Joe Rocket Ballistic Revolution Jacket
Excellent jacket. Love the style. The fit was good. Great price. Revzilla is awesome.
March 30, 2015
For the money and style, this is a good buy
Joe rocket ballistic revolution jacket review
Styling is nice, I like the fact that this jacket flashes a good deal of hi-viz yellow while still being less than 100% conspicuous. The hi-viz has been strategically placed so that it is directly visible in the front and rear when in the riding position. This does work too, I notice a lot of people looking back at me in their rearview mirror. Joe Rocket is the only brand I've seen that makes this stylish option available in an adventure style longer jacket. I do get compliments on the jacket’s look.
Putting on this jacket for the first time, it was easy to adjust everything to where it fits right. The zippers on the sleeves and the outside pockets are waterproof which means they're stiffer than your regular zips and they open and close very smoothly without grabbing fabric around them and binding. This alone is already good.
All outside pockets are waterproof, the upper pockets have waterproof zippers and the lowers fold over below the opening so the opening itself faces down and prevents water from coming in easily. The rear butt pocket is just barely big enough to hold the liner or a pair of gloves with hard armor. Nothing special there.
The neck closure flap is too small and there isn’t enough velcro, if you wear a balaclava it can pop open for no reason, and the snap at the top of the flap is hard to fasten if you’re wearing
The main double zipper is a pain to get started, I have no idea who needs a double ended zipper here. I’ve used the feature a few times to go to the bathroom, but that’s about how useful it ends up being.
While the body of the jacket is nicely waterproof, the main closure of the jacket is NOT. In the rain, and if the jacket bunches up at your waist, which it will because it’s an adventure style jacket, water can get blown into the main zipper if you ride a naked bike like I do. The zipper is just your regular cloth variety and once it gets wet, your clothes will start getting wet. The closure has a back-fold that should prevent water from getting into the zipper, but the fasteners to keep it closed are four measely snaps which don’t provide a very positive closure where it’s needed the most. This area is also the weak spot when it comes to cold weather as cold air can get thru. It could have used a true double closure.
In warmer weather this will be a hot jacket due to a lack of direct venting, but the protection of the jacket might just be worth it as it feels very solid and safe.
The inner liner is warm enough for 50 degrees without any layers underneath, but the pockets in the liner are rather pathetic. On the right side are two pockets, side by side, one of which has a velcro closure and another which has a stretchy closure. Neither of these pockets is wide enough to hold a smart phone and the only use I see for them is holding sun glasses or a Nokia 5190 from 1995. On the left side is a larger pocket that will hold a smart phone but instead of being a top loading pocket it has a zipper up the front side of it. Being made out of flimsy fabric and equipped with a small tooth zipper, and with a flap that covers a zipper, the overall effect is that opening and closing the pocket while you're wearing the jacket is a pain in the butt and requires two hands without gloves on. That and the side opening means things are likely to fall out of it when you open it. Oh and the same pocket on the actual jacket is a top loading design that actually works. I have no idea who designed this liner, but the 90s want their design back.
Overall, I’m pleased with the jacket, I would buy it again as it does perform well enough for the price point. The styling can’t be beat and I don’t intentionally ride in the rain enough for the non-waterproofness of the main zipper to be a huge problem. This jacket could use a re-design in a few areas, but the niggles aren’t deal breakers by any means.
March 25, 2015
Great Jacket for the price
I'm very happy with my purchase. I would not hesitate to purchase another one.
March 1, 2015
Cons: Collar is too small, can't use the Velcro strap. That's the only con.
Haven't ridden in the rain yet.
Was going to order an XL but the Revzilla rep recommended the large. It fits perfectly. I'm 6'2" 200 lbs and have a 44" chest.
I get compliments all the time on how good it looks.
February 9, 2015
Better than I expected.
I liked the way the jacket looked and all of the features that it had, and the price was right, so I ordered the jacket in a size medium (I'm 5'11' and weigh 155lbs). This jacket is lighter than it looks and it fits me very well thanks to the many adjustments. The insulated liner is a bit thin, but the jacket keeps me warm down into the 40's. Colder than that and I wear my heated liner. The only con would be the collar. The Velcro needs to be longer. Even with my skinny neck (15 1/2'), when I wear my heated jacket, the collar barely closes. Other than that, this is a good jacket.
January 19, 2015
Great all around jacket
I got this jacket for my boyfriend for Christmas and he absolutely loves it! The removable liner makes it easy to use in all temperatures, and the back protection makes him feel more comfortable doing wheelies and other tricks. Overall a great buy!
December 29, 2014
great in any situation
I was thrown from my bike while wearing this jacket and came out unscathed. I slid on my back for about 30 yards and the jacket didn't tear, just looked dirty. You'll have to replace the padding at the spine bc it's just cheap foam but its worth it. I used this jacket in the southeast while in 55-30 degree weather and it was great. I was never cold or uncomfortable. Hope that helps
December 1, 2014
The jacket arrived really fast. The fit was perfect. The quality of the product is amazing,very comfortable jacket. There is a ton of pockets in this thing which is amazing. The liner is really easy to remove and install. I would absolutely recommend this product to everybody.
November 25, 2014