I posted this evaluation 1 year ago on Howboucha.com for my Joe Rocket Jacket. Below is the year after evaluation:Joe Rocket Phoenix Jacket
Evaluation by Brendan Kearns
2002 Suzuki V-Strom
1997 KLR 650 and a bunch of others
April 28, 2002
I discovered this cool new product a few weeks ago while on a business trip to Kansas City.
Since I just purchased a new Suzuki V-Strom, I had to skip the b.s. of the airport, and decided to ride the 450 mile trip on I-70. I am glad I did, because I got to hang out at the ultra hip KC Plaza in Kansas City on my new machine. This is the place where all the cool people hang out, and of course it wasn't complete until I arrived on my V-Strom.
Okay, enough of the b.s. After talking to Rick, a great guy on a GL1500, about 10 sport-bikers pulled up to hang out. All of them were wearing the Joe-Rocket jackets, and they all raved about the quality and function. It looked like a Joe Rocket Motorcycle Gang. Spooky!
The purpose of this revolutionary jacket is to provide the
protection you need if you decide to go body surfing across the asphalt, but remain cooler on a hot day. The air flows right through the mesh style fabric, which of course allows the jacket to breath.
I purchased mine from Bloomington Harley Davidson-Buell Aprilia this week, and wore it on two 60 degree days. My suggestion is that you don't wear it on days like I did. It is freaking freezing. I did put on a long sleeve shirt the second time, and it still was cold.
This jacket is definitely cool! When it gets warmer out, I will update this evaluation to let you know how it does on a hot day.
The first time I put it on, I couldn't believe how strange it felt. The padding shifts around a bit, and feels creepy. Once you are on the bike, you do not notice the jacket.
I purchased the grey-black jacket to match my V-Strom, and I have had several comments like the guy at the gas station "Man, that is too awesome. It looks like chain metal, you know, the kind that guys wear to keep them from getting bit by sharks". Now I know that I am officially cool when I wear my Joe Rocket Phoenix jacket.
The jacket retails for $139.00, and I consider it a good buy for the money. More information can be found at www.joerocket.com
I still like it. Something I would change securing the padding in the arms better, and re-evaluating the sleve-wrist velcro strap.
I was recently caught in a storm while wearing the jacket. I did get wet since the jacket is made of mesh, but it wasn't painfull, actually refreshing since it was warm out.
There is an enhanced version out, and I understand it is cheaper than the $139.00 intro price.