Icon Patrol Jacket - Product Review

Versatile and waterproof riding wear.

Icon Patrol Jacket - Product Review

Icon Patrol Jacket - Product Review

So far, we've ripped up to Yosemite on a VFR1200F in this jacket on a hottish day and stayed reasonably cool, ridden through a couple days of misty drizzle on a KLR650 and stayed completely dry, dismounted from a DR-Z400 onto some sharpish rocks and emerged totally unscathed (so did the jacket). Then we skied for a day in Utah with the temperature in the 20s and, with the removable Thermolite liner zipped in, stayed pretty dang warm. And through it all, we even managed to stay nicely hydrated, thanks to the Patrol's removable pouch on back to cradle our CamelBak (though to keep the hose from freezing up in Utah, we were forced to introduce an anti-icing agent, which also kept us happy).

Most of the Patrol’s main shell is lightish-weight nylon, which helps keep overall weight really light. The forearms and shoulders (main impact areas) are covered in heavier nylon for increased abrasion resistance, and those areas are also backed internally with compact but effective CE-approved pads. A dual-density foam back protector is also part of the package.

For really hot-weather riding, the Patrol (S-4XL; Black, Mil-Spec Yellow, Red or Grey) is not the coolest jacket out there. It’s got zip-open vents under the arms and elsewhere, but with no exhaust vent on back, they don’t flow so much air. For temperate, cool or damp weather (and this jacket is sold in Icon’s Waterproof depart­ment), the Patrol’s a great jacket to have in the closet. Sealed seams and water­proof zippers kept us dry in light but steady rains, and it even comes with a removable hood. When the weather is cold, the liner is quite warm, and a high collar with a super-comfy fleece trim seals great.

A big plus for those tired of Velcro is the jacket’s almost total lack of the stuff: Four little pairs of magnets keep the front flap closed. Storage is pretty good, as well: There are two zipped hand-warmer pockets, two deep chest pockets, two inside breast pockets and an inner “dry pocket.” There’s also a big pocket on the lower back where you can stuff the liner.

Considering the versatility of the Patrol and its overall rugged construction and attention to detail, $370 is not a bad deal at all.

DETAILS

**Icon Motorsports

1745 NW Marshall St.

Portland, OR 97209

608/758-1111

Price...$370**

Ups

  • Removable water-bladder carrier is a great idea (bladder not included)

  • Light, yet tough enough for on- and off-road use

  • Nice, warm removable liner

Downs

  • Good venting of upper arms, not so much elsewhere

  • Not so cool when the temps rise

  • Doesn't improve your stunting ability