Gear Pick: Icon Patrol Waterproof Jacket

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Gear Pick: Icon Patrol Waterproof Jacket

A snowboard jacket designed for motorcycling, the Icon Patrol Waterproof Jacket is a unique-looking jacket that nevertheless functions well on-bike and includes protection against the elements and, of course, crashing.

Price: $400

Icon Patrol Waterproof Jacket
Icon Patrol Waterproof Jacket

Why we like it: High quality and great looks works as well off the bike as on.

Less expensive competitor: The $220 Alpinestars Scion jacket is similarly styled, much less baggy and incorporates an innovative, removable mesh chassis for the armor. Considerably lighter material though.

You should also check out: The $400 Alpinestars Lance 3L is even nicer than the Patrol and cut to flatter slim bodies.

  • Brian

    Personally speaking for my preferences, this is the 1st Icon product that appeals to me that you have featured. I much prefer the hi-vis version ( and wished it came in hi-vis safety cone KTM orange), but this in general is a really decently built product. I think this has a much broader market appeal, but doesn’t get the attention because it isn’t a mainstream product for how the company has set it’s customer appeal/style bar. This also has the added advantage for me of the matching pants to be a proper suit, regardless of how or where you use it.

  • William Connor

    For a slightly louder style the Raiden is the same jacket with their usual flash added.

  • Tom Hinds

    I have this jacket, and the pants, and i love them, apart from one key problem, they’re not actually waterproof. After my 7 mile commute (which takes me 20/30 minutes), if it’s anything more than a light shower, quite a few parts of my shirt & trousers underneath are quite wet, especially the shoulder and forearm area, as well as the knee and hip area.

    • Guy

      I had this jacket and I will back you up on that, it isn’t really water proof. Mine also shed material and wasn’t holding up after a month of use. It also caught the wind like a sail since they’re cut baggy like a snowboard jacket. The hi viz was nice to have but all my reflective parts were peeling off after a month. Easily the worst 400 I ever spent.

      • Guy

        To their credit, I did like the look of the jacket and traffic behaved a lot better when I looked like a moto cop with my silver helmet + hi viz patrol jacket.

        • Tom Hinds

          Other than the non-waterproof’ness of mine i have zero other complaints, with the thermal liner in it’s super warm, even into the minuses (centigrade), and flows a decent amount of air with it out and all the vents open. Fits nice, and i’ve had none of the problems with it you’ve mentioned and i’ve used mine everyday since March.

    • Jai S.

      “After my 7 mile commute (which takes me 20/30 minutes)”

      Guess how I know you don’t live California?

      • Tom Hinds

        lol, go on?

        • Jai S.

          A 7 mile commute would not take 30 minutes while lane splitting.

          My 12 mile commute takes 15 minutes lane splitting, or 35 to 60 minutes in stop and go.

  • Clint Keener

    I love my Patrol jacket. It’s good from 30 degrees with the liner in (and layers) to 70 with it out. My favorite aspect is the magnetic flap over the main zipper. I never ride in the rain so I can’t say if it’s completely waterproof or not.

  • Scott

    Be advised this jacket fits huge. I bought a 2XL per the size chart (i wear a 48L in suits 6′ 230lbs) and I probably should have got a XL. The arms are especially big. The zip in liner is super warm.

  • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

    I wore this jacket for 1800 miles straight from Chicago to Birmingham and back for Barber this autumn and had a great experience with it overall. The final day was pouring rain and I stayed nice and dry. Then again, the windshield on my Tiger 1050 is enormous, but neither of my arms or back got even remotely damp in 6 straight hours of steady rain on both freeway and surface streets. Speeds ranged from standing in traffic up to freeway going.

    In the dry, the jacket vents extremely well and is comfortable in motion well into the 90s, although I still prefer mesh for properly hot weather. I especially appreciate that the Patrol is un-insulated and un-lined as just the shell. This makes it really easy to layer up underneath in the cold, and gives just enough free airspace in the warmer temperatures. Even all zipped up with all the vents closed, the jacket still breathes really well, and that’s especially nice when it gets colder, as it keeps me from getting sweaty under all the layers. The zip-in insulated liner does a great job down to freezing, although my one complaint is that it’s not anchored at the bottom rear of the liner, so every time I put it on, I have to reach back and pull the liner down into place, which is an awkward maneuver in a big jacket like that.

    One additional complaint is the placement of the hydration pouch. It hangs right in the center of the jacket, which is aesthetically pleasing, but ergonomically terrible on a bike. It’s neither high enough or low enough for the weight of it to not pull back awkwardly, and if my bike was loaded up, I couldn’t lean back on my seat stack for lower back support because the bag was in the way. If it were 6″ higher, it’d be great, but after the first day of riding with it, I relegated it to one of my panniers. Also, 1L isn’t enough water to do me any good in actual travel. I’ve got a 2L regular Camelbak and in the future, that’s what I’ll be going back to.

    Lastly, while I appreciate the availability of larger sizes, ICON doesn’t seem to offer their full color range for guys my size. So my only choice was black or hi-viz, when what I really wanted was the Coast Guard-looking rescue red color.

    I imagine that perhaps once a season, the jacket will have to be re-coated for water-proofing, but all things considered, I’ve had a great experience with it after one season.

  • Jai S.

    My mistake. I apologize. I was being far to US-centric.

    Most of my family is in England and every few years I like to visit. Driving is very different, and takes much more concentration. I live in Orange County, California, and not only are our roads wide, but they are typically set up in a grid. A driver can get by with surprisingly little attention. Not at all the case in the greater-London area.

    Next time I visit, I want to spend a couple of days touring around England. Any tips?

    • Tom Hinds

      Yeah, London, lol, completely different. I’ve drove in London but not ridden, it’d be erm, interesting to say the least!

      Hmmm, touring England, we have a lot of good roads out towards the country side. I’m from Birmingham which is in the Midlands so i’m kind of in the worst place. For sheer scenery you can’t beat Yorkshire, the Dales are definitely a site to see. I know it’s not England, but Wales is a nice place too with good roads. I’ll see where’d be good for that sort of thing and post back in here for some info for you.

      • Jai S.

        Thank you for the tips!