Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3.0 Jacket
This jacket is a good fit, if not short
I'm a 6'2" guy. Got the red one (non-tall) which fits best (according to chest) and it turned out to be very short at the torso. I'll be exchanging it for a tall, which will hopefully fit better.
I'll review it a second time after I can remove the tags--it seems like a great first jacket.
January 20, 2015
Brilliant Concept, Almost Perfect
I bought this in the black/gunmetal color combination on the outer textile layer. The mesh layer is black/silver with a couple of white accents on the front. I opted for a medium and I am about 5'10" and 175-180lbs. It fits me snug and because it is not too loose, all the armor is in the right place.
- High quality construction, typical of all Joe Rocket gear that I own.
- Great visibility at night, even with the darker colors because of the generous amount of reflective piping (more on the textile layer than on the mesh layer).
- Ingenious concept to have a winter jacket/summer jacket hybrid.
- The two layers of this jacket are attached at the cuffs, neck, and zippered chest on both sides so they are very securely linked in case of a mishap.
- It really is easy to roll up the outer textile layer into itself when not in use.
- The inner fleece layer is only a thin vest and isn’t connected at the bottom so it gets hung up and twisted when putting the jacket on. It annoys me and I plan to remove it permanently and wear a sweatshirt or something thick under it on the colder mornings.
- The armor cannot be transferred from the inner jacket to the outer jacket so the outer jacket cannot be worn as a stand-alone protective piece.
My main gripe is the last point above. I would have expected them to take the concept of this jacket to it's logical conclusion and to build in the ability to wear each jacket on its own as well as together. I would have loved to be able to take the armor out of the mesh jacket and put it directly in the textile outer layer so that I could wear it as a light, armored windbreaker without having the bulk of a mesh jacket underneath. Although that would have been great, I do appreciate the ability to wear both jackets together and then strip off the top layer if it gets too hot out.
Commuting- I can already see where this will be useful for summer commuting since it can be in the 50s and 60s in the morning and then jump to the 80s and 90s in time for the PM rush hour. The build quality seems like it will stand up to daily use.
Deep winter use - No not really. The inner fleece liner is only a thin vest so arms can get cold quickly. Depending on the fitment of this jacket on you, you might want to wear a layer over or under this jacket once the temps get into the mid to low 40s or below.
January 18, 2015
I bought this jacket for my husband for Christmas and he loves it. He really likes all the features that make it multi-functional, such as being able to roll- up the outer shell into a package you can carry, and the layering options. I hope he never actually tests them out but the armor and protection seems pretty good. The weather has been in the 40-60 here and it has kept him comfortable and warm. We don't know how it will fair in warmer weather yet. He is 6'1" and 150 lbs. and the medium fits him perfectly.
December 30, 2014
In any configuration this jacket rocks.
The fact that the jacket looks good, performs well, and feels safe whether you choose to use it fully packed and with the shell on or stripped down to just the mesh liner is awesome. You can seal it up tight for maximum warmth, open just the vents in the shell for a little air flow, or let the air pass right through with just the mesh portion on. The pockets are deep and well placed. The zippers are safely behind textile material to save my tank paint. I am thrilled with this jacket choice and its holding up superbly to everything I've thrown at it and thrown it at so far!
December 8, 2014
Overall happy with purchase for the cost. Great functionality...three jackets and protection for the cost of one
December 1, 2014
Great inexpensive road trip jacket
I wore this jacket for a full season before bringing it on a 13,000+ mile cross-country road trip. The ability to layer the jacket has allowed me to comfortably cruise with a small windscreen in temperatures as low as 34 degrees (wearing two long-sleeve layers under the jacket with both layers of the jacket zipped together). I have also ridden in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees with just the armored mesh layer and was quite comfortable. However, if you plan to ride through the desert and are from a northern climate, consider getting a cooling vest. I crashed as a result of sun fatigue (I was wearing full gear in the desert), and likely would not have happened had I bought a cooling vest. That said, the jacket held up excellently in the crash. A 20-30 mph collision into the back of a car resulted only in a bruised him and a sprained wrist. Also, when riding in warm climates, you can fit a hydration pouch in addition to the back protector in that back protector compartment. This does create a turtle-back look, but when hydration is crucial, temporary exceptions should be considered. The only true complaint I had with the jacket was the water leakage. During my first season a heavy rain ambush began seeping into the chest of the jacket after forty minutes. However, I did treat the jacket before the cross-country trip, with a inexpensive generic camping quality spray, and found that the few instances of rain, and sleet, were not an issue. This is a cost effective ($5-10) spray can fix that still makes this jacket a bargain compared to other options out there. Lastly, the fact that the shell zips into its own self-contained pocket is a huge plus when your traveling for months and have limited space.
November 17, 2014
Not bad but not perfect!
Overall I think this is a pretty good jacket. I have not ridden without the outer shell yet so I will not comment on the airflow as I was all zipped up as well. I did notice some minor neck irritation from the stiff collar as others noted. I was disappointed in the "water proof" shell. After a four hour ride in intermittent rain, the front of my shoulders and armpit areas were wet from the rain. A longer ride in cooler weather this would have been unacceptable.
October 20, 2014
In Texas this is a four-season jacket
I've been wearing this jacket every day for a couple of months, now. I'm 6'4" and 170 and thought I could fill out a Lg Tall, but I should've gone with the Med Tall. The extra width in the shoulders makes the elbow pads dangle a bit, but they line up when I have my arms extended so it works out when I'm riding. With all the straps cinched down, I'm comfortable enough with the fit that I didn't feel a need to exchange it.
The mesh has been fine through the worst of a Texas summer, but the interior can get a bit muggy with the waterproof shell on. It doesn't rain too often, here, so it hasn't been a problem for me. Now that it's cooling down the shell works perfectly keeping the wind off me at highway speeds. I'm also not entirely thrilled with the stitching on the shell. Loose threads pop up and I melt them down with a lighter to weld them in place. That's been common to every item of clothing I've ever worn, though, so not too much to worry about.
At my age I'm afraid of concrete, and I trust this jacket to keep my skin on should I need it to if I lay it down at the speeds I travel. I'd prefer a hi-viz option in the tall sizes, but I have no other complaints.
October 4, 2014