This waterproof GORE-TEX motorcycle jacket with thermal lining is a pleasant and excellent commuter. As the name suggests a bit, this is pretty much the classic standard of 'the motorcycle jacket' that can do duty in just about any condition.
The look matches that versatility. The Classic GTX is rather neutral and stylishly-classic. You really don't need to have heavy-duty tires to be on the road in this jacket.
The strength of the Classic GTX lies in the integrated GORE-TEX membrane, which is pretty much perfection when we talk about waterproof and breathable motorcycle clothing. The membrane - a GORE-TEX z-liner - hides under the wear and tear resistant outer shell, which in turn is equipped with an (intelligent) 3D-mesh lining. The latter has the specific property that the inner climate, with all the moisture wicking properties required for this, remains in good order. There’s an extra layer on the crucial places (shoulders and elbows) and when you add all that up - and put it on - you get a nice ensemble. A motorcycle jacket that radiates confidence, and despite many reinforcing elements still feels quite light. Of course, you can add another layer when you fit the removable thermal lining. Conversely, the three ventilation openings (shoulders and back) will provide a cooling effect.
The Classic GTX got a touring cut, long enough and with two centering straps (velcro) on both sides. There are extra adjustment possibilities on the sleeves (three times!) and at the waist (drawstring). The collar has a flexible (sliding) closure.
Despite the already present individual customization possibilities, there is always room for improvement, IXS must have thought when they decided to create specific models. In both directions, because there is both a version that is 3 centimeters shorter and a version that is 5 centimeters longer. These differences in length are situated at the sleeves as well as on the torso, which of course results in an even better (dare we say 'perfect'?) fit.
With six pockets on the outside and three more on the inside, it's more a case of looking for things you want to have with you than a lack of space to do so. All pockets can be closed nicely with zipper or velcro.
Impact protection is provided by (level 2, EN1621-1:2012) impacTec TP-02 shoulder and elbow protectors. The elbow protectors are adjustable in height. An impacTec TP-06 back protector (EN1621-2:2014, level 2) is a standard feature of a motorcycle jacket of this caliber. All protectors are relatively soft and flexible when not under load.
Reflective material on the shoulders, back and upper arms is abundantly present. The Classic GTX got a long connection zipper which makes the combination with just about every IXS motorcycle pants possible. The Classic GTX motorcycle pants seems to be the obvious choice.
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