Joe Rocket Speedway Jacket
- Premium natural 1.2mm drum dyed leather
- Removable full sleeve quilted liner
- VariableFlow™ ventilation with underarm grommets allowing humidity out
- 2 outside pockets, 1 interior pocket
- Sleek clean design
- Subtly detailed laser etched logos
- 2 Rear belt loops for pant attachment
- Reflective stripe
The overall fit of this jacket is very “standard” We checked some sizes against Joe Rocket’s size chart and found the estimated chest sizes to be accurate. We also tried on a Med and XL on our Fit Check mannequins Huey and Dewey and they look great (view those shots by taking the View Larger Images link above). Therefore, I recommend you choose the size jacket you normally wear in men’s clothing. You can use the chart to choose if you know your chest size.
If you have a bit of a belly you can measure your belly with a tape to make sure the jacket size you choose will be big enough. The max belly size for each jacket is about 6” less than the chest size. For example, the men’s XL has a 46-48 inch chest and a max belly of about 40 to 42 inches.
The jacket sleeves are solid leather (no stretch fabric panels) so there isn’t much “give”. If you have larger-than-average arms, this jacket will likely be too tight in the sleeves for you. It will be fine for those with average to skinny arms.
Our Two Cents
Joe Rocket has had a lot of success with the styling of “retro” leather jackets in the past few seasons. For example, their Old School Leather Jacket was (and still is as of this writing) very successful. The nuts and bolts of the new Speedway jacket is essentially the same, but the styling is slightly updated, and also the finish of the leather used is more of a “matte” finish rather than the more traditional slick finish. Many manufacturers are using a less shiny finish these days. The retro look comes mainly from the ivory colored strip down the shoulders and sleeves which is a very classic styling feature. In keeping with the “old school” theme, the jacket does not include armor and does not have provisions for any. But the leather used in the jacket is very thick and will do a great job with abrasion protection; in addition there is padding sewn in at the elbows and shoulders. The jacket has some zippered vents on the sleeves to flow a bit of air in warmer weather. The venting is limited though, so consider this jacket for cold to mild/warm weather use (but not hot weather). In cooler weather you can use the full-sleeved thermal liner for some insulation. Take the “View Larger Images” link above to see some good close-up pictures of this jacket and its features. A great leather jacket is a pleasure to own and generally just gets better with age. And the timeless styling of the Speedway will always look good. :: Paul, 03-01-13