Speed and Strength Bikes Are In My Blood Textile Jacket (One Left: XL)
- Water resistant AR-600 textile frame
- Removable Knox C.E. approved shoulder and elbow protectors
- Removable dual density back protector
- Low restriction collar
- “Speed Zip” controlled ventilation
- “Lockdown” waist adjuster
- Removable insulated vest liner
- Belt loops for pant attachment
- Reflective trim
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 fit great. The jackets are roomy. My primary advice would be to wear the size you normally wear in men’s clothing. If you are between sizes I’d advise you to go down.
The chart provided by Speed and Strength shows chest sizes for each alpha size that are a bit larger than what you’d normally see for “standard” conversion from chest size to alpha size. Based on my observations (above), the chart seems just about right.
|Sleeve||33||34||35 1/2||36 1/2||37||37 1/2|
Our Two Cents
Speed and Strength has designed an otherwise “normal” textile jacket with some extra styling to make it stand out. Take a look at our photo gallery (take the “View Larger Images” link above) at the Bikes Are In My Blood patches on the sleeves and bottom of the tail area. These patches are actually embroidered fabric and then sewn to the jacket. They are finished off with some circular chrome colored rivets. The “otherwise normal” part of the jacket consists of front and back zippers for cooling air flow in hot weather, a removable thermal liner for cooler weather and a standard selection of pockets inside and out. The adjusters on the waist and arms will help with fit and they function better than average I’d say. Overall comfort is very good too. The jacket has a wide low collar that won’t bug you when you do head checks, etc. and the jacket has a fairly roomy cut (discussed above) that should also be comfortable. Another feature that really stands out is the use of C.E. approved armor from Knox, a longtime leader in that industry. The only pan we uncovered was that the reflective material is very limited and didn’t work well when we took our standard night-time shot (also in the photo gallery). Oh well, overall, a very nice style. :: Paul, 10-12-11