Icon Anthem Mil-Spec Mesh Jacket
So-so jacket - you get what you pay for.
This jacket is pretty comfortable. While riding, it's comfortable in the airflow department - the Fighter Mesh does its job well. In general, however, the jacket runs larger to accommodate the liner, which rarely gets used. I use this jacket for hot weather, without the liner. But let's start with that.
The liner itself is very nice quilted material which secures to the jacket very nicely with a system of a zipper and snaps. It's easy to get it in and out, and it makes a difference on cold mornings. On a recent 60F commute it made the jacket perfect, and on the way back (75F) removing the liner made for a very comfy ride indeed.
With the liner out, my XL jacket feels overlarge. The shoulder pads ride on my triceps, and the elbow pads ride on my forearms. The back protector is substantial, however - but it also presents a block to airflow, so I wind up with a sweaty patch below it. Note that when I'm riding, the padding tends to find its way to where it needs to be.
In the looks department this jacket is just plain frumpy. It's neither aggressive nor aggro. It's just...there. For my purposes that's fine - I'm not out on the fashion show runway, I'm riding a motorcycle, for goodness' sake - so it's not a big deal. But I have other jackets that look better than this. On the flip side, I ordered the hi-viz color, and it's definitely hi-viz. You can't miss me in this jacket.
I got this jacket on sale for $150. You can't beat the price. You get what you pay for. This is no $800 Klim jacket, it's bargain basement. If you need a decent, protective, safe jacket, this does the trick.
May 26, 2015
Great warm/hot weather Jacket
While ordering I was a bit worried when I ordered a small but it fit true to the video and size chart. This Jacket has great airflow. The liner did have a couple of strings. Easily removed with scissors or a pocket knife, no quality problems just excess string. Liner enables you to wear this even on somewhat cool mornings although the air flow from the jacket does make it through the liner a bit. The protection of the jacket is comfortable and not bulky. While riding you do not even know you are wearing a jacket. Style is very good and I have received several compliments on the look of the jacket.
May 26, 2015
Incredible jacket for the price! Don't hesitate to pull the trigger.
I bought this as a summertime riding jacket to wear without the quilted liner. I'm 5'11; 185 lbs; 44 inch chest; 32 inch waist; 34 inch arm length. Purchased the LARGE in BLACK. Fits perfect around the chest and shoulders. Sleeves are maybe a hair long when off the bike, but just right on the bike. Maybe a bit large around the waist area. But, with a 12 inch drop between my chest and waist being rather significant, I expected the jacket to be a little big with no way to cinch the sides of the jacket. This jacket isn't supposed to be super tight so it works fine for me. I didn't want to look like a storm trooper.
The jacket is much more impressive in person. Video doesn't do it justice. Out of the box I felt extremely satisfied for the purchase price of $144. After riding over 300 miles this weekend in 90 degree temps in south GA humidity, I'm even more pleased! Got a number of compliments from riding buddies.
Protection in the elbows and shoulders feels quite adequate and sits where it should on me. Back protector isn't as stout, but I'm not planning to replace. Jacket felt great on the road. No binding, tightness, or bunching on my bike (Yamaha RS Warrior). The elbow armor didn't wear my elbows raw. Shoulder armor stayed in place even with the jacket unzipped about 1/4 way down while riding 70 mph. Jacket let in plenty of air while moving. The sleeve bottoms don't button very tight leaving a rather large opening around the wrists. Concerned me at first, but this actually funneled air up the sleeves and acted like A/C for my arms! The quilted liner has jersey cuffs so when I do have to use it during cooler times, I'm hoping the cuffs keep the cold air out.
My only gripe is the neck material chafes a bit on my neck at times in different riding positions. Not a deal killer by any stretch. Just wish it had a softer material or neoprene collar.
I won't know for sure until I ride in the fall, but this looks like it could be a three season jacket easily wear I live. I tried on a Hurley hooded jacket I wear most wintertime and it seems to fit fine under the mesh jacket without the liner so I might try that.
If you're looking for a sharp, well made, mesh jacket you won't regret taking a chance on this one!
May 26, 2015
Junk within one ride
I love almost everything about this jacket, but the one thing I hate is a deal breaker. It fit wonderfully out of the box and was everything I was looking for. Took it for a ride to a doctor's appointment. While I was waiting I made the awful mistake of leaving my jacket on. My sleeve brushed against the, for lack of a more precise term, male Velcro Id pouch. It apparently grabs everything including the fabric of the sleeve and any mesh part of the mesh jacket. It immediately linked to the mesh and, when I moved my arm, ruined the fabric that is supposed to keep me safe. Now I have a one ride jacket with one sleeve that looks like it is five years old. Apparently icon doesn't feel like this is an issue and is refusing to cover it under warranty. It seems to me that a jacket with a self contained design flaw is a manufacturing defect that should be warranteed. They do not feel the same way. If you are from icon, do me a favor, pull out any of those id holders and try to stick it to any of the mesh parts of the mesh jacket. You will immediately see the defect. Buyer beware. Poor customer service. Tried to upload photo, but it won't allow me because of pixel size requirement. Trust me, stay away.
April 9, 2015
Love the outside Id pocket and inside pocket with cable loop.
Love the look and fit of this jacket.Jacket is very comfortable with and without liner.Liner is very nice for cool days.Mesh material seems very strong.Yellow is highly visible.The outside Id pocket is very handy and Velcro is very strong.Love the inside cell phone pocket with cable loop and holder.Inside pads stay in place and don't move around,very comfortable.Awesome jacket for the money,much more of a jacket than I expected.
April 6, 2015
This one doesn't flow a ton of air. The weave is a bit too tight for that. What keeps me coolest is the white color of the jacket that repels heat. No more black in the summer.
This jacket has a naturally relaxed fit so it's very comfortable. The armor falls in the right places and the shoulders aren't pointy. Real nice.
The staggered zippers are a great touch. Icon jackets do feature some nice details.
May 18, 2015
Good quality, pads move a little
The jacket looks and feels of great quality. The airflow at any speed is great and the styling is very sharp. The zip in liner isn't all that thick but it should do fine throughout the fall in Indiana. My only complaint is that the shoulder and elbow pads tend to move around a little. Overall, I would highly recommend.
May 18, 2015
The color stands out.
The jacket isn't to bad, its a little tight in the neck area and just a tad short. Could use a bit more reflective on it. No complaints other than that.
March 22, 2015