Joe Rocket Hyperdrive Jacket Test

Joe Rocket Hyperdrive Jacket Review
Joe Rocket Hyperdrive in action on Kawasaki Z800

Joe Rocket’s new Hyperdrive jacket is made in Vietnam and, like much of the motorcycle apparel being produced there by many companies, is a high quality piece of gear. Given the mid-range price of $369.99, I was pleased at both the overall look and the detail work that has gone into the construction.

The Joe Rocket Hyperdrive jacket is built from 100-percent top grain natural cowhide. The leather’s 1.1 to 1.3mm thickness feels heavy and rich when removed from the packaging. The Hyperdrive is all black and available in either solid or perforated. The finish is a soft, dusty matte shade and texture and has an excellent feel. It is medium-weight and attention to detail and the quality of construction is excellent. All seams and sections are straight, with perfect alignment, and the stitching is flawless.

Joe Rocket Hyperdrive Jacket ColorsThe fit is correct to size, and it’s built with a 6-point Sure Fit adjustment system. Each zippered-cuff sleeve (with hook and look tab adjuster) has two ADV-Style snap-adjustable cinches at the bicep and forearm and the waist adjusts as well. There is an 8 inch zipper in the lower back area to join the jacket to trousers plus four snap belt loops if you want to attach the jacket to your belt.

The lining of the Joe Rocket Hyperdrive jacket is typical perforated polyester mesh and the inner chassis appears to be a light denier Cordura, or its equivalent. The area surrounding the neck is lined with a soft, foam-backed knit material to reduce chaffing in that area.

Rounding out the inside is one zippered inner breast pocket, a sleeveless zip-out liner and a removable spine pad in a tailored pocket that, according to Joe Rocket, is upgradeable to a CE spine protector. CE approved armor is standard in the injection molded, carbon fiber inlaid shoulders and the elbows.

Externally, there are two zippered hand-warmer pockets as well as two zippered chest vents and one 8 inch zippered vent across the back. On both sides, above the waist, are three tiny, screen lined exhaust vents. “Rocket” is tastefully embroidered on the forearms and back and there is reflective black piping sewn in places throughout the front and back.

The Hyperdrive is a fine piece of apparel and an excellent value at its price point.

The Joe Rocket Hyperdrive jacket has an MSRP of $369.99; for additional information, visit Joe Rocket.

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