Scorpion Hat Trick Jacket
Great Value for 3 Seasons
I got my Hat Trick 1 Jacket on closeout in Black. I am 5'11" and 140 lbs and got a Medium, and I think it fits fine. The only thing with fitment that I don't like is how there is no zipper on the bottom of the jacket, so when I sit down it pushes up (not a major deal) and the front neck area seems to be to high up/ close to my Adam's Apple (when I sit down sometimes) that can get irritating, even though there is a little comfort thing at the neck. I'm not sure about the armor and how good the Sastech stuff is, but it feels protective, although it does move around a little bit (but not enough that it wouldn't protect you in a crash). I definitely recommend upgrading the back armor, I went with the knox tp2 back protector ($30).
I do absolutely love this jacket though, because it is comfy and how often I can wear it. It usually takes me 5 minutes or less to remove/replace the liners, which isn't bad. I like the locking zippers on the sleeve, it's just a nice feature. Definitely great bang for your buck and if you're looking for a first jacket and can find this in your size, this is a good choice. The Hat Trick 2 is similar, and I assume it will be the same, if not better.
December 3, 2013
Great multi-season jacket
I've had this jacket for a couple of months now and I am really quite happy with the purchase. I'm not a tall guy, so the sizing was concerning but I got some great advice from Revzilla CS and they were dead on.
I haven't had a chance to use it in really warm weather yet, so I can't really comment on the upper-range of temperature comfort. That being said, I've been out in 40F weather with only the insulated liner installed and wearing a mid-weight baselayer I was really pretty cozy. With the waterproof liner in I'm sure I could get close to freezing temps and be reasonably comfortable.
October 28, 2013
Fitment is fairly standard (medium fits my 5'11" 170lb build perfectly) and build seems quite durable, aside from a loose seam in the inside pocket which was easily fixed by someone who actually knows how to sew. Other than that, it's a well made jacket.
Can't speak from experience, but it seems to be quite protective for a textile/mesh jacket. All of the important parts have are covered w/ thick textile, and the armor at elbows & shoulders seems pretty stout. The back insert is rather flimsy, but can be easily replace.
Airflow is surprisingly decent; I've ridden with this in East Tennessee summer heat (temps nearing 100°) and was fairly cool while moving. sitting at a red light, on the other hand, was not so pleasant. can't blame that on the jacket, though. Some other nice features include separate zippered breast pockets on the waterproof liner. They're made of the same waterproof material, which means they'd likely help protect the stuff you'd rather keep dry. There's also a strap/button on the back to attach to a belt loop, as so to prevent flashing your crack while in the tuck.
Revzilla bills it as a "true 4 seasons jacket" and they very well could be right, depending on how mild your winters are. I can ride comfortably at temps down to the 50's with a long sleeve shirt and just the waterproof liner zipped in, and easily down into the 30's with the separate thermal liner in as well.
Overall, I really like this jacket and recommend you get it. or not, your choice.
October 22, 2013
Just What I Wanted/Expected
As a new rider, I "geared up" prior to purchasing my bike. Now that I have my bike and am riding, I have plenty to concentrate on, but thankfully my body isn't high on that list.
This jacket fits as expected after watching the video to determine my size. It is still hot in TX so I have worn without either liner in, and the airflow is great. I have tried on both liners though, and they fit well also. In TX this will be a "Year Round" jacket.
I am able to move, and ride comfortably with this jacket, and carry items like my wallet and phone in the internal pockets. As cooler weather approaches I'll start to add in the liners.
I got a great deal at RevZilla and love this jacket. It's also a good match with my Honda Shadow Phantom. And as a vegetarian and animal lover, I'm glad it's a textile jacket.
October 15, 2013
A great jacket for various conditions of riding
This is the first motorcycle jacket I've bought and it excels at what ever I need it for. On hot days without either liner in I can barely tell I'm wearing the thing. The air flow through the mesh keeps me cool even on long rides. When the evening comes around I pull the thermal and wind proof liner which have been compressed into a small packet in my bag and snap/zip them in. With that done my torso cant even feel the bite of the cold wind while riding. My only qualms with the jacket is how long it takes to take the liners out or put them in, and that if I wear a longer shirt than the jacket and forget to tuck it in, My shirt will catch the wind and open up the seal of the jacket around my waist and let cold air in even with both liners in.
One thing that is kind of an issue but easily solvable is that I have not come across a situation where I would have the wind proof liner that wouldn't also merit wearing the thermal liner. So rather than using them as two individual liners I just use them as one.
Over all great Jacket, I'm glad I bought it.
September 9, 2013
Great Beginner Jacket
The Medium fits great on my 39 Chest. Height is 5'6" 150lbs. Styling is subtle and has great reflective panels front and back. I also got the Sas-Tec SC-1/12 Back protector which I will replace the foam back pad with (needs a little bit of trimming though).
September 4, 2013
Quality summer coat, good value
If you are looking for a versatile summer jacket the Hat Trick is a good choice. Great airflow, and good warmth with the liners installed. Protection is decent for a summer jacket, and fit is great for larger sized guys. Good value too.
August 26, 2013
I got this jacket during the latest heatwave here in Switzerland. The outer shell provides all the airflow one needs to stay as cool as possible, given warm temps (30+C). As if I was not wearing a jacket at all. The comfort is good and the styling gets me complements all the time.
I only rated it "good" for comfort because of two things: the collar will tend to ride up in front and scratch my chin, largely due to the overall length of the jacket in the front. Since it does not have a two-way zipper, I cannot flare the jacket at the waist, which tends to make it bunch up in front (I ride a custom cruiser, so the seating position is pretty much vertical with the knees up a bit). Not really a problem in summer, when I leave it unzipped a bit at the neck.
Just ran it though a torrential rain for about 30 minutes yesterday, with just the rain/wind layer underneath: so rain/wind, plus the outer protection. Worked beautifully! The outer jacket was soaked, but the rain/wind layer did not even get wet. How's that?!! We were riding in 10C temps and stinging rain and I was warm and as comfortable as I have been on a clear warm day. Unbelievable!
I have yet to wear the warmest inner layer, but I expect it will take me full into Fall and early Winter weather.
Again, I get complements on the style all the time. I am 6'3", slim, but 210lbs. I have the XXL Tall, and the fit is nice. I still have a bit more room, should I want to add another base layer of wind or warmth protection.
Very good buy!
August 26, 2013