“Accept that you will crash and outfit yourself accordingly.” -Icon Limiter #4. That quote from Icon literature for Stryker field armor can be paraphrased for the Icon Overlord Prime jacket: “Accept that you will crash and look really good doing it.”Icon’s Overlord Prime leather jacket fits like a very tough second skin, with double armor at key points. It is the perfect complement to Icon’s Alliance Gloss helmet, Twenty-niner gloves and Barrier riding pants.
The Overlord Prime has gathered stretch panels, but not around the torso. If your local Icon retailer doesn’t stock it so you can try it on, you might consider an XL or even XXL size if you usually wear a men’s large and tend to need a relaxed fit shirt size around the midsection. Zipping out the nylon/polyester wind-stopping insulated vest liner provides a little more room, if necessary, though that isn’t a great plan when temperatures drop.The 1.2-1.4 mm premium grade leather stock from Brazil is perforated in the side panels, mid-back, upper arms and chest. Removable internal CE armor is fitted at the elbows and shoulders and a dual-density foam pad at the back; each is overlaid with permanent external hard injection-molded plastic armor.The double armor works well, in terms of staying in place and freedom of movement. I haven’t crashed in it, so I can only rely on CE certification to verify protective capabilities. Icon offers the Overlord Prime-compatible aforementioned Striker CE Back Protector for those desiring extra armor.Gathered stretch panels at the back of the shoulders and above the elbows work with spandex panels from the armpit to below the elbows to allow full range of motion. Closures are a combination of metal snaps and heavy-duty YKK zippers, including the interior chest pocket, sleeve openings, and exterior slash pockets.Icon’s Overlord Prime jacket is available in six colors.Without any doubt, the Icon Overlord Prime jacket is premium apparel designed for the sometime rough-and-tumble world of street motorcycling.Icon Overlord Prime Jacket: Price: $460 (S to XXL); $525 (XXXL) Colors: Black, Stealth, White, Red, Blue, Orange (S to XXL); XXXL only available in Stealth or BlackFor additional information, log onto Icon’s website.Photography by Jacci Shauger
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