Quality, well-appointed 2in1
The Gearhead is something a little different in the market - there's a few armored hoodies popping up here and there (S&S, Fly and now Rev'it) plus waxed cotton jackets (RS Kent for example) but not a combination of the two. The Gearhead takes the features of both and offers very good value for money to boot.
I was initially fishing around for an armored hoody for the hotter months - something I could just throw on and give me some one-and-done protection. I was also interested in the Kent, due to it's lighter weight and style. For a little more than an average armored hoody, the Gearhead gives you the hoody, the waxed jacket, CE elbow and shoulder protection, and the ability to swap between the two. After ringing up Highway 21 directly to get more info, I was advised for my 5'7, 185lb, 42" chest, wide shouldered frame I should get the large, which fits as it should.
Starting with the Hoody, it's very basic in it's styling. YKK zip, good relaxed feel, two hand warmer pockets, thumb cuffs, and a small logo on the seam at the bottom. No garish graphics, just a plain ol' hoody. The good thing about it are the internal pockets that can fit elbows, shoulders and back armor. I've fitted a Fly CE back protector to it and it doesn't bulk up at all.
On the jacket, the finish and materials feels quality and the look is reminiscent of Carthartt. The cotton adds water-resistance (but not waterproof) and it has a mesh inner for some breathability. It features various pockets including a pen pocket on the upper arm and adjustability on the cuffs and sides. And it comes already equipped with CE rated elbow and shoulder armor.
The one thing I wasn't sure about was the normal collar on the jacket, and how it would look with the hoody. Initially I thought it would have been better with a more mandarin-type collar, but after wearing it a few times I think they made the right move, adding to the versatility off the bike. Obviously, without the hoody the jacket fits ever so slightly larger, and though it could be a tiny bit more fitted, it's not obviously oversized.
Together, the jacket and hoody match well. There's no sleeve ties to keep the hoody in place, but it's easy to get in and out of, and the hoody's arm doesn't bunch up when you're retracting your arm. The combination is pretty warm, making it better suited for spring and fall in the city. Lack of perforations and vents don't make this the most breathable bit of kit, but when you wear the jacket or hoody loose you get a fair bit of airflow.
If I had to improve on the Gearhead, it would mainly be aesthetic. The jacket collar doesn't have any support, so folds easily. I would have loved to have seen a bit of leather underneath to stiffen it up. And maybe some reflective trim around the collar edge for additional safety. Leather patches on the elbows would have given it a more vintage look whilst reinforcing the impact zone, and I would have preferred elasticated waist adjustment rather than buttons, which bunch the jacket slightly. I got the all black, however I think a few more hoody colors would have helped. As I mentioned, a more svelte cut around the sides would have given the jacket some shape, but I can understand the more American sizing they went with. And stealing a feature from Rev'it, a button on the upper back of the jacket to secure the hoody would have been a nice touch.
None of the above detract from the Gearhead - it's a very functional 2in1 that has multiple uses, be it a spring/fall long haul, or separately around town. At it's current price point, you're basically getting 2 basic motorcycling pieces with added value, which makes it a very good buy in my book.