Monday, November 22

Icon Overlord Leather & Icon Overlord Textile Jacket Reviews

Brand new for Fall 2010, Icon has released the Overlord series of gear for the aggressive street and sportbike rider. To complement the Icon Overlord Gloves, there is the the Icon Overlord Leather Jacket and the Icon Overlord Textile Jacket. Both jackets feature Icon's brand new Attack Fit, which is an aggressive pre-curving for intense street riding. The leather version utilizes the most premium grade materials that Icon has used to date and the same can be said for the textile counterpart. The textile is built using the same pattern design and engineering principles as the leather, but the materials used offer a significantly lower price point.

Check out our Icon Overlord Leather Jacket Video Review:



The Icon Overlord Leather Jacket is built with Icon's premium Brazilian cowhide to form a 1.2-1.4mm high-grade leather chassis and designed to perform in multiple seasons out of the year. The leather is a blend of perforated and non-perforated for optimal airflow with tightly-woven mesh panels at the front of each shoulder. There is an additional mesh exhaust panel at the back of the neck with perforated leather in the mid-back to keep the air flowing. To extend the seasonality, there is a removable quilted vest liner to maintain insulation in the colder temperature ranges. Utilizing Icon's new Attack Fit, the Overlord is designed to be in the 3/4 or tucked position. To work in conjunction with the pre-curving, there are elasticated stretch panels at the backs of the elbows and backs of shoulders for ease of motion, in addition to stretch panels down the inner arms for airflow and a comfortable fit.

The Overlord Leather uses Icon's proprietary CE rated field armor in the shoulders and elbows and a dual-density foam back pad. This back protection can be upgraded to the Icon Stryker CE Back Protector to further your armor. Icon's attention to detail can be seen with subtle touches like the YKK Autolocking zippers at the wrist cuffs. When these are placed in the open position, the cuffs easily slide open, but when in the locked position, there is absolutely no way to open the cuffs, meaning they'll never fly open from the rushing wind. There is also a full 360ยบ zip to connect this jacket to a pair of motorcycle pants. A great choice for the aggressive sportbike rider with an eye for style, the Icon Overlord Leather Jacket is sure to please the Icon loyalists.


Next is our Icon Overlord Textile Jacket Review:



Utilizing the same R+D and engineering as the leather counterpart, the Icon Overlord Textile Jacket is a water-resistant multi-season sportbike jacket that will keep the air flowing in the warm weather and keep you warm when the temperatures dip in the early Spring and late Fall. Built on the foundation of a durable nylon chassis, the Overlord Textile has ballistic fighter mesh panels in strategic areas, front intake vents with complementary exhausts in the back. There is stretch paneling on the inside of each arm that will help with airflow but also provide a comfortable and expandable fit. Both the backs of the elbows and backs of the shoulders feature elasticated stretch paneling that work to maintain the comfort of the jacket in the attack position.

Icon's CE Rated Field Armor is in the shoulders and the elbows, and the dual-density foam back pad can be upgraded to the Stryker CE Protector. The removable thermal vest liner helps when the temperatures are slightly cooler at the edges of the season. Coming in at $200 less than the leather version of this jacket, the Icon Overlord Textile Jacket is available in six colors and is a definite match for the urban sportbike rider.

Don't miss the full line of Fall 2010 Icon Gear. Also, check out our full run of leather motorcycle jackets and textile motorcycle jackets at RevZilla.com.

-RetroZilla

Related:
Icon Overlord Long and Short Gloves Review
Fall 2010 Icon Motorcycle Jacket Guide
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