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Russhole

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When considering your choices in riding jackets that protect you from the elements, one thing that comes into play is whether or not you use a neck brace.  Leatt has designed its W.E.C. jacket specifically to accommodate the use of a neck brace.  The idea is to be able to have the jacket zipped all the way up and not have water running down the inside.  I was somewhat skeptical of how comfortable and functional this combination of gear would be. To test the Leatt W.E.C jacket out, I waited patiently for the right weather (any winter day in NW Washington state is the perfect jacket testing day!) and got geared up to ride.

 

The riding area that is 15 minutes from home is the Walker Valley ORV park.  It is a multi-use area for bikes, quads, side X sides, and Jeeps.  It is home to some very nice, technical single track through deep woods and lots of boulders.  It’s also wet all the time. Even when it’s not raining, you'll likely get wet. This seemed like a logical place to see what the Leatt W.E.C. jacket was all about.  A winter storm had just rolled through, so we decided to ride with our chainsaw packs on.  The extra girth makes it impossible to use a neck brace.  Luckily, the W.E.C. jacket is designed to use with or without a neck brace and includes a roll down brace cover.

 

Riding with the weight of a chainsaw, extra fuel, bar oil, and the normal riding tools is a lot to carry on your back and I had kind of assumed that I’d be overheating with the jacket on.  To my surprise, with all the available vents in use (chest, arm hole, sleeve, and back) I stayed at a temperature that kept me comfortable without being too warm.

 

Once we were done with our ride with our saw packs on, I tossed the neck brace on and rode for a bit to see how things felt all bundled up. I’m happy to report that Leatt did a good job making this jacket comfortable and functional, both with and without the use of a neck brace.

 

The Leatt W.E.C. jacket has seven pockets and an additional compartment for a hydration bladder (or whatever);

  • Four pockets on the front.
  • A window pocket on the right sleeve.
  • Sleeve pocket on your left.
  • A 1.5 liter back pocket that holds a TON of stuff. 

I put my cell phone in the waterproof chest pocket and it came back dry. The hydration bladder compartment appears to be sized for about a 1.5 liter bladder. My 3 liter was way too big and my 2 liter was still a little too snug for my liking. Leatt sells a water bladder that looks like it would fit properly on their website.

Some of my favorite features on the jacket are:

  • Hydration bladder insert.
  • Reinforced shoulders and elbows.
  • Roll down brace cover.
  • Vast storage space.
  • Extended length of the back to keep mud out of your pants.
  • Extreme breathability.
  • Sleeves zip off into a vest (flexibility).

My overall opinion on the Leatt W.E.C. Jacket is that it is fantastic.  It fits all your armor underneath, it breathes, it can eliminate the need for a backpack for shorter trips and plus, it looks AND feels good.  The jacket is very well made and from what I can tell, it should last for a good bit of trail thrashing. 

Leatt even thought ahead and included extra buttons and fabric swatches, just in case you decide to have an accident and tear the jacket. Nice touch.  The price of the jacket is a bit higher than most standard rain coats, but this unit is obviously not a standard rain coat. This is a legitimate, light-weight, purpose built riding jacket that is also very water resistant.  I can recommend  this jacket for both on and off-road riding. You definitely get your money's worth in my opinion.


One piece of advice however; order it one size bigger than you normally would. My usual XL size was a little tight, I swapped it out for and XXL and it fit perfectly.

 

 

 

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