Icon Merc Hello Sunshine Jacket
It’s a mystery what the HS stands for in Merc HS™ jacket. High score? Ham stacks? No one is quite sure. What we are confident of is that the Merc’s soft-shell chassis gets the job done. The hood, oversized kangaroo pockets, pit zips, and Sportcuff™ combine to keep things legit when the rubber side is down. The integrated reinforced paneling and a full D3O® impact protector suite keep you covered should things get rubber side up. Happy slap? Home slice? Guess we’ll never know.
- ICON® Relaxed Fit
- Softshell Chassis, Nylon Reinforcement Panels
- ICON Level 1
- D30® Removable Back, Elbow and Shoulder Impact Protectors - EN 1621-2:2014 / EN 1621-1:2012
- Sublimated Chassis
- Underarm Zippers for Ventilation
- Headphone Pass Through
- YKK® Zippers
- Three Position Elbow Protector Pocket
- Fixed Line
Choose the size you’d normally buy in men’s clothing. The manufacturer provides this chart you can use to select a size based upon your chest measurements. We find the chart is a pretty good representation of actual fit. These jackets do not taper much at all and have a relaxed fit. Also the fabric is somewhat stretchy. The belly shouldn’t be a problem for most
Our Two Cents
Icon makes a number of graphic styles in the Merc jacket. All the jackets are physically the same, so I’ll give you some information on the nuts and bolts and then you can choose the graphic that suits you best.
The shell of the Icon Merc jacket is made mostly of a heavy stretch material that feels a bit like neoprene. The stretch capability makes it one of the most easy-to-move-in jackets I’ve tried on in a while. The overall fit is relaxed so finding the right size is pretty easy. Most can just choose the size they normally wear in men’s clothing. To beef up the skid resistance of this style, Icon has added some textile reinforcement over the shoulder area (but none in the elbow area).
The jacket is fitted with D3O armor throughout which is good stuff. It is soft and pliable and very appropriate for a jacket like this. You even get a D3O back pad, so there is nothing else to buy. One feature with the armor that is unique is the ability too adjust the up-down position of the elbow armor in the sleeve. Just pull the sleeve inside out and you’ll see how you can put the armor insert into one of three pockets to adjust position to suit your arm length.
This jacket has some venting in the arm pit area, but that’s about it. You can layer under the jacket to add insulation in colder temps, so this jacket could work down to cold temps (with your own undergarments) and be comfortable in warmer weather too with the aid of those pit vents. So I’d say this one is 2 to 3 season for most. Note the bungee cord sewn into the lower hem of the jacket and also the elastic cuff at the end of the sleeve. Those two features will help you seal out cold air in the winter, and those sleeve end cuffs are super comfortable.
Have a look around our site at the various graphics and colors and pick your poison! :: Paul, updated 05-14-18
Feature Photos: We didn’t photo the same features in ALL the available graphics of this jacket so if you want to see close-up feature photos of the Team Merc inside and out, take a look at the Team Merc Jacket – 2015 photo gallery