What: Bomber Jacket
Where: Local dealers or Metroscoot
How Much: $210
Just got back from my first ride with the brand-new Corazzo Bomber jacket. The executive summary: It Kicks Ass.
Fit & Comfort
First, it's much more comfortable than the Men's 5.0 I've been wearing. It has a wonderful quilted satin-like liner that feels smooth and welcoming when you slip it on. The armor pockets don't catch on your hands, and the velcro closures on the armor pockets don't scratch your skin. This is a huge improvement. The liner is non-removable, which I actually like better than removable ones.
The fit is more relaxed than my 5.0, even though my bomber and my 5.0 are both XL in size. I have more room to move around in, for sure. I'd guess that it's effectively maybe half a size larger -- not so much that I'd want an L instead of an XL, though.
The sleeves seem kind of long when I'm not on the scooter, and hang down a bit. However, they're a perfect fit when I'm riding, and that's a tradeoff I'm completely happy with. The cuffs on the sleeves close with velcro, and these closures are perhaps a little less substantial than the ones on the 5.0 jacket. Interestingly, the exterior shell at the cuffs extends past the interior liner, which makes it possible to roll the cuffs up about two inches (one fold). This makes the sleeves shorter, but makes the velcro cinch unavailable. It might be useful to ride with the sleeves uncuffed (giving more length when needed) and roll the cuffs up when hanging around at rallies.
The collar and the waist are a soft elastic material, and very comfortable.
I'm happy to report that the bomber comes with Knox armor in the shoulders and elbows, plus a flat foam pad over the spine. The shoulder and elbow armor is molded and fits very well. It's also quite removable should you ever need to wash your jacket.
The shell is made of 250-denier nylon for abrasion resistance, and has hidden patches of Cordura for additional abrasion resistance in the elbows and back. This makes the jacket much more pliable and lightweight than the 5.0. Did I mention it was comfortable? See above. There's a zippered armpit vent under each arm, and zippered hand pockets right where you would want them. There's also an additional zippered pocket on the left arm, and a vertically-opening interior zippered pocket just inside the main zipper.
The front zipper is sturdy and made of metal. Just inside the zipper, there's a flap that will keep wind from cutting through the zipper. It's touches like these that make me really like this jacket.
The jacket is black, which is of course always in fashion, although black scooter clothing lacks night-time visibility. To remedy that, there's Scotchlite piping across the front, and a band of Scotchlite perhaps 1" wide all the way across the back. Given past experience with Scotchlite products, this should make it very visible at night-time when hit with a headlight. Fashionable and visible and immune to flash photography. Now how much would you pay?
This jacket is very light. It feels insubstantial at first, as it's pliable and doesn't have any heft that you would normally associate with a heavily armored jacket. However, it's made out of all the right stuff, and it is in fact armored. The quilted liner has a polyester fill, and even though it's not very thick, it's quite warm. It was cold and overcast today, and even with the zippered armpit vents open, I was a tad overwarm.
I love this jacket. I've been resisting sewing my rally patches on any of my other jackets, and now I know why -- this is the jacket that I was waiting for. Comfort, visibility, armor, and abrasion resistance. You just can't beat that combination.
I got mine from Barry at San Francisco Scooter Centre. Of course my wife had to get one too -- turns out they come in women's sizes as well.
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