Thursday, August 4, 2011
Product Review - JT Racing Pro-Tour Motorcycle Jersey
JT Racing is back with their new line featuring the JT Racing Pro-Tour Motorcycle Jersey.
We were hit by a rain storm a few days ago, and while that may not seem like a big deal to the states that get summer storms, Southern California hardly gets rain even in the winter. So rain in the summer can only mean one thing: fall is on the way. Sure, we're going to miss the long days and the warm nights, but we can't help but wiggle with excitement to get back out into the desert and enjoy some off-road riding. So of course we've started checking out off-road gear such as pants and jerseys to find the perfect threads to kick off the riding season with. What we found is this JT Racing Pro-Tour Motorcycle Jersey.
The first thing that drew us to this particular piece of gear is the look of it. These days, jerseys come in all different sleek and snazzy colors and prints to make a rider stand out. But the JT Racing Pro-Tour Motorcycle Jersey has a distinctly retro style and coloring with the retro logo well all know and love that will make you stand out in a whole different way. No, there aren't any lightning bolts or energy drink logos, but the JT Racing Pro-Tour Motorcycle Jersey has that distinct look worn by star motocross racers from the 80's and 90's.
|The old line up of pro's who wore these threads in the 80's still stand behind them (or should we say in them?) today.
||Of course, the matching pants are just the necessary icing on the cake.
While we all love the look of the jerseys, the jersey technology has come a long way since then. So our next question was how well the JT Racing Pro-Tour Motorcycle Jersey held up against the more current competition. We were happy to see that JT had retained their retro look but slapped it on some of the newest and most advanced jersey technologies. These threads really do have all of the bells and whistles that you would expect from a top of the line jersey these days.
What they feature:
- Air Line System cooling panels
- Elbow and shoulder padding
- Tapered design to fit a rider best in the riding position
- Drop-tail cut with a grippy silicone print
Long story short: the mesh neckline and side panels work together to give some serious ventilation. The armor is perfect for keeping you in one piece after a crash whether you wear it all by its lonesome or with a neck or roost protector. And it's made to fit; forget about bunching or extra fabric in weird places. Plus, if you've ever had a problem with your jersey coming loose from your pants mid ride, you'll appreciate the silicone print on the tail just as much as we do. If only it were as easy to train your dog to "stay."
Our only dislike about the JT Racing Pro-Tour Motorcycle Jersey is that it's not the same price as it was in the 80's. This may have, however, been a bit too much to ask for since a gallon of gas in 1980 was just over a buck. We'd really like to get that price back too, please. But compared to the jersey prices of this day and age, the JT Racing Pro-Tour Motorcycle Jersey's price of $49 is nothing to scoff at.
Would we buy it?
We'll be buying a few JT Racing Pro-Tour Motorcycle Jerseys as well as snatching up a pair of the matching JT Racing Classick MX Motorcycle Pants (and yes, that really is classick with a k). We're glad that JT is making a comeback after their ten year break and we're pleasantly surprised that their gear is up to par with that of the gear having been put out in JT's absence. Now if only wearing these jerseys will give us the same skills as Rone "The Dogger" Lechien, Jim Gibson and all of the other riders who debuted these thread back in the day.