Scorpion 1909 Leather Jacket
First moto-jacket - WIN
This is my first moto jacket so I have little to compare it to other than a few I've tried on in stores. For reference, I'm a casual rider and own a VN750. I reserve "5" stars or "excellent" ratings for categories that go beyond what I'd expect for an item at a particular price. Enough preface, lets move on:
Bang for Buck - For a moto jacket that is stylish enough to wear out on the town, I'd say this price point is right on with the materials and features. Being in the mid-west, I'll be a 3-season rider and like that I can remove the armor and wear it off the bike.
Style - It's great when form and function can come together so well. The black is definitely a washed grey/black to give a classic "worn" appearance. I'd be fine if it was a little less "washed" to allow myself and time to give it that worn look--but this is a preference and not a negative.
The stripes are a dark brown and add a great, simple accent. Leather is very soft. There is a visible 'Scorpion' embossed logo near the wrist of the right arm along the pocket and another logo at the inside of the zipper which can't be seen when zipped up. Both not even noticeable unless you're looking for them--which I appreciate.
Comfort - I measured a 40.5" chest so initially ordered the large since the medium was 38-40" I ended up returning for the medium and it fit great. It was no hassle dealing with Revzilla; props to them. All zippers easy to operate, vest liner is light and easy to remove.
I'm on the fence as to whether I'd prefer the vest style liner to have sleeves or not. Without--it makes the jacket very easy to put on and remove without the sleeves bunching up in the jacket arms. On the other side, in cooler weather I've found I need to wear long sleeves. Ultimately, I think I prefer the vest style--if it's cool enough that I want to wear a sleeved shirt, I'll likely enjoy having that sleeved shirt when I get to my destination and remove the jacket.
Protection / Durability - The jacket comes with SaS-TEC CE rated shoulder and elbow armor and I opted to purchase the additional back armor as well. I'm impressed, the armor is very flexible and molds to your shape quite well. The jacket is stealthy enough that you don't notice shoulder/elbow armor. The outline of the back armor can be seen slightly, more so if my posture is bad. Over time, I imagine the outline of the armor could wear on the jacket but here's where function over form wins for me.
Air Flow - I've not ridden enough yet to really comment well on this subject. Underside of arms and armpit areas are perforated, breath well and offers great relief. On a 55* day, I found that sleeves would have been nice but I didn't immediately return to the house either. On an 85* day, as long as I was moving I was comfortable. Even off the bike and in shade, I didn't immediately take the jacket off. I imagine much warmer though will be rough, especially with Midwest humidity.
Features - I love the pockets everywhere and the vest pass-throughs for easy access. Zippers feel top notch and have tabs on them to make operation easy with gloves. So far all zippers have stayed secure during riding.
All in all--very satisfied. I love this jacket and look forward to putting it on each time.
May 11, 2015
Very nice jacket, got strange vents.
I got a size larger then size chart suggested because I am on the heavy side (185cm heght 210Kg) and it fits me just great.
The leather is nice although has a slightly over-washed look and feel to it.
Protection is very good.
Pockets are good size and well located.
All is well until you go for a ride.
The ventilation areas on this jacket are a bit "indecisive", meaning that the jacket hasn't decided if it's a cold or hot weather jacket.
I live in Israel, so summer is long and hot (30-35 Deg C).
There are large ventilated areas on the inside arms and on the back sides - and they are great for hot weather, but then there are no vents on the front (chest area) which kinda makes it hot... but then there are the events on the arms inside... so when it's cold, you freeze your arms off and when it's hot, your belly and chest get to hot...
In addition, the removable liner has no sleeves! What the F#$K where they thinking!!!!? At least put sleeves on the removable liner! - no! will make your arms freeze - stupid.
I had to stitch some on myself, now it's great also for colder weather (down to around 10 Deg. C).
April 29, 2015
Simply a Great Jacket
This is a great looking jacket that has held up well since I got it. It fits snug in all the right places, but leaving you good range of motion. Armor doesn't look too bulky, but it can of course be removed. All the pockets are convenient and well placed. Have yet to ride with it in the heat, but it seems to ventilate quite well. Oh, and the wife really digs it, so that's a plus.
April 27, 2015
Okay, after researching for months, trying on numerous jackets and purchasing and returning three jackets by other manufacturers, this is the one I have chosen as the best for me. And now, after owning it for 6 months, I feel I can give honest feedback.
For the price, this is an excellent jacket which, in the event of an accident, I feel that it will protect me quite well due to the Sas-Tec shoulder and elbow armor that is included with it.
Although the leather isn't very thick, measuring approximately 1.2 millimeters (I measured the leather folded and then divided that measurement as there was no single thickness of leather on this jacket). But that's one of the reasons that it's so comfortable to wear after being broken in.
Regarding the fit, I bought this in a large and it fits great. When purchased, I was 5'8, 195 lbs with a chest measurement of 41" and although it was snug, I could still wear a hoodie with the inner liner on underneath the jacket. Now, 6 months later, I am 5'-8, 155 lbs with a chest of 39" and it still fits fantastic. Even better now after the 40 lb weight loss. And it doesn't feel too big or baggy without the inner liner and hoodie.
I will say that this jacket does fit a size large in my opinion though as I wore a small in the Tourmaster brand and medium in Fox Creek Leather brand back when I was 195 lbs.
