Review: Speed & Strength Rust and Redemption Jacket

Jul 22, 2015 View Comments by

Review: Speed & Strength Rust and Redemption JacketClassic Style with Great Comfort –

ss1The motorcycle gear market is in the process of being flooded with traditionally styled motorcycle apparel with increased protection and functionality, which is great for riders. The Rust and Redemption jacket from Speed & Strength has a simple, classic look yet provides the rider with a versatile and protective option in their motorcycle closet.

The jacket’s outer shell is made with AR-700, a textile that feels somewhat like waxed cotton, just less waxy. S&S calls AR-700 water resistant, but that just basically means that it’ll buy you a little extra time before you’re properly soaked in a rainstorm, but weather protection isn’t this jacket’s goal.

The Rust and Redemption features CE approved armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back (no cheap foam back pad here). The armor feels substantial, yet doesn’t interfere with flexibility or comfort. There’s a removable insulated liner for cold weather riding that works well, up to a point. The jacket’s exterior has perforated sections, which allows much appreciated airflow when it’s warm, however, that same airflow limits the effectiveness of the insulating liner.

ss3With the liner out, the Rust and Redemption is remarkably comfortable even in extremely warm weather. I wore the jacket in temperatures into the mid-90s and while I was hot, it certainly wasn’t unbearable and the airflow through the perforated panels is quite tangible.

Fit and finish is surprisingly high for a jacket at this price point. The materials feel high end and the contrast stitching looks great. Microfiber lines the collar and cuffs and the quilting on the jacket liner is a nice touch. The Rust and Redemption isn’t designed for every season and weather condition, but it works well across a very broad range (rain gear is a necessity anyway). The jacket is very comfortable, looks good, and won’t break the bank. In fact, you may find that it’s the one you end up reaching for more often than not.

Speed & Strength Rust and Redemption Jacket
Sizes: S-3XL
Colors: black and brown
Price: $199.95
www.ssgear.com

 

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There’s something relentlessly romantic about riding a motorcycle. I’m blessed to know that feeling. With a background in photography and a love for motorcycles, I’m interested in the beauty and honesty of the open road. You’ll find me riding Carolina’s roads on my Suzuki SV650.