Scorpion Drafter Mesh Jacket
Excellent Value, Low Protection
I figured might as well share my experiences, including low-siding with this jacket.
Pros: Light, Cheap, and high quality. I think this product is a great value overall, for what you pay it feels like a more expensive line. The build quality is excellent, and I received compliments on the styling, for the price its hard to compete with. Not much else to say.
Cons: Relative to other mesh options the Drafter breathes OK. My biggest issue with the breathability was that my chest would push up against the front panels when even slightly tucked, which would eliminate air flow, for the medium and 5'9.5" 155 lbs. The neck cut is also slightly annoying, air would go down the front under some conditions and not for others, and didn't feel like it truly fit me. Obviously, on a mesh jacket, the protection is lacking. I low-sided and slid about 50ft before going into grass. The elbow armor helped with the falling impact, but the inside of my arm got shredded pretty bad, jacket too of course. The lightweight materials don't hold up to severe abrasion, as expected.
Overall: May be the best jacket for its price-point, but you get what you pay for, especially in terms of protection. I definitely recommend but if you are going to put down serious miles or speed, its clearly worth the money to get something more protective.
April 9, 2015
Just received my new Scorpion jacket and I am very pleased with the product. The jacket fits perfectly and the adjustments are easy to make, but durable.
Only complaint is the factory protectors seem a little too weak. But it will be easy to replace!
February 5, 2015
If you want a cheap mesh jacket dont pass on this one. I bought a medium. I'm 5'6" 185 muscular build but slightly chubby (41" chest 34" waist)
The jacket fits me perfect, the armour is in all the right spots which is great because the Velcro adjustments on the arm and waist do barely anything. The two front pockets are great holds my iPhone no problem. Easy to put on and take off. It is roomy but doesn't look overly big or bulky. I can still fit a hoody under for cold mornings. Jacket has AMAZING AIRFLOW. I got a couple compliments with it on. I have the silver and black and it's not overly silver (thought it was white) bugs dont show much at all. Great bang for the buck. The jacket feels light conpaired to icon mesh jackets.
August 25, 2014
Nice entry level mesh jacket
When I first pulled this jacket out of the box I could tell it was a quality jacket. The materials felt durable and the stitching was excellent. The design is pretty basic, but still looks aggressive and sporty. The armor in the elbows and shoulders feel more than adequate. The foam back pad leaves a lot to be desired, but that was expected. The front zipper is a nice beefy YKK zipper with lesser quality zippers at the cuffs. Though, they have been holding up just fine so far. The sleeve take-ups and dual waist adjustments are very basic in design, but get the job done. To my surprise, the sleeve and waist adjustments use micro velcro to fasten down.
I purchased the black and silver jacket. All of the black panels on this jacket are 600 denier nylon and all of the silver panels are poly mesh. I was worried the silver would be too shiny, but it's more of a light gray color with a little shine to it like most poly mesh has. After a couple hundred miles, the silver gets grungy(better) anyway.
I'm 5'8" with a slight athletic/muscular build. I have a 40" chest, 32" sleeve, and comfortably wear a size 32 waist in Levis. According to the Scorpion size chart, I would be a size Medium, but I read somewhere the chest sizes on these jackets run 2-3 inches larger than what the Scorpion size chart states. I wanted a snug/sport fit, so I purchased a size Small instead(mistake? read on). They were most definitely correct about actual chest sizes being 2-3 inches larger than what's stated on the Scorpion size chart. The size Small gave me the sport fit I was looking for with enough room to wear a hoodie underneath and to upgrade to a thicker back pad. The actual sleeve length seems to match up with the Scorpion size chart.
So far, I've put a few hundred miles on this jacket. Unfortunately, comfort is where this jacket starts to show it's entry level status. There are no stretch panels on this jacket. In a 3/4 to full tuck the jacket starts to ride up causing a little bit of your lower back to be exposed and at the same time pushes the top edge of the back pad into the neck roll of your helmet. I find myself tugging the jacket down at every stop light. The belt loop attachment does very little to help prevent this. Maybe the lack of stretch panels is why Scorpion made the chest sizes so large in contrast to what is stated on their size chart? Maybe I should have went with a size Medium instead? Air flow is average. It does not flow as much air as a full mesh jacket, but I expected that as this jacket has 600 denier panels(more protection) unlike a full mesh jacket. What I didn't expect was a good portion of the mesh is blocked from inside the jacket. The hand pockets, interior chest pocket, the huge flap of 600 denier for attaching the optional wind liner, and mesh comfort liner all combine to block a lot of air flow which would otherwise be direct air flow. With that said, I look pretty dang sexy in this jacket(even though I'm sweating buckets with my butt crack in the air...huh?).
There's definitely room for improvement in the comfort department, but the overall quality of workmanship and materials is top notch. If you can deal with the comfort issues, I would recommend this jacket. As for me, this jacket will be my back up piece once I find/purchase a suitable replacement.
July 23, 2014
Bang Exceeds Buck
This jacket is absolutely fantastic!
Bang: The bang far exceeds the buck in this case. The quality is definitely more than I expected.
Style: The style of this jacket is great. The black/silver color is very flashy and I love the lines of the jacket. The shoulders don't look huge (like my other jacket) and it is as form fitting as you want without being too overboard.
Comfort: This is a very comfortable jacket that I have no problem wearing even when off the bike. It is light considering all of the armor it has, and even with my Forcefield back armor insert it isn't too heavy. The armor lines up perfectly on me and doesn't move around.
Protection/Durability: I can't speak from experience, but I'm sure this would do its job if I hit the pavement. There are thicker patches and armor in all the key slide/impact areas. With a back protector installed I feel even more prepared for the worst.
The mesh is a good density and should hold up for many years or in the unfortunate event of a crash. The only areas I'm worried about durability are the zippers, which feel kind of cheap. Only time will tell, though, as I've had many clothes/jackets with cheap feeling zippers that lasted a long while.
Air Flow: I don't have any other jackets to compare it to, but this jacket flows more than enough. It literally feels like I'm not wearing a jacket when at speed. I forgot to zip it up once and failed to notice for several miles, and when I did zip it up I felt no change.
Features: This jacket has all necessary features for a summer riding jacket. The waterproof liner is a great option, but not being forced to buy it is an even better option. I'm sure with the liner you could get away with using this jacket for the majority of spring and fall. With an upgraded back protector and liner you get a 3 season jacket for a steal. The best feature of this jacket is its minimalism in design. It leaves out unnecessary fluff so it can meet or exceed its targeted goals without breaking the bank.
I recommend this jacket if you are even considering it. At this price it is a no-brainer.
June 9, 2014
It's worth what you pay for...
This jacket has all the right attributes for an entry level mesh jacket. The ventilation on it is superb and I would say it's more of a late spring, summer and early fall type of product. The water proof liner does not come with it so make sure you know that. I would also recommend swapping out the for for an actual back plate. Overall it's worth every penny and like anything can greatly improve by adding $ to it( ie plate and liner)
May 19, 2014
I love this product
scorpion jacket is worth buying makes me look sexy with my bike and I love the color.
May 20, 2014
perfect for summer
this product has the style, fit, breathability and upgradability that I was looking for in a summer riding jacket. Once I saw the price... it was a no brainer.
May 27, 2013