The Icon Raiden UX is the name used for an adventure, rally, off-road – inspired collection from the US manufacturer Icon. They also have Icon Motorsports, aimed at youthful sportsbike riders, and Icon 1000, which is more retro. We’ve been trying a variety of Icon Raiden stuff recently, and it’s very impressive.
For our latest test we looked at the Icon Raiden UX waterproof jacket. Like a lot of Raiden gear, it appears deceptively simple. It’s light, thin and has an uncluttered design. But it’s brilliantly well designed and executed, showing that it’s been developed by motorcyclists who’ve put it through its paces before putting in on sale.
It’s roomy cut and made of a slightly stretchy fabric with a waterproof and breathable Hycor membrane built in. It works, I’ve taken out the classy quilted liner, because that make it too hot for Thailand, despite the best effort of the vents. It’s been waterproof so far, and very comfortable. The quality and detailing are magnificent. There’s a removable hood that tucks away unobtrusively when you’re riding. There are neat little reflective flashes. There’s a useful variety of pockets, including a bum pouch that’s big enough to carry the liner. And it comes fitted as standard with elbow, shoulder and back armor.