Joe Rocket Resistor Jacket
- Combined Hitena™, Rocktex™ 600, and Free air™ mesh hybrid outer shell for maximum impact resistance and mesh cooling where you need it
- Full flex™ system – precision tailored fusion of pliable mesh (underarm/shoulder/back) and articulated back expansion panels, drastically augmenting mobility
- Externally accessible C.E. approved armor in shoulders and elbows
- Removable spine armor with pocket for optional C.E. spine armor
- 6-point SureFit™ custom adjustment system including the newly designed “front pull” waist adjuster for easy user access and more secure fit
- Snap loops for attaching jacket to belt
- 8” rear zipper for pant attachment
- Removable insulated vest liner
- Reflective stripe
Fit of these jackets is pretty standard. Use the chart below to select a jacket size based upon what you would normally wear in men’s clothing. The size Medium and XL fit Huey and Dewey very nicely!
The taper of this jacket is about average (meaning how much smaller the waist/belly is than the chest), and will be great for nearly any type of street rider. Joe Rocket’s sizing chart lists the recommended waist range. The jacket has a lot of waist size adjustment. If you have a bit of a belly, you can check that too. The max belly for any given size is about 6” less than the stated chest size. Just throw a tape measure around yourself and check your chest and belly against the chart info. For example, the chart says the XL fits a chest of 46-48, so the max belly for an XL would be about 42”.
Our Two Cents
The Resistor jacket is a sharply styled jacket with a body that is part-textile and part-mesh. I’d recommend a style like this for mild to hot weather. The mesh panels in front are well exposed and allow free flow through maybe about 30% of the frontal area. And those mesh parts go around the sides of the torso and part way into the back area too. Of course this jacket won’t flow as well as a full-mesh style, but on the other hand it will be usable in mild or even cool weather. The jacket comes with a removable vest thermal liner, but don’t expect much here. The liner is pretty thin. You’ll learn how to layer under the jacket to use it in cooler temps. I like the stye and the materials used. Simplicity is always nice and I tend to grab the most simple gear I have, and this one seems like it would be a good choice for most of the local weather. I like the elbow and shoulder armor arrangement. It is situated in external pockets, and can be removed (although I don’t think many people would). The external pockets are nice because the armor feels more securely held in place than jackets with armor pockets just in the jacket’s lining. There is less chance of it moving around to the wrong places in case of a crash with a design like this. I’m not sure why this is so rare these days, given the simplicity and obvious advantage, but anyway… this one has it so that is one thing to like! Other features are routine… adjustable sleeve size with a snap closure, two hand warmer pockets and one inside breast pocket, adjustable waist band, loops inside to hook to a belt and/or a short rear zip if you plan to buy Joe Rocket pants. Inside pockets are scarce though… you have the one zip breast/wallet pocket and there is a patch pocket on the liner, but they failed to put a corresponding one in the regular jacket liner. Overall, I really like the style and the simplicity. Granted, it is for fair weather use, but that is the norm for lots of folks. :: Paul 03-05-14
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