Review: Icon Patrol Raiden Waterproof Jacket

Dec 30, 2014 View Comments by

Review: Icon Patrol Raiden Waterproof JacketWho doesn’t want to look cool riding that tricked out adventure bike? This Icon jacket makes me feel like I can ride like Ernie (famous from Icon’s Portland to Dakar video). Plus, the six company logos adorning the chest make me appear like a Dakar racer.

Besides the ridiculously good looks, it functions very well although it’s one of the heavier jackets I’ve worn. At first sight, the hood should raise an eyebrow on every serious rider questioning its functionality, but after much skepticism, I found that the hood neither gets in the way nor does it cause aerodynamic turbulence. It’s only a disadvantage when it rains and I’m on the bike.

The reflective 3M graphics and the removable shoulder and elbow protectors give it the safety aspect touring riders want. It also comes with a removable foam back protector, but we recommend replacing it with a CE-certified one.

The Patrol Raiden jacket includes 12 pockets, six air vents, and a removable hydration pocket (bladder not included), and thermal liner. I tested this jacket in temperatures from sub 32 degrees to near 100 degrees. It’s one of the true all-season jackets on the market. The Patrol Raiden jacket has kept me warm on those cold days in the saddle yet comfortable on the hot days, all while keeping that cool and stylish appearance.

As with most Icon gear, it’s got a relaxed fit. I wear a size large and it’s baggy (as it’s supposed to be). The YKK waterproof zippers are holding up nicely without problems after a full year of use. One of my favorite features on jackets is the magnetic storm flaps, and of course, Icon can’t live without it on the Patrol Raiden either.

Icon also offers matching bottoms. The Patrol Raiden Waterproof Pants don’t have the thermal liner like the jacket, though. The suspender system is a great addition and works well with the baggy fit. The pants have six pockets but no air vents. They get toasty when the sun is out or if you have lots of engine heat radiating, but to a certain extent this is mitigated by the loose cut.

Waterproof Jacket
Colors: Grey, red, orange
Sizes: XS-4XL
Price: $450 – $475

Waterproof Pants
Color: Grey
Sizes: Sizes: S-4XL
Price: $340 – $360
www.rideicon.com

 

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As long as I can grab a handlebar, I'll ride it. Trail riding is becoming my favorite hobby as of late. Hope to meet you on the road.