Cortech The Idol Leather Jacket
- 1.0-1.2mm drum-dyed 100% genuine bovine leather and function.
- Vintage pull up leather for a rich oiled look and finish
- Action back gussets
- Zippered cuffs, hand, and chest pockets
- Accordion side stretch panels
- Bronze colored 100% polyester fixed liner
- 5 interior storage pockets, including dual snap conceal carry pouch
- Antique YKK® zippers and hardware
- Includes SAS-TEC® CE level-2 shoulder and elbow armor
- Optional back pad available
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We checked the fit on these jackets with our size mannequins and we also spot checked a few different size jackets with a tape. We feel this model runs true to size. The jackets are sold in ordinary “alpha” sizes, so you can choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing.
For those that want to check the size based upon their chest measurement, I put together the chart below. Check both your chest and belly and make sure the size you choose is big enough for both. The overall cut of this jacket is ideal for street riding. It is more relaxed through the torso and not as “forward leaning” as a sport bike/race jacket so you’ll be able to wear this jacket comfortably on or off the bike. Sleeve lengths are average. If you normally have trouble with sleeves being too short, this probably isn’t the jacket for you, but if you are average or short in the sleeve length department, you’ll probably like this one.
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Our Two Cents
The Cortech Idol leather jacket is new for the fall of 2019 and is part of Cortech’s “Boulevard Collection” which are all aimed at street/cruiser/retro/vintage riders. Cortech had traditionally been the “sport” apparel sister brand to Tour Master, which are both made by the same folks. This new collection looks nice! These are higher quality products for reasonable prices.
I’m a fan of the finish and weight of the leather in this jacket. Some cruiser jackets are SO thick and heavy, but this one seems reasonably thick, but not over the top. The finish on the leather, particularly the brown leather color option is very nice. It has a nice smooth finish to the touch and is just slightly distressed in appearance. As leather jackets go, this one is reasonably priced but looks like a more expensive jacket.
This jacket is fitted with armor in the shoulders and elbows and has a pocket for the addition of a back protector. The shoulder and elbow armor is a rubberized type by SAS-TEC which is a good brand. I’m not a fan of the elbow armor though. It may work fine for some, but the rubber compound is firm and it seems to dig into my bony elbows. Ouch! If this is an issue for you as well, I’d suggest swapping the elbows armor with D3O armor which is a much softer compound (see link below), and I recommend the CE 1 version for this jacket. The stock shoulder elbow is just fine for me. As of this writing, Cortech hasn’t offered their own back protector option so I’m suggesting the D3O unit in CE Level 1 for the back as well, so take the link below to order that as well.
For a cruiser/leather jacket style, this one has a good selection of pockets. I see four outside and five inside. One of the pockets inside is positioned down low on the left side and is big enough for a concealed carry. Cortech doesn’t mention this, but It looks like that’s what they had in mind. I also see little loops to manage wires from phones, etc to your helmet, which is a nice touch. One last thing to mention is the “action back” set up behind the arms. This is the fold of leather that allows some extra room behind each arm, which makes a leather jacket more usable on a bike. Also, there are large expansion panels on the sides of the torso.
The Idol is a good looking jacket with some solid protection features and at a reasonable price too. I like it. :: Paul, 09-19-19
Cortech says:* The Idol men’s traditional leather jacket is proof that some things never go out of style. No matter the bike and no matter the road, The Idol premium leather jacket protects you with style and comfort. Dress the part and be the star of your own adventure.