- Rated 4 stars
- Hein Gericke York Jacket
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- QualityEditor: 90%
- ProtectionEditor: 70%
- FeaturesEditor: 70%
- ComfortEditor: 90%
- Weather CompatibilityEditor: 70%
Summary: The Hein Gericke York is a Sheltex jacket, which is suitable for cold to mild weather conditions. The overall quality is top-notch. It has decent protection, is comfortable and has decent ventilation (considering you are not riding in hot summer).
Overall Construction Quality:
- The outer material of the York jacket is made up of 86% polyester and 14% polyamide. It also consists of a Sheltex membrane which is made up of 52% Polyurethane and 48% Polyester.
- Sheltex is Hein Gericke’s own version of Gore-tex, which costs approximately half of Gore-tex ones. Feature-wise, both are rainproof, but Sheltex is less breathable than Gore-tex.
- The overall quality of the jacket is immaculate. Whether it is the materials used, the zippers, the velcro straps or the press buttons, it sure has a premium feel to it.
- Stitching is precise and of top notch quality. A simple glance at the York and you know this is typical German quality stuff.
- None really.
- The elbows and shoulders are armed with CE EN 1621-1 certified armors. EN 1621-1 is the safety standard for all limb protectors.
- The stock back protector is a Hiprotec PE foam one. Do note that this is upgradable to a Level 2 armor as well (Note: This jacket that I have reviewed has a Level 2 back protector)
- The impact zones (shoulders and elbows) have reinforced material to further increase abrasion resistance.
- The ability of width adjustment at the elbows, waist and hem make for a snug-fit, which is important to ensure the armors and the jacket remain in place after a fall. After adjusting the jacket correctly, the armors fit perfectly in place and the jacket fits firm against my body.
- A connection zip is provided at the back of the jacket, which can be attached to compatible riding pants. This feature prevents the tail of the jacket from blowing up due to wind draft.
- Another neat touch is the inclusion of a safety belt. This belt is an elastic strap present at the back of the jacket. What you need to do is wear the jacket, pull out the strap from the back, pass it below your crotch and fix it to the front of the jacket with the help of press buttons. I found this pretty helpful as it prevented the jacket from moving up the waist while riding.
- The sleeve cuffs are adjustable and fit firmly over or under a pair of full-gauntlet gloves, whatever your preference.
- The Innolite reflective material at the front and back of the jacket are bright and well placed, which enhances visibility at night.
- No adjustment in the positioning of the armors is possible.
- No chest armor, but most riding jackets do not have them anyway.
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- The York features two medium-sized waterproof pockets at the front, and one pocket on the inside. The two front vents can double up as pockets as well (Non Waterproof).
- Along with the continuous zipper system at the front, additional press buttons are provided for a further reassured fit.
- YKK zippers are used throughout the jacket.
- The elbow armors were easily removable, but I somehow struggled to put them back in, due to the presence of a double velcro strap.
- Inclusion of an external and internal key clip would have been great.
Comfort and Fit:
- Despite a snug-fit, the jacket is comfortable to wear by itself, without considering climate conditions.
- The armor on the elbows, shoulders and back do not hurt or itch in any way, even after a whole day of riding.
- None of the zippers poke you or trouble you at any place, wherever present.
- The safety belt is elastic enough to not be bothersome out there.
- This being a Sheltex jacket, is more suitable in cold to mild weather conditions. The inclusion of a thermal-liner should help in those sub 10 deg Celsius temperatures (Note: I was unable to test out the thermal liner as the minimum temperatures are not below 18 deg C during this part of the year).
- On a relatively cool night (17-18 deg C), without the thermal-liner, my body felt warm and at ease.
- On a hot day (30-35 deg C), and at speeds above 100 kph on the highway, the two front vents and the back vent did a reasonable job of not making me go bonkers due to the heat. How this works is: Sheltex being less breathable than Gore-tex or Mesh jackets for that matter, invariably makes you sweat a lot. Now at higher speeds (>100 kph), the air passing through the vents causes quick evaporation of this body sweat, ensuring adequate cooling (Note: Evaporation causes cooling).
- Lack of rain during the summer season meant that the York could not be tested for its rain-proofing ability, so I shall refrain from commenting on this. Based on the inherent nature of Sheltex though, it is supposed to have decent rain-proof ability.
- On a hot day (30-35 deg C), in city traffic or at speeds below 100 kph, I was sweating profusely and it felt really hot and uncomfortable inside. So please consider this jacket only for cold (<10 deg C) to mild (<20-23 deg C) seasons.
The York can be purchased here at € 99
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- Excellent Quality
- Inclusion of a Safety Belt
- Non-adjustable armor positioning
- Not as breathable as Gore-Tex
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