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It’s no secret that “Adventure Riding” is one of the fastest growing segments in the motorcycle industry.  Not surprisingly then, Scorpion has decided to get in the Adventure Riding gear market.  Scorpion’s 2015 line-up includes three new jackets:  the waterproof/breathable laminate (high-end) Yukon, the convertible textile jacket with two liners the Yosemite, and the subject of this review, the mesh textile Yuma.
 
The Yuma is a largely mesh riding jacket which is well-suited for the desert southwest.  It has plenty of mesh so that it will be highly vented, with heavier denier fabric in the impact areas.  The overall fit is snug without being roadrace tight and is very comfortable to wear.  The Yuma comes in solid black or the black and tan version we got to look at.  It is very reasonably priced at around $290.  We highly recommend you add-in the SAS-TEC back armor for an additional $40.  There is also an available kidney belt, but we don’t know the pricing on that at this time.
 
UPDATE:  Just got word that I’ll be doing an extended wear test with the Yuma.  Stand by for updates as I get some miles in this jacket!
 
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 Let’s look at some of the details. First, and most importantly, there’s the mesh:
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As you can see, this is a very breathable mesh.  Unlike some mesh, say Motoport’s Kevlar mesh, this mesh is pliable and comfortable.  It allows the jacket to “drape” well so it moves with you comfortably.  It may not be as tough as the Kevlar mesh, but the mesh is all in non-impact areas and feels plenty tough for its placement on the jacket.
 
ARMOR
 
Let’s talk a bit about the armor since that’s a critical component of motorcycle riding gear.  The Yuma utilizes SAS-TEC armor.  SAS-TEC 3D-armor is a visco elastic soft foam with outstanding shock absorption values.  It’s soft until impact, at which time it hardens into a protective shell.  It feels, to me, to be very similar to d3o armor used by other brands.  SAS-TEC is made in Germany, you can check them out HERE.
One nice thing about the SAS-TEC shoulder armor is that it “wraps” around the should, offering a measure of protection to the scapula and collar bone.  The armor also is right/left specific with indicators on the armor as to which side it goes in, and which side goes up.  (When I received the jacket, the left and right shoulder armor were reversed.)
 
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LINER
 
One detail I particularly appreciated in the Yuma is the attachment of the liner to the outer jacket.  Most jackets with removable liners that I’ve worn have two zippers along the front edges, a collar snap and one or two snap-loops in the sleeve cuffs.  I’ve always felt that let the jacket swim around the liner which could get uncomfortable.  Scorpion has added two additional snap-loops in the back/kidney areas which really anchor the liner to the mesh shell.  You can see one here:

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Here, you can also see the attachment points for the optional (recommended) kidney belt.  Although this jacket is not as heavy as, say, a Klim Badlands Pro, a kidney belt offers good support and helps anchor the jacket to the rider.
 
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One other nice feature about how the liner attaches to the shell, is in the cuff.  Where most companies use two snap loops, they’re the same color.  Maybe I’m just slow, but I’ve had bad luck and frequently end up with the liner’s sleeve twisted in the shell.  Not gonna happen with the Yuma.  The snap loops are different colors as are the loops in the cuff, making it easy to get the liner sleeve oriented properly.
 
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Another nice feature of the jacket is the collar.  Made from leather, it’s incredibly soft and comfortable.  Unlike collars which are unfinished or textile, the leather is very soft and neck-pleasing straight off.
 
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All things considered, the Yuma is a very comfortable and well thought-out jacket.  It should be ideal in warm to hot weather with the liner stored in the back pocket, ready to be zipped and snapped into the shell when the weather gets cold or wet.  It feels well-constructed and, with the optional back armor, well-protective.
 
UPDATE:  Just got word that I’ll be doing an extended wear test with the Yuma.  Stand by for updates as I get some miles in this jacket!

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