Scorpion 1909 Leather Jacket
Wow. Seriously, right on the money.
I was going back and forth between this and the (also awesome) Roland Sands Ronin for a good 2 months or so. But when it came down to it, this jacket just simply offers more for less (all style preferences aside).
For one, this jacket includes (removable) elbow and shoulder Sas-tec armor. It isn't super bulky or noticeable, but for comfort's sake, I like to keep mine out, except for longer rides (mainly because I find myself wearing this jacket daily, even off the bike).
Secondly, it's over a hundred dollars cheaper than the Ronin. And after you factor in the included armor, the jackets are relatively the same (zip-out thermal liner, quality construction, same general cafe style, good venting, etc). However, I've heard some concerns re: the stitching durability on the Ronin, and I've been nothing but impressed by the overall solid feel of all the seams and materials on this jacket. Nothing about it makes me nervous at the thought of sliding down a bit of pavement with it on.
That being said- the $120 price difference would only be for the style and looks of the Ronin. And let me just say, not sure why Scorpion went with the photos they did, but this thing looks LEAPS AND BOUNDS better than the goofy promo photos they have for it online. Be sure and watch RevZilla's awesome overview video to get a better sense of color and finish on this guy. It looks and feels FANTASTIC. Heavy duty, a great broken in look and feel, all while retaining the bullet-proof build quality I mentioned.
And finally, the fit. This thing fits like a custom-tailored piece. Bear in mind, I prefer a more fitted look and feel. I bought a size M, and I am 6'0", 32 waist, 155 lbs, and I usually wear a size 38 or 40 suit jacket. But even though it's a great, snug fit, it also gives enough room to fit a normal weight hoodie underneath, making this jacket awesome from spring all the way to winter (no joke). Sizing chart was SPOT on, use it!
As if that's not enough, like I said earlier, I find myself wearing this jacket every single day, through a wide range of temperatures (on AND off the bike), because of how good it looks.
Absolutely zero complaints. The price is steep for a jacket in some respects, but without a doubt, this is right on the money, considering all the quality and features you get with it. Couldn't recommend it enough.
I look forward to aging this jacket over the years and someday passing it down to my son in a decade, should it hold up til then. (It's that freakin' cool).
Cheers guys! Ride safe.
February 10, 2015
The "IT" jacket
6'5, 230 lbs - order the XL. Being a big guy my whole life, sizing charts can often be a gamble of sacrifice between sleeve length, chest width, etc. This jacket fit absolutely perfectly. It's extremely comfortable on the bike (I ride a cruiser) and off as a casual wardrobe piece. The armor inserts don't impede your range of motion and don't wiggle around when riding. Love this piece.
February 3, 2015
Timeless style and protection!
I knew I wanted this jacket from the first video review I saw. I immediately went into a store to see it for myself. I fell in love at first touch, This jacket has an amazing feel to the leather, and you can tell there was a lot of time spent on the details. Keep in mind that the jacket you see online and in a store will look slightly different than the one you get due to the way they distress the leather. That is unless you are fortunate enough to find your size in the store and walk out with the one you try on.
The Jacket does fit as advertised as an "American" cut, so there is room in the gut area. Everywhere else fits true to size except the sleeves. This is the only negative about the jacket in my opinion. It seemed there was less than 1.5 inch difference between the large and small as far as sleeve length was concerned. I am 5'5" 155, athletic build, and the sleeves are about an inch too long. If I leave the sleeve un-zipped and let my arm hang, it covers my knuckles. Even in riding position they are too long.
If you have never had SAS-TEC armor before, it slowly conforms to you as it gets hot from the sun. The pockets for the armor are sized perfectly and there is no sliding around like in some other jackets I have had in the past. If you regularly travel with a clear or tinted visor to swap on your helmet, there is no inside pocket for it like some other jackets offer. Also, at this price point, it should come with a back protector.
Regardless of my sizing issue, no other jacket comes close to the look and feel of this jacket I my opinion. As long as you're not built like me, I HIGHLY recommend this jacket.
December 11, 2014
Great and good looking protective gear.
Excellent construction, fits is true. wish it had bigger pockets. also for the money they should include the back protector.
the leather is top notch quality and the style makes the jacket flow nicely.
December 1, 2014
excellent style and protection
I was first drawn to this jacket by the lack of logo-ing and was further inspired to get it by all the feature it contains and the retro style I appreciate
November 17, 2014
Good looking leather jacket with armor
I've only worn this jacket a few times in temperature ranges from the upper 40s to about 70 degrees, but so far, I think it's really solid. First and foremost, I was looking for a leather jacket that looked good and had built-in armor and this jacket hit the mark on both. To give you some idea of fit, I'm about 6'1", weigh around 200lbs and am in decent shape. I first ordered a large and while it fit, it was very snug. So, I ended returning it and went with the XL, which fit much better, especially when wearing another layer of clothing underneath. The armor is flexible and doesn't feel bulky at all. It's well hidden and it doesn't even appear that you've got it on.
The sleeves at the forearm are vented, which is nice when the temperature is higher, but as things cool off into the 60s, you'll want to have sleeves on or your arms will get cold. While the exterior zipper is excellent, I do question the quality of the zipper used for zip-out vest liner. So far so good, but this looks like a potential weak point in the jacket.
At the end of the day, this is an excellent jacket that provides quality armor and fantastic aesthetics that I would absolutely recommend. I searched extensively for weeks for a leather jacket that gave me the qualities I was after, and I'm happy I landed on the Scorpion 1909.
October 27, 2014
Excellent looking and performing jacket!
This is one of the best looking jackets I have ever owned. Fit is a little smaller but performs great. The perforations under the arms really let the air flow and while riding the jacket sits very comfortable. Highly recommend.
October 27, 2014
My first jacket
This is my first jacket, and I wanted a leather jacket that was simple and good looking, with armor. This fits the bill.
I'm 6'1", 215lb and I wear a size 42 suit jacket. The large fits well, not too tight, but it's very fitted on me in the belly area. I wanted to see if the XL would give me a little more room to offer more venting around my body, but it was a little too large, especially in the sleeve length for me. My sleeve length on dress shirts is 33. I'm sticking with the large.
I would recommend this to others.
August 25, 2014