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Icon 1000 Retrograde Leather Jacket

  • Select grain cowhide offers exceptional dexterity is extremely durable and resistant to harsh wear and tear
  • D3O® CE certified impact protectors – Shoulder, elbow, back
  • Removable insulated SatinCore™ vest liner
  • 1.1-1.3mm select grain leather chassis
  • Icon 1000 attack fit

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Sizing Information

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 chest size estimates for each jacket, 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), but we think the jackets fit more like what you’d expect in men’s clothing.

If you want to choose a jacket based upon your chest and belly size, I’ve put together the chart below. I’ve included Icon’t suggested chest size ranges and I’ve added a column to give you our estimate of max chest and belly size for each jacket size. If you prefer a loose fit, then Icon’s estimates would be appropriate.

The overall fit of this jacket is a bit more sporty than most of Icon’s jackets. The jackets taper from chest to belly more like a sport jacket than a cruiser style jacket. So when choosing a size, you should measure your belly as well as your chest and make sure the size you are getting will be big enough for both your chest and belly.

Size Icon’s Chest Est Our Max Chest Our Max Belly
Small 36-38 38-40 36
Medium 38-40 40-42 38
Large 40-42 42-44 40
XL 42-44 44-46 42
XXL 46-48 46-48 44
XXXL 48-50 48-50 46

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Our Two Cents

The Retrograde jacket by Icon is one of the few “retro” or cruiser style jackets with a fit that is closer to the body and pre-curved like a sport jacket. It comes with a full set of D3O armor including the back pad, so you are all set right out of the box.

The leather used in these jackets is super premium stuff. It has the “feel” of a vintage jacket because the leather has a softer finish that marks up as you wear and use it. Some people really value that sort of leather finish and there is no such thing as a “cheap” leather jacket that feels and looks like this, but others might be bothered that marks appear as you rig or scratch the leather. Those marks typically “rub out” as you use it further, but they do show up as they happen. I personally think a jacket with this kind of leather is great. It just looks and feels expensive and well finished.

Besides the leather finish, this jacket also has other styling queues to add to the “retro” feel. It has a quilt stamped in the shoulder area and it also has perforated leather in the underarm area. Also the accordion leather behind the shoulders and above the elbow adds style too. But the perf leather and the accordion panels are functional also. In a trim fit, all leather style like this, the accordion leather allows you move more freely. Without it, this jacket would be tough to wear.

The perf leather in this jacket will extend the comfort range quite a bit. And for colder weather use, this jacket has a removable vest liner to add a bit of insulation. And of course you can use your own layers under the jacket too. And the perfs will make the jacket comfortable in warmer weather. So I think this jacket will work in all but HOT weather, so lets say this one is for three seasons.

As I mentioned above, this jacket comes with a full set of D3O armor which is very good stuff and so there will be nothing else to buy. Mentally I compare this jacket to Roland Sands models. The look and feel and styling details are similar. And considering this jacket comes with all the armor, I think the pricing is very comparable. This Retrograde jacket has a more sport fit as compared to most of the RS jackets we carry. One last feature to mention are the “sliders” on the shoulders. These are heavy duty steel units with “ICON” stamped in them. They are are framed by a firm leather border. They look great and will also add a layer of impact protection. They’re just one more thing to add to the overall great styling. :: Paul, 05-03-18

Icon says: Process is everything. The act of riding, designing, building, and crashing mark the ICON 1000 DNA. The Retrograde jacket is the culmination of our core lifeform. Premium SelectGrain™ hides hand-cut into an attack fit chassis make for the highest performance alt jacket ever created. YKK tactical zippers, SatinCore™ liners, and full suiting details present the jacket for what it truly is. Combine this trim package with external alloy plating and internal D3O® impact protectors, and one sees how the Retrograde honors the past while remaining fully fitted for the future.