Joe Rocket Meta-X Jacket
- Combined 1.1 to 1.3mm top grain cowhide and breathable ballistic nylon
- Removable insulated vest liner
- C.E. approved armor at the shoulders and elbows
- Removable dual density spine pad
- Breathable inner sleeve stretch panels
- Full Flex™ articulated expansion back and elbow panels for increased mobility
- Sure Fit™ adjustment system (adjustable cuffs & waist)
- 2 hand pockets, 1 internal chest pocket
- Comfort stretch wrists
- Embroidered tone on tone logos
- YKK outer zippers
We tried a size 42 on Huey and a size 46 on Dewey, which are the standard sizes they wear, and both fit great (take the View Larger Images” link above to see). And I also checked the waist and chest on a selection of sizes. The fit of these jackets is pretty standard so I recommend you choose a jacket size based on your chest measurement and/or suit coat size (if you know that). The “drop” from chest to waist is pretty relaxed (meaning they don’t taper as much as full-on sport race jackets) so for most people you don’t need to worry about the waist/belly, but if you have a bit of girth, you should check your belly with a tape to make sure the size jacket you choose is big enough for both your chest and belly. Thin guys can use the side adjusters at the waist to get a good fit in the lower body. The arms also have some snap-close adjusters to help get a good fit in the bicep and forearm areas.
I notice the sleeve length on this jacket is generous. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it fits like a tall, but it’s definitely longer than most. So if you are a taller person, you’ll like this, but I’d steer shorter men away from this style.
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For more sizing help, please see Joe Rocket’s Sizing Chart.
Our Two Cents
The Meta-X jacket is a bit of a hybrid style in terms of materials. You can see right away it is a mix of leather and fabric. The fabric is sort of different though… it is very tight weave mesh material, so it does flow SOME air. So this one is a mix between a solid shell jacket and a mesh jacket. Overall, the jacket is very sturdy feeling and I’m sure would do a great job in case of a crash, but with the part-textile/mesh construction, it isn’t quite as heavy and wouldn’t be quite as hot to wear as full leather. But with the removable liner in use, I think it would be pretty warm. I’m going to say you’d be comfortable from cold weather to warm weather, but not super hot weather.
The overall fit of the jacket is somewhere between sport and a more casual street style. The fit is very good. The arms are pre-curved and are trim in cut. I thought the armor felt very good… fits over the elbows well and you hardly notice it. All Joe Rocket styles are built for the “American build” so if you are a more sturdy built person, you’ll like the fit of Joe Rocket. Other brands like REVIT or Alpinestars work best on more slight builds.
Other features on this jacket give it more of a sport look, such as the large expansion panels behind the shoulders and the black/white contrast. Those expansion panels really work too… it is easy to reach forward to the controls.
So overall, I like this new style. The styling is not like a lot of other brands/styles out there which is a nice change. The combination of leather and textile makes for a lighter weight jacket that has the abrasion resistance of leather still, and the fit and style are easy and will appeal to many types of riders. :: Paul, 05-04-16