Z1R Bastion Jacket
- Premium 1.1-1.2mm full grain cowhide leather
- Chest and back vents; armpit vent ports for maximum air flow
- Adjustable zippered side gussets for a custom fit
- Expanded shoulder gussets for increased mobility
- Black reflective piping on front and back for increased visibility interior back, shoulder and elbow pouches for optional armor
- Two interior concealed carry pockets, two hand warmer pockets
- Full length zip out insulated liner, polyester mesh inner liner
- Interior back, shoulder, and elbow pouches for optional armor (sold separately)
We also put the Medium on Huey and the XL on Dewey and they look good. I developed a chart below to show you the max chest and max belly size for each alpha size offered. But generally speaking, most people can choose the size they normally wear in men’s clothing. Of the jackets I’ve measured, I find this style to be consistent in max chest size with the others, but the max belly is the most generous at only 2” less than the max chest. Those with stout builds will like the overall fit of this one as compared to most other jacket styles.
|SIze||Max Chest||Max Belly|
Our Two Cents
This jacket is identical to the now retired 45 jacket from Z1R so we have included our two cents from that jacket review: The leather is thick but soft and has a nice finish to it. And the styling and fit are right on target for the cruiser rider. Cruiser gear styles have not ever been complicated, and this line isn’t either. The styling varies a bit from one style to the other, but you’ll find the basics here… quality black leather construction, a few creature comforts and of course dual gun pockets!
Take the “View Larger Images” link above to see some good close-ups of the specific features and also those gun pockets. There are actually two gun pockets and each one is lined with a heavy black canvas and also has a couple wide elastic straps to hold the hardware in place. The pockets close with a single snap.
It is subtle, but you’ll find four front zip vents on this style. The two on the chest are made to look like pockets and then there are two bicep vents and two large rear vents. The jacket is black leather and the venting is moderate, so consider this jacket for temps up to “warm”; you’ll find this one to be too hot for really hot weather. And for cooler weather, this jacket comes equipped with a removable full sleeve thermal liner to add a bit of insulation. The lining materials on this jacket are nice too… it’s a mesh material to let that air move through the vents freely, but it should be tough and wear well.
This 45 jacket varies a bit from the others in the group in that it has expansion zippers on either side of the waist. In my sizing comments, I mentioned that the max belly on the jackets was more generous than the others by about 2” and that was with the side zips closed, but with them open, the belly area gets even more generous.
Unlike most sport jackets, and in keeping with the cruiser style, this one does not have armor it does have provisions for adding it. We recommend D3O armor, see links below.
So if you are a black leather cruiser style kinda guy, and you are looking for a good quality at a reasonable price, I’m recommending this new Z1R gear for you! :: Paul, 05-21-15