Joe Rocket Jet Set Jacket
Joe Rocket Jet Set Jacket Review
by "Smalls" for webBikeWorld.com
A well-constructed, stylish leather jacket
with elbow and shoulder protection for the fashion-conscious
Cut specifically for a woman’s body, the Joe Rocket Jet Set
Jacket also has adjustability through the waist for a custom
The Variable Flow ventilation system and a removable insulated
vest provide flexibility for warmer or cooler weather.
Vibrant color and attention to detail provide feminine styling
without being “too girly” (a common complaint from female riders).
At the risk of stereotyping, most women
like to shop. I said most, and I definitely fit in the category
of "loves to shop".
I am like a great Safari hunter; however my jungle is brick
and tile. Mapping my way through stores and websites, I stalk
my prey, and if it’s on sale…even better.
And if that perfect item is on clearance? I just might
do a victory dance right there in the aisle (I’m not kidding!).
The Joe Rocket Jet Set Jacket is currently on closeout, which
means CLEARANCE, but I am getting ahead of myself...
Protection is Important
It is so important to wear
the proper gear -- every time -- when riding.
If you feel differently, all you have to do is search online
for pictures of motorcycle accident victims. One picture of
someone's flayed skin with exposed muscle was enough to convince
me. My apologies for the visuals – I think I am feeling a bit
So why don’t all riders wear protective clothing? Well,
there’s this crazy thing called choice, and unfortunately some
choose comfort (i.e., no gear) over safety.
If vanity comes into play (which I’ll admit it has for me
-- look for an upcoming Scorpion Savannah pant review), looks
usually trump safety, unfortunately. And how silly is that,
considering the purpose of the gear?
From a woman's point of view, there’s also the lack of availability
of women’s gear in motorcycle shops. If a guy tells me one more
time to try a men’s small, I will scream! Although it
might be fun to see their reaction, but I’d rather not go there...
Out of desperation, I once caved and tried some men’s gear,
but the fit was just not designed specifically for a woman’s
body. The torso and shoulders are usually too big, which means
the jacket will flap around in the wind and the armor will be
in the wrong place.
This is a common issue with women’s motorcycle clothing items
that are simply a smaller version of the men’s equivalent, and
the result is both improper fit and the appearance of wearing
And unisex sizes…puh-leease…give it to me straight
-- they’re men’s sizes and the only reason women might wear
them is if they can’t find anything better.
So what's the solution? Gear that is fashionable, fits
well, and offers protection. It sounds too good to be true,
Touted as being designed for women by women, Joe Rocket meets
all these requirements with their "Jet Set" line.
And their design staff is even quick to respond to questions
and offer suggestions! I was blown away by how many times
I got help, suggestions, and pictures from Joe Rocket’s employees
and their product manager. It is evident they care about their
customers and they even went the extra mile to try and help
me find a pair of discontinued pants I was looking for.
By the way, I discovered that Joe Rocket’s Trixie Leather
Pants in blue (which are discontinued and only available in
a medium, but a steal at around $115.00) will not match the
blue Joe Rocket Jet Set Jacket. However, the Joe Rocket Trixie
jacket in blue is still available in limited sizes and it would
look hot with the pants.
Jacket Fit Tips
Motorcycle clothing is designed
for different uses, and this is something to consider before
making a purchase.
Motorcycle jackets are cut longer in the sleeves and fuller
across the back so they fit properly while in the riding position.
For example, touring jackets are normally longer, with multiple
layers to accommodate all types of riding conditions. Sport
jackets are usually shorter in the front to prevent bunching
up and longer in the back to provide coverage when bent over
Correct fit equates to shoulder and elbow armor resting where
it should -- meaning on the shoulder and elbow, not below them.
The jacket should fit snugly enough to hold the armor in place;
it won’t do your elbow any good if the armor shifts down to
A good fit will also be close around the waist so air cannot
go up into the jacket. With your arms resting at your sides,
the sleeve cuffs should extend past the wrists.
