Review: Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0 Mesh Jacket

Aug 25, 2014 View Comments by

Review: Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0 Mesh JacketJoe Rocket’s website lists the Reactor 3.0 as a hybrid mesh/leather jacket, but that’s not really true. This is a mesh jacket that has a few nice leather accents. Since it is a full mesh jacket, you may well imagine that the Reactor 3.0 offers excellent airflow and is ideal for hot summer riding weather, and you’d be right. The Reactor Mesh has become my go-to riding jacket this summer whether I’m commuting to work or going for a weekend ride in the mountains. Here in the South, anything less than a full mesh jacket will leave you drenched in sweat by the end your summer ride.

Review: Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0 Mesh JacketThe Reactor 3.0 features large mesh panels on the front, along the sleeves, and on the back. Airflow is very good, but I did find myself wishing for better ventilation under the arms as there is no mesh or vent in this area for some reason. Also, with the optional back pad installed some of the mesh on the rear of the jacket is blocked leaving a hot spot on your back. This, however, is a good compromise for the pad’s added protection.

Speaking of protection, the jacket has built in CE rated armor in the shoulders and elbows, and the previously mentioned leather trim adds abrasion resistance to those locations as well. The back pad is a $19.99 optional extra, which I highly recommend, or, even better, try a dedicated back protector like the Tryonic from REV’IT!.

A quick word on fit—Joe Rocket gear tends to be cut on the larger side. I generally wear a small to medium sized jacket, and with the Reactor I knew to go with the small, which fits me perfectly. If you’re unsure what size to order, or you tend to be between sizes, go with the smaller option. Thankfully the Reactor 3.0 offers a variety of straps and adjustment points to tailor the fit to each rider’s needs. The Reactor 3.0 has a very sporty shape.

Though it is designed primarily for summer/hot weather, the Reactor does include a removable wind proof liner for those chilly mornings, which is a good thing to have, though mine hasn’t seen much use. Overall quality is high, and the leather trim does add a nice premium touch to the jacket. Some additional features include YKK zippers, pant attachment points, and reflective striping. There are two exterior and one small interior pocket, which give useful, though rather limited storage.

Overall I’m very pleased with Joe Rocket’s Reactor 3.0 mesh jacket. It keeps me (relatively) cool and protected and makes the sweltering Southern summer just a bit more bearable, and the price is reasonable too.

Joe Rocket Reactor 3.0 Mesh Jacket

Sizes: S-3XL
Colors: Black, Gun Metal, Red, Blue
Price: $239.99 – $254.99


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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.