Joe Rocket Atomic 4.0 Jacket
The most you can get out of your dollar.
I am a year round rider and bought this jacket as my first jacket. It being in the mid 100's it has a quilted liner and enough room for me to add a hoodie underneath for those chilly mornings to work. Two huge vents in the back with two huge vents on the front that butterfly together allowing good air flow. Great against the rain Seattle offer.
February 17, 2014
great jacket, great for commuter, touring, and light sport duties.
initially i bought a Miltary Recon jacket off of CL, in a size Large, which I typically wear. after awhile, i realized the jacket is too big. if i would have initially bought the jacket from Revzilla, and paid attention to the fit, i could have returned it for a medium.
which is somewhat how it came that I bought the Atomic 4.0
now knowing that in Joe Rocket I fit a Medium, I ordered the Atomic. It arrived just in time for me to hit the road on a 4 day trip from Monterey, Ca to LA. My route was down the coast, a stay in ventura, then along PCH, up and over Mullholland, finally into LA (near griffith park) to visit family.
the return trip, was a direct escape from LA route, via 101, only somewhere near Ventura did i feel the confines of LA slipping away. The jacket is great. I got caught in some rain, around Morro Bay, and Cambria. I spend more time in this jacket that I'd think. I like the "armor", at least there is something. I have a hard time believing that I'd ride in a jacket without it. The vents are awesome. heck... it vents all day long, and the options are plain awesome... every combo of venting/linings i could possibly want.
i ride every day, commuting to work, maybe a ride before work, just for fun, and quite possibly a quick stop at the grocery store afterwards. the jacket can adjust making it more form fitting, to loosening it up enough to cram a few grocery items into it for my short ride home.
it looks good, fits well, vents, provides protection, and i like it. its enough of a jacket that i feel relatively safe, but on the same hand, also keeps me down to a dull roar.
February 17, 2014
Bang for the buck!
First off I would like to say that I own this product and have used it for a couple seasons and multiple weather conditions and temperatures. That being said, this is a great bargain jacket. NO this is not the best jacket out on the market, BUT you also do not spend half a months worth of paychecks for this.
Functionality: It is very functional, it has layers, zippers, pockets (inside and outside). It says it is 100% waterproof.....now to elaborate on this. I would not say it is 100% waterproof. I have been in sprinkles, rains, and down-poors. In the sprinkles and very light rains then yes this jacket will keep you pretty much dry as could be. In a good rain and torrential down poors, then no it is not 100%. That being said It does keep most of your body dry. The torso region mostly. The places where is lacks a little bit is the elbows mostly and sometimes the shoulders. Overall yes this is a pretty great jacket in all types of weather.
Flow/Vent: I have the all black jacket, so in the sun it will obviously be hotter, and it is, specially when you are sitting at a red light...but once on the highway not a big deal. It does have nice vents (and the zippers are pretty good quality). They have body (front and back) vents, and arm vents which is great. Overall it is a pretty good jacket for most temperatures, colder or warmer because of the nice insulator.
Feel/Material/Hold-Up: The jacket is a nice looking, smooth textile. It is woven tight (obviously because of the waterproof-ness) it provides and seems to hold up pretty well in all conditions. I have not "field-tested" and hopefully do not need too, but with all the CE armor and nice textile material I am sure it would hold up against some pretty heavy abrasion. BUT after a bad crash i am sure you would need a new jacket as it would not hold together as a true leather would, BUT heyyy you are not spending 700 bucks either, which i understand, not everyone (including myself) can afford all the greatest things.
Bang For Buck!: Overall for less than $200, you get a lot. Versatility, functionality, quality, and a lot of different atmospheres you can ride this thing in. I would say this is a 3 season jacket anywhere from 40 degrees to maybe 100 depending on how you can handle the cold and heat. I drove 30 miles at 75mph in 40 degrees a few times and honestly my body was pretty decent form the jacket, but my hands were freezing. So the jacket did a pretty good job. For the money I would surely recommend this product as it is durable, versatile, functional, pretty comfortable, and also stylish. The buttons and zippers are pretty good quality too! which can be such a pain in the rear if bad. Thumbs up from me! Safe and fun riding!
