Speed and Strength Light Speed Jacket (Size XL & XXL Only)
- AR1000 Super Stretch-Fit Frame
- Vault™ C.E Approved Shoulder and Elbow Protectors
- Vault™ C.E Approved Spine Protector
- Engineered External Shoulder Protectors
- Speed Zip™ Controlled Ventilation
- Molded Strong Arm™ Sleeve Adjuster
- Lockdown™ Waist Adjuster
- Belt Loops for Pant Attachment
- Reflective Trim
This jacket fits “normally” and although it has a bit more taper than most casual styles (see my advice on max belly below), the shell material is a bit stretchy and will forgive enough for most people to get a good fit without any trouble. Most people will find the best fit when they choose the size they normally wear in men’s clothing.
If you want to double check your sizing by measuring your chest and belly, you can use the chart below to choose a size. Many recent Speed and Strength jackets run a bit on the larger side, but I found these jackets to run pretty true to the stated size (maybe it is because of the thicker shell material). If you use actual measurements to choose a size from the chart it should work for you.
If you have a bit of a belly, you might want to put a tape around it and make sure the size you are choosing will work for the belly as well. The max belly size for this jacket will be about 6” smaller than the max chest listed. For example, the size XL will handle up to a max 48” chest and a max 42” belly. In the size medium, I measure the chest at 42” and the max belly at about 36”.
Our Two Cents
The Light Speed jacket is the third new style from Speed and Strength to use the AR1000 Super Stretch material. A bit of background: Years ago, Fieldsheer made a jacket out of a similar material and also there has been a “boutique” manufacturer which makes something that feels like this called Motoport (although the materials Motoport uses are much more exotic than this… and expensive to boot). But other than those examples, I haven’t see much use of this unique material… until 2015 that is!
I asked Speed and Strength to give me some info on the AR1000 (AR500 in the Hammer Down Jacket) and I didn’t get anything scientific, but rather got an assurance that the material is durable and abrasion resistant.
Aside from the jacket material, you also get CE armor in the elbows and shoulders and back. And unique to this Light Speed jacket are built in external shoulder protector pieces. I’ve never seen anything quite like these… sort of like matte finish carbon fiber. It looks really sharp and in addition to being cosmetic, I’d bet they would do some good for impact protection as well.
Overall, the jacket feels very well made and the contrast piping here and there gives it a bit of sharpness. The material, while thicker, doesn’t wrinkle or look wadded up and gives a sharp look as well… almost like some sort of futuristic uniform jacket.
The jacket is fitted with a couple bicep vents and a couple rear exhaust vents, I think those will help catch some air through the jacket in warmer weather, but because of the thickness of the material, it gives the impression that it would also trap warmth and so for that reason, I’d recommend this jacket for cool (or even cold if you layer) to warm weather. But I don’t think I’d recommend this one for hot weather.
Overall, I like the style and I think the unique shell material would be durable and comfortable. :: Paul, 08-07-15