Scorpion Clutch Jacket
I bought the jacket because of the cost. But for the cost you get an exceptional jacket. So Cal even in the "winter" can be warm. Jacket has great airflow, with the liner in keeps you warm on the cooler days at speed in the shadows of the canyon rides.
February 16, 2015
One of the FINEST leather jacket's on the market!
This is on the lengthy side, but I'd like to be detailed about this product.
One of the reasons why I purchased the Scorpion Clutch Phantom Leather Jacket is because I wanted a leather jacket that either had thermal molded protection towards the front of the rib cage and stomach area (more closely around the gastrointestinal area#, or, some degree of raised abrasion protection #temper-foam# around the same area for street riding. Score 1 for Scorpion! They accomplished this goal magnificently! It’s also aesthetically FANTASTIC! But let me back up a bit and offer my humble subjective experience while riding in this jacket. [*NOTE* I’ve only had this jacket for about 5 days, but, I have logged 381 miles in it]. Again, this is a subjective review and will vary with your ridding style, skills, and needs:
First – The stitching around the shoulder sleeves connecting the upper torso gives a feeling of a professionally hand stitched job of the highest quality. [That adds confidence in regards to being attentive to the smallest details]. The neoprene collar is also attached very well to the body of the jacket, and, I have found it to be ultra soft as well. There is leather that covers approximately 2/3rds of the front and side of the collar. [Very nice touch]. By not having leather on the back of the neoprene collar, I experienced a more natural feel on my neck. There was no collar stiffness or any uncomfortable helmet rubbing. And still, the collar has maintained its shape during every ride. I don’t foresee any negative material effects from long term helmet contact and moisture accumulation #sweat# either. So far I haven’t noticed any sweat accumulation or odor#s# after 4 full days of riding.
Second – I noticed that the tailoring at the drop #end of the back portion where “SCORPION” is embossed# moved with me while maintaining its rigidity as I rode. [That’s important to me because I didn’t want the tail portion to be so inflexible to the point that when my body moved ---- that specific portion of the leather did not. I’m not speaking of a “snug” fit here: just that I’ve experienced the drop in other premium leather riding jackets being either too soft for protection or too rigid for movement]. I think Scorpion has achieved a very unique balance of “fit and function” with this jacket in this area.
Third – I don’t usually wear leather jackets with a scoop #race hump#. I would have preferred a clean and well defined look for street riding. My track gear has scoops, which are all 1 piece leather riding suits. This is the first 1 piece leather riding jacket that I’ve owned with a scoop. And…I’m impressed! It vents well, it’s not obstructive with my helmet #although I wear a small to extra small in helmet sizes– brand dependent#, it cleans easily, and it’s comfortable #i. e. not noticeable while ridding#. And it gives a seriously edgy look!
Fourth – With simply a tee-shirt and a sweatshirt #not a hoodie#, and the included full sleeved thermal liner, the jacket performed phenomenally well in temperatures ranging from 50 to 60 degrees at highway speeds. From about 60-70 degrees, I wore a tee-shirt and a sweatshirt and I was quite comfortable at the same highway speeds. I’ve only worn it 1 day so far with temperatures hovering around 74-75 degrees, and, I was comfortable with just a tee-shirt on. Again I was impressed at how well ventilated this jacket performed. Fact: You’re going to be hot….when it’s hot. No doubt about it. [Especially while sitting at stop lights or in heavy-to-slow moving traffic in this jacket]. But the design and placement of the perforation on the front and sleeves of the jacket allowed for excellent ventilation at both, commuter and highway speeds. What was more amazing is that, except for the top of the scoop, there is no perforation on the back of the jacket. Yet, it still circulated air extremely well. I haven’t had the opportunity to test the jacket beyond 75 degrees thus far. From a comfort perspective, I would imagine that I will be fine #at speed# until the temperature reaches the 90+ degree mark. [Then I may have to switch to something lighter. We’ll see…].
Fifth – The jacket’s construction makes it weighty. But not at all burdensome or unbearable. All of the armor stays in place, but molds to your body’s form. It’s a little rigid upon first wearing, but it breaks in nicely. The shoulder amour sits on the clavicle bone and extends just below the shoulder muscle. However, it’s not at all uncomfortable while riding. My best reasoning for the placement of the shoulder amour is; 1# To limit swelling around the shoulder muscle upon impact and, 2# To guard against splinter fractures around the rotator cuff and the densest portion of the collarbone. I think a great deal of thought went into “how” the shoulder amour should protect you. With that being said, this jacket offers the ideal weight and feel in striking a balance among protection for highway commuting, aggressive street riding, and perhaps a few laps around the track---which I plan to test soon #with the appropriate track riding pants#. In either riding scenario, I believe the combination of overall thickness, protective armor #with your back protection armor of choice), and the impact protection areas – on this particular weighty jacket – will serve well in a host of moderate and legal speed low-side “mishaps” #which I hope to never discover).
