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Welcome to our detailed breakdown of the new Speed and Strength Chain Reaction Textile Jacket, available at RevZilla.com. New for this year, Speed and Strength is broadening their multi-seasoned textile line. The Chain Reaction is really more sport oriented, but I'm going to call it sport touring and sport commuter. If you think about the Urge Overkill that lived previously in the S and S line, it was three quarter length. It was a little bit of a different more multi-seasoned touring and adventuring configuration.
Here in the Chain Reaction, we're getting a jacket that has a sport flavor to it. Four colors. You can see the style and a scheme on this AR600 Textile Frame and you're getting that water resistant wind proof liner that's fully removable. So no thermal here, you have the ability to beef up your protection from Mother Nature. So I'm going to really give it that three season warm weather rating; think spring, summer, and fall.
Now one of the reasons why I really dig what they've done here, again, just over that $200 mark so it's not going to break the bank, besides the fact that it's RevZilla orange, four colors available, is they give you the ability to really flow a ton of air to this. So if you're taking out that wind proof water resistant liner and you really want to open it up for summer time riding, think about a half hour commute to work, what you have are these big panels.
So you have massive panels along the front held in with Velcro and auto locking zippers. I'm going to spin that back and pull that off. And you'd see that we'd have that on both sides here. So both sides have this panel meshed back. And what it's going to do, it's going to flow a ton of air through the jacket itself. On the sleeve, on both sides again, another auto locking zip that's going to flow air in through the sleeve and it's going to exit out the back, and not yet Buzzsaw there.
But when I turn Ed backwards, you're going to see there's a massive removable panel on the back as well. So that's what I really dig about it. The fact that it's sport oriented waist length, but it gives you that multi-seasonality and it is going to breath really, really well because you have the ability to expose mesh as you see fit as the temperature starts to climb. And we look at some of the other guts here on the front, basic hand warmer pockets you're going to see a nice, at about an inch, inch and a half, collar that does have neoprene lining as well.
Quick note on fitment; Ed is 6'5. I'm sorry you're six foot, 215 lbs., 45, 46 inch chest. He's wearing a size large; it fits spot on within the Speed and Strength collection. I would consider this maybe a sport fit but not overly aggressive. Again, built for an upright riding position, but you could easily spin it into the three quarter or tuck position, it's going to play well there as well. Keep that in mind. Consistent within the Speed and Strength line, American cut.
If you're not sure about sizing, we do ship just about everything over $40 for free. And I'd love it if you'd click right here and subscribe to RevZilla TV our YouTube channel, leave me your comments, your questions, your feedback on the Chain Reaction as we move through. Now getting back into the nuance of the jacket, we talked about the AR600 frame. Let's talk about the CE-rated armor. Vault armor comes stock in this bad boy shoulders, elbows, forearm. You're also going to have a back protector that comes included. That's a nice touch they're giving you that out of the gates. And again, you're coming in just over the $200 mark, a lot of bang for the buck there.
Turn your face away from me there Ed. Other creature comforts, we talked about the neoprene roll at the collar. Again, for flexibility to keep that especially if you're getting rained on, keep it from chaffing against your skin if it gets wet. Notice the elastication in the back of the shoulder, elastication at the top of the elbow. And if Ed moves his arm, you could see just how far back that big vent panel went that we removed from the front.
Now moving down the arm itself, or down the jacket itself, you're going to see at the bottom Velcro with a TPR there, easy to find with a gloved hand, allow you to cinch it in across the waist and it is going to have an eight inch connection. Meaning, you're going to be connected to any Speed and Strength pant that's got that eight inch connect zipper. I would love to see them do a Chain Reaction pant at some point too on the textile side of things.
Now turn backwards for me there, Ed. If we look at the back, you're going to see the reflectivity start to pop in, right? So you see our Speed and Strength logos. You see at the top of the back. You see it in some of the writing that's reflective. You're going to see this black watch piping that goes all the way down the backside of the piping there. So I come down here along the back, you're also going to see the rabbit pouch, which is awesome. That rabbit pouch is going to be great for stowing any of these removable panels and you have that with an auto locker down here along the bottom.
And last but not least, as we move into really what is the hero here of the back of this jacket is this mega vent panel that's fully removable, which is a really nice touch. And you're going to notice that we're going to unzip it down to the bottom, it's going to fully remove. Velcro comes off across the top. There's my panel, now it would be stowed in the pouch. Now, I'm exposing a large area of mesh all the way down the back that is backed with a back protector, really completing the set here giving you that full flexibility.
Again, for textile, for multi-seasoned riding, but really covering you well into summertime riding scenarios. Come around front and let's open up the guts. So if we pull down the guts here, you're going to see nice big, beefy zipper pole from Speed and Strength. And if we open it up, you're going to have this gator and this rain gutter system behind that's going to try to guard against any water getting through the zipper. And opening it up, you're going to see a few things going on. Here is our water-resistant, windproof liner.
You can see how that works and if you expose behind that, you're going to get these mesh panels that are going to be great over a t-shirt and that's going to be what allows you to flow the air through the jacket for summertime riding. Notice also up here towards the collar, that you're going to have a nice fleecy material. It's a micro fleece, it's not going to add warmth but what it's not going to do is, it's not going to chaff you just like that neoprene won't chaff you if it starts to get wet.