Scorpion 1909 Leather Jacket
Solid jacket choice
Bought this jacket mostly for the looks. I've been riding with it now for a few months and decided to share my thoughts. Negatives first: the armor in the jacket is incredibly stiff when cold. I received the jacket in the late winter and upon trying it on was sure I'd have to return it because the armor was so stiff. Turns out the armor softens and conforms to your body as it gets warmer. Body heat is sufficient to soften the armor. Second negative is one of the liner retaining buttons ripped off the jacket the first time I removed the liner. This isn't a huge deal as I'd rather throw on extra layers of clothes vs using the liner anyway but it does speak to the quality. Best part of this jacket is the looks. I get constant compliments on how good the jacket looks to point people recommend I wear it casually even if not riding. That level of style and construction quality combined with the price makes the jacket an absolute steal.
June 22, 2015
Beautiful piece on and off the bike
There is not much more to say about jacket other than it's one of the best jackets I've ever owned. The leather is nice, thick, heavy, but supple enough to not restrict any of your movements on or off the bike, and if you are off the bike, you'll have a hard time noticing the armor; if anything you'll notice the elbow pads if you bend your arm and the SAS Tec needs to take a few seconds to form into place. The SAS Tec is by far my favorite "liquid" armor, super soft, super breathable but I'm not interested in finding out if it works or not..I'll trust that the Germans have manufactured it properly and that's good enough for me. I haven't purchased the back protector yet, but plenty of other people have reviewed it. You don't really need to take the armor out if you're going to wear the jacket as a style piece, you can if you find the jacket to heavy, but again it's really tough to notice the armor.
The worn in look is amazing, the jacket doesn't look that black to me, I felt like it was a darker grey or charcoal color, and the brown accents really pop. It'll look and feel like a jacket that's been passed down from your grandpa, no break in necessary. Perforation in the inner arms and under the armpits is great for airflow, open the rear vents up and even on 90+ days you're sitting cool at the lights. On slightly colder days the thermal vest is great, and if you need a little bit more warmth just pop on a long sleeve flannel or thermal and worry no more. Have not tried it out in the rain, and as long as I can help it I probably never will.
Plenty of pockets on this thing for everything you'd need to carry, and they're deep pockets too, fits a 6+ in the hand pockets with no problem, I would like to mention that the liner of the pockets MIGHT be the only thing that leaves you wanting a bit more quality, but that's just based on the tactile feel of the material compared to how amazing everything else is on the jacket.
Overall, this is a great jacket, I would recommend it for any style of rider. I've worn it every day since I've purchased it and I get compliments on it daily. Expensive but worth every penny..hospital bills are always going to be more than your safety gear, just sayin...
June 21, 2015
My first riding jacket...
...and what an awesome way to start off!
Ok, truth time - I rode around with a fashion jacket for the first few months I started riding, and as soon as I could afford a nice jacket, this one caught my eye.
The more and more I checked it out, the more I saw myself in this jacket, not just for its style, but for the protection leather offers, and the sweet SAS-TEC armor.
Riding confidence shot up just for graduating to an actual riding jacket, which is a huge plus.
I had to mark down comfort a little because Scorpion has an opportunity to make this a 4-weather (cool, not cold) jacket, and they didn't seize it. The jacket comes with a vest-style thermal liner, which could easily be a full-sleeve liner as either an option, or accessory. Riding down the mountain side in the early morning or late evening can be a little too cool with the perforated underarms of this jacket. A full-sleeve liner would prevent that perfectly.
But hold your Harleys, though - so far, even in nearly 90ºF weather, riding across the desert with the liner out and the back vents open, this thing breathes like a beast. It's NICE. I commute 50 miles a day, and this thing truly exceeds my expectations.
This was definetly a great purchase, though there is a little disappointment that it does not include the SAS-TEC back armor at this price point.
June 16, 2015
Perfect in just about every way
The 1909 is a fantastic jacket. The video review does not show how great the leather really is, soft and perfectly distressed but with modern safety features.
I upgraded to the Sas-Tec back armor and I'm loving the jacket. Once the Sas-Tec armor warms up, it "molds" to your back, shoulders and elblows and you don't get the stiff feeling from traditional armor.
Two considerations, this is probably not a jacket for a Southern California summer and Scorpion has made other jackets with the option for a chest protector, I wish this one had that option as well.
All things considered, I love the jacket!
June 8, 2015
My new favorite riding jacket
I knew I wanted it from the get-go. Now that I have it, I'm thrilled with the fit and style, plus no logo's...nice. The XL is a perfect fit for my 42L suite size. No tax, no shipping AND it arrived in two days. It's almost like they knew I wanted it even before I ordered.
May 26, 2015
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