What: Women's 5.0 in Light Blue
Where: Local dealers or Metroscoot
How Much: Mine was $199 but I've seen a range of prices
After three days of adjusting to my new jacket I have to say that I pretty much love it. It is *almost* perfect!
Fit & Comfort
This jacket is SO much more comfortable than the women's 3.0 that I bought with my scooter. The sleeves actually reach my wrists now and even go a bit past them which is nice for riding. The cuffs have a nice long piece of velcro so you can adjust them depending on what gloves you are wearing. I also like the stretchy side panel. It makes the jacket more pliable.
I love the fleece lining around the cuff and neck compared to the scratchy-ness of the jacket's predecessor. My only concern with the lining is that it is bright white and I know it won't stay that way long. Oh well, a dirty scooter jacket is a loved scooter jacket, right? I just wish it was dark blue to match the stretch side material.
I also feel like it will be much easier to layer under this jacket when it gets cold again whereas in the 3.0 I could only wear a light weight fleece under the jacket.
The back hem of the jacket is lower than the front. I like having that extra length because nothing is worse than plumbers butt on a scooterist!!
The one annoying part for me is how wide the "sticky" part of the velcro is at the neck. If I don't completely cover it with the flap then my helmet strap gets caught on it and makes it difficult to turn my head while riding (dangerous!) After the first few days I got the hang of pulling the flap all the way over to cover the velcro but I think I'll make a modification so the patch isn't quite so big. It is almost choking me when I have it all the way covered.
The armor makes a HUGE difference. The armor in the 3.0 was 2 flat pieces of material while the new armor is Knox armor that curves in the right places on my elbows and shoulders. I also appreciate the addition of a back armor panel. It doesn't feel hugely substantial but I like to think it would help in the event of a crash. The armor is removeable in this jacket as well so it is easy to get rid all those bug stains in the wash.
The shell is nylon (according to Metroscoot's website it is 1000 denier Cordura) while the lining is polyester. There are two side zipper pockets lined in fleece. These pockets are DEEP! I think you would have a hard time losing stuff from the pockets if you forgot to zip them up while riding. I do wish they had included an interior pocket as I liked to carry my cell phone in there in my other jacket. There are two vertical zippered vent pocket behind the back of each shoulder but none in front which I found to be a bit strange.
The zipper is a full length zipper that stops just below the neck. There is a flap over the front of the zipper as well as beneath the zipper to keep the wind out.
The Scotchlite on this jacket makes it insanely visible at night. I went on a ride last night with someone who had a 5.0 as well and they were the brightest out of the group. I've included pictures both with and without a flash and you can see what a difference it makes. The blue isn't very eye catching in the day time but it it bright enough to be seen against these gray Seattle skys.
The jacket is pretty light weight and is in fact lighter than my Cortech LRX jacket. I like being able to layer beneath it when I need to. It hasn't been too hot here yet but it has been perfect for the weather we've had. I'll see how it does during the summer.
I like this jacket a lot! I'm considering putting my patches on this one once I read the technical post about "how to sew on a patch"
I've included pictures of some of the parts I wrote about. Please excuse any messiness in the background as I have recently moved!
Right Side w/ Stretchy Panel in Dark Blue
Velcro on Collar
Front No Flash
Back With Flash