River Road Scout-Tex Jacket
- This premium textile jacket offers the same popular features as our leather Scout, but in a lightweight textile shell
- Unzipping 2 front ports reveals mesh panel that lets air into jacket to circulate around the body and exit the rear exhaust vents
- Sleeve cuffs have 2-way zipper regulating air through mesh gussets
- Multiple compartments concealed under the front pockets make it easy to carry the necessities of the road
- Includes a metal clip on a bungee lanyard for keys
- Additional outside storage is provided by 2 front side pockets
- Power stretch panels on the side and under the arms provide freedom of movement and a flexible fit
- Reflective tape on front and back increases nighttime visibility
- Protection includes CE-rated armor in the shoulders and elbows plus an upgradable EVA foam back pad
- Both the jacket and the fully-sleeved, removable liner have built-in pockets for most mobile devices on the left side and a map/cargo pocket on the right side
- A Thermal Neck Wrap extends up the neck and chin and stows back into the jacket when not in use
- Additional internal storage is located just inside the left placket, chest high; perfect for a wallet!
- The collar is finished with a soft, smooth padded tipping.
- Jacket-to-pant zipper attachment system connects to the Scout-Tex Pants
- Includes a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
We checked the fit of these jackets and we also tried them on our Fit Check mannequin Dewey. He usually wears an XL in men’s clothing and the XL in this jacket fit fine.
I started to reproduce the sizing chart on River Road’s website, but it seems way off to me. For example, it lists an XL fitting a person with a 48 to 50 chest. That is quite a bit larger than any other manufacturer’s chart and also wouldn’t work for the XL jacket we checked. The normal chest for an XL is a 46. Anyway, just pick the size you normally wear in men’s clothing and you’ll be OK.
Our Two Cents
I just finished working up some comments on River Road’s Scout leather jacket and this is the new Scout-Tex jacket. Here is some background about this style and the jacket’s name: The Scout jacket has been around for years in the FirstGear line. We closed out the last of the FirstGear Scouts last year and another version has not appeared in their product line (as of this writing anyway). The same distributor owns both the FirstGear brand and the River Road brand, so apparently what they’ve decided to do is shift the Scout style over to River Road. The Scout has always been more of a touring/cruiser type jacket and River Road is more targeted to that market than FirstGear, so it makes sense to me.
Anyway, obviously this is the textile version Scout. People who want a lighter jacket with wash-ability, and also something a bit cooler to wear in hot weather will like the textile version. This jacket has tons of pockets for storing all your little do-dads. The front chest zippers do double duty. They can be opened to expose two of these storage areas, but also they can be left open for venting. With the zippers down, you can re-position the textile over the pocket area to expose a vertical strip of mesh material which will allow some pretty good airflow. We’ve got some pretty good close-up pics of this you can see by taking the “images” link above. Also, you’ll see a sleeve zipper that does double duty as well. It closes down the sleeve cuff of course, but also becomes a zippered vent. And then there are rear zippered vents as well. For colder weather, you can use the jacket’s full sleeve thermal liner and that liner also includes a removable neck warmer thingy. One other premium feature worth a mention is the two way front zipper. With the jacket zipped up, you can raise the lower zipper pull to give yourself some extra room across the waist/lap, which can be welcome when sitting for a long time. Raising that zipper allows the jacket to drape over your lap better and not bunch up on your chest. The Scout-Tex seems to be a lot of jacket for the money, and the overall quality looks good to me. You could pair this jacket with the Scout-Tex pants and you’ll have a really nice, all-purpose two piece suit. :: Paul, 03-15-13