Joe Rocket Ballistic Revolution Jacket
Awesome. It feels tough
So far I've ridden with this jacket in 70f to 30f temps. It actually keeps you pretty cool on the warm days, and keeps you warm in the cold days. To test, I wore just a tshirt under the jacket and went out in 32f temps and I stayed warm. That's awesome in my opinion! Throw a sweater under and you are toasty.
Love the look and color accents. The many snaps and straps to tailor the fit exactly to you are a great feature. I deducted one mark only because a CE approved back pad isn't included.
November 21, 2014
Great cold weather waterproof jacket for the price.
I bought this jacket for riding year round through New England falls, winters, and springs. I have ridden in the rain and on the highway down to 30 degrees fareinheit so far. The jacket has performed better than I expected, especially for the price.
It is in the 30's right now and I travel 30 minutes on the highway in the mornings and nights. I wear a sweatshirt underneath and am totally warm enough. The jacket has four vent zippers that vent to the liner, not directly to your body, so in hot weather (over 75 degrees) it is kind of uncomfortable.
The neck opening does a good job of staying under your helmet so I have not had issues with water running down my back or front, but I have not ridden I any monsoons lately, so your results may vary if you intend to ride through any rainforests.
Overall, quality is nice. I got the hi-viz option and love it. I've gotten compliments on it looking cool, so if you're into that sort of thing don't be afraid of the extra visabiity. It has large pockets that fold over and Velcro so your stuff stays in, is easy to get out with gloves on, and stays dry. My only complaint is that the main zipper is not the greatest quality. It can be hard to zip up. I like the jacket enough to look into having a tailor replace it.
I like the jacket and would buy it again if some crossing guard stole it.
November 16, 2014
Waterproof..to a point
I'll start by saying that I really do like this jacket. The shoulders especially are punk-as-f#$% looking. But....
I took this thing for a ride from Portland around Mt. Hood to Hood River in Oregon last weekend. Predictably, it was cold and very wet. Decided to take the highway home. this was also very, very wet. Jacket withstood the water on a ~55 mph freeway, no problem. Once I got on the highway and was going 65-70, I ended up being completely soaked in the front from my neck to stomach. Not sure if water was coming in around the zipper channels or what.
If you are dealing with an amount of rain not found on a PNW highway, this may be a great jacket for you. I am going to be looking for something else, unfortunately.
November 6, 2014
Got my jacket today
First thing the hi vis yellow is hi vis yellow it practically glows in the dark its that bright. I'm 6 ft 2 274, and the XXL fits me very well. Should be room for an extra warm liner or two for the cold Iowa winters. The double zipper one word wierd and a little annoying to get it seated right. All in all this jacket should work very well for fall winter for me. I can' wait to try it out.
September 29, 2014
Saved my butt!
I got this jacket as a birthday present from my wife and kids. Less than two weeks later, I had a woman pull out in front of me and I ended up going over her hood. I bounced off the pavement and slid about 30 feet. I broke my right leg, and ended up with pins and plates in it. HOWEVER, I had no road rash, and the padding in the shoulders and jacket helped prevent even the slightest bruise on my upper body. If I hadn't broken my leg, I would have literally walked away unscathed. They had to cut the coat off, otherwise it still looked brand new. It was comfortable in weather from 50 to 80 degrees, although I do think the ventilation could be improved at least a litle bit. For the price point, I can't recommend this jacket enough.
September 26, 2014
Great look and value!
I purchased my Revolution from somewhere else but I love it! Definitely not a summer jacket as it doesn't breath as well as I would like ( I use a mesh joe rocket atomic for summer riding). The Venting in the front is OK, I wish they would have but vents on the sleeves as well. The Styling is great! looks like a BMW jacket but doesn't come with the 3 Letter Price tag.
September 22, 2014
Great style, features, protection
This jacket is great. The style is very nice with plenty of features. Enough pockets with exceptional velcro closures. I am 5'8 175lbs athletic build, so I ordered the large. It fits perfectly, not sure what the fit will be with a bulky sweater, but I have worn with my suit jacket (commuter) and it was great. It hasnt gotten really cold yet, so I can't comment, but it has been in the 50s and i did not feel uncomfortable at all. Just the opposite. The removal liner is helpful, but this is not a warm weather jacket. The construction is well done. The zipper gives me a hard time, but it may be user error. All in all, I am extremely happy with this purchase.
July 27, 2014
This is a great jacket. Fits me perfectly. I removed the inner lining when it is hot out and it has good airflow, keeps me at a comfortable temp, it does get a little warm when riding slow, like in towns/city. When it is a little chilly out I put the liner back in and it kept me nice a warm (the day i put the liner back in the jacket, it was about 50 degrees out.) Pretty sure it would keep me warm at lower temps.
July 10, 2014