I tapped my buddy Dave to model the jacket for the pics. He's a real person,
not some GQ cover boy so you get an idea of how the jacket might actually look on
a normal rider.
I've wanted a new leather jacket but spending a lot of money on one is hard to justify when you live somewhere with weather that makes it usable only perhaps four months out of the year.
The Warrior jacket is an economy motorcycle jacket priced at an amazingly low price of $99. A premium leather jacket like one from Schott or Vanson will dent your wallet for something past $600 so I was curious and a little dubious that VikingCycle could offer anything worth wearing for such a low price. As you might expect, a $99 jacket isn't going to be equal to the very best stuff out there but if you're on a tight budget and want leather it is a way to get a piece of cow wrapped around you for very little money.
|Fitment for a man.|
The jacket is vented front and back with zippered slash vents and they work well. My old jacket had zero vents and with our variable weather here I missed being able to get a little airflow through the thing without unzipping it half way. Wearing the Warrior I've ridden in temps from 48° to 75° and opening the vents kept the jacket comfortable at the higher temp.
Zippers are all the standard YKK brand and seem sturdy and appropriately sized to the duty. I like the traditional look of the jacket, there is no armor in the modern sense, just padded panels at the elbows, shoulders, and kidney area just like my old jacket. Fitment around the waist is good and uses the traditional leather side laces, something that allows the jack to be well fitted around the middle, much more so than merely having snaps or Velcro adjustment straps.
There are two snapped inside chest pockets for whatever suits you, cell phone, wallet, etc. The zippered side pockets are there but not as deep as I'd like. My Motorola Maxx smartphone in it's protective case barely fits into the side pocket.
The jacket has a "quilted" zip-out liner but it's not worthy of the name. It's little more than a two pieces of cloth diamond stitched together as an inner vest. It provides no extra warmth whatever and I finally took it out entirely and relied on the leather and my sweatshirt for warmth. All that is sort of a round about way of saying this is a cool weather leather jacket but not a cold weather leather jacket, at least for us Arizona types.
|I tried to get Kate Upton and her bikini to model but could only afford Dave and his Road King.|