The Icon Hooligan 54 is a fun — even a little flashy — women’s mesh jacket for hot days on the bike.
An insulated, water-resistant liner warms it up for versatility, and CE-approved elbow and shoulder armor are necessities in case of the unexpected.
I think leather offers the most protection, hands down.
Add CE-approved armor, and you have the best protection you can get for street riding.
I’d prefer to wear leather all the time — I feel safer in it. I know I’m safer in it.
However, sometimes Mother Nature doesn’t work with us; if she did, it would never rain when we wanted to ride and it would be a constant 75 degrees (24 Celsius).
But once the weather reached 85 degrees (29 Celsius) here, my vented leather jacket became unbearable at slow speeds and in stop-and-go traffic.
I like to ride, but I don’t like to sweat; and in hot weather, being overheated can be dangerous.
So finding a cooler jacket suddenly became a priority.
There’s a good selection of women’s textile and mesh jackets available online, but not so much in motorcycle shops; however, you’ve already heard my complaint about that…
My main requirement in finding a mesh or textile jacket (besides the obvious: protection, which always comes first), was I didn’t want something black. Black absorbs sunlight and would make it feel even warmer.
So a lighter colored jacket was a priority.
Plus, black is not as visible as a lighter, brighter color. Being highly visible helps increase safety because other drivers can see the rider more easily.
It is important to be as visible as possible, yet to ride like one is invisible. So I selected the Icon Hooligan 54 Women’s Mesh Jacket in lavender.
Props to Icon for having a big selection of women’s specific gear; at the time of this review, they have fourteen women’s motorcycle jackets listed on their website.
Murphy. I hate that guy. You know the one that made the law? Murphy’s Law?
We had a three week heat wave in Northwestern Montana. But by the time I finally decided on the Icon Hooligan 54 Women’s Mesh Jacket, it arrived just in time for a sudden change in weather.
We hit a week in the low 60s (15 Celsius) — in early August. Darn that Murphy!
When the mesh jacket arrived, it was too cold to wear without the insulated liner, so I wore it all week with the liner in place. It seemed to fit well, length was awesome, width was good.
For the well-endowed woman, the Icon Hooligan 54 Women’s Mesh Jacket offers plenty of space throughout the chest.
The jacket is also roomy enough to wear with the insulated liner over a hoodie for cooler temperatures; layering is a great way to ride, allowing the rider to peel off layers as the day warms up.
The insulated liner does a good job at keeping me warm. I wore a T-shirt and the jacket with the liner attached in 65 degree (18 Celsius) weather and stayed warm; the only place I felt air coming through was at the front zipper.
There is no flap over the zipper to keep air out; but if there was a flap there, it would block air flow on warm days.
Finally, we got hot weather again and I took out the insulated liner; and in the low 90s (32 Celsius), I stayed cool.
The first time I wore the jacket without the insulated liner, I was amazed at the amount of air flow. It felt like I wasn’t even wearing a jacket.
Of course, when at a complete stop in hot weather, it is warm to wear anything long sleeved; but once moving, the jacket has excellent breathability.
Even at stops, if there is a breeze, it flows right through.
Fit and Function
However, I need to mention after I took out the insulated liner, issues came into play for me. I should have tried on the jacket without the insulated liner when it first arrived.
Without the liner inside, the armor doesn’t sit on my body where it should. When the liner is attached, it offers support to the armor and seems to hold it in place.
With the liner removed, the sleeves are large and the armor doesn’t stay in place. My worry is in a slide the armor may move to the side and not offer the protection it was designed for.
The Icon Hooligan 54 Women’s Mesh Jacket could definitely use some adjustable straps on the arms to hold elbow armor in place.
The elbow armor is in a pocket much larger than what is needed (see picture), which allows the armor to move up and down. In a size small — which I normally wear — the elbow armor rests below my elbow.
Because the armor pocket is large, I can shimmy the armor up in the pocket to be in the right position for my elbow, but it eventually works its way back down.