Teknic Sprint Jacket - Teknic
Sprint II Pants
by Bill C. for webBikeWorld.com
It was exactly two years ago today that we took
delivery of the unique clone Jacket and Pants for evaluation.
At that time, we came away very impressed with Teknic's
"out of the box" thinking and the multiple features that
made the outfit a real standout.
The uniqueness of the Cyclone outfit opened my eyes
to Teknic products, although I should have known they
had something on the ball, because the original
Teknic Violator gloves are an all-time favorite
Unfortunately, Teknic apparel just doesn't seem to be
as commonly available as some of the other brands,
either in local motorcycle shops or online retail
I guess Teknic exists in a sort of netherworld
somewhere between the found-everywhere Joe Rocket
products and high-end gear like Spidi, Dainese or
Rev'it. Local retailers generally focus on low
price commodity stuff for undiscriminating buyers, with
maybe a shop or two that carries a limited selection of
the good stuff, albeit covered with dust because it's
marked up at list price.
Unfortunately, very few local motorcycle retailers
have made a commitment to high-quality motorcycle gear.
Selecting, marketing and selling are three very distinct
functions that involve three distinct strategies,
tactics and skills.
I think many retailers end up
with the "chicken and egg" paradox; they don't make the
full commitment, which means they don't spend the time
and money to do it right, then the gear doesn't sell,
which then reinforces their belief that they can only
sell the cheap stuff.
Maybe more of these shops should take a look at the
Teknic line as a way to get there. Teknic's
strategy seems to focus on "out of the box" thinking by
offering features that can't be found anywhere else.
Maybe it would be too much to hope for an untrained
employee to explain the benefits and compare and
contrast to everything else on the market, but surely
something different would help to distinguish a
The Teknic Sprint jacket and Sprint II pants are a
case in point. The Sprint jacket is an early
release for 2007, and it's chock full of surprising
features that I think do make a difference.
Our experience with Teknic gear indicates that the
company is on a mission to create the mythical "all
season" motorcycle garment. At first glance, the
Sprint jacket looks like a cold-weather outfit, but --
and it was a surprise to me -- the outer waterproof and
windproof shell zips off to expose a nice-looking mesh
The mesh jacket can be worn
with or without its fairly heavy quilted liner, which
stuffs into its own carrying pouch.
Now this functionality isn't ground-breaking, as
we've seen it before with several other brands.
But the Sprint jacket takes it a grade or two higher, as
the outer shell is more substantive than just a simple
Teknic Sprint Jacket
Teknic calls the Sprint a "2/3 length" jacket; we think
it's more like a 5/8 length, but who's counting?
The slightly shorter length does mean that a chilling
breeze or two can creep up from underneath the front and
sides if the jacket isn't cinched up tightly.
And it's too bad that the matching Sprint II pants
don't have the zip-off windproof bib featured on the
Cyclone pants, which
adds some wind protection to the rider's chest.
But that's what products like the
Rev'it Scoop windproof vest are for...
Other features on the Sprint jacket include a unique
zip-off neck. The neck fabric sits higher than
normally found on a 3/4-length jacket and it would
probably look rather silly when the outer liner is
removed, so Teknic made the neck removable also.
The high neck helps block the cold air in the winter,
but it can interfere with some helmets, making it harder
to turn my head side to side when checking for oncoming
traffic when stopped. Also, as in almost every
motorcycle jacket we've tried, there isn't enough
adjustment (in this case, the length of the Velcro) to
accommodate a wide variety of neck sizes.
It fits me but Rick complains that there isn't enough
length to fit his 17.5" neck diameter without making it
too tight. He wanted me to let you know that the
Velcro doesn't hold around his neck and it comes undone
several times per ride.
The main front zipper has an extended windproof and
waterproof flap, but even this can be snapped to the
inside of the mesh jacket if it isn't needed. The
Sprint jacket also comes with a removable backpack that
clips on to four triangular D-rings on the back of the
jacket (see photo below). The backpack can hold
the shell, the liner and more and is easily removable
for use off-bike with its own carrying strap.
More features include a hidden zipper across the top
back of the jacket that opens up a vent, similar to the
venting system found on the Aerostich Darien. The
sleeves on the Sprint include two separate cinch
locations, one on the upper arm (bicep area) and one on
the forearm, which allow the rider to snug up the
sleeves to prevent flapping around and to keep the Knox
CE-approved elbow armor in place.
The cinch uses a flap that can attach to one of three
snaps on the arm, rather than the two that are commonly
found on most jackets. The three snaps provide a
wider range of adjustment for different arm shapes and
to account for layering.
