Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0 Jacket
Stands up to a fall
I got this because I live in Southern California and it was getting too hot in a leather jacket. About 2 weeks of wearing this I had my first fall. I landed in a soft shoulder with just gravel and dirt, jacket held up great, I got some scuffs on the elbow, but it was great protection. I still where the jacket everyday.
June 22, 2015
A very worthwhile upgrade from Reactor 2.0
I used Rector 2.0s for the last 9 years and loved them so much I tried the 3.0 when my last one wore out. It's a big step up in overall quality from the fit to materials. I did a full review on my site http://twowheelobsession.com/2015/04/01/motorcycle-jacket-material-review-and-joe-rocket-reactor-2-0-vs-3-0-comparison/
April 13, 2015
Exact fit and look.
I wanted a perfect fitting, armored, black mesh/leather jacket for summer to wear over a t-shirt. I am 185 lbs, 5'11'', 42 in chest, 36-37 in waist. I ordered the Medium and it fits perfectly. Just a tad tight with the back armor in. A perfect fit without. Sleeve length is right on. When I sit on my bike I don't have the bulge at my chest when I sit. Elbow and shoulder pads are perfect fit and placement. I have another mesh Joe Rocket Phoenix 4.0 in Large that I like, but it is a good fit with the rain liner in it. A little baggy when I wear it with just a t-shirt. I am very happy with the fit. I hope this helps others. Kudos to Revzilla- I received the email that my jacket arrived at my door so quickly that I didn't know what was waiting for me when I got home from work. I got it in a day. Impressive.
April 11, 2015
Outstanding Jacket - and a real bargain
I purchased this jacket hurriedly from a local dealer when I purchased my '15 Ninja 650 ABS. I had a HD mesh jacket that I wore for a couple years on my Street Glide - and you know, I just couldn't roll out of there in pirate regalia on a Ninja. I essentially purchased based on the recommendation of the sales associate and in the back of my head was thinking "I wish you guys had a decent leather selection" - I was buying a bike..... more money than sense, if you know what I mean.
It turns out to be a wonderful jacket and although I did just place a Revzilla order for a Alpinestars GP-M leather jacket, I'm sure this Joe Rocket Reactor 3 will be my primary.
I was drawn at first to the hybrid aspects.... then the fit grew on me. I have a manly man neck.... there's plenty of room. I have broad shoulders and a gut - and it fits as it should. It's comfortable. Airflow is tremendous. The CE armor is non-intrusive and plentiful. The back protector is great, and can be upgraded to CE for a reasonable amount of cash. The zippers and general finish are all high quality. The liner is full and can be attached and detached in under a minute.
All this, and it looks great too.
The fit is true. I'm 5'10 210 and an XL fits me well - I have broad shoulders and long arms and don't feel cramped at all.
I highly recommend the Joe Rocket Reactor 3 - and I'm happy that the sales associate steered me to it. It's a bargain. I can buy any jacket I want - and I'd buy this one again without giving it a second thought.
October 21, 2014
Great product for a great price
Liked the style and fit. It looks great first try but liked the option to send it back if it didn't.
September 7, 2014
Absolutely love this jacket.
Jacket fits right and flows air very well. Able to ride in much warmer climate at this point. Loving it.
July 22, 2014
The quintessential summer riding jacket
I'm a rather critical reviewer but this jacket has surprised and impressed me for the price. I bought this jacket strictly for fair-weather, summer riding. I'm a new, older, rider and recently passed the MSF course.
Protection means a lot to me, but comfort, visibility and breathability all add up to mean something too. In my opinion Joe Rocket tackled all those issues and nailed it with this jacket. I'm a muscular/husky guy (5'10" 240lbs) and the jacket measurements provided here were extremely accurate to the actual fit of the jacket. All the Rocket logos and piping in the back is reflective.
For me, leather was a must have at least on the key crash points along with CE rated armor. The hybrid blend or leather and mesh on this jacket is just brilliant. The leather is supple and thick, the mesh is a moderately tight weave with key areas of less density (for air flow). The jacket felt invisible on my 30-40mph ride through side roads in 80*F heat. For what it's worth, there are various form pads added at the collar bones and the hip/ribs area as well. Included is a sturdy foam back pad that is NOT CE rated, but upgradable.
All adjustment points are well laid out, effective and strong. The forearm adjustments work well and I actually had to move mine to the tighter setting, which worked great. Zippers all work very well and have a secure, quality feel to them. The general form and fit of this jacket is excellent, there is a moderate precurve to the arms but you could almost get away with using this as an off-the-bike jacket too. The pads stay in place very well and don't add a lot of bulk.
The rain-resistant, wind proof liner is nothing more than a nylon liner, thin and not breathable, I can't see myself ever using this.
All in all, I'm thoroughly impressed and satisfied with my purchase, for the price you're getting a high quality, well thought out jacket with a lot of function.
If I had to complain about one thing, it would be that the zipper head can occasionally get hung up on the leather stripe that goes across the chest, wiggle the zipper or put your index finger in front of it and it's not an issue.
I choose this instead of the Radar Jacket, I just couldn't get a jacket with a hump, and the Radar Dark is sans hump, but it's just that, dark...I wanted some visibility. You do loose the full leather back and some breathability but it's significantly more comfortable and less heavy. I can't recommend this jacket enough.
July 10, 2014
I'm a bigger guy, 6'1" 220 lbs, and this jacket in XL fits me perfectly. The sleeves have snaps where you can adjust the sleeves so they can fit a wide variety of arm sizes.
I live in eastern WA where, in the summertime, the temps are regularly in the high 90s and 100+ isn't uncommon. This jacket flows enough air where I can still be comfortable at those temps.
The removable liner this comes with works well enough. It keeps the cold air out and I was riding in the winter with temps in the low 20s, and with decent base layers I wasn't freezing.
The styling of it isn't too over the top. I'm not a fan of the power ranger look and was happy with this jacket. The leather at the shoulders and elbows gives me extra confidence that I'll be protected if I ever go down with this jacket on.
Overall I think this jacket is a decent value for the money and would have no problem recommending it to anyone.
April 13, 2014