Power Trip Powerglide Leather Jacket
Decent jacket, nothing really wrong with it, but nothing really great about it either
-Fit: fits well; not as tight as a track jacket, but plenty snug for the cruiser crowd
-Appearance: looks very good; people don't even realize I'm wearing a motorcycle jacket
-Ventilation: has a decent amount of zippered vents (6 in all!)
-Protection: there are pockets for elbow, shoulder and back armor
-Modularity: zip-out thermal liner; jacket is roomy enough to wear several layers of fleece, or your own thermal liner of choice, underneath it to really survive colder temperatures
-Materials: decently thick leather, good zippers, heavy duty snaps
-Fit: the collar uncomfortably presses into my Adam's apple at times
-Ventilation: N/A (haven't used it in the summer yet)
-Protection: no armor is included, and upgrading adds another $100 to an already overpriced (for these features and this quality) jacket
-Modularity: the thermal liner is only a vest, and pretty skimpy on the insulation
-Materials: the leather is some of the noisiest leather I've ever seen (or heard), even after 1 month of wearing it every day, it sounds like a rubber coat. Also, like another reviewer mentioned, the leather, while of comparable thickness to other riding jackets, doesn't appear to have the same strength or toughness as other riding jackets... it feels more supple and soft. This is all subjective, but while you may be getting as much protection as you *need* with this leather, I don't think you're getting as much protection as you *could get* for the same $$$. As an example, the leather in both my Joe Rocket pro street pants, and my friend's Alpinestars jacket feels stiffer and tougher than this.
The reason I would not recommend this jacket is because I don't believe it's a good value. If you're starting out (like I was) and want an affordable do-it-all leather jacket with both zippered vents and a thermal liner, I'd look at what other brands have at the $200 price point because you can pay about $100 less than the (unarmored) price of this and you can get shoulder, elbow, and back armor all included. Granted, I could have picked up cheaper armor than what I did (although it was hard to find back armor that would have fit well for cheaper), but when you count in the $100 extra that I personally spent on armor, you realize that when I was shopping jackets, at least, I should have been comparing this with other jackets in the $400 price point, not in the $200 price point. When you do that, the Power Glide comes up short. YMMV, but I think even without the armor, it's already about $100 too expensive.
FWIW, I use Alpinestars bio armor for the elbows and shoulders, and a Forcefield Sport Lite back protector in this jacket.
December 3, 2012
I purchased and returned 4 different jackets for various reasons like fit and quality before trying this one. I followed The fit chart and fitment instructions from Revzilla and I got the correct size. The jacket is made very well and the leather is excellent quality. All the features really make a difference over other jackets. The adjustable waiste, arm vents, double snaps on the neck, sleave snaps, ... etc. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this jacket.
October 20, 2011
this is a great jacket, however it is made of a "soft" leather, not the typical leather of a a motorcycle jacket. It is still a thick, quality leather, I just don't know how much protection it will give if the "the leather meets the road".
The jacket sizing is huge. I am a very big guy so I ordered a very big size and even checked the sizing chart compared to my measurments but should have order 1 size smaller. But I do have room for a couple of layers underneath which will be good for winter.
All in all it is a great jacket that I would highly recomend, especially for us "Hard To Fit" guys.
January 3, 2011