Icon Contra Jacket
So first off this jacket looks good and feels good! I have been riding in it for a couple weeks now and it feels great. I have rode in warm weather and in a little cooler weather and the liner makes that possible (Dumb Ohio weather). Although there is a liner there is no way to stop the flow of air, the liner stops it but after enough air flowing the jacket it tends to make the liner get cool. but wearing a hoody under it or under armor wont be a problem, at least for me. I was worried I would have to return for a different size but the jacket ended up fitting, I was especially worried in the arms but that area had the best fit. I am 6'2" at 160 LBS, I am a tall and lanky guy and a LARGE fit me best. The arms were not short at all and there is plenty of room to stretch and reach for the controls. The chest area is a little big but that's because I don't have what it takes to fill up the room, If you are like me tall and skinny its best to get a large and sacrifice chest fitment than to get a medium and sacrifice arm fitment. I pretty much like everything about the jacket from the fitment to color even down to the ykk zippers. However there are a couple of annoyances. One is that there are only 3 pockets, 2 outside and one inside. I feel like there could be more inside pockets. Two, There is no grommet for headphones and three the main zipper seems like it doesn't zip up all the way. Those are just minor things but can definitely be fixed with a higher end jacket but for the price I am satisfied. I really like this jacket and would recommend it to anyone looking for protection but not wanting to spend the $$$$$ on a leather one. And the colors are awesome and easy to match your bike and helmet. I am rocking a ICON Airframe Claymore helmet (M) with a mirrored visor and ICON twenty niner gloves in red (L).
Can hardly feel armor
No headphone support
Only 3 pockets
Main zipper doesn't seem to close all the way
April 23, 2015
One of the best jackets Ive seen in a long time. It feels great while riding
April 6, 2015
Great Jacket, Looks Great, Seems well made
If you are looking for a jacket that will give you peace of mind, protect you in a crash/slide and look sexy through 2 1/2 to 3 seasons, look no further.
TRUST THE SIZING CHART!
I'm 5' 11" @ 155lbs and I was on the fence between a M or L.
Here in Michigan we have a pretty short riding season most years so I decided on a L to layer a fleece/hoodie under it and I made the right call, with a hoodie it fits pretty snug, but doesn't affect my movement, without the hoodie or liner it's slightly loose, but not loose enough to pull up in a slide or flap around in the wind. If I wasn't going to layer up I think a M would have been a perfect fit and that's what the sizing chart said as well.
I haven't had a chance to ride in hot weather yet so I can't comment on heat buildup, but yesterday I walked outside without a hoodie, just the liner, a big gust of wind hit the front and I instantly felt air circulate through the entire jacket except the spine area.
As far as Con's go it's not too bad.
1# The spine protector is a joke... I got this jacket last week and the day I received it I came back to revzilla and bought an Icon D30 spine protector. The elbows and shoulders are field armor as well and they seem sturdy, but I'll probably upgrade them to D30's in the near future just for good measure.
2) As others have said you will find occasional loose threads that appear from nowhere, the few I've found I just knotted and clipped the excess. Not a big deal and fairly common with a one week old textile jacket.
3) Pockets... I haven't read any mention of this yet, but the pockets have a funny aspect to them. I always wear gloves while riding, most of the time I use Icon Hooligan mesh backhand gloves with high airflow. On long rides I warm my off hand in the front pocket of whatever jacket I have on, If you do the same this will be the biggest Con to this jacket. The front pockets on the Contra are made entirely of fighter mesh inside and out, actually the majority of the jackets airflow comes from the abdomen area and is pulled through the front pockets making it impossible to warm your hands in them at speed. I will most likely find/make a removable fleece pocket protector for colder rides so I have the best of both worlds, but it's something to keep in mind if you go on lengthy rides.
4) Could be a pro or con depending on your preference. The collar around the neck is pretty short and loose, it doesn't have any strap/velcro to adjust it either, so there isn't much in the way of neck protection from wind/bugs. However, that also means the collar isn't going to rub on your neck and give you irritation.
All in all I am very happy with this jacket and as long as it protects me #if I slide/crash# I will buy another one when it's time.
For sizing reference the attached picture is the jacket with the full sleeve liner and just a T-shirt underneath it and the helmet is the Icon Alliance Dark.
March 1, 2015
I love this jacket. The style is great, and cathes eyes. I like that the white with black doesn't get that dingy dirty look to it. I have take a small spill in this jacket and it held up well and the padding helped. The jacket doesn't show wear from the impact on the shoulder. The liner is great for cooler riding and the jacket breathes extremely well in the Summers. I ride in Vegas and wear my jacket year round.
February 4, 2015
Good value for money
I purchased this jacket a few weeks ago and down in Savannah, GA we have had about a week of good riding weather. Wore the jacket 4-5 times until the snap broke off the left sleeve (I think it's supposed to cover the zipper). Called RevZilla on a SUNDAY and someone answered to help me. I explained the issue and offered to send them pictures of the damage. Promptly after receiving the pictures they sent the pre-paid postage and directions on returning the jacket. Icon ended up claiming it under warranty and I received the full amount in RevZilla cash to use on another jacket.
The time I did wear the jacket it flowed a tremendous amount of air and felt very protective. I would/will buy this jacket again because it was such a good value for money.
I didn't feel comfortable in a jacket that broke so soon but all clothing has issues. I thought it was awesome that they didn't force me to use it on the same jacket.
February 4, 2015
Awesome first jacket!
I purchased this jacket in white. It fits perfectly! The regular fit is nice, but it is a little bigger than I expected. So when I take out the liner it feels a little loose in the arms, but that's just motivation to hit the gym. I love the jacket! I know I asking for it by getting white, but I wont mind washing off the bugs and dirt it accumulates. The liner makes a big difference in the jackets comfort as well. It's great for night rides in the cooler temperatures, and not too thick for day time rides in the Texas heat. If I get too hot, I just remove the liner, but the jacket feels much better with the liner in it. The inner zipper pocket is a nice spot to keep my phone/wallet, and I can feel better about leaving my keys in my front pockets since they have zippers. The rubber guard on the bottom is a nice touch to protect from scratching up my tank too! I also feel better with the CE approved elbow/shoulder pads. I do have the stryker back pad as well and just removed the one it came with.
October 23, 2014
it does fit smaller then most jackets I've worn. has great protection. keeps me warm on those cooler/cold days
October 10, 2014
excellent quality and great design
This jacket is exactly what I was wanting great fit awesome design and great protection and air flow.
October 6, 2014