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  • Viking Cycle Ironborn Black Textile Motorcycle Jacket Review

    Viking Cycle Ironborn Black Textile Motorcycle Jacket Review

    If you do not already have a good quality motorcycle jacket, I encourage you now to do some research and get one. Someday you will thank me for the advice.

    Recently I received a Jacket for testing from Viking Cycle, the Viking Cycle Ironborn Black Textile Motorcycle Jacket item# VC512B-S.  At first glance, it's a nice looking jacket with an equally wearable style whether you are on a cruiser, adv, sport tourer or pretty much whatever you ride.  It's a two piece black textile jacket, 100% 600D Polyester coated by PU (polyurethane) with a removable vest liner.  The Ironborn has ample adjustment at the forearm, wrist, and waist. There are five zippered pockets; two hand pockets, two upper chest pockets and one interior pocket hidden near the main zipper.  Venting is equally impressive, with two arm vents and two rear back vents. The back vents were easily reachable without prior limbering up or yoga training. All the zippers appear quality and are rubberized to help with waterproofing. The black exterior includes dark gray accent stripes over each shoulder (pending the color you choose) and a rounded collar with hook and loop fastener. The fit of the jacket seems consistent with American sizing standards. I would say that its cut is more towards a street rider than an adventure rider, as it has a more tailored appearance.

    Jacket comes in a variety of colors (see below)

     

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     The jacket itself is comfortable to wear with the CE armor protection located precisely where you need it; elbows, shoulder and back. The wearer of the Ironborn should be warm in all but the harshest environments and comfortable to temps well into the ninety degrees Fahrenheit. (also with the help of layering)

    Prior to this review, I had not seen nor used any VikingCycle products. The fact that this is a moderately priced motorcycle jacket concerned me a bit, I expected the quality for some features to be lacking, but that is not the case. The example I received was well stitched and thoughtfully designed.

    Is this the best jacket money can buy? No it isn't.  But does it tick the boxes of safety, comfort, style and value?  Yes, yes it does.

    The Ironborn textile jacket would be a great first jacket for new riders, or a secondary jacket for seasoned riders looking for some flexibility in their motorcycle wear. This is a jacket I will keep myself for day rides and for my guests to use should they need gear. My only question? What new motorcycle do I need to buy to match my new Ironborn jacket?

     

     

    Pros;

    Value;  a hundred bucks buys a lot of protection and comfort

    Rain and wind resistant

    CE rated armor

    Adjustability in the forearms, wrists, and waist

    Venting to keep you cool on hot rides

    Liner to keep you warm on cool rides

    Comes in a variety of colors

    Stylish, it just looks good!

    1-year warranty against defects

    30 day return policy

     

    Cons:

    No reflective areas/piping for night riding

    Missing some options of higher priced jackets

     

    Disclaimer: I have not received endorsements for this review. I do get to keep the test jacket should I want it. I was not coached nor encouraged to make a favorable review of any VikingCycle products and was free to give my honest opinion without bias.