The shadow jacket was designed to combine the technology and protection that
the touring rider demands, with just the right amount of sport bike DNA to
appeal to the more aggressive sport tourer. This rider rides a 1400 Concourse, a
Triumph Trophy, or maybe a bagged out FZ1.
The Shadow Jacket is made of a unique fabric called Maxtena Pro. It’s a
waterproof 500 denier fabric that has the abrasion resistance and tensile
strength you need in a motorcycle riding jacket, but without the stiffness that
is often associated with heavy duty nylon. The softness of the material helps
the jacket to fit less like a high impact riding jacket, and more like casual
apparel. The jacket also gets help in the comfort department from the high
levels of adjustability and ventilation.
The Shadow features Velcro equipped adjustable waist straps that work together
with elasticized stretch panels to help achieve the perfect fit. The same
stretch panels are found on the elbows to provide increased range of motion and
added mobility. Also for flexibility, are these Carboflex areas that start on
the chest, and travel under the arm to the backs of the shoulders. The sleeves
also feature these elastic snap adjusters that can be tightened to help reduce
buffeting at speed and keep the armor in place in a crash. The cuffs are also
adjustable by way of these Velcro straps.
Ventilation can be found in the form of these Ram Air direct ventilation system
vent ports. Unfastening this Velcro cover flap, exposes a zippered vent. You can
fasten the cover flap back on itself to create a scoop to funnel air into the
jacket. There are additional zippered vents on the back of the jacket on the
shoulders and on the kidney area.
The Shadow Jacket offers better than ample protection as well. There is
removable CE armor in the shoulders, elbows, and back, with additional memory
foam pads sewn directly into the shell on the shoulders, elbows, and down
through the spine area to this lower back panel. Lifting up this panel, reveals
the zippered connection that is designed to allow you to attach this jacket to a
pair of riding pants. This feature not only protects your lower back from road
rash, but helps manage airflow as well. To help with night time visibility, hi-viz
piping has been added to the shoulders, and silver Phoslite printing can be
found throughout the jacket.
The versatility of the Shadow Jacket can be credited mostly to its liner system.
This is a jacket that, again has that street bike look, but can be worn in
almost any weather, and remain comfortable over long distances. Unzipping the
main closure exposes a hidden pocket and a secondary zipper that ensures the
waterproof liners ability to keep the water out. Unzipping one of the liner
removal zippers, exposes the taped seams of the Nanomax and Rain Guard liner.
Unzipping the liner closure, exposes the removable quilted thermal liner with
additional pockets and stretch panels in the underarms for maximum mobility. The
liner removal zippers of the thermal and waterproof liners have the same
dimensions, so the jacket can be worn with either the waterproof liner, the
thermal liner, or both, for optimal temperature and moisture control.