Teknic Sprint Jacket - Teknic Sprint II
by Bill C. for webBikeWorld.com
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Owner Comments (Below)
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 around here.
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 establishments .
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 retailer's offerings.
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 jacket underneath.
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 Nylon windbreaker.
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
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 sleeve.
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 adjustable.
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
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 combination 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 the
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
But overall, at least for the winter, the Sprint outfit gets
a thumbs-up from me! - Rick.
Product Review: Teknic Sprint Jacket - Teknic Sprint
|Available From: Teknic
Price: $299.99 (Jacket), $179.99
Black/Red, Black/Blue (Jacket). Black (Pants).
||Made In: China
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Date: December 2006
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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 better."
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 appreciated."
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.