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Need a new jacket and helmet and saw icons battelscar line and liked it because it's something you dont see everyday. Just wanted other peoples opinions on these 2 and wondering if it would look ok on a green 13 zx6r. I wasnt looking to match with the bike but wasnt sure if the differe t greens would look ok together icon-merc-battlescar-jacket-2.jpeg icon-merc-battlescar-jacket-3.jpeg

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About the only thing I look for in gear, is layers and armor. Spine, shoulders, elbows, fore arms, hips, knees...... Using a belt sander on any of those points sucks in the extreme. Having an artificial knee cap with padding spreads the load so your bones don't break as easily, when you go flailing and tumbling.

If it protects you, it looks cool.

I've done that flail and tumble in shorts flip flops and a tee shirt. Age 14.

Graduated to a helmet, blue jeans, sneakers, sunglasses..... Age 23.

Gloves, boots, armored jacket, helmet, jeans.....Age 43.

At 57, it's pants boots gloves, hearing protection, eye protection, jacket, helmet..... Now, when I crash I walk over and pick up the bike.
 

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wondering if it would look ok on a green 13 zx6r.
It really doesn't matter how it looks on the bike, unless you are a professional racer. If you ride lots you will find that you change bikes on a semi-regular basis and whatever looked good two seasons ago now doesn't match the new bike. Buy quality gear that will be comfortable and protect you when things go wrong and you will be happier in the long run. I've never used Icon gear, but that jacket looks loose in the waist and that may allow a draft to climb up your back. That's OK on the warm days, but a lot less fun on the cold ones.


At 57, it's pants boots gloves, hearing protection, eye protection, jacket, helmet..... Now, when I crash I walk over and pick up the bike.
QFT, words to live by.


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The hood is not detachable but folds inside and velcrows to itself. The jacket has drawstrings on each side of the waste to pull it snug. I may order it and if I have to I'll return it if it feels too loose. My old Joe rocket jacket was nice but almost too stiff

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About the only thing I look for in gear, is layers and armor. Spine, shoulders, elbows, fore arms, hips, knees...... Using a belt sander on any of those points sucks in the extreme. Having an artificial knee cap with padding spreads the load so your bones don't break as easily, when you go flailing and tumbling.

If it protects you, it looks cool.

I've done that flail and tumble in shorts flip flops and a tee shirt. Age 14.

Graduated to a helmet, blue jeans, sneakers, sunglasses..... Age 23.

Gloves, boots, armored jacket, helmet, jeans.....Age 43.

At 57, it's pants boots gloves, hearing protection, eye protection, jacket, helmet..... Now, when I crash I walk over and pick up the bike.
Progression sounds about right for someone still in the game after all these years... There should have been some full leather for track someplace in the mix though...
 

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I have the icon Merc Stealth jacket and i love it. It’s a great casual jacket. Casual as in you could wear it walking down the street, not casual in protection. Elbow shoulder and back armor that is all removable. Yea the hood doesnt detach, it only rolls up, but when rolled up it sits just under the bottom of my helmet, making a nice wind collar. It’s comfortable, durable and has enough pockets, incl a phone pocket on the inside with a little port and loop for using corded headphones. Plus drawstrings for the waist and the hood. Its not as baggy or bulky as it looks.
 

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If only looking for opinions;

would I or wouldn't I.......... I absolutely would not

But it is your decision and your taste and your roadrash threshold you need to care about not mine.......

it definitely does not have a sportbike seated position cut!, there is going to be shit tons of bunching up in front of you
 
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I know this is an old thread, but since somebody revived it...

My first helmet was an Icon Airframe. I liked it fine at the time, but when I got my subsequent helmets I realized that the Icon felt like wearing cardboard compared to the others (Arai RX-Q, Bell Race Star).
 
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