Friday, December 3

Shift Octane Leather Jacket Video Review

The Shift Octane Leather Jacket is one of the most popular sport and street track-legal offerings from Shift Racing. It competes only with the Shift Vertex Leather Jacket in terms of features and functionality in their lineup. Available in a matte black finish only, it is the perfect jacket for tearing through the streets, hanging out at bike night, or adding a CE back protector, pairing up with track pants, and hitting the circuit. However you choose to utilize this jacket, you will be protected and stylish burning it up on your sportbike.

Check out our Shift Octane Leather Jacket Review:

Utilizing Shift's proprietary CE rated armor in the shoulders and elbows, and premium grain 1.2-1.4mm leather, the Octane provides the highest level of protection from impact and abrasion. Included with the jacket is a 10mm foam back pad, that can be upgraded to a CE rated protector for added armor. There are also external foam injections along the back and dual layer leather in impact areas for added protection. The ventilation scheme is solid in the Octane with perforated leather at the top of the chest, thermoplastic rubber protected leather punctuation in the mid-torso, zippered shoulder intake vents with perforation at the top of the back and zippered exhaust vents at the mid-back. There are also Kormax stretch Aramid panels along the insides of each arm. These will flow a bit of air at speed but function mainly to facilitate an array of arm sizes. Another nice feature is the removable full-sleeve thermal liner that can be used on colder rides.

Comfort is a standout feature of the Octane as well. Beyond the Kormax stretch on the inner arms, there are accordion stretch panels on the backs of the elbows and panels at the backs of the shoulders that wrap under the arms. This is extremely helpful for riding in the aggressive attack position to allow for unrestricted ergonomic movement. There are also vented Airprene inserts in the collar to keep your neck cool and comfortable. There is also a ballistic nylon panel inserted at the front waist of the jacket that easily folds over in the tuck for comfort. All the zipper pulls are ergonomic for easy use with gloves on, and the wrist zips are auto-locking meaning that when they are folded down there is simply no way to open up the cuff. Subtle reflective piping will keep you visible during nighttime rides.

Another great leather option in the Shift lineup, the Octane is comfortable, versatile, protective, and stylish as hell. To see more, visit our Leather Motorcycle Jackets page at


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