Joe Rocket Women's Goldwing Skyline 2.0 Jacket
Great jacket. Straps across the back are very helpful in cinching it up to fit a gals curves!
October 15, 2013
I LOVE this jacket
I ordered what I thought would be my size but it was too big, sent it back and ordered a smaller one. It arrived today and it is lovely. The fit is perfect the sleeves are a great length, the neckline is very comfy and it looks GREAT on! I have the wine colour which is perfect for the Candy Apple Red Goldwing. My 2 other jackets are lovely, (1 leather and 1 textile) but you feel really good in this one. The airflow is FANTASTIC and the structure and armour are great. There are plenty of adjustment points even Velcro on top of the wrist to aid in airflow so you can keep the zip closed.I am in Australia and it took less than a week to arrive.
Functional, and smart, highly recommended, you can't go wrong!
September 10, 2013
Great summer jacket
Quick Summary: Great fit for hourglass shape with broad shoulders. Shoulder armor is an issue. Sleeve length could be an issue depending on your riding position. Airflow through the mesh feels wonderful on hot days. Material is a bit scratchy. Would I buy it again knowing all this? Probably.
This is basically the Joe Rocket Cleo mesh jacket, just with the word "Goldwing" across the back. I was going to buy the Cleo, but I am not the glittery flowers and swirls type of girl. When I saw this was basically a Cleo in a no-frillyfrills silver/gray, I opted for this one even though I don't and probably won't ever ride a Goldwing.
I have worn the jacket out on several rides now in sunny, 80 degree weather, and I stay pretty cool. There is a waterproof liner that is pretty easy to remove. I haven't ridden with the liner in since the weather has been so warm. The mesh material is a little scratchy. It is tolerable with a t-shirt, but is too irritating for just a tank top. A long sleeve t-shirt is ideal, but on those super hot days, I just wear a t-shirt and deal with a little scratchiness.
The jacket has a good cut to it. I am 5'8", 150 lbs, 36" chest with broad shoulders and some hip action. I generally wear a Medium shirt and 12 pants in true-to-size womens clothes. So, based on the size chart, I went with a Medium for the jacket. The jacket fits comfortably over my shoulders and hips, and has an extended back that comes down to cover The Gap(TM) when on the bike. Many of the womens jackets I tried on in stores had so much extra material in the chest area that it was cumbersome for me. The Skyline jacket is very low profile there. I think if you were anything over a B cup, the Medium wouldn't fit you.
I was worried the sleeves were going to be too short. However, once I put my gloves on and actually got on my bike, the sleeves just met the wristband of my gloves. My bike is an upright riding position. If I were riding something where my arms would be further extended than that, the sleeves would be too short. I would have appreciated even just one more inch of sleeve length, but what it is will work okay for me and my bike. The wrist zippers are nice, as I can take the jacket off without having to mess with the velcro cuff adjustments each time.
The cuffs have a felt/fleece strip right around the edge, so it keeps the scratchy mesh material away from your skin. The collar also has this strip of fabric. I have to leave the zipper down an inch from the top of the collar, however, because the way the jacket is cut puts the top of the zipper right up against my throat. And that part is not lined and is uncomfortably scratchy. The more forward I lean, the more the collar pushes at my throat. At some point I will probably get a piece of felt from a fabric store and stitch it in there, so I can zip it up all the way without discomfort. The rest of the collar area is totally fine, and I don't even notice it.
The inside pocket is very roomy. The outside pockets are small. I carry a bi-fold wallet and keys in one, and a microfiber cloth, chapstick, and eye drops in the other. And that's about all that will fit comfortably.
The elbow protectors are slightly bent, which feels fine when riding. The forearm snaps help to situate and secure the pads over my elbows. The back pad is not very flexible, but with my upright riding position, it doesn't bother me. (If I were on a cruiser, I could see how it would be annoying.) The pad does stick up a little at the top when I extend my arms forward to the handlebars, but who cares. Airflow through the pad is fairly good.
Okay, my only real gripe about this jacket is with the shoulder armor. I don't know if it's because I have broad shoulders or what, but when I am wearing the jacket, the shoulder pads shift backward, so the front part of my shoulder isn't even being covered. Now, I am a new rider, and this is my first armored jacket, so I don't know if this is par for the course, but it seems to me that the middle of the shoulder pads should rest right in the middle of the top of your shoulder. I can wiggle them forward into that position, but of course, once I get riding they slide back. I think perhaps the shoulder pad pocket is simply too large. I haven't figured out what to do about that yet, whether to sew some of the mesh pocket together to keep them from sliding back or putting some velcro in there or what. But this really bothers me, as it makes me nervous about whether my shoulders would actually be protected in a wreck.
Lastly, the cosmetic features! The patches on the upper arms look really neat. The "Goldwing" across the back is not that gaudy. There is a tiny little flower embroidered near the bottom of each pocket, but it's hardly noticeable. I would prefer that the 3 straps in the back were gray to blend in with the back of the jacket, but...at least they aren't pink!
August 22, 2013