The Sprint also has Knox CE-approved shoulder armor
and -- surprise -- the jacket actually has a very nice
thick Knox CE-approved TP2 back armor instead of the
throwaway foam padding found in most jackets, even those
costing twice as much.
Let's see -- there's more: There are also additional
adjusters at the hem of the mesh jacket, also with three
snaps rather than two. The waist belts that are
used to adjust the midsection over the outer shell are
also removable and snap in to the mesh jacket when the
outer shell is removed. The only problem is
remembering them -- I took them off the mesh jacket and
forgot to re-install them on the shell and couldn't
remember where I put them. I finally found them,
stuffed down between the cushions on the couch...
The suspenders can be removed also; they snap on the
front and the back goes through a loop in the waist of
the pants. I don't really see a purpose for the
suspenders -- they don't seem to do much to hold the
pants on because the suspenders are made from elastic
and they'd have to be cinched up way too tight to
actually hold the pants. Since the pants also zip
to the jacket, I removed the suspenders and stuffed them
in a pocket.
By the way, the mesh jacket uses elastic cuffs, which
may seem so '50's but which actually work better than
the stiff Velcro cuffs used on most jackets. The
only problem is that the elastic cuffs want to stay on
the wrists when removing the jacket, causing the lining
to turn inside-out, so I find I have to hold the elastic
cuff with my opposite hand as I pull an arm out of the
Both the outer shell and the inner mesh jacket have
hand pockets and hefty YKK zippers are used throughout.
The pocket zippers are a bit difficult to access though;
they're located on the seam on the side of the jacket,
slightly farther back than one would expect to find
them. The zipper opens by pulling it down, rather
than up. I've found that it's nearly impossible to
open the pockets with one hand, with or without gloves.
Finally, the jacket has some 3M Scotchlite reflective
piping laid on here and there and, a real bonus, the
jacket has a zipper that can be attached to the matching
Sprint II pants.
The Sprint has a deep wallet pocket just inside the
left side of the jacket, just inside the zipper.
The two hand pockets at the waist are rather shallow,
but I don't use them for much more than holding a cell
phone and ear plugs anyway.
Teknic Sprint II Pants
The matching Sprint II pants are similar to the Cyclone
pants we reviewed last year. They include a heavy
quilted removable lining and Teknic claims that they are
100% waterproof and windproof. Although I can't
vouch for their ability to resist water, they've kept me
warm and comfortable in temperatures down in the 40's
with no problems.
The Sprint II pants have an extra layer of DuPont
Cordura in the seat and knees. The knees also have
an easily accessible outside pocket that holds the hard
armor. I think it's Knox-type armor but I couldn't
find a Teknic specification for it. The problem
with the armor location, as in just about every other
motorcycle pants I've tried, is that it isn't
It's too low for me, Rick and Burn. I've taken
to trashing the armor and using the wearable armored
underwear like the products from Bohn or Forcefield
anyway -- they fit perfectly and provide much more
assurance that the armor will actually be in the right
location when I need it.
The Sprint II pants include "Armorshield"
dual-density foam in the hips, which feels like a
slightly thicker (barely) type of foam padding than is
usually found in this location. Besides the zipper
connector to the Sprint jacket, the pants also feature
an elastic foot strap at the ankle, which can be placed
around the bottom of the boot to keep the pant leg in
The pants have a zipper on the inside of the leg, a
rather unusual location. The zipper is backed with
fabric to prevent the ingress of water and a flap covers
the zipper on the outside and secures with Velcro.
The Sprint II pants have slash hand pockets with
zippers; they're rather shallow pockets but functional.
Heavy YKK zippers are used throughout.
A word about sizing for the Teknic Sprint jacket and
Sprint II pants. Take a look at the photos of the
Teknic Cyclone Jacket and
Pants and you'll notice they look about at least one
size too large. The Sprint jacket and pants run
the same. I ordered what I thought was my correct
size; a 44 men's jacket and 36 waist pants.
When they arrived, I tried them on and they were at
least one size too big, if not two. I sent them
back and ordered a 42 jacket and 34 pants, which
definitely should not fit me, but they do. So my
feeling is that the Teknic Sprint jacket and pants
definitely run at least one size larger than normal and
you may want to order one size smaller to fit correctly.
We've ranted about this before, but you think that
online retailers would try on the clothes they sell so
that they could advise their customers on which sizes to
order? No..... It cost us $52.00 to send the
clothes back for a replacement.