Now the color is stated as being black, but it's much more of a weathered grey. Which still looks awesome. And it has all the pockets I could ever need and the zippers are easy enough to use while wearing gloves.
Speaking of wearing gloves, the only drawback I can find on this jacket are, the zippers on the wrists don't stay zipped up very well. If I'm wearing thick winter gloves, this isn't a problem so much as with no gloves on, or thinner gloves, as they come unzipped almost immediately.
I've worn this jacket on a bike in the mid 30's, all zipped up with the liner, a couple layers and a hoodie and it was fine. My body was comfortable and the only place cold air got in was around the neck area. Had I worn a scarf, I would have been quite comfortable if my thumbs and toes weren't frozen.
I've also worn this jacket in the upper 90's without the liner, all the zipped up panels unzipped, with just a t-shirt on underneath and it was very comfortable. Only getting a bit warm while stopped at a light.
This is easily the best jacket I've ever owned, the workmanship is excellent even though it was manufactured in China and I'm constantly getting compliments on it.
Sorry for the lengthy review, I guess I could have just summed it up as, if you have the means, I highly suggest you purchase this jacket.
And for some reason, RevZilla still says I ride a Honda Rebel. Which I did, 4 bikes ago.
April 25, 2015
looks better then the picture
Very comfortable jacket fits just right. Just like what other reviewers have said, it looks a lot better in person than the picture. Have not road with it yet so can't say anything about air flow. Would highly recommend.
April 15, 2015
Looks and Armor - Amazing Jacket!
Called to confirm on sizing since I wanted to avoid too tight in the shoulders. Scottish heritage at play here...
Chest: 48 inches
Around the shoulders is 57 inches
Went with a 2XL and pulled the trigger; not too worried since Revzilla's return policy is that good. NAILED IT on size. Fits perfectly and the armor molds in really nicely in the shoulders and feels snug without being tight at all. It's been a week and already the jacket feels like armored skin. I have absolutely no impediment at all on the commuter bike through a couple of hours of slow speed skills to shake winter rust off the riding. No issues in a couple of hours in city and freeway riding after that. In fact, I'd say a slight boost with a subconscious feeling of knowing I'd be fine during a slide in it - safe riding for all!
That's the fit, lookwise...it is fantastic. The distressed look bleeds a bit of James Dean attitude with a classic look that never goes out of style. It looks WAY better in real life compared to the photos. Wore it on a night out for the heck of it, no riding, and was impressed with the unsolicited praise for the look and surprise for those that had no idea the armor was still in it.
Note: inner pockets allow for removal of the shoulder and forearm armor.
Bottom line, if you're looking for a cool looking leather jacket, this is it. If you're looking for what feels like a great protecting armor jacket, this is it. If you're looking for a surprising true to size jacket, this is it. Leather, armor, classic look with no storm-trooper lines...a perfect jacket well worth the money!
Finally, some of the smaller things: I wear decently thick gloves ,Alpines, and with those on the extra length zipper tags are great for getting in and out of pockets. I was a bit nervous regarding sleeve length barrel chest and shoulders issue, but sleeve zippers pull up over gloves and it fits perfectly, not long, not short. Been riding from 45 to 70 degrees without liner and have not felt cold or hot - a nice comfortable in both slow speed and freeway speed air flows while others I'm with have commented about getting cold in their gear. Not entirely sure how it will be in 80+ yet but given every other "worry" about the jacket I had has been unfounded, I'm less concerned than I was at first.
Hope to update later as to how it wears through a season here. Happy and Safe Riding!
Rides: 2010 Triumph Speedmaster commuter, 2014 Triumph Thunderbird Storm weekend rider
March 17, 2015
Classic, stylish, semi-distressed moto jacket that does a lot very well.
First and most important for a review, my stats:
Wearing a size XL
Height: 5' 8"
Measurements: arm 33", chest 45", waist around belly button 45".
Riding a '09 Buell XB12scg
I would have ordered an XL but the jacket was a gift so I originally received a size Large. It fit ok, was a little snug everywhere(with armour in) however the stomach was way too tight (as the stats above show I've got a bit of gut these days so take that into consideration). If you don't have a gut and like a tighter fitting jacket a large would probably be a good fit.
I sent back the large for an XL and as everyone knows by now Revzilla is AWESOME about returns and shipping, I had my new jacket in no time with zero hassle. Two thumbs up for customer service.
The XL fits me perfect in my opinion except for the length at the waist, it's a little long on the bike but I'm certain it's going to break in and be fine in a few months. The shoulders fit perfect with or without the armour(I do have kinda broad shoulders). Chest fits perfect. Sleeves go down to my knuckle but is perfect on the bike.
The construction of the jacket is very nice. Very well put together. It has that heavy feeling of quality. All the zippers are smooth and strong, the leather is thick and high quality. The distressing is perfect in my opinion, just the right amount. The brown and black are much closer in color when seen in person. I Can't speak to the summer heat but the ventilation seems to be adequate, especially the perforation under the arms.
All in all I'm very pleased with the jacket both fit, style, and quality and I do recommend it.
I know this review is kind of long but they've been very helpful to me in the past. So I hope this one helps.
March 16, 2015
Good look and feel
Solid jacket with a clean look. Only 3 internal pockets and no holster, but it looks sharp and its comfortable off the rack.
March 9, 2015