Speed and Strength Black Widow Women's Jacket
Love this jacket!
I ordered this jacket several weeks ago but didn't want to review until I could actually test it in action!
I really wanted leather for that extra bit of protection (should I ever need it) and also for style, but I found that many jackets tend to lose their feminine cut once they get into the larger sizes. This jacket is definitely an exception! It is a sexy little jacket with just enough attitude and has a nice cut designed for a woman. It's very light weight with lots of mobility in the arms - other (leather) jackets can be very restricting. The ventilation is great and placed just right so while the flow keeps you dry you don't lose too much heat in cooler temperatures. I live in a colder climate so gear that keeps me warm without having to bundle up too much is definitely a bonus! I love the neck line and the snap closure does not rub your neck. The cut out in the front actually makes a big difference to comfort as well and allows for a bit more mobility and breathing room ;)
While trying to find the correct size to order I did have some trouble; if I followed the chart to match my bust or waist the opposite measurement was significantly off and didn't match anything on the chart. So, like most orders I make I took a chance and ordered what seemed like the correct size and was closet to my current riding jacket. For those having the same issue with the sizing chart I hope this helps: I'm 5'11", athletic build, 40" bust, 43" waist, armpit to wrist it is 20.5" and top of shoulder to outer wrist (if I measured correctly) is about 25". I went with the XL and it fits perfect though when ordering I thought that it was going to be too small!! I always find that the measurement charts do not even apply to me but guessing has worked in my favor this time! Yay! The sleeves are nice and long as well so the cuff actually touches my wrist which I was very excited about! I was worried the sleeves would be too short like other every day jackets I have.
The only cons I have about this jacket is that is does not come with any back protector/pad - I have to purchase that separately - and I feel like there is almost too much room in the sleeves. While the body fits great I think there may be a wee bit too much material in the arms causing the elbow pads to twist to the front. I haven't noticed any problems with it while riding though and the extra space does allow for a heavier long sleeved sweater to be worn under if you need it. It also avoids the uncomfortable break in period of a heavier leather jacket since the extra material allows for more flex at the elbox without the sleeve getting to tight.
So, overall I love this jacket! If you can get one I highly recommend it! The Revzilla customer service from start to finish was super, the shipping time was minimal and even the emails that I received were very energetic and fun to read. I had a great experience ordering this product and now I can enjoy it on the road too! Looking forward to my future unknown orders already, haha! :)
April 18, 2016
Beautiful and practical
A gorgeous jacket. Sits well and doesn't make me look boxy. The inside vest is removable - without it, the air flow is amazing. As others mentioned, the jacket only comes with elbow and shoulder plates, you would need to buy the back plate separately. I am 5 ft 6 and 145 lbs. The Medium fits well but I will not be able to put a thick sweater under it.
As any jacket in this category, this one is on the heavier and stiffer side. The heaviness feels comforting and some of the stiffness hopefully will go away as I break it in!
Minor point of discomfort - the jacket zips up all the way to the neck and that stiff leather is rubbing funny on my skin sometimes. Maybe I need to get a scarf to match ;-)
January 19, 2016
Absolutely love it!!
Love the jacket and it looks amazing! Had to return originally for a smaller size but the exchange process was a breeze!
October 5, 2015
Looks even better in person
Overall I'm very happy.Jacket looks great & fits nice.
I was a little worried about buying a WSM becuase I'm short and stocky - 5'1 @ 138lb sport Built.
So I have a nice size back and big shoulders and short arms.
But the (Women's SM) fit me great.
Coat is Sexy but Tough looking. So not too Girly but not manly either.. Just Tough!!!
Discrepancy's 2 -
1) In order for me to use the 2nd wrist button I have to put the zipper half way down then clip the 2nd button.
If I fully zip it down the zipper gets in the way.
2) NOTE- IT DOES NOT COME WITH A SPIN PROTECTOR!.
As a lot of other women when watching the video Anthony mentions a " Dense Foam Backpad".
Well for me it meant some kind of back protection.
Well I was wrong. The foam is only used to keep the shape of the coat.
Either way I did not receive the foam with my coat.
So I called and they explained it to me.
I wish they would have said that in the video because I would have ordered the pad at the same time. Now I wonder if my perfect fit wont be so perfect when I put the spin protector in??? I wont know until I buy it...
I can save you the phone call, the back Protector for this coat is ITEM# 737210, Knox Women TPU Advance X CE Back Protector.. If your coat is a medium or large they refer you too a bigger TPU Back Protector.
So those are my thoughts.
I hope this helps someone...
March 9, 2015
This jacket is surprisingly comfortable for having built in armor and a stiff leather outer. The day it arrived it was actually snowing and I didnt have a heavy coat so I wore this jacket to pick up a Christmas tree. The black widow allowed full movement of my arms and kept me warm in sub freezing temps. The distress patterns on the leather gives it personality. The curvaceous nip-tuck in the waist make it a comfy women's jacket. Not a 'boxy' guys jacket. I wish it had an iPhone pouch with headphone wire opening.
December 23, 2014
Love the look, but not the armor...
I was so excited when I received my Black Widow jacket and couldn't wait to put it on me. It looked even better than I imagined it would; however, the armor/padding is very hard and uncomfortable. It actually hurt. I bought another Speed And Strength jacket recently and loved it and found that the armor on it felt great, so I was hoping for the same result. Other than that, I also am a bit disappointed in the wrist snap closures. I am very petite. 5'3" and about 110 lbs soaking wet. I'd prefer to be able to snap the smallest closure, but the zipper along the wrist gets in the way. With all this said, I'm still overall happy with the purchase because I can just switch out the armor or buy some better ones and I will be okay with the larger wrist closure.
December 18, 2014
sexy and comfortable
My only dislike is I wish it came with sleeves on the liner
June 12, 2014
Stylish and Safe
It's hard to find women's riding jackets that both look good and keep you protected. I'm so glad i found this one. From the unexpected red detailing, the perfectly placed zippers and the included armor, I look good and feel good. The only drawback is that there is no back plate, but this jacket is perfect for riding around the city and country roads.
October 7, 2013