|Item Weight||4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||1 x 1 x 1 inches|
|Item model number||851-4004|
|Manufacturer Part Number||851-4004|
|Vehicle Service Type||street-sport-motorcycles|
Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 Men's Mesh Motorcycle Riding Jacket (Black/Black, Large)
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- FreeAir poly/mesh shell reinforced with RockTex at the shoulders, elbows, and ribs for added protection, C.E. approved armor at the shoulders and elbows
- Removable spine pad with pocket for optional C.E. spine armor, Sculpted high density padding at ribs, kidneys and lower back
- Zipper secured removable waterproof liner, 6-point SureFit custom adjustment system, 8 zipper for pant attachment, Snap loops for pant attachment
- 2 outside hand warmer pockets, Internal breast pocket, Extended back
- Pocket for eyeglasses storage, Reflective stripe
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Phoenix, the series that redefined the mesh jacket continues to tame summer heat with the cooling airflow of our exclusive FreeAir mesh.
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What I like:
* Excellent armor (more on that in a bit).
* The open mesh. In central Texas, this is critical. I actually preferred the *feel* of the Pilot jacket against my skin, but the tighter mesh on the Pilot just doesn't let as much air through.
* The quick-zipper cuffs. Once the velcro is fit to your wrist and glove, you don't need to touch it. Just zip/unzip.
* The neoprene collar. Very comfy if I'm wearing just a t-shirt underneath.
* Overall high quality construction.
* The included liner.
What I don't like:
* The lack of a real interior breast pocket. The description says it has one, but it appears to be labeled for eyeglasses, and it's just big enough to hold a pair. My own phone (5" display) just doesn't fit. I like the phone in a breast pocket because I can feel it when it vibrates. I set mine up so that only the most critical things get vibrate, so I know when I need to stop and look. That system doesn't work here.
* The gaudy Joe Rocket branding. Really, guys, I'm riding around town and on the highway. I'm not at the track. I don't need to look like I have endorsements. The gigantic "ROCKET" at the lower back is just too much. I "de-branded" mine, using a seam ripper to remove (CAREFULLY) the two shoulder emblems and the aforementioned "ROCKET" at the lower back. Much better.
Now, why did I really settle on this? The Phantom is nearly double the price of the Pilot (assuming you don't get a great Warehouse Deal on the Rocket like I did). BUT, the Pilot's armor is simply no match for the Rocket Phantom's. I've uploaded some photos comparing the elbow and shoulder pads (the Pilot is on the left, Phantom on the right). The Phantom's are at least 50% thicker at the critical points. Plus, the Phantom has molded padding on the side and kidney areas. If you start sliding on pavement, the additional money is going to seem like nothing, I'm sure.
Really, it's a nice jacket. My quibbles keep me from giving it a 5, but it's solid.
I ride primarily in the day in temperatures from 60-95F and this jacket is great with an additional thick sweatshirt for the lower temps. I have ridden in 35-45F days with long underwear and been comfortable as well. My speeds are usually between 55-65mph highway and 25-35mph in town.
The removable liner is great for hot days and the mesh holds all your body armor and slide protection.
The adjustable elbow straps allow for a secure fit of the elbow pads for better protection.
The only thing not adjustable are the shoulder pads, which to me is not an issue, since they manage to sit nicely on me and I feel it would protect me well in a slide.
The pockets on the outside are not waterproof, like, at all. Don't put your new registration papers in there on the way back from the post office on a warm spring drizzly day. You might stay dry, but your precious papers will not.
I would suggest trying more on because this one doesn't match the price tag. If I paid forty bucks less, then sure I "might" keep it.