Summary: For those who like the simple
approach, the Courageous is a no-frills waterproof jacket with retro
styling, armor, back padding and a comfortable insulating liner.
Ixon motorcycle clothing and products are distributed
in many regions of the world and the brand is very well known in Europe.
There's an Ixon distributor in Canada, but alas, none in the United States.
This is a shame, because more choices are always better for
motorcyclists. And Ixon isn't one of those tiny little companies with
a postage stamp size catalog, either -- they have an absolutely huge lineup
As an example, the Ixon men's textile jacket collection has an astonishing 54 different
combinations of styles and colors. Ixon
also has a complete line of motorcycle clothing for
women, with 30 different textile jackets and 4 different types of pants!
Ixon even has a children's line of motorcycle
clothing for both boys and girls -- a rarity in the industry because the
sales and profit margins are as tiny as the customers. We were able to
procure one of the very nice Ixon "Los
Angeles" kid's jacket for a review, and a local youngster is evaluating
it for us, so stay tuned for his report.
And plus-sized motorcyclists take note: In addition to their
expanded size range for many of the garments, Ixon has a
"C-Sizing" line of clothing for both men and women, with sizes ranging from XXL all the way up to -- get this --
XXXXXXXL! That's 7XL, a size I never even knew existed, and probably
just right for The Big Show to wear when he's out cruising on his Boss Hoss!
Ixon was started in France just 12 years ago, but they've
become a powerhouse in
the industry, with motorcycle products ranging from street clothes to
racing suits, and including a huge line of gloves (33 at last count);
motorcycle accessories; rain gear; off-road clothing; cold weather
gear; underwear; and even luggage (see our review of the
Ixon X-Pand Motorcycle tank bag).
I've been reading the Ixon
advertisements in British motorcycle magazines for years and have
always wanted to learn more, and we were finally able to get a sampling of
Ixon products to evaluate. So you're probably wondering why this is one of the largest motorcycle clothing
manufacturers you've never heard of?
Beats me...who knows what strange evils lurk in the
international distribution channels for motorcycle gear? Canadians can
buy Ixon products, and they'll ship over the border if you're willing to
pay, but why hasn't anyone in the U.S of A. picked up the line?
Besides the huge and varied product line, which is offered
in some of the widest range of sizes in the industry, Ixon is known for
good quality motorcycle clothing at reasonable prices. There's pretty
much something for everyone in their catalog, so take your time and choose
They use the latest modern materials and manufacturing
techniques, along with their "Arron" branded CE-approved armor which is tested in independent labs and meets all current European
standards for protective clothing. Each item comes with a CE label
that lists the specific tests and standards that the product meets.
We're very thankful to Thunderchild, the UK distributor for
Ixon and several other brands, who sent us the Ixon "Courageous" jacket,
"Climber" pants, the just released "RS King" gloves
(review coming soon) and the "Los Angeles"
children's jacket (ditto).
And here's a bonus: just by coincidence,
webBikeWorld contributor Kevin Gould sent us
his impressions of the Ixon
"Ambitious" pants for good measure! Enjoy!
The Ixon Courageous jacket and matching Climber pants.
The Ixon Catalog
With so many different choices on their website, finding a favorite item can
be difficult until you learn the Ixon system.
Apparently, rather than giving the
products a numeric or acronymic label, Ixon turned to whimsy. Customers can choose from products
with names like the Courageous,
Victorious or Ambitious pants; the Fearless, Celtic or Famous leather
jackets; and the Spiral, Comet or Pro Globe gloves.
Strange maybe, but surely better than, say, "E 4502 H",
which is their internal product code for the
Ixon Product Categories
Each Ixon clothing item is in one of 3 categories: Performance,
Active and Essential.
The "Performance" line incorporates Ixon's most
technologically advanced ("high-end") features, while the "Active" line has a good
selection of features at a slightly lower price point (mid-range) and the "Essential"
line is their basic line of motorcycle clothing.
While one might conclude that anything less than the
Performance category may not be worthy of attention, that isn't necessarily the case.
Each product has a specific feature set designed for a particular use, which
allows the individual to decide exactly which item meets their needs without
Remember -- more choices are better, right?
The Courageous jacket is new for 2008 and for some reason it
doesn't yet appear on the master Ixon product list, but I believe it is from
the Ixon "Active" category. The jacket is listed on the
Clary Sports (the Canadian Distributor; see the Summary Table below) website
however, with a brief description that tells us the Courageous jacket is a
"Retro styled straight cut jacket" that's "100% waterproof".
The Courageous jacket connects to the Climber pants and has a comfortable and
removable quilt lining. As is the case with most Ixon motorcycle
clothing items, the Courageous is available in an expanded size
range, from XS to XXXL.
The Ixon Courageous Jacket
I have a confession to make: sometimes I crave the simple life. I
fantasize about selling off the current stable and getting something like a
Suzuki DR650SE thumper or a KLR650. One pair of boots, one pair of
gloves, a jacket and pants. And one helmet, of course.
It just seems like that would help me feel more in control of life. Ah well --
probably not, human greed and ambition being what it is!
But simpler is sometimes better when it comes to motorcycle clothing.
For one thing, it means there's less to go wrong.
That's where the Ixon Courageous jacket (and Climber pants) come in: they
prove that less is more. The jacket looks simple but does include some
fairly high-tech features and it has actually proven to be an excellent
It's comfortable as heck, for one thing. I think it's the way the
jacket is cut. Ixon says it's a "straight cut", and it's more like a casual street jacket than a tight motorcycle
garment. While this may not offer track-ready safety, it's made from a
special "Noxilen" fiber, designed for abrasion resistance with light weight
-- the jacket weighs only 1,701 grams (3 lbs., 12 oz.), about as much as a
Vents? Who Needs 'Em!