Sleeve length is often an issue for me; I generally wear
a size small jacket, but on many jackets the sleeves are too
short before I even reach for handgrips. However, stepping up
to a medium to fit the sleeve length often translates to the
jacket being too large through the shoulders, which means the
armor isn't located correctly.
Also, it's important to note that even within the same manufacturer,
sleeve length may vary from one style to another. I first noticed
this with Shift brand jackets -- one in size small was just
right, while a size small in the next style was an inch too
Remember that while gear should fit closely, it should not
hinder movement. Try it first, which gives you another excuse
to hop on your favorite bike in the shop. Choose a motorcycle
with a similar riding position to your own bike and, well, assume
Reach for the bars and notice ease of movement. Does the
jacket feel like it binds? Is it tight across the shoulders?
How is the sleeve length?
If the cuffs rise above the wrists, consider your glove type
-- gauntlet gloves can remedy this situation and provide coverage
for the wrists.
While you're in the riding position, be sure the back of
the jacket is long enough to cover your waist. Why? Well,
if you’re on a sport bike, there are other…issues that come
into play -- let's just say that this is another time to just
say no to crack!
Leather really does offer some of
the best protection you can find. Not that thin fashion leather,
mind you, but thick, quality leather that's at least 1.0 mm
thick. Remember this will be the only thing between you and
the pavement, so this is not a place to scrimp!
Leather is also windproof, extremely durable, and it (usually)
softens over time; once worn in, you won’t want to part with
it. Did I mention bug guts also wipe off easily?
(L) Joe Rocket Jet Set Jacket shoulder armor. (R) Jet Set Jacket
The Joe Rocket Jet Set Jacket
The Joe Rocket Jet
Set Jacket has great fit, function, and fashion -- and there
are also matching gloves! According to the Joe Rocket
sizing chart, I would need a size medium jacket, but the small
Let’s start with the basics; the Jet Set Jacket is made from
1.2 to 1.4 mm thick cowhide. This thickness should provide excellent
protection in case of a slide. Even though the leather is thick,
the jacket is not restrictive and it's quite flexible.
Princess seams and double darts create a flattering shape
and provide ample room for someone with a figure (ahem, larger
than average cup size). Whether the removable vest was in or
out, I had plenty of wiggle room in the jacket and could still
fit a sweatshirt underneath. Of course, the Jet Set jacket is
a little roomier with the insulating liner vest removed.
The waist has a large degree of adjustability, made possible
with two 7” (17.75 cm) long and 1-¼” (3.2 cm) wide leather straps
on each side which run from the front pockets to the princess
seams in the rear. Cinch the jacket in to show off curves; let
it out when sitting on a bike so the jacket doesn’t ride up.
Raglan sleeves -- which are popular in sport wear and extend
fully to the collar -- allow ease of movement. Joe Rocket pre-curves
their sleeves which also makes for a more comfortable riding
position because the rider is not working against the fabric
The Jet Set Jacket has textile-stretch panels that run the
entire length of the sleeves on the inside of the arm, which
creates both pros and cons. The con is that during cold days,
the panel allows more airflow; the pro is during hot days, when
the panel allows more air flow.
On cooler days - around 45-50 degrees F (7-10 Celsius), layering
the Jet Set Jacket with a long-sleeved shirt was sufficient
to keep me warm.
The textile panel is 5 ½” (14 cm) wide at the underarm --
this helps to reduce bulk in that area versus all leather --
and tapers to 1 ¾” (4.5 cm) wide at the wrist. It also stretches
slightly to allow for a thicker sleeve, like a sweatshirt, without
being too binding.
|Warm Weather Update (7/09): With temperatures
between 85-90 degrees (29 to 32 Celsius) riding under
60 MPH (96 KPH) I was too warm, and in stop-and-go traffic,
it was almost unbearable. At speeds over 65 MPH (104
KPH) I was comfortable.
