Joe Rocket Radar Jacket
Great Dual Material Jacket
Well being one of those where my waist is also the same in size to my chest, Joe Rocket is one of the few that offer leather jackets with a straight body cut.
The main reason I chose this jacket was due to the fact that it was a combination leather/textile so that it breathes a lot better than an all leather jacket, but offers more protection than an all textile jacket.
The hump on the back is not that big, and has very bright reflective strips on it which being high up offers great visibility.
The only con I have with this jacket is the side pocket zippers are nearly impossible to use with gloves on. I just added some paracord to the ends so I can pull it with gloves on easily because without it, the zipper tabs easily gets enveloped by the leather surrounding the zipper.
January 9, 2014
Excellent Features and Quality
I bought the jacket for my wife because of its features. The inner liner allows you to unzip the main zipper and still have the liner zipper zipped which allows a more comfortable fit for walking around. Also, she is tall and the jacket provides a long liner at the wrists where she can pull this down on her hands for further coverage. I too own a Joe Rocket and know they deliver quality. I would recommend to anyone!
January 6, 2014
Good partial leather jacket
Jacket fits well and I am a little heavy in the middle. The sleeves are very narrow but fit ok. The liner works but fit is very tight in the sleeves with the liner. Overall a good jacket, I have worn the jacket in 40F with liner and only issue due to air flow in arms. If you want lwather with really good air flow this is not a bad choice everyone that sees it likes it. The hump in the back takes some getting used to because it limits head movement.
December 30, 2013
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