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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Leather Jacket review

The VikingCycle Bloodaxe Leather Jacket is made from quality buffalo leather and is sold by Motorcycle House for $99 (as of Feb, 2015) with free shipping in the USA on orders over $89.
http://www.motorcyclehouse.com/vikingcycle-cruiser-jackets-for-men-291-mnf-2100-ctg.htm
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I received my jacket 3 days after the order was placed.  My initial reaction to the jacket was very good.  The jacket is made with quality leather and feels very strong.  Stitching is solid, zippers are heavy duty and armor is typical for motorcycle jackets.  The removable armor includes back, elbows and shoulders.
The jacket has two front zippered pockets, a right sleeve key pocket, two chest vents and two back vents.  The sleeve key pocket is an interesting feature and I believe I will use it.  Cuffs have zippers to allow for bigger openings when needed.
Right sleeve key pocket
The removable quilted lining has one zippered pocket on the right side, two smaller pockets and two pen holders on the left chest.  The leather jacket has two zippered pockets (one on each side).  I like having pockets so this is a positive for me.  When the lining is removed only the two zippered pockets are left.
Right inside pocket
Left side pockets
Side and back reflective stripes not only provide added visibility, but adds to the stylish look.  The back zippered vents allow for air to flow through when riding on warmer days.
 The Velcro side adjustment straps allow for customizing fitting. 
Pros:
Durable leather
Reflective stipes
Thick leather that will protect a rider 
Armor (removable allows for daily or non-riding wear)
Speedy and friendly service from Motorcycle House
Vents and removable lining
Pockets! (but don't like losing 3 when the lining is removed)
Value - big bang for the bucks  
The quilted shoulders give a nice look, but sleeves are too long
Cons:
Weight (using nurses scales - 4.8lbs without the armor)
Sleeve length (I am use to sleeves being a little long, but these cover over 1/2 my hand, and yes I know I am short :)   5'6")
Cuff openings - big even when zipped - difficult time getting gloves over the cuffs before riding
Overall I like the jacket.  Being in North Texas I will not have weather cold enough to wear the jacket often.  Even with the lining out the jacket is very warm.  I can see wearing the jacket when not on the bike.  It is nice enough for casual wear and/or jeans.

The Bloodaxe Leather Jacket is a great bargain.  It is far superior to many budget jackets and yet is does not break the bank.  
With the overall quality and value offered by Motorcycle House and the review of one of their trunks at Utah Motorcyclist I can see ordering other items in the future.

7 comments:

  1. I've worn leather - once, never again on a ride. I agree with you, it is hot and heavy and impractical given the modern options. But glad you have a walk-about jacket for cool evenings (looks good on you!)

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  2. Honest review. Leather is not for me because of the bike I ride and leather is too hot in summer.

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  3. Great your jackets are superb so nice collection....

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  4. Good write up. What size jacket did you receive? I'm also 5'6" and am unsure about sizing.

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