Icon Hypersport Stripped Vest
- Icon attack fit
- 1.2 – 1.4mm TrackSpec™ leather chassis
- D30® impact protector in the back
Insulated SatinCore™ removable vest liner(Icon messed up on their marketing materials… no removable vest is included)
- Unit-fused construction
- Integrated flex zones
- TechMesh™ panels
- YKK® zippers
- Drop tail
- Interior zipper, slash and cargo pockets
3/4 waist zipper connects to Hypersport pants(this vest doesn’t have any sort of connection zipper)
- Neoprene collar
We tried the size Medium in this vest on Huey and we put an XL vest 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 chest size estimates for each size vest, you might 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 an XXL). For a vest, it isn’t good to buy it oversized, so I came up with my own advice for choosing a size based on your chest measurement.
Belly sizes are only about 2” smaller than the max chest recommendations I give in the chart, so for example, if you choose a Med vest, it will fit a max chest of about 42” and the max belly will be about 40”, so if you have a substantial mid-section just make sure your measurement there doesn’t exceed the chest size minus the 2” taper.
|Size||Icon’s Chest Est||Our Max Chest||Our Max Belly|
Our Two Cents
The Hypersport Stripped Vest is the stripped version of the Hypersport Prime vest. The back is more of a blank canvas and the Icon badging is very minimal. Both this Stripped vest and the Prime vest are basically an Icon leather sport jacket but without the sleeves (and associated armor). But they have added some love handle armor to go along with the back pad. Obviously, a full sport jacket with sleeves with shoulder and elbow armor would be more protective in a crash than a vest, but if you don’t want all that, then this vest might be just the thing. As vests go, I can’t think of another model that has sport looks and as much crash protection as this one.
The back is fitted with a D3O back protector just like you find in premium race jackets (see our photo spread). And this vest even had D3O pieces situated just above the waist on each side… like I said, love handle armor! (actually they call it kidney armor). These armor pieces look just like the D3O we sell for hips. I can imagine it would help if you fell and landed on your side.
The marketing materials mention a pant connection zipper and a removable vest liner, but neither is here in the production unit, so scratch those… but inside there are two chest/wallet pockets and one slash pocket, and one of those chest pockets has a wire management setup to keep your audio cords wrangled in.
So if you like the idea of an armored vest more than a full jacket and you also want the blacked out, not logo’d up version, then the Stripped Vest is the ticket. :: Paul, 03-03-16
PS: The exterior shots from the factory tell the story pretty well for this stripped model. To see what the vest looks like inside, check out the Prime version by taking the link below and visiting its gallery.