The new Flak Jacket is Rockgards most revolutionary design yet, and its all about options and aTailored fit.The design breaks downThe Flak Jacket intoTwo distinct component parts,The Flak Vest and Flak Base. The Flak Vest contains allThe coreTorso protection forThe chest, sides and back. Adjustable shoulder straps allow youTo positionThe back and chestTo your exact body shape. Available in 3 sizes, defined byThe length ofThe back protector, you can chooseThe 5, 6 or 7 segment sizesTo best sui
Bike Setup: Specialized Big Hit III / Fox DHX4.0 / Boxxer Race 2010
from Los Gatos, CA
Date Reviewed: July 24, 2010
Strengths: good fit and well ventilated
Weaknesses: the arm guards
I chose this jacket because it seems to offer some degree of rib protection and leatt compatability while others do not. I'm 5'10, 180 lbs and got the sm/md because I wanted a snug fit under a jersey without using the spine protector part, as I have the deuter attack pack with the spine shield. For me the fit is spot on, and is very comfortable while riding and well ventilated. The shoulder pads seem pretty good with decent coverage; a lot of other jackets seem to go kind of skimpy there. I liked the shoulder pads on my old 661 the best- they were huge and wrapped all the way around without sticking out to far, but the rest of that jacket sucked in every way, and the newer ones have dinky shoulder pads. Back to the flak- it fits me well with the spine shield too- it seems to stop rather short of the upper back, but this must be so the leatt brace can be worn without interfereance. There is ample clearance for it in the front as well. It's great that the arm guards come off so that you can throw them in the garbage. the pad itself seems okay, but the strapping is horrible. the little velcro at the bicep is useless, and the "X" style straps will NOT hold the pad secure in a crash- it will move around or end up at your armpit. Arm pads must have a POSITIVE CLOSURE AT THE WRIST to keep them in place. I use the race face rally pads- they don't EVER move, even when the straps get old and loose. And why all the meshy sleeve stuff? Overall a great jacket (2010 version) but I can't believe RG laid such an egg with the arm pads- they sure didn't evolve them with the rest of the product.
from Thousand Oaks, CA
Date Reviewed: April 1, 2009
Strengths: Does it's job.
Weaknesses: Arm guard design is not the greatest. I wear the arms without the vest most of the time and they slide down all the time. Trying to put the jacket on w/ the arms velcroed on is not easy. The shoulder straps also do not stay in place well, some velcro here would help.
It has saved my ass many times. Well worth the $$$. Adds a huge bit of confidence and has pushed me over drops that I wouldn't have tried without it. Usually wear it over a wife beater because it itches in spots, but very well vented for what it is.
Bike Setup: Giant Glory 0 w/ 888. Giant Reign 2 w/ Marcocchi All Mt 1.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bozeman Montana 59718
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2009
Strengths: Durable and Easy to take on and off. Fits amazing, I am a female mountain biker and the womens version of this flak jacket is awesome!
Weaknesses: None that I can see yet.
As for being a female that hits the trails pretty hard and is usually taking a header into the trees, rocks, and whatever else I absolutly love this flak jacket. It breaths well, fits amazing, looks great, and is very durable.
Strengths: Inexpensive, well padded, well ventilated, good coverage
Weaknesses: I'd like to see some longer forearm coverage, shoulder pad adjustment straps come loose and need to be pulled tight from time to time, split chest protector kind of worries me but so far no problems, you have to wear something under it.
This is my first armor jacket. I've taken a couple of smaller spills, one of which was in a rock garden. Any time I've eaten it I barely felt anything so I know its doing its job. Its much cheaper than a Daniese but probably not as comfortable but just buy an UnderArmor sleeveless impact shirt and you won't even notice it. The padding feels like you can really wack yourself pretty good and still be fine.
a Weekend Warrior
from Mckeesport, pa
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2008
Strengths: lots of protection, comfortable, elbow pads can be used by themselves
Weaknesses: back slider seams to sit a little low on your back, velcro on forearm guards are kind of useless
This protective suit has alot of protection for the price and is very versatile. After you get the straps set up you don't have to do much adjusting. I was also surprised that it is not very hot. I don't even notice wearing it while i am riding. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who is looking for extra protection.
