This is my second ADV suit, retiring the first after three years and fifteen thousand miles. The ARC Battleborn Jacket is an item exclusive to Rocky Mountain ATV/MC where I purchased it along with the pants at their retail shop in St. George, Utah.
The short review – well thought out, good ventilation and water-proof (the first time I rode through a monsoon and came out dry on the other side).
The long review – the jacket is well-appointed with heavy duty YKK zippers, 600 denier polyester shell with ballistic fabric at the abrasion points, waterproof liner and vent zippers, quilted zip-in thermal liner, and CE-rated protection at the shoulders, elbows and back. Not bad for under $200.
The neck is lined with a soft neoprene and can be custom fit to your neck girth with an elastic cord. Just don’t pull it too tight. THe collar tabs have snaps to secure them open for better airflow. The collar flap secures with Velcro, but an additional snap there would remove doubt about its staying power.
Five pockets, four outer, one inner, one additional with the thermal liner in place. Pocket flaps have a textured tab for easy access while gloved. The sleeve cuffs pare down small enough to tuck into long winter gloves, something to appreciate when you’re getting ready for cold-weather riding, roasting inside your gear while you’re trying to tuck your sleeves into your gloves properly to eliminate the possibility of cold air racing up your sleeves at speed.
Lots of reflectivity all around, and there’s a hydration pouch and tube stay built into the shell. Good thinking. Wish I could say the same for the pants.