Monday, February 6

Icon Compound Jacket Review

Available in two varietals, the new Icon Compound Jacket is one of the absolute home runs in the Icon Spring 2012 Gear lineup. Hybrids by design, these Motorcycle Jackets combine the abrasion resistance of leather with the comfort of textile (or mesh in the case of the Icon Compound Mesh Jacket) to afford the sport rider a great deal of protection without any discomfort. Available in an array of bold color accent options both on the mesh and textile versions, there is no question that this is going to be this season's favorite jacket for the street and stunt rider.

Icon Compound Jacket Review:



The Icon Compound Jacket is a hybrid leather-textile jacket built with the sport rider in mind who needs ample protection, light weight and uninhibited mobility. You'll find high-tenacity textile fabrics used in most areas of this jacket with brawny 1.2-1.4mm cowhide leather utilized in all impact areas. There is CE rated Icon field armor in the shoulders and elbows with a dual-density foam back pad that can be upgraded to the Stryker CE protector. The injection-molded external plastic back plate provides an addition degree of protection. There are fighter mesh inserts for airflow on hot days, but also a removable full-sleeved thermal liner for cooler days. Adjustability at the waist and wrists for fit, strategic stretch paneling for mobility and the
Icon Sport fit round out the feature set.

Much the same as the regular Compound, the Icon Compound Mesh Jacket uses an array of materials in its construction. 1.2-1.4mm premium cowhide, fighter mesh, and abrasion-resistant textile compose the shell, with the emphasis being on the large fighter mesh panels for extreme hot weather airflow. The same kit of armor can be found, including the upgradeable backpad and the external injection-molded plastic bit. There is also a removable thermal vest liner. Ultimately, the decision between these jackets boils down to the temperature range in which you do the majority of your riding. If you're primarily a hot weather rider, go with the Compound Mesh. If you like the versatility of cool weather riding, go with the standard Compound.
Either way, you can't go wrong for the price.

Icon Compound Mesh Jacket Review:



Check out the full Icon Spring 2012 Gear lineup out as there are a lot of winners in there beyond the Compound line of gear.

-RetroZilla

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