I really like the look of this jacket and am thinking about getting him for myself. I just had a couple questions as there isn't a lot of information or review material for these jackets as they are so new. I was just wondering if the sizing is true to the sizing charts. I have a large chest with a small waist and I don't want something that will make me look boxy. Second does this jacket have any spine protection/back protection? I only see that there is elbow and shoulder protection. Other than that is there anything you could add to help me make up my mind. The other jackets I am debating on are the JR Trixie & the JR Jet Set. My only concerns with those jackets is heat as I tend to get really hot and don't want this to be an issue. Thanks!
As far as the sizing on this jacket goes, it seems to be true to the charts. I normally wear a small so that's what I ordered and it fits fine. I also have plenty of extra room in the chest and I am somewhat small chested so I think it would work well for someone well endowed too. Also, the jacket comes with a pad in the back, the reason it's not listed sometimes is that I believe it's not CE approved where as the other pads are. Though this means that it has the ability to put in a better pad if you choose.
I can't tell you how the jacket fits compared to the JR leather ones, I can tell you that it fits better in the arms and shoulders than the textile JRs. I don't have wide shoulders and I've found that the Scorpion jacket actually fits better in that respect than most jackets. Also, my arms aren't all that long which is usually a problem. The sleeves in the Scorpion are not perfect but not any longer than other jackets. As far as the hips go, mine are about average and it fits fine there as well. It's not too tight anywhere as to restrict movement but it's not so loose that the pads are not in the right places (which was a problem with the A* Stella).
I haven't worn any of these leather jackets while riding yet, even the Scorpion since my bike is still in storage so I can't give you a very good idea of how well it works unfortunately. I can tell you that the Scorpion Nikki has perferated leather in the sides and front as well as more breathable fabric in areas like the underarms. In comparison, the A* Stella jacket I had ordered had no ventilation at all. I don't know about the Trixie jacket but I suspect that something with zippered vents may work better.
I got the jacket to work well for colder weather rides so my main concern was the warmth but this one should work well for warmer rides too.