February 3, 2014
Great jacket for the price.
Great jacket for the price IMO. I bought this jacket mostly for winter riding. Went a size up from revzilla sizing chart to be able to wear a hoody if needed, it's a little loose without a hoody but nothing major. The inner lining was somewhat of a challenge to remove and install at first but after a few times it's easy peesy. The belt straps help keep the jacket where it should be. I have had the zippers get stuck when trieng to zip up too fast, taking time to zip up normally does the trick. The vents work fairly well when moving.When not moving without the liner I find it can get kinda warm when the temp is around 85F or so, which is understandable. The lowest temp I have rode with the jacket and liner was mid 30s, and was I cold! The limit for me would be mid to high 40's. With a hoody I've gone as low as 30 for25 min and still comfortable, my other gear didn't hold up though. Overall great jacket, lots of bang for the buck. Would definately recommend if looking for a riding jacket on a budget.
It took about 28 hours to get to my door after purchasing. Talk about fast! I'll be shopping with revzilla for a long time!
January 27, 2014
Very nice jacket
I have a 10+ year old jacket that this is taking the place of. This jacket is far superior to the older model. Much more wind proof, though not completely. The fit is spot on. I've been wearing this jacket for a couple of weeks worth of commuting and it has been very comfortable from 40-90 degrees. Not a Northeast winter jacket for sure, but here in SoCal it's a year round jacket with the liner and maybe a sweatshirt. I'll probably pick up a rated back protector to replace the foam one. Overall, great jacket for the price.
January 20, 2014
First Jacket, i like it
I still haven't got my bike so I can't say for the air flow yet. The arms fit me a little snug but when at riding stance it should be good. surprisingly it is pretty loose around the stomach. i'm slightly over weight and if i were to ware a layer underneath it would fit perfectly. I'm not really worried about it because I plan on using it for the winter primarily but the vents and removable liner seem like it would be ok for warmer weather as well. The big plus is the protection, which is why i got this. Shoulders and elbows seem extremely well protected. I don't mind the tighter fit in the arms because it will better protect me on impact but the adjust-ability seems like it will give me a lot of options there. I'm happy with my purchase so far just waiting to find the right bike and get my license. I called revzilla to make the purchase and they helped me decide on the right size. fast, free shipping. i think we picked well. Definitely will be buying from revzilla again. i would recommend this jacket to other people. Thanks revzilla for all the great info with the videos...
January 20, 2014
Soild Basic 3 Season Jacket
Got this jacket 3 months ago as a first step into the armored gear category only having a standard leather jacket prior. For the money, this jacket rocks. After a few days I took an Xacto knife and cut off the ugly JoeRocket logos very easily, and thus had my daily, all black jacket ready to go. Best part? The quilted liner is awesome. Fits snug, sizing was on par, and rides well. I'm a pretty slim guy, there seems to be a tad bit of extra material in the stomach area that can bunch up if you're tucked over, but this seems to be less of an issue as it breaks in further. Velcro strips on the ends of the sleeves are a little weak, some nice snaps would probably have been better, but other than that I wear this thing every day. With a hoodie underneath the liner I've worn it down to the low 30s no problem, just need warmer gloves!
December 16, 2013
Awesome jacket perfect for everyday riding!
This is the first jacket I've bought and I love it! I've used it in 90+ degree weather to 30+ degrees. In the heat the inner liner is very easy to take out. In fact I've only used the liner a couple times. If it's cold I usually just have a thin jacket under. It does fit a little large but it has a bunch of straps that can snug it up greatly. The air vents are great in hot weather. I haven't used it much in the rain but I'd imagine it would do great.
December 16, 2013