Viking Cycle Ironborn Women’s Motorcycle Textile Jacket

First and foremost, can we talk about this brand and how they name their gear? It’s pretty badass right?! I’m of Scandinavian descent and I am moto obsessed, so of course I was drawn to their products! Kudos to you guys!20170506_114617I made my kid take pic’s of the jacket on as soon as I got it before my dog’s hair attacked it!!!

Product Overview (as seen on Motorcycle House & Amazon)

  • Removable & insulated full-sleeve liner.
  • 6 point Sure FitTM custom adjustment system.
  • Removable C.E. approved armor in shoulders & elbows.
  • Removable spine armor w/ pocket for optional C.E. spine protector.
  • Waterproof treated Rock TexTM 600 Outer Shell.

I received this jacket from Motorcycle House It was originally priced at $109.95 but you can pick it up from their site for $69.95 right now! Being a mom of 4 I can seriously appreciate a good deal! A moto jacket with armor included under $175? Sign me up!

Styling

20170506_11491420170506_11470020170506_114736I want to talk about how this jacket is very laid back in the flashy department. I’m not big on all the “girly” design’s out there but I also don’t want my gear to be too masculine either. I really think they got it right with this jacket. It’s form fitting enough that you know I’m a woman under the helmet but toned down enough that I don’t stick out like a billboard sign. No offense ladies, but personally, I’m getting tired of all the pink gear and flowery designs out there. Although, it looks like purple and maroon is starting to take over now. The branding is reflective of the design as well. A simple Viking logo on the sleeve as well as the brand name across the upper back in a subdued size. I like that they’re letting the gear speak for itself and not trying to catch your attention with their name plastered all over it.

Side note: You can get this jacket with pink accents if you want. Still looking out for my pink loving ladies out there!

Protection

The most important feature and probably the first thing I should be talking about, but hey I got sidetracked, is the safety features on this rad piece. The Ironborn is fitted with approved CE (Certified European) elbow, shoulder & spine armor. This type of armor rating has passed the highest impact tests available. The armor is removable so I can easily throw the jacket in the wash for debugging. The outer shell is made of Rock Tex 600 that’s been waterproof treated. The textile material was engineered by Joe Rocket in Canada and is high in abrasion and heat resistance. For all my ATGATT people out there I know you’ll appreciate this. It doesn’t feel bulky when I put it on either (as some jackets can) when loaded with protective gear. Those of you who have read my posts in the past know that comfort is a top priority with me.

Fitment



I ordered this jacket in a medium. That’s my normal size. I didn’t want it to be bulky like my last textile jacket which I bought in a Large to be safe. I can comfortably fit a hoodie under this but if you like to layer up I suggest going up a size! With 6 adjustment options, even I (who dread’s shopping for clothes due to my awkward measurements) can wear this jacket and feel good about it. There are three cinched straps across the lower back which can be tightened individually at the hips, waist and lower ribs to get a custom fit. I haven’t encountered this before and it is awesome! As far as I’m concerned, my girl Ashley Graham made a call to arms and I listened! Women don’t come in one shape and these guys get it! Along with the cinch straps you have two zippers hidden by the piping at the bottom for us women with curvier hips. You’ll find snaps at the inner elbow which have not two but three adjustment options. I have skinny arms so I can appreciate this. Also, a big selling point for me is that it’s long enough that when I bend over I don’t feel a draft going up my back. That happens a lot when you have a long torso and it drives me insane. You can also attach your riding pants at the bottom! The sleeves have Velcro and a zipper adjustment at the wrist which can be tightened or let out. I don’t wear gauntlet style gloves so the Velcro is a must for me. Last but not least, the jacket has a snap at the neck instead of Velcro which always scratches the heck out of me.

Ventilation

There are air vents along the piping on the back of the jacket and air vents along the zipper in the front chest area. What’s really neat about the front air vents is that when you unzip them you’ll find these tabs that when you button them together it really opens the vents up.

Weather Rating

In my opinion this jacket can be worn from early spring to late fall. You could even wear it in the winter if you layer up! It has a quilted, full sleeve liner (Not just a vest!) that can be removed for warmer months. I’ve worn this jacket in 30 degree weather people, and it kept me plenty warm with just a thin flannel underneath!

Cool Features




Who else doesn’t take the safety stickers off their guns or is it just me?

This jacket is loaded with 9 pockets! To be honest I really don’t like having to wear a backpack or fanny pack all the time. Let’s face it, being a girl I have baggage. I try to minimize it but there are some things I have to have on me and some that I just feel better having at hand. Normally I carry my wallet, a knife and my handgun for longer trips, phone, charger, headphones, sunglasses, deodorant and an extra bandanna. If I wanted I can now carry all that on me and not in a bag! Another feature that I have to say simply amazes me, which I haven’t seen before either, is the headphones detail. You can literally thread your headphones along the zipper seam and through your collar! It leads right to the cellphone pocket so you can take your jacket off or zip it up without catching or entangling the wire.

I’m telling you guys right now this jacket has pretty much just replaced all of my jackets in the closet. I even wear it when I’m not riding! I’ve seen a lot of jackets that were reflective of the price but this is not one of them!

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