Although ARMR is a relatively new kid on the block here in the UK, I for one have been pleasantly surprised by their products. They are priced at entry level, yet deliver as good a product as something priced considerably more. What we have here is the Kiso jacket, and for £100 I haven’t seen a jacket with a fixed weatherproof membrane so competitively priced before. There is another remarkable fact about this company; they cater for every sized biker you could imagine, starting at XS all the way up to 10XL!
The outer shell is constructed from 600D polyester, which is tough and durable and on the main impact zones of the elbows and shoulders they have used 1680D ballistic fabric for high abrasion resistance.
The Kiso also has a DWR (durable water repellent) treatment helping repel water, though it will need to be re-treated from time to time like all similarly treated garments. Behind the outer is their own brand ARMR Tex liner, which as I said above is fixed into the jacket and is water and wind-proof. The fit in an XL is good and there is waist and sleeve adjusters to fine tune it. For ventilation there are two small vents on the shoulders and two exhaust vents in the back to allow some cooler air to circulate
inside, although the fixed membrane will restrict their effect somewhat.
Though not very substantial, there is a detachable quilted liner for added warmth. The warm blooded among you will be fine with this, but if you feel the chill in the colder months it may be worth laying up underneath it.
In the shoulders and elbows there is CE approved armour, which is firm but comfortable, sits over the area and should stay in place if it’s needed. Although there is no back protector in the jacket, there is a pocket to accommodate one should you wish.
There are two waterproof cargo pockets on the front, with hand warmer pockets behind them. The two chest pockets are also waterproof, with a storage pocket on the lower back and three inside pockets should you prefer.
The front zip is covered by a storm flap to keep out the elements and the cuffs have a bellows, which will take a glove beneath and a Velcro fastener to close it down. I like this jacket, it’s simple and effective. Sure, it’s never going to rival the big boys, but not everyone can afford their prices.
In a Line: Fixed waterproof lined jacket for under £100, bargain.