a Weekend Warrior
from B'ham, USA
Date Reviewed: October 21, 2007
Strengths: Versatile: can be used as a Vest, full jacket, or just elbow guards. Removable spine section. Protection well placed and where you need it most. I like the fact that the jacket comes all the way down to the waist line not mid torso like the 661 Pro Pressure Suit. Two piece chest protector doesn't "choke" you out like some breast plate designs (IE 661 Pro Suit)
Weaknesses: odd fitting, bulky. Forearm guards are rigid and don't flex well with your elbow. Adjustment straps are wide and elastic and overkill. A nice velcro quick adjustment setup would be better.
I'm giving this a 5 for value because I got a smokin deal on ebay- paid 120 shipped.
Overall cons; this body armor is bulky and difficult to adjust. Forearm guards are not as flexible as it could be, very rigid so as you bend your arm the pad opens up pulling away from your arm, exposing your forearm underneath. Size is sort of odd. I got the S/M and weigh 175, chest size is right in there for a S/M but it still tight throughout the mid section. I'm not fat but I'm not BruceLee either, this fits well up top and around the shoulders but the kidney strap is short and tight to zip up. So if you've got any kind of "gut" be sure to get a Large and cinch up all the adjustment straps.
Overall pros are; it doesn't really matter, once it's adjusted don't mess with it, crash once and it will be the best investment ever.
For a weekend warrior or someone that visits Whistler a few times a year, I'd recommend the 661 Pro Suit. If your hard core or a DH racer this suit is great. It's almost a light Motocross suit- so that should tell you the level the suit is built at.
a Cross Country Rider
from the M.V. - CA
Date Reviewed: August 20, 2007
Strengths: all these positive reviews are true - great product
Weaknesses: should have bought one sooner
This was purchased for my girlfriend. She just started MTB and though very athletic and a quick learner she was still getting pretty bruised up on the learning curve. I bought her the jacket and knee/shin guards and was so impressed with the fit and quality I purchased some arm and shorty knee guards for myself. We ride XC - no shuttle runs - and this product is light enough, cool enough, and well fitted to the point you can actually wear it on your epic XC rides.
Similar Products Used: 661-didn't fit and moved around to much when I went down.
Bike Setup: Transition Covert- Roco TST rear and 10th anniversary Z1 bomber front.
Date Reviewed: February 11, 2007
Strengths: Everything...form-fitting, breathable (open mesh), burly hard plastic guards. The removable elbow pads are awesome because you can use other guards in their place. Tough stitching that stays together. This thing is the most comfortable and most protective upper suit I've worn and is 100% worth every penny.
Don't hesitate to buy this if you need upper body protection...honestly don't even consider anything else. Roost guards are useless, 661 suits are awful and Dainese is too expensive. This suit betters all of the above and at a reasonable price.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2006
Strengths: Lots of protection, mesh is cooler, replaceable arms, everything stays in place well when riding. Longer than the 1st generation which is nice.
Weaknesses: After first day using with no crashes noticed stitching coming apart on one arm guard, mesh is coming apart on other arm guard. Arm guards are really tight although rest of the jacket fits well. Maybe I need XL arms with L jacket. Definately needs to be worn over top of a shirt, unlike the old one, never had chafed nipples like that before!
A good jacket, not a great one. Could use lycra over nips, difficult to put jacket on with arm guards attached, so far not durable - will really find out after crashing it first time. I'm giving it 3 chilies because it is good and worth the money, for a 3rd generation is should be better and I have previously been impressed with Rockgardn stuff.
Favorite Trail: Too many, Fernie, North shore, Moab
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: Ride this
Similar Products Used: Original RockGardn Flak Jacket, so far, I like many aspects of it better than the new version - other than the heat and how the arms stay in place.
Bike Setup: Nomad
Date Reviewed: June 22, 2006
Strengths: Tough paddings to keep everything in place. Great value.
Weaknesses: A bit too hot
I own a 2005 version but the open mesh fabric on the new 06 version looks a lot cooler then mine, definitely worth checking it out. With the price I've paid I'm more than impressed with the quality of this product.