Scorpion Commander II Jacket
Just buy this jacket now.
I'm 6'1'', 230 lbs (a bit of a gut) and somewhat long arms. The XXL fits me extremely well. I've got the Hi-vis and really like it. While I do prefer the look of the black there is no denying how far away cars see me while wearing the fluorescent jacket.
It can be a bit warm on days above 90F, but honestly only bothers me a bit when stopped at a light - when moving you get decent airflow. The coldest I've taken it so far is about 40F - was very comfortable with both liners in. I haven't ridden with it in the rain but can't imagine that it wouldn't perform superbly. I really like the adjustability of the arms and the waist.
The only thing I could complain about, and really only a minor complaint, is that the air vent zippers can be difficult to open and close while moving; you'll probably want to pull over to adjust them.
Really very happy with the jacket - just extremely pleased.
I put in a Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector - fits well enough, maybe a bit tight in the pocket but a decent fit.
October 21, 2013
Would buy again.
I've owned the jacket for a few months now, bought it in late summer and have worn it to early-mid autumn; I live in northwest Oregon (helllooooooo rain). The jacket holds up fine, it essentially looks as if i just unwrapped it.
As with the other reviews, the neck cuff is abrasive, and lets in a lot of air flow; this would be a great winter jacket as well if not for that (i'm going to have to find some nice scarf or face mask). The removable layers are an amazing feature, I'll use this as my 4 season jacket as the airflow is nice when the inner layers are removed. With the exception of the neck, the jacket is very comfy.
The jacket is waterproof, being that i live on the coast, i encounter rainy weather often. One last note, the thing is stylish. I'm 6'3" 190 lbs, 35-37" dress shirt sleeve length, and let me tell you, it is extremely difficult to find clothes that fit well, I ordered the Large Tall, and it fit as though it was custom made. I've lost count the number of compliments that i've received.
Overall, I would highly recommend this jacket.
October 14, 2013
Excellent touring jacket
My first real jacket (other than a summer mesh) that I purchased for all season riding. As far as fit, I'm a 6'3", 210 lbs guy and the Tall Large fit me like a glove (measure your arms). Zipping the jacket all the way down results in bunching right over the pants (I ride a standard), which is easily alleviated with unzipping a little bit from the bottom. With the winter liner in, I was unable to wear any other layers (other than a light sweat shirt). I have not yet tested it in rain, so that will have to wait. Needless to say though, I look like a human highlighter and remain toasty warm. As others have complained, the collar tends to rub a little, but it does keep a lot of the wind out. Anywho, I would definitely recommend this jacket to anyone looking for increased visibility, safety, and warmth.
September 12, 2013
You will feel the weight as the miles roll on...
The jacket looks really good but there are some flaws to it. I really love the way the jacket looks and purchased it based upon that aspect; however, I neglected other features when making my decision. The jacket is heavy! I mean, I cannot do a long distance ride on this jacket because I end up being spent. The weight wears me down every time. Furthermore, if you are somewhat muscular or your arms have some meat on them; then, sizing will be tricky. Again, the jacket is very stylish; however, that should not be the only thing about a product.
August 18, 2013
Looks even better than the original Commander
I love my Commander jacket! I have the previous version and find it to be perfect for all conditions except peak Summer (85+ degrees). Extremely warm in the winter with both liners in. Version 2 has several upgrades that I wish I had. Especially the magnetic closure. The original had an additional zip-on neck gator that reaches up to the base of your helmet (looks like you're ready for a shuttle mission), however, I only use it once or twice a year. This design is more practical.
I'm 6'2" 185lbs 42 inch chest, 34/35 shirt sleeve length, and the large fits me as if it were custom tailored. Now I just need to find the perfect Summer jacket.
July 20, 2013
Rode with it for the first time today - great jacket.
It was cool out, but I was comfortable. A bit stiff, but that should get better.
May 17, 2013
I bought this jacket after seeing it at a motorcycle show. I liked the looks immediately! I needed a jacket to wear in 4 seasons. I do not have heated gear yet and wanted a jacket that would give me the options year round. The Commander II will do that nicely. I have been wearing the jacket in the late winter- early spring this year and just wearing a t shirt under the jacket. I have been out when the temps were 35 degrees and was warm. I like the multiple layers so that as the temps increase I can zip them out and still have the protection this Jacket provides. I did take the Elbow armor out because I found it too restrictive and tight on the arms. Other than that the Jacket fits true to size. I bought the Large, the arm length, chest and length is right for me 5'10 190#. If you are looking for a great jacket for 3-4 seasons that is great looking and feature packed then this is it!
April 1, 2013
nice mid-level jacket
Let me start by saying that I have very high expectations for a $350 jacket. I'm upgrading from a pretty cheap, 5-year old Frank Thomas. My summer jacket is a mesh Dainese that I love. I was looking for something waterproof that can get me riding through the mild winter days in the 40's. My ride is an '03 Speed Triple: no windscreen or fairing. Most of my riding is commuting to work on the interstate at 70mph.
First I tried an Icon Patrol. That thing is a beast--very high quality and very heavy. After trying to ride with it several times I had to return it. The high and very stiff neck made it intolerable. I don't think it was really designed for use on a motorcycle.
The Scorpion is noticeably lighter than then Icon. It doesn't have the hand-warmer pockets, which I liked. The overall quality in the details is slightly lower than the Icon, but the neck is WAY better for riding, and provides good mobility. I'm pretty cold-natured, and I have been comfortable above 45F with this jacket on my 20 minute commute. I rode in the rain for the first time today: moderate rain, 58F. Very comfortable. No moisture issues after 30-40 minutes.
My main complaint is that there is a lot of air-flow in through the neck. I think this will be a benefit in spring, summer, and fall. I'm still trying to figure out how to block that with a scarf or something in winter.
Note that since the water-proofing is in the liner, there are no waterproof external pockets.
March 30, 2013