I now understand how
gear can either add to or prevent fatigue. In stop and
go traffic, when I was hot, I got tired quickly and
it became a distraction.
Add that to a helmet that drills a hole through my
forehead and it’s amazing I stayed on the road! I’ll
be adding a mesh jacket to my motorcycle wardrobe as
soon as possible!”
In warm weather, the breathability of the textile panel combined
with 5” (12.75 cm) zippered vents over the biceps and two 4
½” (11.5 cm) zippered vents in the lower back of the jacket
work to keep the rider cool. By the way, all zippers on the
Jet Set Jacket -- both inside and out -- are YKK brand.
Each sleeve is adorned with two ½” (1.25 cm) wide, white
leather strips and three fashion patches; the top patch also
forms the Joe Rocket logo.
Tapered cuffs fit nicely under gauntlet gloves and feature
a 6” (15.25 cm) opening with a 5 ½” (14 cm) zipper over a textile
flap. A Joe Rocket insignia snap closes the cuffs and extra
snaps are included should the need for replacement arise.
White piping accents the front of the bodice and white and
reflective piping embellishes the back and provides some nighttime
visibility. The front and back each sport a large black and
white Rocket logo; these would be even better if reflective.
The Joe Rocket flower also adds subtle, feminine touches
on both the inside and outside of the jacket. The neck is finished
with a banded collar and covered snap.
Two zippered 6” (15.25 cm) front pockets are angled and easy
to reach to warm one’s hands or to store items. Another 6” (15.25
cm) interior zipped pocket is 7” (17.75 cm) deep, large enough
for a cell phone, iPod, or other small items.
The interior of the Joe Rocket Jet Set Jacket is also nicely
finished. A removable insulated, quilted vest, made of 100%
nylon, is attached with a zipper and buttons. A permanent 100%
polyester mesh lining extends all the way down the sleeves for
comfort and breathability.
Joe Rocket Jet Set Jacket insulating liner
Joe Rocket Jet Set Jacket with liner removed
The Jet Set jacket also has an 8” (20.25 cm) zipper for pant
attachment; simply sew one side of the zipper to any pair of
Protection during a crash is provided by dual-density armor
in the elbows/forearm and shoulders, along with a spine pad,
which can be replaced with an optional CE-approved spine protector.
There is also a permanent 9 ½” (23.5 cm) by 4 ½” (11.4 cm) foam
pad installed in the bottom of the jacket; this rests over the
small of the back.
The protectors and pad were removed quite easily for the
photos, and after seeing them, I plan on upgrading to CE-approved
armor, but here’s where I’m a little (actually, a lot) confused…
After searching online, it appears that sets of Joe Rocket
CE-approved shoulder, elbow, or knee armor retails for only
about $5.00 more than their dual-density pieces. I’d be more
than willing to pay an extra $10 per jacket for a set of CE-approved
elbow and shoulder armor or $5 for a set of knee armor in a
pair of pants to get the CE-approved armor rather than dual-density
This tidbit made me concerned about their other jackets,
and I’m happy to announce after checking every women’s Joe Rocket
jacket currently offered through Motorcycle Superstore, New
Enough, and RevZilla, only one other jacket came with dual density
protectors. Joe Rocket’s twenty-six other jackets listed between
those sites come with CE- approved armor. Good news, indeed.
The Joe Rocket Jet Set Leather Jacket
embodies style, fit, and protection at an affordable price.
Add the fact that it is on closeout – translation: clearance
– and it becomes a steal around $215 to $249.
Every color is available in limited sizes; Hawaii Blue is
available in all sizes ranging from XS to XXL. Get yours before
Product Review: Joe Rocket Jet Set Women's
Price: $329.99 to $349.99 (On sale at
RevZilla for $239.96).
Hawaii Blue/Black, Fuchsia/Black, Red/Black
Sizes: XS - XXL
|Made In: China
Date: June 2009
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