Joe Rocket Radar Dark Leather Jacket
Love this Jacket
I gave this jacket 5 stars across the board. I really tried not to but this jacket does what it's supposed to do really well and I'm very happy with it after wearing it every day for almost two months.
Bang for the buck, there's no other jacket on the market that is a leather/textile hybrid that provides this kind of protection at this price point.
As far as style goes, I think it's a great looking jacket. The branding is subtle and the leather/textile placement gives it a stylish look so it more than just functional. There is a version of this jacket that has the speed hump on the back, which I'm not a fan of so I'm glad the "Radar Dark" comes sans hump.
This is a moto jacket so the comfort level is very good when used as intended. The jacket fits the body in a natural riding position. I bought a size smaller than my normal jacket size as I wanted a tighter fit and I don't regret it at all.
For protection, the leather is placed everywhere you need it and nowhere it's not needed, making acceptable concessions for textile placement for a cooler ride. There is CE rated elbow protection with straps on the outside of the jack that hold them in place. The back protector is just foam so I upgraded to a Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector that is level 2 CE rated. With this jacket, I feel I am protected as I need to be and don't really think safety is compromised in any way.
There are mesh jackets that move more air, but I'm relatively happy with the amount of airflow allowed in this jacket design. I live in Los Angeles so I'm always riding in warm weather. In stop and go traffic and at red lights it gets a little warm (obviously) but when I'm moving, even at just 35mph, there is enough airflow through the jacket to keep it comfortable.
September 2, 2013
Great value hybrid jacket
I had an aging textile Joe Rocket jacket that I had inherited when I purchased my first street bike back in 2006 (which at that time the Joe Rocket was used and beat up) so I decided to look for an upgrade. Since I was looking at buying a new jacket, I expanded my search to leather jackets. For me, I am used to the fit and finish of the Joe Rocket jackets. I have not yet gone down, so I can not speak for the durability and protection in the event of an accident (but I hope it is good & that I never have to test it).
I was looking at new textile jackets and decided to check out if there were any leather jackets in my price range. Since it can get hot in the Northern VA, DC, MD area, I decided to look at perforated leather jackets and hybrid leather jackets. It came down between the Joe Rocket Sonic Perforated and the Joe Rocket Radar Dark. I went with the Radar Dark because it has the airflow panels and belt loop straps that I could use on a longer ride. So far it has been great. It fits well, has a great extent of adjustability, and feels very solid. I'll have to see how well it does when it i sa little cooler outsid (using the liner). I would highly recommend since it is an affordable option.
July 29, 2013
Nicely made jacket keeps you cool even on hot days fit is nice rode in 80 degree weather with no problem, it has good protection so far no complaints would recommend to anyone
June 2, 2013
I live in Louisiana so even our winters are warm sometimes. I was looking for a jacket to offer protection, comfort and air flow. I really like this jacket. My other leather jackets are very stiff and not as comfortable as a textile or mesh product. This jacket makes me feel very safe with the leather over most of the jacket, but the addition of the mesh on the front of the arms and shoulders really makes this jacket much more flexible and comfortable in my opinion compared to a solid leather jacket. The fit and finish is great as with almost all of Joe Rocket's products. Definitely happy with my choice.
November 12, 2012
A great jacket for a great price
This jacket was a lot better than I thought it would be considering the price. It worked well on the freeway (70mph) keeping me warm and feeling protected and kept me cool as well on the freeway. The jacket itself is one of the heavier jackets I have looked at giving me a little more peace of mind and this jacket also is loaded with features. So all in all I would definitively recommend this jacket.
October 8, 2012
My new favorite jacket
I bought this jacket and have been using it for ~2 weeks, and I have to say I love it. I've ridden in 38 degree nights on my bike with no wind screen and have ridden it up to 75 degree sunny days (still hasn't gotten too warm yet) with the full liner in and have been thrilled with how well it works. I was cold at 38 degrees, but it did a more than adequate job of keeping me warm enough to be safe but I have a fairly high tolerance for cold. At 75 it still did great and was more than cool enough. I would assume that once the liner is out, it will handle hot weather just as well as it does cold.
The fit is great,I measured my chest to be ~39 with a deep breath and ordered a 42, which fits great and has room for a hoodie under it (though it does get fairly snug with something that thick). I'm ~5'10" ~170 lbs and the length and arms are spot on.
The only negatives would be that the outside pockets are pretty tight and I have a hard time getting my hands in/out of them, so I don't use them. Also if the coat isn't sitting right, the neck piece can dig into my throat some. But with some adjusting the problem goes away.
All in all, I would recommend this coat highly. Very sharp looking, feels very solid, and handles a wide range of temperatures well.
April 9, 2012
Awesome jacket! Wish it had more hidden pockets is all..
This jacket doesnt cease to amaze me. I am 5'10" with 44" chest and a 34" waist so I taper from top to bottom. This jacket has a great fit. The mesh on the front keeps my body temperature just right. On cooler mornings here in Houston, I would zip up the liner and on the warmer afternoons, I would remove it for the ride home. Very easy to secure the 8" zipper to the pants as well. The worst part of this jacket is cleaning all the dead bugs out of the shoulder vents! haha
March 12, 2012
Great look and great price
I love the look of this jacket, and it's very comfortable. Also love that it has belt loops so the jacket stays down during riding.
October 7, 2011