Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3.0 Jacket
Great jacket for a Canadian.
Jacket fits well. Shoulder and elbow pads sit where they should. Contoured arms sit well on any bike with an up-right/slight forward lean bike. I've only driven in the rain once but stayed completely dry. Pockets are waterproof as well but are on the small side. Outer jacket venting is average but if you opt to just wear the mesh it will be great on the hottest days. With the fleece liner in you will be comfortably warm until the snow falls.
July 21, 2014
The shell is more like a straight jacket than a motorcycle jacket.
I bought this jacket to replace a 5 year-old similar Joe Rocket design (mesh with zip-off shell).
It was't until after I wore the jacket on a ride that I realized several major flaws (in comparison to my older Joe Rocket and an even older MotoPort).
The sleeves on the shell are simply too narrow at the open end to be able to easily slip your hands in and out out of the jacket. Without zippers on the end of the shell sleeves to allow for "widening" when putting it on or taking it off, this is more like a straight jacket than a motorcycle jacket. While there are velcro tabs that allow for about an inch of expansion, both the gusset and the tabs are woefully inadequate. So you either need to have someone else pull on the first sleeve to get the jacket off your arm, or dance around and shake the sleeve until it releases your arm. Or do like me and coat it with bacon grease and have your pit bull grab the end and not let go.
The end-of-sleeve-width is a deal breaker with my new Revit Dirt Two gloves. The gloves are glorious, but the gauntlet is too small to slide over the end of the shell sleeve and too big to slide inside.
The major other CON is how the outer shell attaches to the mesh inner jacket along the collar. My old Joe Rocket has a microzipper that runs along the entire shoulder line bringing each inch of outer and inner jacket in line with each other. To my great dismay the Alter Ego 3.0 has a single snap fitting in the center of the neck. The fitting is attached to the end of a ~1" wide piece of nylon webbing. The webbing goes through the "hang loop" of the mesh inner jacket and then snaps back onto itself.
This allows the bulk of the fabric in the shoulders of the inner jacket to "bunch up" inside the shoulders of the shell. And when wearing a shirt without a full collar (like a tee shirt), the nylon web strap rubs against the back of my neck. After 30 minutes it feels like sand paper. Quite expensive sand paper.
The last major CON: Neither the inner mesh jacket nor the outer shell have 2-way zippers. In looking at all of the cycling and outdoor gear that I own, two-way zippers tends to really be the dividing line between excellent gear and everything else. This jacket falls into the "everything else" category. But I took the tags off, I wore it on a ride, and now I own it.
The pros of this jacket are really in the mesh "inner jacket". The placement of the armor is excellent. The ends of the mesh jacket sleeves DO have zippers to allow for easy entry and exit. The pockets are well placed (epecially the inner cell phone pocket), and the sleeve adjusters work well enough if you glue them in place (they never stay put on my older Joe Rocket, either).
The fact that the shell is waterproof/breathable is definitely a step up from my older Joe Rocket (which relies on a waterproof/windproof liner). The lack of waterproof shell on my old jacket means it weighs about 10 pounds more when riding in the rain and takes two days to dry out afterward.
Before next fall I'll rip the seams out of the ends of the shell sleeves, expand the gussets, and install zippers. Come next Fall I'll be wearing this with a full-collar shirt or the zip-in quilted liner and find out if it doesn't irritate. Yes, I'm a guy, I own a sewing machine, and I have scars to show for both.
If you are looking for a true 3 season jacket and don't have a brand affinity for Joe Rocket, I'd take a look at another brand that has zippered sleeve cuffs (both inner and outer jacket), a 2 way zipper, and a waterproof/breathable shell. One thing I should have learned by now - don't scrimp on the details. When it comes down to riding every day, those details count more than the extra dollars you'll shell out making yourself more comfortable then miserable.
Keep both wheels down. Otherwise you might fall in front of me. And I won't even touch my brakes. I like both reading Darwin awards and keeping everyone's insurance premiums lower.
June 23, 2014
I purchased this after reading the positive reviews but am ultimately disappointed with the quality of the jacket.
I typically use the inner mesh liner when I ride which does breathe good except for the back portion where the armor plate is. I've had the jacket for maybe 4 full months of riding 3 or so days a week and already I'm noticing issues with the zipper quality. The zipper sticks and is a pain to unzip. It feels like I'm trying to escape from a straight jacket sometimes with how hard I have to work the zipper to get it to actually unzip. At some points when zipping up it also sticks.
The other issue is one of the arm buttons has already broken off somehow while I was riding so now I have a strap flailing from my left arm since it can no longer be secured.
