Joe Rocket Radar Jacket
Excellent summer and fall jacket
I bought this jacket based on the features it offered to include leather, CE armor and the style. It has excellent air flow and would make a great summer riding jacket even into late fall. This is not a year round jacket unless you plan to layer up considerably. The liner inside the jacket doesn't do much as wind cuts right through it. The sizing is VERY accurate so make sure you measure yourself prior to ordering. It's a tad snug but it's supposed to be that way!
Overall, very happy with the purchase and RevZilla shipped it quickly!
November 20, 2013
There is no do-it-all, 4-season, street-and-track jacket. I bought this jacket hoping it would cover most of what I need without breaking the bank. It's working out okay.
The Good: the jacket itself is high quality and it moves a lot of air. Great warm-weather protective jacket. Not a sloppy American fit, I'm skinny and the fit is fine. Useful chest pocket.
The Expected: non-protective back pad. Forcefield B medium fits pretty well (would be perfect if it were a couple inches longer on the bottom). There's no 360 zip, only a short back zip, but with all the mesh this wasn't a track jacket anyway. (And there are four snapping belt straps for wearing with jeans.)
The Bad: the liner is a disappointment. It doesn't block enough air for cool-weather comfort, say below 55F. And it's a pain to get your arms in the sleeves with the liner in, it bunches up and makes it a fight. It's cheap-feeling. And I don't get the point of the forearm snaps, my arms are twigs but could never use anything but the loosest setting, all they do is forever snag backpack straps. Although pad coverage seems good, I have no idea what "grade A" CE armor means, and revzilla CS didn't know either.
I got the gunmetal and I like the looks of it, and the white does well for day/dusk visibility. I hate big logos, this jacket is fairly understated. The hump is probably just a silly poser feature on a street-only jacket, but I figure it adds a little bit of upper back protection.
Overall: the cheap liner holds this back from being a great cool-weather choice, but for warm-weather spirited street riding you could do a lot worse.
October 24, 2013
Being the oddly proportioned, particularly sweaty, and safety-conscious person I am makes it hard for me to choose riding jackets but this one is ideal in just about every aspect for me. I've ridden in it up to a high of 118 Fahrenheit this summer, and while the scorching hot air was burning my eyes and drying my respiratory system my body was completely cool as long as I was moving. Combined with a sweat wicking underlayer this jacket is as close to air conditioning as you're going to get without going down to a less protective full mesh jacket.
When it came new out of the Revzilla shipping box it had a strong funk to it which wore off after a couple of weeks of use and a cleaning. The overall look and finish is much better than the example photos would imply. I did have to clean up a bit of stray glue from the patches but otherwise it looks great.
Despite supposedly being American fit, I feel it to be a bit closer to a European sport fit though it does stretch and break in quite an amount. I have a long and wide torso but t-rex arms and after the break in period it fits comfortably even while slouching on the bike or in a full tuck. I wish it had a tall size as it would've been perfect. I had to sew the jacket's 8 inch zipper's negative onto my pants as an extension because the pants' normal zipper was far too low for this jacket to connect to without choking me and pulling the entire inner mesh liner down. The belt loops work well to keep you from exposing your backside while riding.
Though I haven't had to test out the leather's abrasion resistance qualities, it feels slightly thin and not as smooth as some other Joe Rocket jackets I've owned. Conditioning it improved the leather's feel greatly but it still has an odd texture to it. The leather covers just about any part of the jacket you would expect to slide on without compromising ventilation.
The included removable windproof liner is comfortable by itself, but it adds considerable bulk to the inside of the jacket, enough to make it almost unbearable to wear in for the jacket size I got (tightest fit possible for the best protection). The elbows and back of the liner have a vented silk-ish screen so you're not sitting in any body moisture. I wouldn't wear it in near-freezing temperatures but it works fine in California climates.
The bad: I would have appreciated full leather cuffs, as the mesh on the lower sleeves and wrist can complicate putting on lined gauntlets. It doesn't have a velcro or button fastener on the wrist so sometimes the end of the zipper will get caught while putting on gloves. The mesh lining along one of the underarms tore open on me, likely while I was taking the jacket off as it was an extremely tight fit at purchase. The shoulder air intakes don't seem to do a whole lot regardless of riding position, but the mesh that runs up to the shoulders compensate for it. Lastly, the belt loops could've been done away with in favor of a 360 degree zipper in my opinion.
I recommend this to anyone that rides in any hot weather, doesn't want to skimp on crash protection, and wants amazing value for their money.
September 23, 2013
Hi quality and great value!!!
I took a chance and ordered a size 48. My chest measurement is 52 but a jacket in that size would have had too long of sleeves. Im glad I ordered the 48...it fits snug but I think they should fit that way. I am a weight lifter and my arms can just fit into the arm holes...lol. I do need help taking the jacket off but it is a very quality, heavy , well made jacket and the speed bump make it look that much better. The stretch panels allow me to wear this comfortably in the riding position. Great jacket, great value!!!
July 8, 2013
Skeptic turned to believer
I bought this jacket so that I could wear on those fair winter days (layering up of course). It did the trick sort of. This jacket is a 3-season jacket so in terms of warmth you'll feel a good deal of chill at appropriate highway speeds. Jacket has a removeable liner that is great for the spring rides between 50F-75F.
In terms of fitment, I'm a slim guy (between 165-175lbs# and I was shocked that I fit comfortably in a 44. Forty-two was too snug for me but the 44 in a t-shirt fit well in the chest, and the waist straps gave me the fit i needed for the crouch position. It wasn't too constricting when I wore a tank top under a tshirt under a sweater.
It's the scoops to allow air to flow thru the jacket, and the sleeves and a portion of the chest perforated which allows for maximum cooling on the warmer days. A close/open vent would be nice #if its included i didnt see it).
Finally, the aerodynamic hump on the bike is just like the icing on the cake--it makes the jacket that much more stylish and turns heads when I pass people by.
If you mulling over buying the jacket, then just click "add to cart."
April 29, 2013
I'm a new rider and wanted to get the safest jacket i could buy on the market, after about 2 month of research this jacket was at the top of the list. I've ridden with it for about 3 weeks now and it is fantastic! Very comfortable and strong. The water proof liner has kept me dry through 3 rain storm. Armor is great and doesn't rub against the body. The only down side to this jacket is that it does get a warm when standing still. All in all it is a great jacket!
September 4, 2012
It took me a long time to decide between this jacket and Alpine Star's T-GP-R. Both jackets look great and provide great protection, but this one fit me better. I have a 39" chest and ordered size 40. It fits perfectly. The T-GP-R's sleeves were a little long in their size small. I also liked the zippered sleeve on this jacket as opposed to the velcroed sleeve on the T-GP-R. I ride in the Las Vegas summer heat. The airflow is great, but the air coming through is still in the high 90's or low 100's. Still hot (not jacket's fault). I also like the cool looking speed hump.
July 2, 2012
Surprisingly awesome jacket
I didn't expect much for a sub $300 leather/mesh jacket. This is an awesome jacketspecially for the price. I bought it for San Francisco bay-area summer weather and it is PERFECT FOR IT. A great product and RZ customer service and shipping is FANTASTIC! Happy customer
June 7, 2012