Viking Cycle Warrior Jacket Review

I tend not to care too much about how I look riding on my bike, as long as what I wear is comfortable and adds to my safety. That said, riding around on a cruiser wearing a brightly coloured sportsbike jacket does look a bit silly, so having a classically styled leather jacket doesn’t go astray – but only if you don’t have to fork out huge wads of cash for the privilege. That’s where a product like the Viking Cycle Warrior Jacket is perfect.

This jacket is an in-house brand of the online retailer Motorcycle House and at $89 in Australian dollars of $86 for US buyers, it’s a very inexpensive option. And while at this price point it’s obviously not the greatest jacket in existence, it still does what it needs to do while looking decent at the same time.

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Motorcycle House describes the Warrior jacket as a vintage styled jacket that could easily be worn both on and off the bike. That probably depends where you live and who you hang out with thanks to the laces on the side of the jacket which aren’t to my taste, but the the type of cruiser rider who adorns their Harley with tassels probably won’t blink an eye.

Inside the jacket there are a number of pockets that snap shut nice and tightly, and there’s also a removable liner inside which increase warmth in cooler periods but can be discarded during summer. A pair of zippered pockets on the outside of the jacket provide further personal storage space.

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The leather is a bit stiff but given the price point, that’s not surprising. That said, even after a few ride it had started to soften up. It’s no Dainese or Alpinestars when it comes to that quality leather feel, but to get that you’d been needing to spend four times as much. That said the zippers and quality of the stitching all seemed very good and didn’t really show any cheapness at all.

Overall, the Viking Cycle Warrior jacket is actually an impressive piece of kit, especially given the price. In fact you’d struggle to buy a decent second hand leather jacket at this price. Australians can buy it here, Americans here.

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Dainese Announces Stand-Alone Air-Bag Jacket – the Misano 1000

Not long after Alpinestars went to market with their air-bag jacket system that works as a self-contained unit, Dainese has now introduced their version titled the D-air Misano 1000. Like Alpinestars Tech-Air system, the new Misano 1000 leather jacket operates without need of sensor kit fitted to the motorcycle.

The sensors, electronics and the GPS are housed in the back protector. The Dainese patented 3D airbag has an inner micro-filament structure which provides uniform inflation of 5cm over all surfaces to provide maximum protection and comfort. The  construction of the air-bag is unique and differs from all other air-bags used in the automotive industry.

The triggering algorithm utilizes six sensors hosted in the back-protector to monitor the dynamics of the rider’s body 800 times a second and determines when to deploy the system in the event of impacts, high-sides and low-slides with tumbling.

The Misano 1000 air-bag system works together with the back and chest-protectors, safeguarding the riders collar bone, chest and back as well as limiting excessive strain to the neck. The integration of the ON/OFF switch in the jacket closing flap provides an additional safety factor. An LED on the right arm shows the status of the system.

Unlike the Alpinestars system however, it seems that Dainese’s offering isn’t modular whereby the system can be swapped with other compatible jackets that the Tech-Air system can. The jacket will be available in two color schemes from November at the price of €1499. No word yet on availability outside of Europe.

REV'IT Airwave Textile Jacket Review

If you live in a tropical climate, a textile jacket like the REV’IT Airwave Jacket is essential. It’s all too easy to just ditch a jacket in favor of a t-shirt when the temperature is well over 100° every day and the moisture in the air is so thick you can almost drink it. Living in northern Thailand, these are the conditions I live with for over half of the year and given the dangers present on Thai roads, you really don’t want to leave yourself so exposed by not wearing a jacket.  And therefore I’m so happy I found the REV’IT Airwave.

Just by looking at the jacket you can tell that it lets through a tremendous amount of air. Almost the entire front and back of the jacket is one big mesh panel. There’s also mesh on the inside of the sleeves to keep your arms cool too as well as down the sides of the jacket to just below the armpits.  There’s by far and away more mesh on this jacket than not, which is why it’s so good for a hot climate.

And obviously why it’s not good at all for a more moderate climate. When I took this jacket back to the US for a trip home at the start of Fall, it was actually a bit too cold to use.  It’s definitely a Summer/Spring jacket and you’ll obviously need something else during the winter months. Thailand’s winter is the US spring, so, no issue for me.

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And if you’re wondering how it handles a crash, I can (un)fortunately tell you. Quite well is the answer. There’s a bit of false information out there that textile jackets are only good for one accident. No doubt in certain circumstances a textile jacket would probably get shredded in a crash (dependent on speed and road surface), but I’ve come off using this twice (once on the road, once at the track) and it’s held up fine. There’s no holes or tears in the mesh and the stitching on the REV’IT Airwave is top notch. In fact, despite this jacket being at the free Cialis coupon cheaper end of the scale, it really doesn’t skimp on qualify or features. It even includes a zipper at the base of the jacket to attach to a pair of REV’IT pants, like the REV’IT Airwave pants (which we’ll review soon).

The only complaint I can really make about the jacket is the collar.  It’s just too small. Buttoning up the collar, you feel it rubbing against your Adams apple and if you don’t button it up, it flaps around and irritates you in a different way.  But for the airflow you get from this jacket with the protection it still provides, I can live with that.

The REV’IT Airwave Jacket retails for $199 at the Motorcycle Superstore.