Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0 Jacket
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
I've been riding with this jacket almost daily for a few months from weather between 85deg and down to 40deg. Very nice jacket. Jacket breathes very well in heat and liner does great in colder weather to break the wind. Beef up your base clothing like a hoody and it's good in 40deg weather (approx 35deg chill riding) Definately a good buy!
January 17, 2014
Great all around jacket you won't regret purchasing
Great all around jacket. Have to make alteration to rear zipper so that I can attach my AGV Telluride H2O pants. I'm 5'9 155 athletic build went for the large and fits great with some room for some more layers of needed but doesn't look like the jacket is to big. Sleeves can go tight to your wrist if you prefer to go over them with your winter gloves or loosen them if you prefer to go over your gloves. Could have used a couple of more reflective strips. Ride safe! and don't forget to wave!
November 18, 2013
Perfeito custo beneficio para dias quentes
Excelente jaqueta para os que moram em países quentes como eu. Moro no Brasil, na cidade de Belo Horizonte que tem dias quentes na maior parte do ano. A jaqueta é muito bonita, e confortável. Oferece um bom nível de proteção pra quem precisa de uma jaqueta para o dia a dia.
October 28, 2013
Great on the bike, not as great at the cafe.
So, you live somewhere like Nevada, California or Australia where it gets f--k-off hot in the summertime, but you can't just ride around in a singlet and thongs like those idiot skin-graft candidates on Vespas…
What to do?
If you're not afraid of looking a bit RoboCop, you should check out this jacket. I'm a tall, skinny sort so I find the shoulder padding a bit disconcerting in a mirror, although I've caught glimpses of myself in shop windows, and it looks pretty good on the bike.
The fit is excellent for riding and once you remove the rain liner it is well ventilated and comfortable. When you do anything but ride your bike, it's a bit uncomfortable with the back pad in and the sleeves cut for handlebars, so it's not as dual-purposed as I had hoped. However;
As a summer riding jacket, it's fantastic. Well made, good materials, definitely designed by people who ride a bike. In a word it is excellent. It even buffers my backpack when I'm going to work. I love it.
If I had to pick a fault, it would be that when I slide my backpack off, it un-snaps the forearm sleeve thing. That's the worst thing. Except for the rain liner. It resists water both ways, so when you start to sweat… well you get the idea.
And I hoped it would't give me away as a MOTORCYCLIST if I wore it out anywhere, but it totally does. That's OK, though.
But I can't recommend it, if only because I want to be the only guy to roll up at Stanwell Tops wearing a, "Hey where did you get that awesome jacket, mate?"
Well I'd tell you, but then I'd have to push you off this cliff.
September 23, 2013
not really a summer jacket
I bought this jacket expecting it to flow more air than my vented leather jacket, but in reality this jacket actually flows less air than my vented leather jacket. Probably, because the mesh weave is pretty tight. I have a mesh jacket that I sold a while back that flowed air very well, but the mesh was not as tight of a weave as this jacket. Over all, this is a good jacket for the price; but don't expect it to be a great summer jacket.
August 14, 2013