Speed and Strength Off The Chain 2.0 Textile Jacket
Too bad I'm left-handed
This jacket is awesome, despite a couple minor drawbacks. I've been wearing it in mixed conditions: low 50's in the mornings, upper 80's a few weeks back, rode through a flooded stretch of road the other day (fun mistake). Fit is perfect with the hoodie in, totally acceptable with it removed (5'11" 175lbs, size large). Wrist and waist adjustments do their jobs. Airflow is on the good side of average. Ok, so drawbacks... Nothing too major but when I put the jacket on the hoodie sleeves slide out way further than the cuff of the jacket and have to be stuffed back in to put on gloves. Lastly, the holster pocket is for righties only. Living in the people's republic of Maryland, carrying isn't an option but if it were, too bad I'm left-handed.
October 5, 2015
Would have kept the jacket if the armor was positioned correctly
I was very excited to receive this jacket based on all the good reviews it had. When I had first tried it on, I noticed that the armor on the elbows did not sit directly where it should have. It covered mainly my forearms and left my elbows exposed. Overall fit was great except for this particular flaw. Very disappointed when I had to return a nice jacket do to that reason
September 26, 2015
Long and feels great, but has some issues
Looks-I bought it in the vintage black color. It looks awesome, has a very unique and great style to it, and serves as both a regular and motorcycle jacket.
Comfort-Great, soft, and the jacket hugs the body nicely.
Where this jacket excels in style, it lacks a bit in function.
Jacket runs big, and that's a fact. I wear a medium regularly, had to return to purchase a small. Even with a small, hoodie sleeves seem to run big; jacket sleeves are tight, but hoodie sleeves are loose and long, and will bunch out on the wrist.
Jacket is "water-resistant". Didn't seems super great in a normal, 15 min rain ride, but not terrible either.
Hoodie sleeves, with the thumb hole, scoop air down the sleeve. If that makes you cold, putting on gloves could solve that problem, but putting on gloves over the thumb holes isn't really possible. Taking your hand out of the thumb hole and putting on gloves causes a big clump of excess sleeve material on the wrist. Nothing horrible, but for a $200 jacket, functionality should be ideal.
Both the hoodie and the jacket zip down the middle, which causes a noticeable point of weakness when riding in cool weather. No material down the middle causes cold wind to come right through the zipper.
Air flow otherwise is fine, especially with the ability to take the hoodie out.
All in all, good jacket, but late Summer/Fall riding is already becoming tricky. I think you sacrifice the looks for the functionality.
September 22, 2015
looks great, feels great
First off, it looks awesome. I expected it to look more like denim from up close but from a distance you can hardly tell it's textile. I don't know how protective the armor works because I haven't decided to test it(duh).
With the hooded lining it fits really snug and feels great, but without it, the mesh interior is kind of annoying on my arms.
I would definitely recommend it to anybody who wants a good jacket that isn't obviously a motorcycle jacket, and doesn't make you look like you're a hardcore HD guy.
September 21, 2015
Great price & great look!
After looking at different textile jackets, I went with this jacket after reading the reviews. Here is my take:
1. Size was pretty spot on from the video review. I'm 5'11", 190lbs, and am a 42R in jackets. I got a Large and with the attached hoody, it does fit pretty snug. Without the hoodie, it fits just perfectly, and the armor sits just right.
2. Ventilation is pretty good. I recently rode on a 90 degree day and the airflow was good, through the arm vents and had a comfortable ride.
3. Pockets...there are four outer pockets (3 zipper/1 velcro), and one inside for the "concealed carry". The concealed pocket for hand guns is a cool idea, but I just use it to hold my phone
Overall, it's a great jacket that provides great comfort and style for its price.
September 20, 2015
Great jacket, even better price.
For starters Revzilla is awesome. Next I was concerned about the fit of this product until I read the reviews hence why I am posting. I'm 6'4 235 and have a 45" chest and 38.5" arm length. When checking the size chart I couldn't figure out which size because I was too skinny for 3xl and too long for 3xl. After reading the reviews I decided to go with the 2xl and it is a perfect fit. The jacket sleeves are a tad short but the hoodie underneath bridges that gap. The chest size leaves a little room to wear a shirt with long johns underneath or a t-shirt under long sleeved shirt. Perfect size. I got the vintage black and it isn't not stonewash jean jacket looking like the picture. I saw a youtube video on the jacket it is more of a dark gray than stonewash blue jean. Great jacket.
September 18, 2015
Comfortable And Funtional
I love this jacket.
The top reason is comfort while doing its job on protection. The sturdy material flexes easily with movements and the relaxed fit allows a lot of freedom in choosing regular clothing. I've tried on other jackets that had me feeling as if I were wearing a body cast ... this jacket is a pleasure to put on.
I've worn it on both hot days standalone, and cool mornings with the hoodie zipped in. It's a thick soft hoodie, has some strech to it, and it is WARM on cold days.
The CC carry pocket is suprisingly well done. It works at holding the weight without having the left side of the jacket slide down, out of place. The material there is substantial enough to support and protect the carry safely.
I've had some nice complements on the jacket styling. Being able to shed the jacket, and keep the hoodie on is super convienient.
A little more pocket room would be nice, and a little more airflow for hot days would be cool, but all in all, this jacket rocks.
September 15, 2015
Overall a decent jacket.
Looks good and is comfortable. With the hoodie liner in it keeps me warm for a short morning commute with temps in the 40's. I'm 6ft, 205 and I got a XL and the fit is right on.
September 15, 2015