Icon Contra Mil-Spec Jacket
- Mil-Spec Contra meets U.S. military PPE hi-visibility requirements
- Heavyweight ballistic nylon impact panels
- Durable mesh inserts for increased ventilation
- Removable CE Field Armor impact protector in elbow and shoulder
- Removable dual-density foam back pad
- Mil-Spec Contra features reflective graphics
- Removable insulated liner
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. My advice would be to wear the size you normally wear in men’s clothing.
If you look at Icon’s chart and choose a jacket size based on your chest size, you’ll may be choosing a size larger than you normally wear (example a person with a 46 chest typically is an XL, but using Icon’s chart you’d buy a XXL). Icon’s styling has always been sort of loose as compared to other brands sport style jackets. This probably explains why the size chart understates the chest size range for any given alpha jacket size.
My personal advice for a good fit that is snug enough not to flap or inflate while riding would be to buy the size you normally wear in men’s clothing. If you prefer a loose fit, then the Icon’s chart would be appropriate.
Here is the size chart provided by Icon:
|Size||Max Chest||Max Belly|
Our Two Cents
Wow, what a comfortable jacket! The Icon Contra Mil Spec jacket uses quite a variety of materials which add up to some sharp styling and a jacket that should be very comfortable to wear and ride in. While technically this jacket is listed as a textile jacket, it is actually a bit of a mesh hybrid. The belly, shoulders, lower sleeves, and sides of the back are all actually a mesh material. The rest of the jacket is a very sturdy feeling nylon material with extra reinforcement in key impact areas. On top of that, the sides and underarms are made from a very soft, stretchy fabric which seems to breathe well and definitely adds to the comfort factor. Speaking of stretchy, there are also stretch panels at the elbows, shoulders, and upper back. There are some ratchet type waist adjustment straps which seem to work well – these help keep unwanted air from entering the bottom of the jacket and also keep the jacket from riding up. The most obvious feature of this jacket is the color. This high vis version of the Contra is designed to meet the requirements for military personnel to ride on base. We took some pictures of the reflectivity of the jacket so be sure to check those out. Protection in this jacket seems to be quite good. The chassis of the jacket is made from a thick, sturdy feeling ballistic nylon. There is CE approved armor for the elbows and shoulders, and a dual density foam back pad. The back pad can also be upgraded to the Stryker CE Back Protector (see below). The Contra would be well suited to cool to hot climates. There is a fully sleeved insulated liner which will help keep you warm, but remember that a good portion of the jacket is mesh – so colder temperatures are going to get through to you. In the summer I think this jacket would work quite well – and it seems beefier than the usual mesh jackets that are out there. Be sure to check out the larger pictures of the Contra by clicking the link above.
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