Ixon Children's Motorcycle
Ixon "Los Angeles"
Children's Motorcycle Jacket
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
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Owner Comments (Below)
Ixon is one of the few manufacturers who have addressed
the need for children's motorcycle clothing.
Their children's motorcycle clothing line is
pretty small, if you'll pardon the pun. It
consists of the Los Angeles jacket for boys and the very
unfortunately named "Lolita" jacket for girls.
They also make two different types of
motorcycle gloves for youngsters: the "RS Teen" gauntlet glove and the
"RS Bike" short off-road style glove. The RS Teen
glove is made from a combination of polyester and goat
leather, while the RS Bike glove is made entirely from
The Los Angeles children's motorcycle
jacket is also made from 100% polyester in and out.
It does not include leather, Kevlar or other high-tech
materials for abrasion protection or wear points;
indeed, the polyester isn't really much different than
might be found in a children's street jacket.
But the fabric does seem thicker and more robust
than a non-motorcycle specific nylon or textile jacket, and the Los
Angeles jacket also includes soft padding in the elbows,
shoulders and back.
The padding is removable, so
it can be replaced with more protective armor if
desired. The back pad can also be replaced with a
children's sized protector.
And how about this: Dad (or Mom) can buy
the Ixon "Magic" paddock jacket, which is an exact
duplicate of the children's Los Angeles jacket shown
here, and father and son, Mom and daughter can wear their matching jackets
for riding or other adventures. Pretty cute, eh?
I want one, and I don't even have children! The
Magic adult jacket is available in sizes ranging from XS to XXL.
The Los Angeles jacket is claimed
waterproof, and it has a permanently attached mesh liner
inside to allow some air flow between the child's body
and the polyester shell. It also includes a
zip-out insulating liner that includes a pocket on each
side, and the shell has two hand warmer pockets in
The jacket is available in children's
size S to XL. This example is a size
XL and it just a touch large for this 10-year-old model,
who weighs 35.4 kg (78 lbs.) and is 142 cm (56") tall.
But, I'm sure that within the blink of an eye, he'll grow into it!
Now we adults may wish we had a jacket
like this when we were kids, but the real question is,
what do the kids think?
Well, if this youngster is anything to
go by, the Los Angeles jacket is a huge hit. From what
I understand, jacket and boy have been inseparable from
day one. Asked about the fit, he said that he
thinks it "fits good and he really likes the way it
He also likes all the different logo
patches that are sewn on, even though these names may be
unfamiliar in North America. Ixon, a French
company, obtained the sponsorship
of three other French companies for the logos: Shark Helmets, Motul
Oil and Devil Exhaust.
The logo patches are a
perfect match for the jacket colors. In fact, it's
possible that the very rarity of the brands makes the
jacket more appealing.
Our model likes the way the jacket looks and
doesn't want to change a thing; he wouldn't want more
logos, because that might look "too fancy".
He likes the blue color and says that it goes great with
his jeans. Asked if there was anything he would
change on the jacket, the short answer was "not a
I asked him what his friends thought of
it and he jokingly told me that his friends were trying
to steal the jacket because they liked it so much.
The liner and the outer windproof shell keep him warm,
and he really likes the way the liner feels.
He thinks the optimal temperature for
the jacket with the liner ranges from about 4 to 15 C
(40 to 60 F) and about 21 to 27 C (70 to 80 F) without
the liner. He also likes the neck and the comfort
of the jacket when the neck is zipped all the way up.
The jacket also has cuffs that can be closed with the
So there you have it: the Ixon Los
Angeles children's motorcycle jacket is a hit with this
10-year old and all of his friends. While it may
not have ultimate abrasion protection, it's a good way
for a youngster to learn about and become accustomed to
wearing motorcycle-specific clothing, which may help
develop safe riding habits later on.
There's only one downside -- the jacket
is relatively expensive at 99 €, although the U.S.
dollar has just strengthened over the past few weeks so
that the Euro now "only" costs $1.30, making the list
price of the Los Angeles jacket about $130.00.
the holidays are coming, or maybe a birthday, so on
behalf of all the kids out there, how about it, Mom and
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Los Angeles Children's Jacket
|List Price: 99 €
|Colors: As shown.
Sizes: XS to XL Youth
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