Spidi Warrior Net Jacket Test
One of the premium Italian apparel brands, Spidi was founded in 1977 as a race gloves manufacturer. It has branched out considerably since then and now offers an enormous range of sport, urban, and adventure motorcycle garments. Such is Spidi’s premium quality, the factory was sourced by Honda to produce its excellent line of Honda branded clothing for the new Africa Twin.
With California’s sometimes oppressive heat where a mesh jacket is very welcomed, the Spidi Warrior Net offers the level of ventilation I need, while still affording a surprising amount of protection.
The 3D high abrasion resistant mesh in the front and rear panels, and inner arm sections, is of the tight-knit type that maintains its shape over time without going baggy. The fabric sections around the shoulders, jacket sides, and outside arms are dual-layer laminated, and yet very lightweight.
Stretch panels on the arms below the shoulders allow free movement, which is useful on sport machines that need a bit of reaching for the bars. There are reflective details on the jacket for night riding, and the neon yellow accents on my jacket have a safety element to them as well as adding to the styling.
I managed to spill coffee down the white front of the jacket, and that does not look good. So I tossed it in the washer, and using a gentle cycle cold wash, one pod of Tide, and hanging it to dry naturally, the jacket looked like new again.
The Warrior Net does not come with a back protector, although the lining has front and rear pockets and snaps designed to take any of the Spidi range of protection. Needless to say I’d especially recommend the back protector. However, otherwise the Warrior Net’s body armor is good, with internal Forcetech protectors (level 1 certified) inside the arms, and external Warrior shields on the shoulders that offer excellent impact protection for those areas.
Spidi has always managed to cut its apparel very well and the slim fit of the Warrior Net jacket is typical of Spidi’s grasp of tailoring garments well, and even though I say it myself, the Warrior jacket looks pretty good when worn. I did find the sizing was a little generous so be careful when purchasing; however, once I’d identified the correct size, the garment fit me perfectly.
A high collar with snap close prevents bugs entering the front of the jacket, and the collar is padded and lined with soft fabric so it doesn’t chafe at all, especially around the back of the neck which I have suffered from with other jackets. Snaps also at the wrists help tighten them a little if needed, although the amount of adjustment is fairly minimal. Velcro-style adjusters also allow the waistband to be tightened a little as needed.
The Wind Out removable membrane liner is so thin it wraps up nice and tight and can be carried in the mesh pocket around the inside of the waistband. Although it won’t keep truly keep you warm, it is useful in our climate where at certain times of the year temperatures up in the mountains can drop significantly enough to turn a hot day into a chilly one.
There are two inside pockets, and two outside pockets, and they hold the usual keys, cellphone and credit cards well enough, although the slim fit of the jacket tends to minimize what you can carry in practical terms.
The zippers on the outside pockets are set higher on the jacket sides than most other jackets I’ve used, and having found to my dismay (luckily without losing anything) that I had inadvertently left the pockets half open, I now focus on making sure they’re fully zipped up before riding so that I don’t lose anything.
The main zippers on the Spidi Warrior Net are black nylon and relatively fine-toothed, again helping the looks of the jacket; I’m not sure if they would be as durable as the heavier metal-type zippers, but I haven’t had any problem so far. Oddly there is no zipper link around the waistband to attach any of the excellent Spidi range of pants. I found it a little irritating as I prefer to zip the two pieces together when riding and prevent the jacket riding up over the waistband. There is however a clip that will attach to a loop on casual pants.
Overall I am very impressed with the quality, fit, and styling of the Warrior Net jacket. I have received many compliments wearing it, and it feels supremely comfortable no matter how hot the weather. Based on current experience it’s going to be nice and durable too. Highly recommended!
- Sizes: S-3XL
- Colors: Black/White; Black/Red; Black/Gray; Yellow Fluo
- Spidi Warrior Net Jacket Price: $299.90
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