Cortech Adrenaline Jacket
- Constructed using 1.2 – 1.4mm of top grade, drum dyed cowhide leather with a combination of perforated and non-perforated panels
- Removable, CE-approved shoulder and elbow protectors with a triple-density back protector
- Accordion-style expansion panels at shoulders, elbows and waist for increased flexibility and a performance fit
- Heavy duty, 600 denier stretch nylon panels in the arms for ease of movement
- TPU molded and stainless steel external armor in the shoulders and elbows offers increased protection
- Rotated sleeves for a performance fit in the riding position
- Cuffs feature a spring-loaded zipper pull to eliminate flapping
- Triple-stitched with high strength, bonded nylon thread
- Adjustable waist belts help to fine tune the fit
- Removable, insulated vest provides warmth and includes a zippered chest pocket
- Features a full-circumference, jacket-to-pant attachment zipper and an 8-inch pant zipper
- Soft neoprene collar for added comfort
- Zippered chest mesh liner pocket
- Zippered hand pockets feature a mesh liner and can double as vents when open
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We checked the sizing of this style with our Fit Check mannequins Huey and Dewey. They are wearing size Medium and XL jackets respectively. These are their “usual” sizes and they fit just fine. We also checked the chest and belly of the other sizes and find them to fit OK too. Therefore, we recommend you choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing.
We also developed the size chart below to help you choose based upon your chest/sleeve measurements. The chest measurements come from our observations and measurements and the sleeve lengths are from Cortech (which we find to be a good estimate).
The Adrenaline jacket is cut like a full-on sport/race jacket so the fit is very snug and the arms are forward leaning. A jacket like this is made to fit very snugly and may not be all that comfortable for casual use, and we encourage you to evaluate the fit while in a riding position with the arms reaching forward. A good fit will feel good in this position, but may feel tight and restrictive in a normal arms-down standing position. The jackets taper quite a bit from chest to waist… about 6”. If you have a bit of a belly, just make sure your belly size isn’t too big for the jacket size you choose. For example, we list the size XL as a 46 max chest and so the max belly for that jacket would be about 40. If your belly/waist is smaller than this, it shouldn’t be a problem, but if it is bigger, then you’ll have to choose a larger size to make it work.
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Note: If you look up a Cortech size chart, you may find one that lists smaller chest sizes for each size listed above. Cortech has caused some confusion about sizing by switching size charts a few times over the last two years. But we’ve checked this out thoroughly and feel our sizing advice is sound.
Our Two Cents
Cortech is the sister brand of Tour Master. Under the Cortech name, you’ll find products that are more sport oriented and the Adrenaline jacket is their brand new sport race leather jacket. The jacket is constructed of very heavy leather and perforated leather. It has a trim cut and fits snug… very much like what you’d feel if you tried on a race suit. The overall looks of the jacket are sharp and it fits well. Speaking of fit… expect a jacket like this to fit very snugly through the arms and to be comfortable in a tuck position. The arms and jacket shell are cut snugly to hold the armor tightly in position and to prevent any sort of flapping or inflation at high speed. One thing I notice about this new jacket is the armor system… particularly in the elbows. The elbow armor is large and substantial and extends well down the forearm. It is held into position by directly attaching to the jacket’s leather shell and fits nicely into the pre-curved space. This means the armor won’t be out of position if you hit the pavement! Both the shoulders and elbows have external molded armor pieces with metal plates. Beware: the silky matte finish on the silver plates will immediately scuff as soon as you rub on something… hopefully small cosmetic issues like that won’t freak you out, but I thought you should be forewarned. Anyway, the combination of the external armor and the removable armor inserts feels VERY substantial and secure. Consider this jacket for warm/hot to mild/cool weather temps. The shell is partially perforated so the jacket will flow a lot of air, which will be welcome in hot weather. And in cool weather, you can use the provided vest-type thermal liner, which will give comfort down to mild/cool temps (but not cold temps). We took a good number of close-up feature pictures you can see by viewing our photo gallery. On the inside jacket shot you can see the connection zippers. You can directly zip to the Adrenaline pants (see link below) with the long zipper, and you can zip to just about any Tour Master or Cortech pants with the short zipper. Personally, I think this jacket is a great value and offers a lot of quality and protection for the money. :: Paul, 11-07-12