Wednesday, November 24

Shift Vertex Jacket Review

Relatively new on our radar at, it hasn't taken long for Shift Racing to seriously impress us with their street and race gear. The top of their racing lineup, the Shift Vertex Leather Jacket, maintains their attention to style details combined with technologies that provide serious motorcycle protection. The Vertex is essentially the top half of a two-piece race suit, built in the same style as the Shift Vertex Race Suit, a one-piece track suit. The Vertex Jacket also pairs up well with the track-ready Shift Vertex Gloves, full gauntlet race-legal gloves.

Here is our Shift Vertex Jacket Review:

The Shift Vertex Jacket features premium 1.2-1.4mm perforated and non-perforated cowhide leather for abrasion-resistance and airflow. There is CE rated shoulder and elbow protection that can be removed if you so desire, and a foam back pad that can be upgraded to CE Rated protection for serious track and street riding. The aerodynamic back hump features intake ventilation and exhaust ventilation to keep the air flowing when in the tuck position and also assists with stability and added protection. Along the inside of the arms, there is KorMax stretch Aramid paneling that allows for stretch and flexibility, and also flows air. At the backs of the elbows and shoulders, Shift utilized leather accordion stretch paneling to maintain comfort in aggressive riding conditions.

In addition all the perforation discussed previously, there are also two air scoops at the shoulder that will help channel air through the jacket. Every seam on the Vertex is safety stitched, meaning there is no fear that the seams will come apart in a slide situation. There is also temperfoam padding in strategic impact areas to further the armor. The cuffs feature AutoLock zippers that can not be opened when in the closed position, which is a safety and convenience feature. The collar features vented airprene comfort inserts which hug snugly to the neck and are extremely comfortable. For cold weather versatility, the Vertex has a completely removable and washable quilted thermal vest liner. And for track functionality, there is a 360ยบ pants-connection zipper and a short zip and jeans loop for convenience.

We're extremely excited to have the Shift line as part of our offering at RevZilla and with each new piece of gear we see of theirs, we have been steadily impressed. Check out similar jackets in our Leather Motorcycle Jackets section.


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