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Good for the price
Great plainly styled jacket for those looking for something that doesn't make you look like a Power Ranger. Th arms are right if you have larger arms. The zippers are my only complaint. Very cheap and a pain to do up at times. Overall, a nice inexpensive piece of kit
April 22, 2013
Won't make you look like an astronaut
I bought this jacket so I wouldn't look like I was from outerspace while walking around off the bike. It has a relatively stylish cut and seems to be built well. With the liner it is also very warm though even without the liner it can be warm. NOT a jacket for July! Overall, very nice.
April 17, 2013
No complaints so far. I received it about two weeks ago. Overall fits true to size in that it's just a tad tight with the liner installed and about right with the liner out. With the liner in, it's very warm. With the liner out, the venting is very good. The armor also is well integrated and unobtrusive. The best part is that it does not look like a full-on motorcycle jacket. There are lots of pockets which is nice. The zipper can be a bit grabby on the front, but I suspect it will wear in. I cannot comment on the durability of the jacket because I have not yet had it for long enough; but so far so good. Overall, I am very pleased.
April 1, 2013
Not the best, but not bad.
I bought the Laughlin jacket from a local shop when I bought my first bike. I initially was looking at something different, but they didn't have my size, so I picked this up. It's not a bad jacket, but I've had some issues with it, that are leading me towards looking for something else.
One of the good things about it this jacket are that it's not bad looking if you want a low key look that still has protection. I have it in the grey and generally, I think it looks pretty good if you're on a standard or cruiser type bike. At 5'8", 165 and a 42" chest the medium fits me perfectly. The thermal liner does decent job keeping out the wind, and with a base layer and a sweater, I have been plenty warm in 40-50degree weather. There are also lots of pockets for storage with and without the liner.
However, the Laughlin has a few issues. The biggest being the zippers. They are simply awful. The pocket zips are incredibly difficult to close, and generally can't be done one handed. One of the zippers in the sleeves ripped from the seam when I was trying to close it over a cold weather glove. That was pretty disappointing. Airflow in this jacket is not the best. Even with the pocket and exhaust vents open, hot weather riding can be a little uncomfortable. This jacket excels in cooler weather. However, anything less than 40 and I would start looking for a heated option.
Overall, it's not a bad jacket, but knowing a bit more now, it wouldn't be my first choice. I think for similar money one could find a better constructed jacket with similar features.
March 24, 2013
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The back protector compartment is the standard Knox shape, so you could upgrade the pad to the Knox TP2 Advance X CE Back Protector, Forcefield BackPad Insert Pro (Type B, Size Small), or the REV'IT! Seesoft Back Protector Insert (Type KN, Size 65). This jacket already includes CE-rated elbow so River Road does not offer any direct-fit upgrade kits. Should you decide that you want to upgrade the elbow and shoulders, we recommend looking into Forcefield replacement protectors or D30 products from Klim.
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