SCORPION YUKON JACKET AND PANTS

PRODUCT: Scorpion enters the high-end ADV gear market with its Yukon jacket and pants. The jacket is made from 500-denier nylon for the main body and heavy-duty 1680-denier nylon on the shoulders, forearms and elbows for added crash protection. Scorpion uses SAS-TEC, CE-certified, viscoelastic armor in the shoulders and elbows with an upgraded level two in the back and a level one protector in the chest. There are nine external pockets on the jacket, four of which are waterproof. Internally, there are three mesh pockets—one large enough for a map, another with a port for a media device, plus a hidden passport pocket in the waist seam. It also has a huge rear cargo pocket that offers enough room to carry a clothing base layer or the removable storm collar. There’s an impressive amount of venting available, with four vents on the arms, two on the side of the torso, two on the rear torso, two on the sides of the back and one large vent across the back of the shoulders. There are two small pockets on the forearms that are perfect for cash or an ID. The collar is trimmed with Nappa calf leather, while the cuffs use neoprene. An internal, removable kidney belt is provided for added protection and support for those long rides.

OUR TAKE: Scorpion has really stepped up its game with the introduction of the Yukon line. It offers great features that we wish were standard in the industry. The removable storm collar is at the top of the list. Anybody who’s started a ride at elevation early in the morning knows how cold that air driving under your helmet, around your neck and then down your back is. The collar is tall and creates an excellent wind block on cold rides. Then, as the day warms up, simply remove it and stuff it into the pocket on the back of the jacket. The storm flap covering the front zipper and the wrist straps completely prevent cold air from sneaking into the jacket. Venting on a hot day was another plus in our book. The variety of vents do an amazing job of channeling warm air out of the jacket. The nice thing about this much ventilation is being able to use the jacket for protection even on warm days. Numerous pockets make it easy to store important items that you’ll want handy. We didn’t get a real test of the waterproof claim, although we did get to try it during a light summer thunderstorm. The rain didn’t last long enough for us to verify the waterproof claims, but the amount of water we did encounter beaded up and blew off the front of the jacket. We didn’t notice leaking at any of the seams, so we can say it’s water repellent.

The pants mirror the positives that we like about the jacket. They proved to be warm on cold mornings while still offering great ventilation as the day warmed up. There are two zippered hand pockets on the hips and two Velcro flap pockets on each thigh. The lower portion of each pant leg opens very wide to allow easy access when putting on or removing boots. The Velcro closure has enough adjustability to fit any size or style boot. It may not seem to be a big deal until you’ve spent several hours in the saddle, but the seamless seating area of the pant is nice. If you’ve spent the day riding in jeans, you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about.

If you really want to get the maximum amount of weather protection from the pant/jacket combo, there’s a rear zipper that secures the back of the pant to the lower portion of the jacket. This effectively turns it into a one-piece riding suit.

GROANS: The reviewer normally wears a large (34/36) pant and an XL jacket. The Yukon pant/jacket seemed to be on the small side. With the built-in body armor, we weren’t able to put the jacket on. Removing the armor made it possible to wear the jacket without any base layers. The pant was snug with the armor, although the fit was good with it removed. We would recommend going up one size from what you normally wear. If you plan to retain all the armor and add base layers, you may want to consider two sizes larger. The armor tends to be a little on the bulky side, which adds to the small feeling.

BOTTOM LINE: If you’re looking for a new set of gear for your next big adventure ride, the Scorpion Yukon pant/jacket combo is a worthy investment of your hard-earned money. It’s loaded with features that more expensive gear doesn’t offer, and it doesn’t compromise on quality. We’re impressed with the versatility designed into the Yukon gear. Wearing a proper base layer could make this a true four-season ADV gear set.

PRICE: Yukon jacket, $549.95; Yukon ADV pants, $359.95

CONTACT: www.scorpionusa.com

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