The light weight is part of the comfort factor, and makes up for the lack of
vents. That's right: the Courageous jacket has no vents at all, but
wearing it during a couple of weeks of cool, wet fall weather, it didn't
I never thought I'd say that, because I'm usually the guy still wearing
perforated clothing into winter. But, I don't usually open my jacket
vents when the weather gets cold, so I guess this jacket saves me the
At least the lack of vents means less worries about the
potential for leaking! It also helps keep the Courageous jacket more
Apparently the "Dryaxx" waterproof/breathable liner and the Noxilen fibers
do their job. I'm not sure I'd want to wear it in a sticky
Mid-Atlantic summer, but it's not designed for that.
This is a fall and light winter jacket that works very nicely for touring.
It looks great too, with the contrasting white retro stripe and the white
stitching around the pieces and pockets, which help break up the black.
Slide out the removable Arron CE-approved armor in the elbows and shoulders
(and relatively thick padding in the back) and the Courageous jacket could
easily be worn on the street.
Pockets and Fixtures
The outside of the jacket includes two zipped hand pockets that are covered
with a hook-and-loop cover. The pockets appear to be waterproof.
There's a horizontal zipped pocket on the upper right chest that also seems
to be waterproof. It's deep, at 155 mm (6"), and it will hold a large
wallet. I discovered that it's also a handy place to store an ID badge
for easy access when needed.
The sleeves are pre-curved, which also add to the motorcycle comfort factor.
Ixon made a "Why aren't they all like that?" move by leaving the bottom of
the sleeve liner a few centimeters short of the end of the cuff.
The liner attaches to the inside of the jacket with a couple of loops and
snaps, but leaving it slightly short allows the sleeve cuff to be stuffed
very neatly into a pair of gloves, like the Ixon RS King gloves, with their
nice, big gauntlets.
The cuff has a simple hook-and-loop adjuster and the sleeve is darted to
wrap snugly around the wrist. The tip of the hook-and-loop closure has
a handy little rubber pull tab, which makes it very easy to adjust the
sleeve when wearing gloves.
The inside of the cuffs are very nicely finished in a soft corduroy, a nice
touch. The neck also has a 35 mm tall swath of corduroy lining, topped
by a very soft "skin peach velvet", as Ixon calls it, on the tubular-shaped
edging. Again, all this just adds to the comfort factor, making it a
relaxed, gentle jacket.
Insulating Liner and Pockets
The removable insulating liner is silky and puffy, and it feels great. It attaches with
zippers on either side of the placket in addition to the double loops and
snaps at the sleeves and one at the top of the back of the neck.
Although the temperatures have been getting cool, it's not winter, so I
can't comment on wearing the jacket in sub-freezing temperatures. But I
have worn the Courageous jacket in temperatures as low as 10 C (50 F) in
damp and light drizzle conditions, with only a T-shirt underneath and I felt
The liner does have an interesting feature: it has more pockets than I've ever seen
before in a motorcycle jacket. This is a real commuter special,
with large, wide, deep (255 mm) pockets on either side of the liner.
Attached to the front of those cargo holders are a cell phone pocket with
snap flap on the left, and an array of three business card holder pockets on
top! Yep - you can slip in a bunch of business cards and strap 'em in
with a length of fabric that snaps over the top to keep them secure.
Never saw that one before!
On the outside of the right cargo pocket lives another long and narrow open
pocket with a separate three loops designed to hold pens or pencils.
Ixon may figure the Courageous jacket to be the business person's commuter
special I guess!
With the liner removed, the pen and business card holders disappear, but the
rest of the pockets are repeated. No problem with storage in this
The jacket also has a short zipper attachment on the inside that matches the
Ixon Climber pants and probably others. The liner is cut so that the
zipper can be attached to the pants with the liner installed.
Finally, the waist has a three-position snap for adjustment around the
bottom. The rear of the jacket is extra long, as you can see in the
photos; it covers almost all the way down to the bottom of my rear.
Thunderchild sent a Courageous jacket in size 2XL with a note "not to be scared" about the
seemingly large size label, but I do think both the Courageous jacket and
the Climber pants are slightly large, perhaps one size too big for my 43" chest and 30"
inseam. The slightly larger sizing makes the clothing even more
comfortable, but I could probably get away with the next smaller size.
Based on this example, I'd say the 2XL would fit a 44" to possibly a 46" male chest,
so the 2XL is probably equivalent to an XL in "normal" sizing.
The Ixon Courageous jacket is a basic no-frills cool-weather waterproof short jacket.
It's not loaded with features that may or may not prove useful, depending
upon the circumstances; instead, it's actually a rather focused jacket, when
you think about it. But instead of being focused on, say, sport riding
or track day use, with the compromises that may bring, it's focused on cool-
or wet-weather riding with comfort.
Remember that the Ixon
strategy involves offering a large array of styles and features so that each
motorcyclist can pick and choose a product to meet their needs.
All I can say is that in the cool fall weather we've been
experiencing, I didn't miss the vents, which was surprising. I do like
the simplicity and excellent comfort of the jacket and I like it's looks.
It's also a perfect match with the Climber pants, which are also waterproof
and lined. This makes a very nice touring outfit that shouldn't bind
or pinch the rider who isn't fond of tight-fitting race-oriented gear.
Ixon Clothing Reviews:
Courageous Jacket |
Ixon Climber Pants |
Ixon Ambitious Pants
| Ixon RS King
Gloves Review |
Ixon Los Angeles
Children's Motorcycle Jacket | wBW
Review: Ixon Courageous Jacket
|List Price: 168 €
Sizes: XS to XXXL
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