Tuesday, January 11

Teknic Violator Leather Jacket Review

Loaded with technical features and boasting a ton of Teknic's proprietary innovations, the Teknic Violator Leather Jacket is an excellent aggressive sport and track riding option. The Violator is loaded with perforation for maximum cooling and features all of the advanced protective elements that a serious trackday rider needs. Also, one of the biggest features of this jacket, it comes standard with a Knox TP2 CE Back Protector. Generally a necessary post-purchase upgrade, the Knox comes stock with the Violator, so you can hit the track the day you buy this jacket.

Let's get in to some of the features of the Violator. Starting with the shell, the Violator is a premium 1.2-1.4mm Brazilian Cowhide construction. On the inside of each arms is 500D Stretch Cordura fabric which provides comfort, flows air, and allows accommodation for a range of arm sizes; Teknic calls this the Full Motion Arm System. In the shoulders and elbows, dual layer leather is used for abrasion resistance. The entirety of the Violator uses the TASC system, Teknic Advanced Seam Construction. This system is multiple rows of safety stitching and provides the maximum resistance to tearing and abrasion in any sort of get-off scenario. Moving on to the armor, as I mentioned, the Violator comes with the Knox protector in the back. It also features the Teknic CE Rated Airblade System in the shoulders, a replaceable hard part that is backed by shock-absorbing foam. In the elbows, CE rated Knox armor is used, and the chest has pockets for CE chest protection. Finally, closed cell foam injections can be found in critical areas of the jacket.

The Violator features an aerodynamic speed hump that is ventilated for airflow and will also protect in a crash. Strategic accordion stretch panels allow for ergonomic movement, working in conjunction with the race precurved fit. The Violator is fully perforated to flow maximum air on days when the tarmac is baking, but also comes with a removable Fiberfill quilted thermal vest liner to stretch the seasonality into the cooler temperatures. There is a 360ยบ zip to connect with track pants, a short zip and a belt loop if you're just riding on the street. The Violator utilizes YKK zippers throughout and features a moisture-wicking neoprene comfort collar. Finally, the mesh liner of the Violator is 3M Scotchgard treated and has moisture-wicking, antibacterial and non-allergenic properties.

The Teknic Violator Leather Jacket is another standout from the 2011 Teknic lineup, as it will easily go toe-to-toe with any similarly-priced leather jacket in terms of features and functionality. To see similar products, visit our Leather Motorcycle Jackets section.



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