October 25, 2013 - San Diego, CA
For a long time now, I’ve been looking for the “perfect leather jacket.” I think it’s one of those essentials that every grown man who values his wardrobe has to have. Not necessarily a motorcycle jacket mind you; I’ve already had high quality riding gear that I trust my skin to when I ride. I’ve just been wanting a quality piece that would epitomize what the leather jacket stands for; old-school, rugged style, quality craftsmanship, a hint of rebelliousness. I didn’t just want to wear a leather jacket. I wanted to wear the essence of the leather jacket.
I’ve owned a few, bought a few, and returned a few over the years, but my search finally ended with this jacket: the Icon 1000 Chapter Jacket. That’s right. The epitome of classic coolness, a jacket James Dean or young Marlon Brando would wear, came to me by way of Icon, the industry’s leading purveyor of skulls, demons and other generally deviant art. I know; I couldn't believe it either.
But it deserves to be mentioned that this isn’t simply Icon; its Icon 1000, a brand within a brand that really represents a huge step up in Icon’s game. Icon 1000 is legitimately high-end, and places its emphasis on quality materials, durable construction, and subtle integration of features. One might say it’s the antithesis of typical Icon. Wearing Icon makes a statement that hits you like the front man of a punk band, screaming on stage. Wearing Icon 1000, on the other hand, makes a statement the way the Dos Equis guy would; confidently, and probably over an aged, stiff drink.
An implication here is that this jacket gets better with age. I’ve been riding in this jacket for the last several months, and unlike so many other products I’ve had, I actually like this one more now than when I got it. It’s mostly the leather; Icon selected very high-quality Brazilian hides for these jackets, and it really is amazing. There was virtually no break-in required, as it was soft and supple from the moment I unwrapped it. It fits me better now than when I first tried it on, and it also looks better as it has begun to slightly age. One feature of my “perfect leather jacket” is that it would look better in 10 years then when I bought it, and this one is already on track.
The Icon 1000 Chapter Jacket also has more to say the more you spend time with it. There are a lot of little quality touches: the tongue-in-cheek “Gentlemen Prefer Icon” patch; the hidden “Ride Among Us” perforated design; the gorgeous red satin liner; and the hidden St. Christopher charm (it’s there, you’ll find it eventually.) What this jacket doesn’t say as you get to know it better is that it needs attention. Gentlemen don’t prefer neediness, and fittingly this jacket hasn’t given me a bit of trouble. Not one loose stitch, not one worn zipper, nothing. This is a jacket you can count on for the long haul.
As I mentioned, the "perfect leather jacket" I was looking for didn’t have to be a motorcycle jacket. But the Chapter jacket happens to be one, and that is just icing on the cake for me. I’ve actually worn it off the bike more than I have on it - that’s how good it looks – but it’s nice to know that I don’t have to wear a separate, dedicated riding jacket if I don’t want to. It incorporates innovative D3O armor that hardens on impact but is otherwise soft and pliable; and you really have to know it’s there, and look hard, to be able to see it. You can literally hop off your bike in this jacket with the armor still in and wear it to a classy restaurant for dinner. If anyone does happen to stare at you, it will be because your jacket looks good, not because you look like a Power Ranger. I bet you can’t do that with your old motorcycle jacket. I know I couldn’t.
This jacket is costly, and most people will be hard pressed to drop all that coin on one jacket. I know, money’s tight. Understood - mine is too. But I’m here to tell you that it really is worth the price. This is not just another jacket. This is the jacket.
If you don’t believe me, you should know that I loved this jacket so much after testing it, I ended up buying myself one. And I liked that one so much, I bought another one.
It really is that good.
And now, I can finally focus on finding the perfect leather bag.
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