Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 Jacket Review | For Sport and Touring, Rain and ShineWith waterproofing for riding in inclement weather, yet a nice lightweight feel with extensive venting for summer, plus a full-sleeve liner for cooler temperatures, the Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 motorcycle jacket works in all sorts of conditions. Additionally, the styling and function makes it appropriate for anything from touring to sport riding.Predictably it works quite well as a sport bike jacket, though the waterproof function of the Rock Tex outer shell is generally wasted—I don’t go sport riding in the rain. Still, the light feel of the jacket, along with stretch panels on the back behind your shoulders, makes it easy to move around on the bike.
Contouring the fit is a simple job. There are three widely spaced buttons on the forearms, so changing the position makes a real difference. The same goes for the Atomic 5.0’s two side belts at the waist—there’s a broad range of adjustment, and the hook-and-loop adjusters mean that you can get it just right without much effort, even with your gloves on.If your ride is on an unpredictable day, don’t worry. I just put the jacket on in the colder mornings with the liner in, and go out for my ride. As it warms up, I unzip the chest zipper in the liner, open the long exterior chest vents and bicep vents, along with the generous exhaust vents. The liner is still there, but lots of air is flowing through the jacket.The liner installs and removes easily, with the main portion zipped in and a single color-coded button loop for each wrist. Conveniently, Joe Rocket includes a nice-sized pocket on the lower back of the jacket. However, if you want to stuff your liner into it, you’ll have to vigilantly roll it as tightly and carefully as a sleeping bag to get it to fit—it’s not easy, and it would have been nice if Joe Rocket had made the pocket a couple of inches taller.On warmer days, leave the liner at home. With everything closed up, the jacket does a good job of keeping the ambient air out. As temperatures rise, unzip all the vents and the Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 jacket is the closest thing you’re going to get to a mesh jacket without going that route.
- Sizes: S-3XL; 4XL-5X and Tall sizes, Black/Black only
- Colors: Black/Red, Black/Blue, Black/Grey, Black/Hi-Viz, Black/Orange, Black/Black
- Joe Rocket Atomic 5.0 Jacket Price: $170 MSRP