Icon Airform Retro Jacket for Women
- ICON® Womens Sport Fit
- Durable 420D Polyester Chassis With Internal Reinforcements.
- Jacket Tested and Certified According to EN 17092-4:2020 Class A
- D30® Viper 1 CE Certified Removable Back Impact Protector – EN 1621-2:2014, Level 1 T-
- D30® LP1 CE Certified Removable Shoulder and Elbow Impact Protectors – EN 1621-1:2012, Level 1, T-, T+
- AirFly™ Center Front Stowable Mesh Panel
- Chest And Back Zippered Vents
- Stowable Hood
- Vented Cuff Zippers
- Weather-resistant level WP1
Below is the standard size chart from Icon for the fit of their women’s jackets. We have not yet verified the fit of this jacket compared to the chart, but we’ve found that other Icon ladies styles follow the chart quite closely, so for now, we’d ask that you choose a size based on this chart:
Our Two Cents
The Icon Airform jacket is new for 2021 and is a hooded and semi-waterproof everyday riding jacket shell. It is offered in three different color schemes that are offered by the names Airform Battlescar Jacket, Airform Retro Jacket and then the the solid color Airform Jacket. Women’s specific sizing is offered in both the Standard Airform and Airform Retro (but not the Battlescar). Please take the links below to view the different versions and genders offered.
I’d characterize the fit of this jacket as comfortable and suitable for everyday use. The shell is a single layer which makes the overall construction simple and relatively light weight. The shell material is coated with a material to resist water. None of the zippers on this jacket are waterproof, so you’ll likely take on some rain in a prolonged ride in wet weather, so consider this style to be “waterproof lite”. Panels of more flexible material are worked into the shell design under the arms to make the jacket more comfortable and flexible. Over the shoulders and elbows, they’ve added a layer of the shell material to beef up the abrasion resistance. For everyday use, I think you’ll really like the overall design.
All the Airform jacket versions are fitted with a full compliment of D30 level 1 armor… shoulders, back and elbows, so the armor package is very good and there is nothing else to add (many European brands don’t come with a back pad as standard). D3O is a very well regarded product which you’ll find in other quality brands as well such as Klim.
Regarding the hood… If you are a hood fan, you’ll probably love this jacket, and judging by the marketing descriptions, Icon is in love with them too. Personally I’m not a big fan of hoods on any of my clothing so take my observations on a FWIW basis. Begin rant. I personally think the hood design here is a “swing and a miss”. Firstly, it isn’t removable, and the “neck” portion is quite tall which makes it bulky if fully zipped to your chin. Secondly, the “stow-able hood” feature really doesn’t work like it should. It is a single short strap with a patch of Velcro. From what I can figure out, they want you to roll up the hood and use the strap to secure it to the little loop just inside the collar (the loop you’d normally use to hang the jacket on a peg). If the hood was thin/soft material, it might work, but this material is pretty heavy and when you roll it up, it’s more like a small pool noodle around your neck which no doubt will rub on your helmet. And of course if you leave it un-stowed it’s going to catch the wind since there is no “keeper” snap to hold it down in back. So like I said, make sure you really like a hoody. End rant.
On a brighter note, the feature I really like here is the mesh panel that can be used in lieu of the main zipper to allow you to catch a great deal of cooling during warmer weather (see our photos to get the idea). By my recollection, we can credit the folks at Joe Rocket/Powertrip with this invention from about 15 years ago. They called it the “big air” zipper. Anyway, it is a good idea that is simple and it works great. There are also zip vents on the upper chest and in back. In addition to the big front zip, there are two smaller chest vents and also the sleeve end vents zip down to create a sleeve-end vent. So lots of venting and I think you can manage a wide range of temperatures moving well into summer months. For cooler weather, you can layer under this jacket with your own garments. The shell will provide a good wind break. :: Paul, 05-18-21
Icon says: Punched-up graphics with twice the flash of Elvis—that’s the realm of the Airform™ Retro motorcycle jacket. Built from lightweight reinforced polyester, the relaxed-fit chassis is equipped with a full complement of D3O® impact protectors (shoulder, elbow, back). The Airform jacket comes with our waterproof level WP1 rating and stowable hood should the weather turn ugly. The hood stows away when not in use to eliminate drag. When used for hot-weather riding, the AirFly™ mesh center vent and four zippered vents provide for the ultimate in airflow.