Joe Rocket Speedway Jacket TestJoe Rocket covers the entire range of motorcycle-riding gear. Sometimes that entails sophisticated products with a myriad of slick features, vivid graphics and multi-material construction. Not so with the Speedway leather jacket.
JR’s Speedway is a straightforward, classic-style jacket with a design focused on durability and function for the everyday rider. Except for the option of black, ivory or red leather striping down the sleeves, the jacket would be downright understated.Constructed of 1.2mm drum-dyed cowhide, and tailored with a relaxed fit, the Speedway allows complete range of motion. Anyone doubting the quality and grade of the leather need only heft the jacket — it has a beefy weight to it. The leather is pliable, but feels tough and has a matte finish. The seams are double stitched in the stress areasThe interior side of the leather has a micro-fiber liner. The Speedway also arrives with a quilted, insulated polyester zip-out full-sleeve comfort liner that provides warmth on cold days. For warm- to hot-riding weather, taking out the insulated liner and opening the YKK zipper-closeable sleeve vents at the biceps works well in conjunction with the underarm air vents. But the lower torso and back portion could use some vents,With the insulated lining zipped in and vents closed, the jacket works particularly well in cold weather. I am able to attest to this sentiment after wearing it here during Wisconsin’s February sub-freezing temps.All the zippers are YKK, and the main zipper is a heavy duty item like others I have had that last for years. A lined, low mandarin collar does not interfere with the movement of a full face helmet. The jacket does not include impact protectors, and no interior pockets are provided to add protection at shoulders, elbows or back. There are twin snap straps at the back to allow the jacket to attach to riding pants.There is a four-point fit adjustment system that includes zippers and snap closures on the sleeves, and dual-position snaps at the waist. Zipper closure equipped slash exterior pockets and a zippered chest interior pocket are provided. Reflective piping across the upper back increases visibility to other drivers after dark.With an MSRP of $299.99 – $312.99, the Joe Rocket Speedway is in the ballpark of competing jacket prices. For additional information, visit Joe Rocket.
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