Cortech Aero-Tec Jacket
- Performance fit, abrasion-resistant 600D polyester shell
- Waterproof zip-out full sleeve rain liner
- Two zippered hand and chest pockets, rabbit pouch, one hidden wrist pocket, and four internal storage pockets
- Pre-curved and rotated sleeves
- CE-level 2 SAFE-TECH shoulder and elbow armor
- Removable EVA foam back pad (fits SAFE-TECH 851 size L back pad)
- Includes an 8” jacket-to-pant zipper attachment with pant side included
- Genuine YKK® zippers
Read on for more details.
We checked the sizing of this style with our Fit Check mannequins Huey and Dewey. They are wearing size Medium and XL jackets respectively. These are their “usual” sizes and they fit just fine. We also checked the chest and belly of the other sizes and find them to fit OK too. Therefore, we recommend you choose the size you normally wear in men’s clothing.
Overall, I find this model to run roomy as compared to some past Cortech jacket designs. This one fits much like a typical Tour Master jacket (Cortech’s sister brand). Those with an average to stout build will find a comfortable fit, but those with a thin build and/or those who like a snug fit will probably find the torso to fit loose.
If you want to make a size selection with your chest and belly measurements, use the chart below which lists max chest and max belly sizes for each jacket size. The measurements in the chart are a combination of the manufacturer’s size chart and also the measurements we take on the product samples. After you measure, you can choose a jacket size using the chart that will accommodate both your chest and belly.
Tall sizes are available in this jacket too. The sleeve and torso lenth in the tall size selections will be about 1.5” to 2” longer than with the standard size selections, so if you commonly need tall sizes in men’s clothing, you’re in luck!
|Alpha Size||Max Chest Size||Max Belly||Standard Sleeve Length|
Our Two Cents
The Aero-Tec jacket by Cortech is new for 2020 and is available in both men’s and women’s sizes (take the link below to the women’s product page). This is a basic textile riding jacket with a removable waterproof liner. It’s a good value for the money and would be ideal for folks needing an everyday workhorse jacket on a budget.
The shell of this jacket is a solid textile type with zippered vents to make it more breathable in warmer temps. There are a couple of smaller zip vents on the chest, one under each are and two in the back too. While not huge, they should move some air and take you into warmer days easily (but not really hot days I’m afraid). And for wet weather, you get a removable full sleeve waterproof liner. It zips inside the jacket to block rain from coming through to your street clothes. The wP liner can also provide a good windbreak if you want to ride in colder temps. You can layer underneath the waterproof liner to get some insulation.
The Aero-Tec 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 SAFE TECH, CE2 rated type. If you are interested in details, Google “SafeTech 432002Y” and have a look. The armor is sturdy, but just “standard fare”. The back protector that comes with the jacket is just a simple slab of thin foam, which may satisfy some, but I’d suggest the upgrade by SAFE TECH listed below. It is an inexpensive way to enhance the overall protection package.
The overall fit is very casual and should be comfortable for average to sturdy builds… this isn’t a trim cut jacket by any means. For many years, you’d see jackets like this with Tour Master branding (sister company to Cortech) while the Cortech label was used for more sport oriented designs. So if you’ve ever owned or tried on a typical Tour Master jacket, you’ll have an idea of the overall fit of this one. Not sure why this style landed the Cortech brand, but anyway, here it is!
The value offered in this jacket is exceptional. With an MSRP of about $130, it gives a lot of functionality, and while there isn’t any “new” technology or special styling, it works fine for everyday use. :: Paul, 07-21-20