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Russhole

  

The Leatt Pro Jacket is the top of the line jacket offered by Leatt.  It’s fully waterproof, windproof and accommodates a neck brace, using the Leatt Ready collar system.  It also offers removable CE approved elbow and shoulder protection, Scotchlite reflective material and makes you feel like you are ready for the Dakar Rally when you put it on!

 

Dakar testing dreams aside, I did put the Leatt Pro Jacket through some proper Northwest Washington testing.  My home riding area is the Walker Valley ORV area that is a multi-use area for Jeeps, quads, and motorcycles. I wanted to see how the jacket performed both in ADV conditions and also on technical single track.  The mix of gravel roads and long, abusive trails were the perfect opportunity to see if this jacket was as great as it looked on paper.

 

To start off with, I rode straight up a super rocky trail that would lead to the best roads for doing some high-speed runs.  When I was done with that first trail, I was hot.  I removed the inner liner and opened all the vents.  Now I was cold. I finally figured out a combination that worked for me and the rest of the day I was comfortable.  Needless to say, the ventilation system is flexible and very good.

 

A quick note on the waterproof inner liner; Leatt decided to add this because if you have the vents open, you no longer have a waterproof jacket. The liner lets air circulate around inside the jacket without the water getting to you. Smart.

 

One thing that worried me with this jacket is how bundled up you are with it on.  But, I was pleasantly surprised with how much movement that I had wearing it.  The neck brace cover didn’t give me any issues, it didn’t get bind up anywhere and I quickly forgot that I was even wearing such a hi tech jacket.   Even though I couldn’t look down to see the pockets (because of the neck brace), they were placed where access felt natural. I was able to pull my phone out to snap pictures and put it back in with ease.

 

To be perfectly honest, this jacket seemed extremely complicated when I pulled it out of the box.  I recently tested another Leatt jacket (the W.E.C.) and it was much simpler. But the Leatt Pro Jacket goes above and beyond your standard waterproof riding jacket.  Here’s a list of the things that I thought were great about it:

 

  • 100% waterproof & windproof.
  • Removable inner liner (also 100% waterproof… does that make it 200% waterproof?). :smirk:
  • 3M reflective material for safety.
  • You can wear it with or without a brace thanks to the neat removable collar.
  • The sleeves and waist are super adjustable.
  • Waterproof pockets.
  • Hydration bladder ready.
  • Removable armor.
  • Efficient & flexible ventilation.
  • Special pocket for the removable liner in the back.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE in every way.

 

Now, I removed the armor inserts that come with the Leatt Pro Jacket because I wanted to be able to use my own armor with a chest protector. I mention this because it would be really cool if the jacket had some built in chest protection of sorts.  Obviously that’s difficult to accomplish with a zipper in the way.  But either way, it was nice to be able to customize the Leatt Pro Jacket in so many ways to match the type of riding that you are going to do.  This leads me into my overall opinion of the jacket.

 

This is the most hi tech and expensive riding jacket that I’ve ever used.  It is wonderfully designed and thought out. It is a little complicated at first, but once you figure out how things fit and how to configure it to your needs, it all makes sense. If you’re an ADV rider, this is the jacket to get.  It is PERFECT for that application.  If you’re a technical single track rider, this jacket is overkill. BUT, if you’re into both, you can make it work with how customizable it is.  After riding with the Leatt Pro Jacket on for the day, I definitely saw how useful it could become.

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speedygee68

  

I did purchase one for the compatibility with my Leatt neck brace. I don't share the same enthusiams as Russhole. 1st, the zipper is switched to what we are used to. Instead of placing the male end with your left hand and pulling the zipper up with your right, it is switched. There is no way to mount a GPS locator on the jacket. The adjustable sleeves use a spandex type band to tighten...just wondering how long it will last before tearing/ wearing out. There is little to no reflective piping. You can only get it in black. For almost $500, it's almost double what I paid for my 1st dual sport jacket. Not worth the high price tag.

 

The only two things that make this jacket stand out is #1: I like putting the water bladder in the back pouch (wich is also very wide and doesn't support it) What I don't like about this is that there is no routing system for the hose. Very disappointing. #2 like-When you zip up the collar on cold days, it does a great job at keeping the cold air out. For what you pay for this jacket, it should be more "useful" than other jackets for 1/2 the price. Other dual sport jackets usually have two to four pockets, adjustable waistband, some reflective piping, more pockets than you need and some body armor.

I do like the Leatt body vest, chest protector and neck brace. But as far as this jacket goes, I wish I could have taken it back for a refund. I'm not impressed for the price.

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