Scorpion Clutch Jacket
One of the best jackets in its price range
Gonna break this down into the rating guidelines for everyone:
1.) Bang for the buck
For a $500 jacket, the features you get with it, the look, and build quality* (I'll discuss one issue later), it's hard to beat. Even more of a steal if you manage to find one on sale like I did.
Goes without saying, this is a mean looking jacket. Not too busy like most of the Icon designs either; reserved and mature yet aggressive.
This thing felt like I was wearing a Cadillac the first time I put it on. The thermal liner is incredibly comfortable, able to keep me warm in the 55-70 range at highway speeds with just a T-shirt on underneath. Still comfortable on warmer days without the liner in; great amount of airflow for a leather jacket. Yes, you will begin to cook in it while stopped, but that's to be expected with any jacket besides maybe mesh. The jacket pairs well with my 600RR yet is also comfortable on my VFR, despite the elbows having a bent shape for a tucked positioning.
4.) Protection and Durability*
With CE-rated armor, the speed/air hump, and extra reinforcement at points prone to crash contact, they did a good job with the design. Durability, as far as the leather goes is a non-issue, so long as you keep it properly maintained of course. However, the asterisk (*) mentioned before pertains to the liner. When you remove it you must be VERY delicate with the snap buttons, otherwise they'll break. One of mine broke within a month of owning, second time removing the liner.
Also, be leery of velcro with the inner (permanent) mesh liner; my gloves (even the Alpinestars ones with "special, non-hooking velcro") tend to tear it up and cause it to fray.
5.) Air Flow
With the liner in, you still get a decent amount of air flowing through, which can be a bother in cooler temperatures. While there is enough room for me to fit another layer in, I'd consider this jacket a 3-season one at best. Without the liner, it's great in the heat. Have yet to test if the perforations allow water to get in.
Apart from what was listed before, there are reflective panels to make you more visible, stretch panels and side adjustments for better fitment, and the pockets aren't handwarmers but the mesh is of good quality, and likely can function as vents as well. There's also a 360 zipper and a regular back zipper as well to accompany race pants (though, read what another viewer said about Scorpions' Clutch pants).
I'm 5'7" with a 36" chest, and aside from my 30" waist this small-size jacket fit very well; not too large or too small, with enough room to add a layer in for cooler temps. The side-adjusting straps snug the fit even more.
Do I recommend this product?
Yes, though I would say dig around to find one for a lower price if you can. I got mine on sale for $350, so despite some of the issues, I can't really complain. Probably the big issue will come with trying to find race pants with matching zippers; at least they won't mate to Scorpions' pants.
May 9, 2016
Awesome looking jacket, great value
I looked all over, I was going for a black/red theme and found this jacket. I was like sure... it's a sport rider jacket. It could use a couple more pockets perhaps but it's not meant solely for touring.
It's HEAVY, with all that armor in there it's got some heft to it. Not overly so, and you're sitting down on a bike so who cares right?
You can unzip this thing like crazy, take out all the armor pieces. Some of the zippers for the protective pads and spinal area are kind of small and look a little delicate but I haven't broken any yet.
Arm zippers stay zipped, pockets are average size. Just my personal feeling but with a Shoei RF-1200 helmet and crouched on a bike, turning your head can get obstructed if not used to the hump on the back. Just something I wasn't used to as I wore touring type jackets before.
Removable liner, kept me warm on a 38*F riding day with a cross wind, no complaints there.
Overall pretty awesome, I wear a Large regular winter type jacket, medium undershirt but had to get an XL in this jacket. It gives me enough room, is a good fit though.
March 4, 2016
Most jacket for the money.
Most jacket for the money. Great for the track or aggressive sport riding on street. Definitely designed to be in the 3/4 to full tuck position with little or no drag.
February 10, 2016
Good Jacket ... Pricey but Worth It
The Scorpion Clutch Phantom Jacket is a little pricey but after months of having it and loving it I do believe it was a good investment. The fit is comfortable as you may be able to tell it has an aggressive feel to it when you put it on but not to the point where it's unbearable. Also, the removable thermal lining is amazing. Now that the weather is getting brisk I put the lining back in and it works well it keeps me warm in temperatures around 40 degrees (going at a speed of 50-60mph) and the fact that it is perforated I can still feel the breeze and maintain a comfortable core temperature. All in all, I would buy it again or suggest it to my friends because of the good quality of the jacket and sense of security you have when wearing it.
October 26, 2015
Clutch Jacket does not fit with the Clutch Phantom Pants
Due to an oversight by Scorpion, the Ravin Jacket and Clutch Jacket were made BEFORE the pants. I just received word back from Scorpion about the oversight and questioned why I received 2 female zipper attachments. They explained the oversight and stated that the New Phantom Clutch Jacket would fit, and would I be interested in spending almost $200 more on a jacket just to fit the pants. Their work around was to sew the two male zipper attachments together to keep the jacket and pants together. I clicked NO as a recommendation because I didn't want further people to purchase these two products together only to not have them fit.
As far as fit goes, the jacket is great. pockets are easily accessible, zippers (on the outside# work great and slide easy. for those with thicker wrists and forearms #like mine#, expect a slight roll back on the zippers. XL fit comfortably 48in, but the L was just too tight. I can wear a heavy shirt and T underneath #for commuting purposes) and not fit too tightly across the chest. Arms are not restrictive and standing and being in full tuck are comfortable.
August 16, 2015
I'm a corn fed American male, 6'4" and 300 lbs. Most Eurpoean brands like Alpinstar, Dianese, SGV and the like don't fit. I bought an AGV perforated leather jacket but it just doesn't fit right, and being black, riding in the summer was a major pain.
Scorpion just fits. Comfortable, reliable, and bullet proof.
2 years ago I bought a BMW K1300s 30th anniversary edition. Since, I've been looking for a jacket that matched the colors, and this one is it.
Now, I can ride in 100 degree weather, in traffic, and not suffer heat stroke. Air flow is excellent, even with a laptop backpack.
Awesome product, getting the pants next...
August 2, 2015
I've used Scorpion textile jackets for a while. I was looking for a good leather jacket for the summer and tried on numerous brands such as AStar and Dianese. They had all the same features, but they did not have the look I wanted (without adding $200 simply because its an all black design). Then I decided to check Scorpion. I found this jacket, which had everything I wanted in the look I wanted. I took a chance and bought it and the armored back piece, trusting it would fit as well as my textile ones.
It fit better.
Unlike the AStar and Dianese I tried on, this jacket felt new, but broken in a the same time. The fit was absolutely great. The air hump in the back is low profile, but I can definitely feel a difference in my ride.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this coat to anyone looking for a good leather jacket.
May 11, 2015
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