Spidi Voyager Textile Jacket
Great looking winter jacket, armor ok
Just received this jacket today in the mail, so the upfront disclaimer is I have yet to wear it on a ride - this is initial impressions.
I have a REV'IT Tornado jacket, hi-viz, which is awesome for summer, and now with fall, with the liner in, at 50 degrees, I'm chilly commuting on the highway.
Thus I chose the Spidi...I looked at the second version of this same jacket, and not really struck me as justifying the additional $100 given the closeout special.
Great looking jacket. I am 6'3", 185 lbs, long arms, and this jacket fits me perfect, with the liner in and a long sleeve with t-shirt underneath. Very Euro cut - I lived there for 10 years (Europe) and loved the Spidi apparel I saw.
Collar is extremely comfortable and just the right height for a winter jacket.
Pockets, back light, zippers, jacket, liner - everything is really high quality.
CE Back armor is included!
Armor - I'm used to REV'IT knox armor, and I compared my two jackets side-by-side, along with feeling the armor, the coverage (length/width), and thickness. The knox zrmor is definitely better feeling - more durable, at least superficially, than Spidi's. Knox is thicker, wider and longer on the shoulders and arms.
The Spidi back armor is great - wide and long. Problem is it moves around in the jacket due to too much room. Whereas the knox tp back armor in REV'IT is a b@t@h to get in/out, but it stays put!
Finally, the jacket has no vents, so it limits its versatility for drastic temperature changes. Without the liner in, the jacket feels a lot lighter...probably perform well (not get to hot) up to 75 degrees with low humidity.
Overall, I really like it. It made me realize though, having both jackets that have some "cross-over" of seasonality, that I would have been better to buy one serious 4-season jacket from the start for year-round use. If I had to do it all over again, I would have bought a 4-season jacket that (1) was Gore-Tex, (2) had vents, (3) reflective material, but came with a thermal liner (not rain liner...thus the Gore-Tex. Specifically, I would have gone with the Held Carese Gore-Tex Jacket. It would have been more expensive initially, but in the end I spent the same on two jackets, which I'll always be deciding which to use. If I ever choose to do a real adventure tour (sport touring) across hot and cold climates and low/high elevations, I would have to pack more layers for the Tornado - or buy a third jacket that is 4-season...
You can't go wrong with Spidi though. This is a great deal that I only found on Revzilla...thanks guys!
September 24, 2012
Love this jacket
just wish I could find matching pants... I am 6'3 200 lbs and the xl is perfect.
August 20, 2012
Style and protection lets you look good while being safe!
To start let me say I'm 5'6", 160lbs, 42inch chest(44 suit coat), and 32 inch waste(33 paints),and a bit OCD(I can be picky!). With that being said I bought a size Large and it fits perfect. One of the reason I bought this coat was the "blousing" zippers on the hips. As I'm a bit short these allow me to wear this 3/4 length coat without it bunching up on me while riding. Love this feature! I have the black with red and white trim, the quality looks and feels high end! I have to admit I'm a little disappoint in the protection/armor, but since it's not a track jacket it's still way better then any cheaper jacket or normal coat. I've worn this coat in temps as low as 30 and as high as 80. It is amazing how warm I was in the cold weather, and taking out the thermal liner made wearing in on the warmer days fine too. I would not call this a summer jacket though, once the temps get warmer the lack of vents will most likely sweat you out. On the plus side the liner goes in and out super easy. Last but not least, I bought this coat on clearance for $299, which makes it an Excellent buy, but as the normal price is/was $399 I rated it as Good over all.
April 6, 2012