If this jacket fits your budget, I can honestly say – in my humble opinion – it is “well worth every penny!!!” It’s simply a beautifully well-constructed leather riding jacket. During my many years of riding, this jacket is in my top 3 BEST leather riding jackets! I’ve added a photo while on a ride which displays how the jacket looks at highway speeds. [The items in the photo are: The Shoei RF1200 Dominance Black/Green helmet #with the CWR-1 Pinlock Dark Smoke Shield); SIDI Mag-1 boots and; Icon Pursuit Stealth gloves – onboard the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000].
March 17, 2015
Fits great, looks even better
I am 6'3" and 180 pounds. I ordered a large and it fits me pretty well. I usually have problems with the arm length of jackets (I'm looking at you alpine star), but this jacket does the job. My only complaint is that the waist is a bit large, but i have a fairly narrow waist (size 30-32 jean) so its the price i pay for not having a gut.
long story short, BUY THIS JACKET. works wonderfully, built to last, and the looks are outstanding
September 23, 2014
Everything I Was Looking For
I am writing this review after 1500 miles of ride time with this Jacket. I ride a 2014 Ducati Panigale and the Jacket works very well with the riding position of the bike.
I was coming from a size Medium Icon Arc Suzuki jacket that I had been wearing for years. The Arc Suzuki was a hybrid jacket comprised of mostly textile with leather in the impact areas. I was looking for something similar for my next jacket. Without finding a textile that really sparked my interest I decided to go with a perforated leather. I am 5'8" tall; weigh around 150 pounds and the size Medium from Scorpion fits perfectly.
Living in Northern VT I do a majority of my riding in 60-80 degree weather. I rode primarily without the liner and found the jacket to breath exceptionally well; even on the warmer days I was very comfortable when riding (average riding speed 55-80 mph). The fit was snug and there was no flapping at higher speeds. The YKK zippers worked like a charm keeping the jacket sleeves secure all the way down to my gloves. The "sport hump" also performs very well keeping your head "locked in" to a certain point but still allowing me to look over each shoulder fairly easily. Airflow with my Scorpion EXO-700 helmet works very well. The jacket has 3 pockets, two outside and 1 inner chest pocket. All have plenty of space and are easily accessible, even with summer gloves on.
Recently I also had the "pleasure" of riding in some cold wet weather. Not having any rain gear I layered up and hoped for the best. I started the ride at 0900 and was IMMEDIATELY appreciative of the full-length liner. The temperature was about 45 degrees F and due to my "excellent" time management I was traveling at approximately 90mph to get to my destination on time. Without question my upper body (minus my hands) was the warmest part of my body (I was wearing 2 layers of long underwear beneath my kevlar jeans). A few hours into the ride the weather warmed up into the lower and mid 50's and then began to rain. I rode in moderate rain for approximately 2 hours. My hands, legs and feet were completely soaked. I was VERY impressed to see that the liner of the jacket kept out a good 90% of any rain! Everything in the pockets (even the inner chest pocket) was soaked, but that was to be expected with the perforated leather. The neoprene collar was also very comfortable, NO complaints at all.
Summary: The jacket is an excellent choice for summer riding in the Northeast (or similar climate) without the liner. The liner provides comfort down into the 40's depending on your tolerance and how you dress. I rated everything "Excellent" except the Protection & Durability, my only reason for that was the back protector. The jacket comes with a cheap foam protector and for the price I don't think some type of D30 back protection is too much to include. But that is my only complaint. Yes, it is a $500 jacket. But it was money well spent in my opinion.
September 16, 2014
Sizing is excellent, I usually wear a medium but they were always a bit loose so I got a small this time round and it was a perfect fit. Quality is excellent with little to none loose stitching visible unlike many others. The shear weight of the jacket alone proves that you get alot for the price.
August 19, 2014
Scorpion clutch jacket
Great jacket. I live in Arizona...sport bike, commuter. For the cooler desert mornings, a compression base layer and the liner in the jacket are plenty to keep me warm. Haven't seen extreme hot temps yet, as I have recently moved to Arizona, but so far have rode in 98 degrees without too much discomfort. All in all, I would buy again.
April 13, 2014
Scorpion does it again
This is gonna be short and sweet. Since I just got the Jacket and havent had the chance to ride with it ill give the quick update. First off the jacket feels awesome like the scoop and looks like vents for it lead directly to the middle and small of the back, the arms dont have anything other than the zipper, which in past experience is not a good thing but these zippers seem to have the fabric enclosed around it so maybe that will help. My only downside is the fitting which im 100% certain a personal issue, I'm 6ft 196lbs wear 36 jeans and have a 46" chest. Thejacket fits great in my stomach and chest area but loosens in the shoulders which i assume is normal but in the arms is pretty loose but as i said most likely a personal issue. All in all a great jacket. will update in a few weeks.
March 13, 2014