping the back protector plate since the straps were already half ripped and probably wouldn't last long even if they weren't already half ripped and instead wore my Icon stryker vest over the rig instead. I don't think it was worth $250 based on the poor quality of the stitching and the half ripped back straps. I would suggest revzilla to check the product before it is shipped out.
June 22, 2015
Perfect Summer Option
I'm 5'10, 180lbs, average build, and the medium/large fits me and needed to be tightened at every point of adjustment. I tried this rig for the first time on a 90+ degree summer day on my wife's Spyder RS. Normally, I don't enjoy riding in temperatures above 85 because I ATGATT and even mesh jackets are too uncomfortable when it's that hot out. With this rig 90+ degree days can actually be enjoyed. What a difference! I am done wearing mesh jackets on really hot days thanks to this product. That said, you obviously sacrifice some protection on the non-armor-covered parts due to the thin material used throughout this rig. If you end up rolling around on the pavement you're better off in something with thicker material throughout.
My second ride with this product was a night ride on my GSX1250FA and it was about 75-80 degrees. The rig was so comfortable. It was at this point I realized that there was really no reflectivity on the back, but again, the comfort factor alone makes this a winner.
Its perfect for hot days.
Makes you look and feel awesome.
Easy to put on and take off as any other protective jacket.
Light weight and easy to stow away in a saddle bag when you reach your destination.
Lots of adjustment points make this work for different body types
No reflectivity for night riding.
No hi-viz color option.
Any part of your upper body not covered by the armored pads will probably get road rash if you go down just wearing this.
June 7, 2015
Review of Icon Stryker Rig
Decided to get rig for riding in the hot summer months while still staying protected. As always Revzilla delivered promptly..sooner than expected actually, no issues there. Got rig and tried it on. I'm 6', 180lbs, athletic build, got the M/L size. The fit was good, felt snug and proper, all the armor was where it needed to be, I actually felt it offered more protection than my textile Overlord jacket. Unfortunately the lower shirt part seemed to be a little small, too small to be tucked into your pants so you have to wear an undershirt or have some skin showing. The bottom belt area was kinda tight, for someone who has a little extra gas in their tank it may be a uncomfortable. Upon a tight bend one of the plastic "rivets" popped out of the back armor, luckily it snapped back in. After taking it for a ride I can say that it does breathe great and has that evaporative cooling effect, thinking it will be just fine in the 100* weather. The rig does draw a lot of attention being how it looks. The thumb holes seemed a bit awkward, kind bulky in the gloves...if you don't use them you have a poof of fabric at your wrists...I think a simple stitched elastic loop would have been better in this scenario. Overall I'm happy with it despite the criticisms, could be considered nit picking to some but still worth mentioning. For 250.00 it's a tough call...if the issues I mentioned were addressed it would be worth it in my opinion but others might be just as happy with another rig for a bit cheaper...
May 26, 2015
I purchaced the stryker rig about a month ago and have to say it's pretty great. It's extremely cool (temperature wise) and seems as if when wind flows through the sleeves they almost seems to get cold.. so it's great for hot weather. The ONLY negative thing i'll say about the Stryker Rig is that one of the seams has ripped after hardly any real use. It's not bad yet but i'll need to get it replaced. Another thing i'll say is it does fit a bit small (to me). I bought the larger version since there is only 2 to choose from and it's a LITTLE bit snug. Definatley nothing overly uncomfortable just wish it wouldn't stop so short of my waist really. I am 6 foot tall and about 230.
May 18, 2015