Scorpion 1909 Leather Jacket
awesome! even in the heat!
i live in hawaii, so finding a leather jacket that looks good but dosent burn u up from the temp is hard to do. but this one fits the criteria. at first i was sceptical about how much it will breath but the perforated arms are key fetters to keeping cool. i ride in temps around 75 to upward of 100 degrees. anything over 30 MPH u feel the wind move into the jacket through your arms and out the back vent (u can open and close those). the jacket can also do cooler temp because it comes with a liner but i wouldn't recommend nothing to extreme due to the perforated arms. as far as armour it feels solid, but i dint come with a back protector, only down side on that. over all the jacket looks and feels cool. i get complements regularly, and my girlfriend loves it. the construction seems solid and zippers are smooth and easy to use. personally love it and hope it last a long time. sizing was spot on as well, im 6' 160, skinny and tall with long arms. i was worried that the large as gunna be to big in the chest, and the med was gunna be to short in the arms so i got the large. perfect fit, i love it, arms are nice and long, and a lil extra space in the belly but not much,just the right amount of room to eat and drink beer. over all not the cheapest jacket but well worth the features, and worth the extra protection and pice of mind on the road. Aloha from hawaii.
August 23, 2016
Almost Perfect, I want full sleeve liner.
I'm 5'7, 165 lbs, athletic build (about 15% body fat). Medium fits spot on. If I could give it a 4.5 I would. Overall, with a better liner this would be nearly the perfect jacket.
First, the good. I think the styling is really good. Looks nice, feels nice and is really pretty comfortable. Overall, very comfortable (there are a couple nitpicks that I'll get to). Next, protection. The leather feels sturdy (but really soft) and the armor is barely noticeable. I got the back protector as well and you can barely see it with the jacket on. The armor feels rigid right as you put the jacket on but within a minute or so it heats up and basically just fits to your body.
Next, the neither good nor bad. This thing moves way more air than I thought it would. Those vents on the underside of the arms do a really good job cooling you off. At this point I have had the jacket up to the mid-80s and without the liner it is not too hot at highway speeds. At a stop it can get a little toasty but that’s par of the course. On the other end of the temperature spectrum, I have been comfortable, with liner in, down to about the mid-60s. The side gussets do a good job at stretching back and forth but are a little stiff up and down. Feels a little weird on the sides sometimes.
On to the bad. My only real major complaint is with the liner. If it was full sleeve and was wind blocking along the arms this would be the perfect all around, cool looking, safe, warm, cool amazing jacket. Other than that one major issue, I think that there could be a button to snap back the neck snaps. Also, my gloves have the rough side of the Velcro facing out and it is fraying the liner a bit. The neck on the front can feel a little stiff. It seems to be breaking in and softening up but we'll have to see I guess.
It looks nice, is safe and comfortable. It can do most weather ranges. Only thing I would not use it for is really hot or mostly cold weather.
August 12, 2016
Great looking jacket, great armor
So the first thing that struck me about this jacket was definitely the look of it, which I am really happy about. I like Scorpion's stuff, but always hated how billboard-esque their branding is. So a supple leather jacket with a minimum amount of logo was a huge factor in my choosing to look at the jacket.
The armor is super flexible, and very comfortable. There is much more airflow than I expected, the perforated sleeves are great for Los Angeles riding.
The only issues I had were with figuring out a fit. On my body (5'8", 190lbs, 44in chest, 33 sleeve) I had to choose between the large and the extra large. The large fit snugly on my chest and body, but the armpits were too snug to be comfortable on a large ride, and the jacket was just snug enough overall that getting decent layers under it would be an issue. The XL was better fit on the body, with room for a layer or too under it, and the arms fit better at the chest. The downside now is the sleeves are just a bit longer than ideal, but that was a totally acceptable trade off for me for a jacket I really dug and fit well everywhere else.
So in short, I dig the jacket. A lot. The fitment is to each person, and I'm happy with that as well.
