Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3.0 Jacket
Great all-around/all-year jacket.
New rider that needed a good all around jacket to take on whatever mother nature threw at me during a daily commute, Joe Rocket did not disappoint.
Jacket is a fleece-like vest liner, armored mesh jacket for warm weather and a waterproof/windbreaking oversehll. Altogether have been very happy with performance, it has kept me warm/dry or cool and dry as needed, easy to wear various layers.
Only downsides I have noticed include lack of zip to pant option, and the zippers/velcro overall could have been better quality. The main zipper is fairly difficult to move, and now I see the value in the newer micro-velcro this jacket does not have.
August 21, 2014
awesome jacket nice simple to the point lots of pockets the mesh part is great on hot days excellent airflow. one minor thing the fleece vest likes to stick to shirts so it takes a lil bit to get the fleece comfortable with my shirt (most the time have the fleece part out)
200 lbs, 5'11 bought a Large the jacket fits true to size.
great in wind rain, great airflow excellent year round jacket.
August 18, 2014
Very nice jacket
Nice jacket for riding. Air flow is great when using the mesh coat. The air flow when using the outer portion is limited. The cuffs are tight around the wrists when using the outer portion. The inner fleece liner is useless.
August 7, 2014
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