Joe Rocket Ballistic 8.0 Jacket
This jacket has been a rock solid performer for me. I have had this jacket for 2 years now and it is still 100% waterproof. Nothing penetrates this thing; not rain, not cold, not flying debris. I have been hit with all of the above and the jacket just works. The weather protection is just wonderful. And it vents well. I love the front venting system especially. Having said that, I would not even consider wearing this jacket in the late Spring/Summer. It'll be too hot.
Sizing to me is true to size; that is to say the 2XL fit me just as I expected it too. A generous american cut, not some skinny euro cut! And there is adequate adjustment capability to taylor the fit to your needs. I really like the armor, too. It's comfortable and hits me in all the right places. It allows you to move freely and you know you have good protection. The pockets might be a litle small, but that is not an issue for me. And I have only had one inside zipper fail. All of the others are still solid.
Overall this jacket has provided tremendous bang for the buck and has exceded my expectations. I wish they made pants to match, but they don't. BUT THEY SHOULD!
January 26, 2013
I bought this as a winter jacket. I live in southern Az. so it doesn't get REAL cold and stay thay way, but, I bought this and Alaska GTX gloves. Both are fantastic. Three days in a row I left my house at 40 degrees or a little less and was reall very surprised how warm I stayed. All 3 trips were in excess of 2 or 3 hours. The only issue I have with these things are sizing issues. They BOTH run small. The only other complaint I have is with the Jacket pockets, they are very small also. Other that those issues, I would definitly recommend these products.
January 1, 2013
Joe Rocket Ballistic 8.0 XL Black
This is a great 3 season jacket . I bought it after trying on a friends ballistic 7.0. I already have 2 summer jackets and I love both of them ( Icon Motorhead jacket and Scorpion Hat Trick). I needed something for colder weather and this jacket fits that bill perfectly. I have not had a chance to wear it in the pouring rain yet but I have no doubt that it will be nice and warm in nasty weather. With the liners in its very warm. I bought an XL so I could fit an electric liner under it if needed. I probably could have bought a L and been just fine but since there are many size adjustment straps on this the XL is fine . I think it is too hot to wear in high summer but for winter , spring and fall this is a top notch jacket and the fit is very comfortable.
June 23, 2012
Really good jacket!
I bought this jacket and i did not believe it would be good in raining situations, then a crazy rain fell over me in the highway but even so not even a drop touched me, it looks great and is very comfortable, i recommend it!
June 18, 2012
What a wonderful Jacket
My size 4X Jacket arrived today. A perfect fit. Plenty of room with adjustable velcro straps. My fleece jacket will fit under it for those freezing days but doubt if it will be needed. I don't like to be cold but love riding in the cold weather. It looks like only the finest materials were used in the manufacture of this jacket. Just remember that the sizes run on the large side but the adjustability of the straps compensate if it is too large.
I just love it.
February 6, 2012
Exceptional fall/winter comfort
I bought this jacket as an alternative to wearing a heavier leather jacket and a rainsuit when commuting (4-5 city miles) on rainy fall and winter days. I tried it out on a cool 45 degree afternoon with just a T-shirt on underneath. In around town riding I was quite comfortable-no chill. I've ridden in the rain a few times now and have been totally dry, although I haven't been riding in any real downpours yet. Fit is hugely adjustable due to the waist cinch straps, but just as with my othe Joe Rocket jackets, I ordered one size larger than with most other brands. The cut isn't quite as fitted as with my other waist-length jackets, but I bought this for the winter months anyhow. Still, for a slightly longer cut, it doesn't look dorky, like some longer cut coats can look (IMHO). So I have a good looking, strong performing, bad weather jacket to carry me through the colder months, AND I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg for it--WOO HOO!
November 21, 2011
Wore this for the first time on a ride from Salt Lake to Colorado. Went through snow, rain, and very high winds. I was never cold or wet once. When the rain cleared, I pulled out the liner and remained nice and cool. Great jacket and highly recommended.
May 30, 2011
Plenty of pockets, large pocket in rear comes in handy, great adjustments for arms and wrist to adjust fit and adjust airflow. With the inner lining zipped in this jacket keeps me warm at 70mph in 30 degree weather with a couple of light layers underneath. Leaving liner in works into the low 70's as airflow can be adjusted to keep you comfortable. Haven't had a chance to ride in hot weather yet since but I'm guessing without the liner this jacket will be good into the mid 80's before getting too hot. High quality zippers and absolutely no problems with the quality of anything on this jacket. Armor is light and comfortable. Collar is snap and not adjustable but I find it comfortable snapped or unsnapped so not a concern. I'm 6'4" 240lbs and the 2xl tall provides plenty of room and length for my long arms. I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
February 16, 2011