A short while ago, I complained about my quest to find a decent textile motorcycle jacket for the warm summer days and presented a pair of Trilobite jackets I stumbled upon on the web (read the article HERE). So after contacting Czech company Trilobite, they agreed to send me a sample for a thorough review. Here’s what impression the Trilobite Acid Scrambler made over the last few weeks:
As I stated before, I’m a leather aficionado (when it comes to motorcycle jackets, not what your porky mind is making up right now) but I must admit that a textile jacket has a significant advantage in terms of weight. Despite its leather arms, the Acid Scrambler weighs only about half as much as any of my leather jackets. The size is what you expect, so no bad surprises when you order your usual size. If you plan to finally turn that keg in the middle of your body into six-packs over the winter months, be assured that you can tighten the waistline with two Velcro-straps.
As I mentioned in the presentation some time ago, the Acid Scrambler comes with a full set of Forcefield body armor that can be slipped in specific pockets on elbows, shoulders and the back. Further, a removable thermal lining covers your body as well as the arms all the way down to your wrists. Surprisingly, this lining can be fitted in a jiffy with its zipper; even the tiny zippers around the wrists are easy to operate.
So as we all know, every additional layer, may that be the armor or the thermal lining, makes every jacket bulky and limits your mobility. In case of the former drawback, Trilobite’s Acid Scrambler is no exception; as soon as you got all the gizmos stashed in, you look like Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. But when it comes to the latter detriment, this jacket is a much unexpected surprise: even with the lining as well as the armor in place, no significant limitation in terms of mobility can be detected. Fully kitted out, this thing is more comfortable than any leather jacket I have ever worn.
So let’s jump on the bike to see how it feels in its natural habitat! Said thermal lining manages to keep the arms as well as most of the trunk warm and snuggly. But like most of the thermal linings that do not dispose of a separate zipper at the front to close it like a jacket, cold airstream can penetrate trough the zipper and leave you with a cold strip of skin from the neck to the belly. Not dramatic, but nevertheless noticeable for any sensitive rider. But if you plan to use the liner for a backroad ride in winter of a quick run around the city blocks instead of an hour-long highway stint, it should do the trick.
But since I think most people interested in this kind of jacket intend to use it on warmer days, let’s see how it performs in more pleasant circumstances. First, be assured that once the thermal lining is removed, the Acid Scrambler doesn’t look bulky anymore. No need to avoid mirrors any longer. And said airstream mentioned above can quickly turn into a blessing when temperatures are on the rise. Now add this to the pair of lateral vents hidden under a discreet zipper and you’ll find yourself in a nice, cool place when people in their leather jackets start to melt away. Hell, if you ride apehangers on your chopper, you can probably ditch your roll-on. Forget about sweat patches under your arms!
As I stated in the presentation, someone at Trilobite seems to put that little extra thought into his works since they had the good idea to integrate small magnets into the collar in order to prevent it from fluttering and thus drumming against your helmet. Unfortunately, these magnets are not strong enough and therefore unable to keep the collar in place as soon as you’re giving your bike the beans. If you close the front zipper right up to the top and press the stud, the collar stays in place for a little longer, but it will come loose sooner or later. Maybe Trilobite could improve this with a couple of slightly stronger magnets.
But to be honest, neither this small detriment nor the cold strip on your belly can hide the fact that this is the most comfy and pleasant jacket I have ever worn on a bike. Even kitted out with the full Forcefield shebang I barely could feel any compromise in terms of freedom of movement. The main reason for this are the stretch panels on the elbows, the shoulders and the back. These panels seem to stretch the jacket to the outside with every layer of clothing or lining you add, instead of tightening things up on the inside. Hell, this jacket is so comfortable I could lay myself to sleep in it. I have to admit that the "leather-jacket- in-summer"-days might be over for me. And when it comes to safety, years of research and development of high-tech fibers such as aramid have proven that you don’t necessarily need leather gear off the racetrack. The Acid Scrambler is largely made out of such fibers so no worries about your skin either.
In conclusion, I think that Trilobite’s Acid Scrambler is a a sound choice for everyday use outside any race track. The 299€ price tag is fair, especially since it comes with all the armor as well as a removable liner. And finally, it looks pretty good as well. What more could you ask for? If the Symphis Rocker, presented along with the Acid Scrambler a few weeks back and promoted as waterproof, performs as well as the Acid Scrambler, one can say that Trilobite hit the Bull’s Eye with their latest products.
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