July 26, 2016
I'm 6' and about 180, so I bought a large. I usually need to have suit jackets tailored, since I've got fairly wide shoulders and long arms, but this fit me almost perfectly. It has good space across the shoulders and arms, though has an enormous amount of extra room for the beer gut I will undoubtedly gain now that I have a jacket to accommodate it.
I've worn it on 90 degree days and its extremely well vented. Even when sitting still at a light or in traffic I don't get too uncomfortable. I suppose anything leather/armored is going to be toasty, but the 1909 does a great job of minimizing this. And with vents closed, long sleeve undershirt, and thermal vest in you stay cozy down to temps in the 40s for quite awhile. Keep in mind, though, that the perforated sleeves still bring in a lot of air at speed and so this jacket probably won't do for long haul trips in the winters.
Plenty of easy-to-zip pockets, including a ridiculously handy one for keys/toll money on the right sleeve. And my girlfriend loves it.
June 28, 2016
I have a small midsection...
Great Jacket, has held up well after 1.5 years of use. I ride everyday, so it has faded a bit in the Sun, turning a slightly (very light) reddish brown on the shoulders.
The zippers are still doing well, and its liner is great for fall travel, just be sure to close the vents.
It fits great in the arms, however even using the buttons on the back, it is still a bit wide on my mid section.
Overall, great jacket, looks good, and the seams are holding up well.
June 16, 2016
Style and Protection
Overall this is a great jacket. Mobility is great without the armor and OK with it. Leather is distressed, but I like it. Plus it is buttery soft. Airflow is fantastic! Style of this jacket should never go out of style. It looked good 100 years ago and still does. This definitely has a European cut to it. I am 5 ft 10 and weigh 165 with a 41 inch chest. I had to return the medium because it was too tight around the chest and upper back. The large fits great.
May 23, 2016
Great jacket and manufacturer support
This is a great jacket, as has already been said in other reviews. I've gotten lots of compliments on it, from both sexes! Color-wise, the brown is faded to almost gray as a result of the 'distressing.' I'm going to hit mine with some leather conditioner to hopefully enrich the color a little.
The armor is comfortable and does a good job 'molding' to your body.
Airflow is good for a perf leather jacket, although I haven't ridden in hot conditions yet.
In cool conditions, it kept me warm with the liner in during daytime at freeway speeds (on a sport bike) down into the high 50s with just a tee shirt underneath. For night riding, or anything cooler than that, you will want an under layer.
The main reason I'm writing is also to say that Scorpion stood behind a small defect in the jacket, and was great about it. One of the stitches on the neck started to unravel after only a few days of use. I contacted Scorpion, spoke to a human being, and was assisted right away. They arranged to have the jacket shipped to them, repaired it, and sent it back no questions asked. All told, the repair took around two weeks. Win!
I would definitely buy this or other products from them again.
May 23, 2016
Looks Great, Feels Good
I'm happy with this jacket. It's definitely on the pricey side, but a jacket is one of those pieces of gear that you don't want to cheap out on. You get what you pay for. I bought the $40 back protector that matches the armor that comes in this jacket, and I feel very safe when I wear it. If you're going to cough up the money for this jacket, definitely get the back armor. It feels good to know your spine is protected. It has just the right amount of give. And I have no doubt this leather would save my skin. It's tough. Did I mention it smells great? Like, awesome. And it works well as a jacket off the bike. You'll look good.
It breathes well. I hope to make this a year round jacket. It is not "cool" by any means on the hot days, but open up the vents on the back and it breathes well enough. The perforation areas help. And in the winter I think it will work well with layers.
I'm 5'11, 165, and the Small fits me perfectly. I wanted to wear a Medium, since I usually wear Mediums, but I tried it and it was just too loose. Probably because I don't have massive arms/shoulders. Sleeves were a little long. But I suppose if you're my size and just ripped, then go for the Medium.
The only thing I didn't like is the shoulder armor is pretty intense. Makes my shoulders unusually huge. So I took it out. But I'm glad I have it for track days or longer rides.
May 18, 2016