Scorpion Drafter Jacket
- Durable poly mesh with 600 denier nylon impact panels
- CE™ approved, ventilated armor at the elbows and shoulders
- Back protector compartment with PE foam pad included (can be upgraded to optional SAS-TEC back protector insert)
- Sleeve take-ups secure elbow armor and reduce wind drag
- Dual adjustment waist belts
- NightViz™ reflective trim provides increased night time visibility
- Lightweight, perforated lining for maximum air flow
- Belt loop for pant attachment
- Optional, full-sleeve AirGuard® windproof liner (sold separately)
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The fit of the drafter jacket is quite a bit more relaxed that many of the other models from Scorpion which typically are more sport oriented. We tried the size Medium in this jacket on Huey and we put an XL jacket on Dewey. These are the sizes they normally wear and both were a pretty roomy fit. Take a look at our close-up pictures and you can see this. The fit advice I’d offer depends upon your riding style and your preference as to fit in clothing. If you want a relaxed, comfortable, and somewhat loose fit, then you can choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing. But if you prefer a snug or sport fit, then you’d have to buy one size down. For those that are between sizes, certainly choose the smaller.
This is the sizing chart provided by Scorpion, which is the same chart they use for their sport cut styles (which is sort of perplexing because this jacket really isn’t cut that way, but anyway, here it is for reference):
|Size||Max Chest||Sleeve Length (from center of collar in back)|
I measured the Medium at a max chest of about 43” and the XL at about 48”, which confirms our assessment that the jackets fit about one size large. The taper on the jackets is slight… only a few inches, so belly sizes should not be a problem for most (examples: the Med has a max belly of about 41” and the XL is about 44”). The jackets have a pretty good waist adjustment system so you will be able to tailor the fit through the waist.
Our Two Cents
The Scorpion Drafter jacket will be great for hot weather use. About 75% of the outer shell is a full mesh material that will allow air to blow right through. Other areas are made of a solid textile material which will hold up better in a fall. You can see this by taking a look at our gallery of close-up pictures… just take the “View Larger Images” link above. The overall quality of this jacket is very good. I’ve said for years that I think Scorpion sources its jacket from the same factories as FirstGear. I don’t know this for a fact, but the materials, tailoring and such of the two brands look very much alike. Anyway, this design is relatively simple…. the jacket includes the armor in the shoulders, elbows and back that you’d expect. It has pockets in front and one inside for storage of your personal items. The jacket does not come with a removable wind liner (which are supplied with many mesh jackets these days), but rather the liner is offered as an option (see below). Offering the liner separately keeps the value for those who don’t really care to have one. Overall, this is a very nice, high quality mesh jacket for street riders. :: Paul, 07-28-12
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