It makes me wonder what will start coming apart next when I approach a full year of riding with it.
I now know not to skimp on your jacket because I'm sure the build quality on the more expensive jackets is worth the extra $$$. I'd say spend some extra money and buy a jacket that lasts, not this one that has shoddy quality.
June 17, 2014
Pretty much perfect jacket
I have owned many motorcycle jackets and this is the best by far. Joe rocket is one of my favorite brands for their quality and style for the price. Very well designed, fits fantastic. My only complaint is the new zippers JR is using. My past JR jackets I could move any zipper up and down with ease. All the zippers on this jacket have an initial "hitch", they don't like to start moving easily, they kind of "catch". Once they are moving, they are smooth as silk though. I just wish they were like the old zippers that would move easier. Maybe they did this to obtain a sort of "locking" effect, not sure???
June 9, 2014
Great overall jacket. Usable in all weather
This is a higher quality jacket than I'm used to. the armor seems stronger and is placed better than in other jackets I've owned.
The removable water proof shell and inner vest liner allows me to use this jacket all weather from the 20's to 80's (which is as hot as it usually gets here in Wisconsin).
I normally wear a large, and the large fits me well. There's enough room to wear a hoodie under the jacket on those really cold days. The arm length is perfect, which is a pleasant surprise since most jacket's sleeves tend to be short on me. I'm 72" 170 lbs.
I only have some picky stuff to "complain" about.
The pockets on the shell are very difficult to use and very small. They are pretty much useless.
A taller collar would be nice. Or additional snaps or velcro on the collar for a custom fit. I get a lot of wind down my neck.
May 23, 2014
This is my first jacket and I wanted something that I could use year-round without breaking the piggy bank. This one did the job! The coldest i have ridden in with this jacket so far is in 42F weather at 70mph for 1.5 hrs and not once did I get cold! I was amazed because all I had was a t-shirt underneath. Warm weather is amazingly breathable without sacrificing protection. LOVE IT!!
May 19, 2014
A highly critical, but an overall positive review
I have owned this jacket for just over a year in flouro yellow. I have put thousands of miles on it, and for the most part, have liked it. It was my first motorcycle jacket. It has been a great jacket, and I do recommend it, especially to new riders, but I'm not going to buy it again.
This jacket is great for the money. As far as features, this jacket does *just about* everything that a jacket that costs 2x - 3x as much can do, but not quite as well. It has an external waterproof liner, which is far superior to the internal liners because if you get rained on, you're not riding around in a soaked jacket. It has a fleece vest liner, which is nice if you're riding in really cold weather. Fit is true to size. It has elbow, back and shoulder protection. I would call this a four season jacket. I have had many compliments on the looks of this jacket and had just as many people ask where I purchased it.
Even without the internal fleece liner vest installed, this jacket is heavy. You will get fatigued much quicker with this jacket on unless you are only riding with the mesh layer. The vent zippers on the waterproof liner are very hard to manipulate while riding. The right elbow of the waterproof outer layer started leaking after about three months. It's still not bad enough to ditch the jacket after a year. After about six months, the waterproof layer started having this stuff grow on it (possibly mildew) even though I always dried it out before storing it. It's stained and wont come out. The internal fleece is not sleeved - it's a vest, so you may find that your arms get cold in extreme conditions unless you wear an extra layer. Many people buy this jacket instead of buying another jacket because it already includes the back pad, but the back pad in this jacket is not CE rated. In time, the elbows have become extremely uncomfortable, and I'm not entirely sure why. Lastly, the right elbow button won't stay buttoned now, so I'm not entirely sure it would stay buttoned in a crash.
Is it a good jacket yes? Do I recommend it? Yes. Will it last a long time? Relatively, but you're going to want something else in less than a year.
May 9, 2014
Great Jacket for summer and cool weather
I've only owned the jacket for a couple of weeks and temperatures are still just above freezing here (around +3 Celsius) and I find this jacket alone is not enough to keep me warm when cruising at highway speeds.. it does stop the wind very well and my torso was fairly comfortable but the arms are not protected by the fleece liner so my arms were cold after 30-40 minutes cruising at 70 mph. I think if I wore a hoodie underneath this jacket it would be great for the cold temps. Otherwise I really like this jacket... fits well and I'm a big guy at 6'2" and 275 lbs... I ordered the 2XL Tall size and it's a great fit which is normally hard to find... the tall sizes are a huge bonus for me. I would definitely purchase this jacket again.
May 5, 2014