Scorpion 1909 Leather Jacket
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
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