Harley-Davidson Excam Warrior jacket
When I got my Harley-Davidson Excam Warrior mesh jacket just in time for summer it marked a turning point in my relationship with hot weather bike gear.
Years ago there were no summer jackets. On hot days you rode in a t-shirt – if you were on a long ride and getting uncomfortably hot, you pulled your old Brando jacket off, folded it and strapped it on top of your other luggage.
Then came mesh jackets that allowed the breeze to perform its cooling task. I finally bought one following a cruel ride to Adelaide about 20 years back – the temperature hit 45 degrees at Keith and topped out at 47 at Murray Bridge – which I did wearing a jacket as I was no longer prepared to ride long distances in a t-shirt (as I had from Brisbane to Port Douglas some years earlier).
The problem with my first mesh jacket, an entry-level item, was that it was very ordinary in the style department (and I need all the help I can get) with a flimsy structure that gave me little confidence about the elbow armour staying near the elbows when tumble-time arrived. Then the Excam Warrior from the House of Harley came into my life.
This is a really stylish number that looks just right with helmet and gloves. Thanks to its good design, neat tailoring and subtle decoration it’s also quite versatile. This is motor bike gear you can wear as casual attire in non-bike settings without looking like a dill.
It’s made of tough 600-denier polyester mesh with heavy-duty quilted fabric layers over the shoulders and elbows and across the lower back section. There are four zippered external pockets and three internal pockets including an MP3 player pocket with headphone tab. The waistband has four adjuster straps. Armour pockets are provided at shoulders and elbows and along the spine.
I really like the low-key embellishment and branding on the Excam Warrior that give it its versatility. These amount to a number of grey-on-black contrasting items including stripes on the sleeves, a Harley-Davidson #1 logo on the back, and a subtle ‘H-D M C’ logo on a front pocket. The attention to detail is top notch with good-quality stitching, a lined collar and easy-to-use zippers (heaps easier than those on a jacket of mine with a price of more than $1000).
It feels good on. While looking quite rugged it’s actually quite light. The ventilation is excellent. The action-back design and slightly precurved sleeves provide comfort and easy movement on the bike or off.
Always willing to do a full product evaluation for MT’s readers, I recently crash tested the jacket in a tumble on to the road over the nose of an SUV that suddenly barged into my space. The jacket is unmarked and I got off with a few bruises.
What capped the Excam Warrior off for me is its reasonable price, which makes this top-quality jacket really good value.
OUR RATING: 5/5
CE-approved armour (two sets required, for elbows and shoulders) $32.78 each