Removable spine pad with pocket for optional C.E. spine protector
Two-way main zipper with dual closure button secured storm flap
FullFlex™ articulated back expansion panels
Variable Flow™ ventilation system with waterproof zippers
Extended fleece lined collar with velcro closure
Removable Cynix™ insulated full sleeve liner
5 outer pockets (2 chest, 2 cargo & rear storage)
4 interior liner pockets
10-point SureFit™ custom adjustment system (waist, torso, wrists, & arms)
Extended back with elastic hem for improved fit
8" zipper for pant attachment
Reflective stripes with 360º visibility
Size Chart for the Joe Rocket Ballistic Revolution Waterproof Jacket
Please measure the circumference of your chest using a cloth tape measure and add 1" if the measurement is an odd number to get to the next even number and choose your size from the chart below. Please note all measurements are in inches.
This Ballistic Revolution Jacket from Joe Rocket is a budget tourer’s dream. This ¾ length jacket has a completely nylon construction for the price of a poly. The majority of the shell is made of 600 Denier RockTex, which is a proprietary fabric design from Joe Rocket. They don’t manufacture it of course, but it was selected to meet their precise specifications. For extra abrasion resistance, the high impact areas of the shoulders and elbows are reinforced with an 840 Denier ballistic nylon. This jacket is available in sizes small to three X and in five color ways including this red. I found the fit to be just a hair snug under the arms with the liner installed, so if you’re planning on wearing this jacket in the winter you may want to go up a size to accommodate thicker layers
Some of the marks of a good touring jacket, above the obvious protective qualities, are climate management, adjustability, and storage. There are others of course, like weight, but these are the main three. Good climate management offers a rider a balance between moisture resistance and temperature control. It can be very difficult to stay dry and cool at the same time; dry and warm is far less difficult. This Ballistic Revolution jacket features a combination of an integrated waterproof mid liner and Rocket’s Variable Flow Ventilation System. This jacket gulps air with the vents open. The vent covers unfasten and then secure back on themselves to hold the covers open and out of the way. The vents themselves are managed by waterproof zippers and the vents on the chest can be held open with these snap tabs to allow huge amounts of cooling air into the jacket. If your riding conditions are both hot and wet simultaneously, the mid-liner channels water that enters the shell through the ventilation down the inside of the shell and out through this full circumference drain along the bottom of the jacket. There are exhaust vents in the lower lats areas that help to extract warm, wet air out of the back of the garment.
Another important collection of features for a touring jacket involves adjustability. The Ballistic Revolution’s Sure Fit Custom Adjustment system has ten points of adjustment. The core of the jacket is adjustable in four places. You have a buckle type adjuster on each side of the true waist of the jacket and a snap adjuster on each side at the ribs. The sleeves have a high level of adjustability as well, with adjusters at both the biceps and on the forearms. Adjusters number nine and ten can be found at the cuffs of the sleeves.
Storage is also plentiful on the Ballistic Revolution. There are two large waterproof cargo pockets at the front bottom of the jacket that use the fold over method to keep the water out. The angled pockets midway up the front of the chassis use waterproof zippers to shun the moistening. If we take a look at the rear of the jacket we can see the fifth and final external pocket. To keep you safe they put the closure on the right side. Unless you have cruise control you’ll have to pull over and stop to access this pocket. It’s probably for the best. The balance of the nine pockets is located on the interior of the jacket. We’ll get a closer look at those in a second. First I want to take a closer look at the protection and some of the detailing. The Ballistic Revolution has removable CE rated armor in the shoulders and elbows and a removable foam spine protector in the back. The back protector can be easily upgraded to a CE rated version. This chassis is also covered in reflectives to improve your visibility to others in low light. There’s piping across the front and back of the shoulders with reflective panels on the arms above the elbows and on the back of the collar. The Joe Rocket emblems on the shoulders are also reflective.
Some of the added comfort features include what I like to call an apple pad here at the collar. The collar is also lined with a soft felt like material that feels pretty good on the old neck skin. The collar is held closed with hook and loop and the placket snaps closed hiding the oversized two-way KMK zipper. This channel helps to keep the wind and water out. Opening the jacket up exposes the removable full sleeve quilted Cynix comfort liner. This liner is sonic quilted to eliminate the stitches, which dramatically improves the weight. This liner also supports three of the jacket’s four remaining pockets, and has a pass through to facilitate the attachment of the jacket to a pair of riding pants. Removing the liner exposes the waterproof mid liner and the last of the ample storage.