CHEST: Measure the widest part of your chest, under your armpits and around. Be sure that your arms are resting at your sides.
SLEEVE: Measure from the middle of the back of your neck, over your shoulder, over your elbow, ending at your wrist.
Speed and Strength is a relatively new company, but there's nothing new about
the people that work there. That has never been more evident than with the
release of the new Twist of Fate line. From the leather race suit to the textile
jacket, the years of motorcycle apparel design are really starting to show.
The Twist of fate textile jacket has all the features you would find in a
track-day leather, packed into a lightweight textile frame for the street. Like
most of the SS products, the Twist of fate has a fuller, American style cut. My
sample here is an extra-large. Ric here is about 5'11" 175 with a 40 inch chest.
He likes long walks on the beach, live music, and puppies, and like me, would
probably fit better in a large. This jacket is available in three color ways;
the red, black, and white that you see here, an all-black version, and a white,
black, and high viz yellow version. They have upgraded all the emblems to TPR so
that they are more flexible and less likely to tear away in a slide. Speed and
Strength has done a very good job of making an aggressive sport jacket that
is still very comfortable. It has flex panels in both the front and back of the
shoulder area and in the elbows as well for maximum mobility. They also included
molded adjusters on the arms and adjustable waist straps for a secure fit.
This motorcycle jacket
sets the standard for street level protection. It has an AR-800 frame with
AR-1000 shoulders. All of this is held together with Dupont Kevlar fiber thread.
You're getting CE approved armor in the elbows, the shoulders, and in the back.
Most back protectors in textile jackets are just foam pads. This one is CE
approved right out of the box. The shoulders have these titanium sliders that
have been fitted into these TPU pucks that sit on top of the CE approved
padding. So, you are getting three layers of protection in this area. There are
perforated memory type foam pads in the chest and an aerodynamic race hump on
the upper back. The Twist of Fate also vents very well for a solid textile.
There are zippered vents in the biceps area that flow air around the arm to the
back. These are very important for jackets with CE back pads because these pads
can hold in a lot of heat. The kidney areas also have zippered vents.
If we open this jacket up we see the mesh liner. This will help promote the
circulation of air throughout the jacket and also keeps the shell from sticking
to you when you sweat. There unfortunately isn't any interior storage in this
jacket as a result of the chest pads. Looking at the inside of the back, you can
see that there are multiple methods for attaching your pants to the jacket. You
have loop style connectors that allow you to attach the jacket to a belt for
when you are wearing jeans or a more casual style riding pant. You also have the
stretchy zip style connector that allows you to sew this portion into your
riding pants and have a zippered connection. This feature can really save your
lower back and backside by making sure they stay covered in a slide.