The Sprint jacket comes in
Black, Red and Black and the Denim Blue and Black shown
here. Although the blue has a nice tone, I wish
the jacket came in something more brilliant, like orange
or yellow and black. The Sprint jacket is
available in U.S. sizes 40 to 54 (chest) in Black, and
U.S. 40 to 50 in the Red or Blue. I think the list
price is a very reasonable $299.99.
The Sprint II pants are available in U.S. sizes 28 to 44
(waist) and the list price is also a reasonable $179.99.
I've sort of rambled on here, trying to relay all of the
features of this unique outfit. I really like this
and I think both the jacket and the pants are nearly
equal to some of the best available. The quality
is first-rate and the features and their execution are
better than just about anything I can think of.
I can compare
the Sprint jacket and Sprint II pants very closely to
Rev'it Cayenne jacket and pants without hesitation,
and although the Rev'it gear is probably more water
resistant, the Teknic clothing is about half the cost.
Note that the weather has been too cold here for a
proper evaluation of the clothing without the liners.
I would expect the mesh jacket to work well in warmer
weather but I think the pants may be too hot and too
loose once the thick quilted liner is removed. I'm
not a big fan of textile non-mesh pants for warm weather
anyway. But overall, the Sprint duo probably comes
about as close to a three-season outfit as anything out
there and the quality and features are second to none.
I also think the Sprint jacket and pants work well and
are a good deal. The insulating liner is thicker
than normal, and I've found that the jacket and pants
seem to weigh more than other combos I've tried.
I'll have to get them on the scales to see... I'm not
convinced though that the outfit will work in hot
weather; that remains to be seen.
I agree with Bill that Teknic's sizing seems way off
-- the 44 jacket and 36 pants were about two sizes too
big for me (43" chest and 35" waist). I suggest
ordering one size smaller than normal; this is also
important because the liner is so thick that when it's
removed the outfit will automatically be one size larger
than you thought anyway.
With the liner installed, the outfit works great in
very cold weather. I rode with it when the
temperature was in the high 40's and I had on a T-shirt,
a Duofold cotton/wool long-sleeve undershirt, a cotton
turtleneck and the Rev'it Scoop windproof vest and I was
actually a bit too warm.
I rode Burn's Suzuki Intruder and found that with the
legs-out cruiser sitting stance that some air can leak
in through the bottom of the jacket. It doesn't
quite have enough adjustment for me to get it tight
enough to prevent the draft -- I also wish the Sprint II
pants had the bib top, which I think would help.
But overall, at least for the winter, the Sprint
outfit gets a thumbs-up from me! - Rick.
Sprint Jacket - Teknic Sprint II Pants
Suggested Retail Price: $299.99 (Jacket), $179.99 (Pants)
Black/Red, Black/Blue (Jacket). Black (Pants).
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From "R.H." (8/09): "I have been using a
pair of Teknic "Sprint" pants for ~4 years. I have found
them to be water proof as advertised. I have also found
them to be non-breathing. It's nice to ride not having to
worry about rain gear, but my backside gets way to steamed.
And they stink after 2 rides, I am looking for something
From "W.": "I have read your review of the
Teknic Sprint Gear. It is a great review, the Jacket seems
very interesting and will probably be my next buy. I used to own
a Joe Rocket Alter Ego Jacket and Pants, which served me well.
Did you ever had the chance to test the gear in
hot weather? It seems the Jacket will be fine because of
the mesh feature but I am a bit concerned about the pants…
I am thinking they might be too hot for the Jacket, forcing me
to find an alternative pants for those hot summer days.
Any thoughts on this? Thanks, any insights is
Editor's Response: Good
question...Bill did most of the Teknic Sprint evaluation, but
I've tried the jacket and pants and my comments are in the
"Second Opinion" section (above). The Sprint review was
posted in December of 2006, so although the weather has been
strangely warm so far this winter, we really haven't had the
chance to try the pants in, say, 65 degree plus weather.
But based on my experience with other non-mesh
textile pants, I'd guess that the Sprint II pants might be too
warm, at least for me, in anything over about 70 degrees or so.
I usually wear a pair of total mesh leather pants (an old pair
of Joe Rocket Blaster mesh pants that don't really fit me
correctly but I like them) in the summer. I sometimes
combine leather pants with a textile jacket, and I think the
Sprint jacket would be good for that.
The manufacturers are getting close to a true
four-season convertible jacket, but I'm not sure about anything
more than two-season pants. So I've resigned myself to at
a minimum owning two pairs of pants, a pair for winter and a
pair for summer. Since pants are usually less expensive
than jackets, this hasn't been too much of a burden.