Spidi Ergo 365 Pro Expedition H2OUT Jacket
The best I've ever had. period.
I was looking for a 4 seasons Jacket and after living in Israel with its warm Mediterranean weather for years it was my first bike and first jacket to buy for Europe.
with Europe's -20 degrees Celsius (thats a -10 for you USA guys) in the mountain passes at the alps and a 43 degrees in the summer in south of Italy (110 Fahrenheit) in the shade but as you all know, roads are not in the shade so you need to add few degrees to that number.
So and I was looking for something that will handle anything from freezing cold to blazing heat.
Look no further.
Go strait to the top of the line and get this jacket.
I did just that and I could have never been more happy.
when completely empty and ventilate you can ride for few hours in extremely hot weather while reasonably sweating but not to the point you start doing stupid things "just to get cooler".
its not an air-mesh jacket but its just about enough to get you thru the noon heat of the French riviera peaking at 43deg (the 110ish Fahrenheit) and few hours later at the alp, with close air vents still keep your comfortable at 7deg (yours 40ish).
During the winter time with all the insides installed I did a 1000miles ride (Warsaw-Paris) non stop for 14 hours where most of it was in the rain.
yes, few hours of the ride where clear and dry but the rest was wet and about couple of hours I was riding in pouring rain.
Top it with 3-8deg (40F-60F...) and with the fact I ride a GS1200 Adventure and I'm 6"6' that means I'm above the "bubble" and I get a lot of rain hitting me and the jacket.
I got off the bike at Paris and the inside was dry and I was in a good enough shape to have a pleasant dinner with the rest of the team that came by plane.
The jacket did a marvellous job.
Yes, It take s awhile to get it on with all the zippers and buttons and it takes some time before the ride to decide which layer you want and attach it to the exterior but Spidi made it smart enough that you can't go wrong. if you try to get the wrong zipper of the wrong layer to the wrong place it will just wouldn't fit.
Smart little thing, all the zippers and button are colour coded so you can actually see very clearly if and when something is not right.
Great Jacket with almost any riding option available.
The huge reflective Spidi logo in the back is very visible in the dark back roads of Europe and saved me from few bumps during the past couple of years.
The jacket holds well and look practically the same as the day I bought it even after few washes and over 50,000km of heavy duty, all weather riding.
It takes a while to wear it but when you're done its extremely comfortable. the weight somehow vanish and you have all the motion range you need to ride a motorcycle safely and easily.
Very well design to the flaps and snaps and you can work almost everything in the jacket even with gloves and even while riding.
I was in south America and I was using the H2o inside layer as a wind breaker/rain jacket while walking in the evening and it looks very cool. 2 brownie points for Spidi for that one.
Beside, the jacket itself look cool.
not the "Safary" beige look of the BMW clothing line which looks kind of out of place while riding in Europe and the rest of the northern hemisphere but the black version and with the reflective "arrows", I got mostly envy looks when I walk in to a hostel or a motel wearing the jacket.
One thing I found wrong with this jacket is the front pocket zippers.
not the one that close the pocket, the one that holds the detachable pockets to the jacket.
I use the detachable pockets since I have plenty of stuff I need to have handy (wallet, keys, earplugs, the spare BT module, the charging cable, shades) that doesn't fit in the jacket inner pockets.
Since the pockets are connected on the top with a zipper and at the bottom with a snap button it makes the middle of the pocket a flap that get caught in about everything that you walk by.
a door handle, ADV bike handles, shelfs corners..
anything that is pointy and belly hight will get caught.
the snaps holds pretty good to a side pull which means the load will be mostly on the top zipper that will slowly start to give way.
after couple of times the piece of the fabric that holds the zipper in place start to separate from the jacket.
I already gave the jacket to a tailor to restitch the left pocket and after a short while, the right pocket as well.
Triple stitching with re-enforcing the outside corner and for the past year and some it holds.
The other little thing is with the AST velcro adjustable thingie for the sleeves. you can adjust it to fit perfectly to your body but after a while if you're not very careful you will open the jacket and notice something is missing..
few times I found the little velcro thingie still attached to the snap button but couple of times I found it on the floor next to the bike.
something to be aware of.
The last small thing was in the shop while trying the jacket on.
I'm a 6"6' and it took 3 attempts to find my right size.
I try the XL and then the XXL and then again another XXL.
the last 2 where the same XXL but apparently one was a small XXL and the other one was a bit bigger XXL.
I guess the it was a fault in the manufacturing line that the same XXL size have 2 actual different sizes. strange.
I'm on bikes for the past 25 years by now and this is, by far, the bast jacket I've ever had.
Get it. you will not be sorry.
January 11, 2016
No other 4 season jacket is better than this
I am a touring rider and was looking for something that was a true 4 season jacket and a waterproof shell was a must-have requirement for me. I tried out various Gore Pro models from Rukka, Dainese, Rev'it! and Klim, but either they lacked good ventilation for summer riding or they didn't fit me. For reference, I am 5'6", 150lbs, 39" chest, 34" waist. I typically fit into most European brands easily. New Rev'it! Cut and Klim is American and didn't fit me.
After lots of research and returning few unworn jackets back to Revzilla and my local dealer, I finally zeroed upon the Spidi Ergo 365 Expedition. I discussed my requirement in detail with the Spidi customer sales rep in Italy and was very pleased with their prompt and accurate responses.
This jacket is probably the most versatile and functional textile jacket currently available in the market. The recommended pant for this jacket is Spidi Ergo Pro H2Out, which isn't available in US. I had to special order a MD jacket and a MD pant.
Excellent ventilation for hot weather.
CE level II hard back protector
Hard Chest protector
Mostly waterproof shell (read the cons below).
Built-in Hydration pack included
Removable cargo pockets to alter the jacket for different requirements and styling.
Lots of room in pockets for storage
Rear cargo pocket can be used as a tank bag
Illustrated diagrams/instructions everywhere in the jacket
Lots of reflectivity
Waterproof liner can be worn as destination layer
Lots of adjustments for fine tuning the fit.
Waterproof bag included to store liners when not in use.
A velcro backed label (name tag) can be ordered from Spidi at no extra charge with your name or anything else on it (no logos). This goes just above the left chest pocket.
360 zipper to connect with Spidi pants.
External shell doesn't have a crunchy feeling like some other Gore Pro jackets.
...and lastly, super comfortable.
The entire setup is heavy, with all liners, armor, hydroback and pockets, it weighs about 9.5lbs.
Outer shell isn't waterproof around the arms, it's only water resistant. The removable waterproof H2Out liner is required to make the jacket totally waterproof.
The zippers behind the front cargo pockets aren't waterproof. So if you remove the cargo pockets, make sure you don't put anything that could be damaged by water in the front pockets.
Expensive! ...but totally worth it!
Some nit picks:
The hydroback when filled with water, is not very easy to fit inside the back cargo pocket.
The single piece chest protector gets in the way and makes it a little harder to zip up the liners. A two piece check protector would have been better or one can always remove the chest protector while zipping up the liners.
The collar has a strap that cinches through a metal loop. Takes a little getting used to it.
If you were to wear the jacket with all the liners in, it takes approx a minute to zip and button every liner and outer shell. Its not a quick in and out.
April 21, 2014