Cortech Vader Jacket Review [Leather and Mesh Hybrid]

Summer and leather don’t mix, especially if you live in hot, humid, and sunny parts of the world. Leather jackets have been perforated and vented to help cool summer riders. However, nothing beats huge mesh panels, and that’s what the cortech The Vader Leather Motorcycle Jacket comes in a neat package. Part of Cortech’s Speedway range, the Vader Jacket looks great – providing abrasion protection where it’s needed and letting air flow where it can. Styling is understated – even the Black/Camo version we tested – and branding is a tasteful gray-on-black. You don’t look like a billboard.Rather than a leather jacket with mesh, think of the Cortech Vader Jacket as a mesh jacket with 1.1-1.2mm leather backing. The outer arms are covered in leather up to the shoulder, with more leather on the sides of the rider’s body. Leather accents are found at the waist and lower back, as well as a panel below the neck. Flexibility is enhanced by stretch panels on the shoulders and under the arms. The sleeves are also covered with a strip of stretchy material from the wrists to the elbows. Mesh maintains movement on the front and back of the body, inside the arms and under the wrist zippers.Put it all together and you have a jacket that offers the security of leather, as well as good air circulation for hot days. The jacket was tested in temperatures ranging from the 90s to the 60s, in the canyons and on urban rides, in the sun and after dark. In this wide range of conditions, the Cortech Vader Jacket has always been comfortable, although every rider has a different idea of ​​how much heat or cold they can tolerate. The Cortech Vader has a slim fit, so it looks great on the wearer. With the flexibility offered by the elastic panels and the lightness of the mesh, we never felt constrained by the fit or design of the jacket. Although not as light as a pure mesh jacket, it is much less restrictive than a full leather jacket. The waist can be adjusted via hook-and-loop straps on either side of the waist, as well as two-position snaps at the biceps. The jacket feels great zipped up to the neck, thanks to the neoprene collar, and with the forearm. zippers to the cuffs – better protection in case of an unexpected slip on the road. Speaking of the front zipper, it’s a bit of an odd design, with a little magnetic hook at the bottom. called a Ideal Magzip front closure, it works seamlessly most of the time, but sometimes it’s tedious. The other zippers on the jacket are traditional YKK designs.If you’re between sizes, you’ll probably want to go with the larger size, especially if you plan on wearing the included padded zipper vest. We haven’t tested the quilted vest yet, due to summer conditions. We are also in a dry period, so we did not have the opportunity to test the effectiveness of the Reissa waterproof liner. As has been the case with recent Cortech jackets we’ve worn, you can wear the waterproof liner without the padded vest, but the vest zips into the waterproof liner, so the vest cannot be attached directly to the padded vest. jacket. There is also an eight inch zipper on the inside lower back that attaches to compatible pants. In addition to the abrasion protection provided by leather, the Cortech Vader has CE Level 2 armor in the shoulders and elbows – a good thing. There is no back protector, just a useless pad that we instantly throw away.We tested the Vader with the option Safe Tech CE level 2 back protector sold by Cortech. We consider it a must buy at only $20. The Safe-Tech back protector has vents and sits comfortably in a mesh pocket. It’s nice to have legit back protection when riding – comfort isn’t compromised and airflow through it noticeably. As you’d expect, there’s a pair of handwarmer pockets with sturdy zippers. A pleasant surprise is the outer Napoleon pocket, which makes it easy to access the contents at all times. Inside the jacket on the right, there is a waterproof pocket capable of swallowing the largest smartphone, with a reassuring hook-and-loop flap. The inner left side has a large pocket with a hook-and-loop closure. None of the pockets let air through, although that didn’t prove to be a problem even on the hottest days. Mesh jackets and full leather jackets are ideal for the right conditions. When it’s summertime and it’s starting to heat up, the Cortech Vader Jacket gives you a stylish hybrid that offers the comfort of mesh with most of the essential protections of leather.Cortech Vader Jacket Highlights

  • Sizes: Small – XX-Large
  • Colors: Black; Black/Camo
  • Armor: CE level 2 shoulders and elbows (optional back protector at $20)

Cortech Vader Jacket Price: $320 ($340, as tested)

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