Icon Overlord Prime Leather Jacket Review

Bryan Harley | March 17, 2011
Icon Overlord Prime Jacket
The Icon Overlord Prime Jacket is a snug-fitting perforated riding jacket with edgy styling and CE-approved armor in the elbows, shoulders and a dual-density foam back protector.

Just got back from Daytona Bike Week and can report that Icon supporters were out in force as we spotted their logo on many a sportbike and streetbike rider passing by. The company held two Icon Limiter events, a combination of stunt riding, deejay beats, a fashion show and street party out at the WyoTech Campus. I was also decked out in one of the company’s latest offerings in Daytona Beach, cruising the A1A, Main Street and embarking on a 950 mile round-trip ride to the Florida Keys in the Icon Overlord Prime Leather Jacket.

The first item worth mentioning about the Overlord Prime Jacket is you might consider ordering it a size larger than normal, depending on your body style. I ordered an XL, the size jacket I usually wear and it was super tight in the shoulders and across the chest. The Overlord Prime Jacket is cut for a snug fit, but the XL was limiting the range of movement in my arms. If you have a thin build, ordering it in your standard size should be fine, but if you’re thick through the chest and shoulders, I suggest going a size up.

The Icon Overlord Prime Jacket’s outer shell is made of durable Brazilian cowhide that varies in thickness from 1.2-1.4mm except for the stretchy cloth panels on the undersides of both arms. There are also two small, mesh vents in the upper chest and another one that runs down the back of the neck. Tiny perforations are found in the chest, upper arms, forearms, on the sides and down the lower spine area. There are no zippered vents, but the jacket circulates air well enough that they aren’t needed. Even in black, I’ve worn it comfortably on an 82-degree day in the Keys. If you unzip the two small zippers on the sleeves, the openings at the arms will flare out and funnel air up the sleeves as long as you aren’t wearing gauntlet-style gloves. On the flipside, I’ve worn the jacket on 40-degree days in Oregon which required throwing on an extra layer underneath.

Riding the 2012 Victory High-Ball
We cruised Bike Week on the 2012 Victory High-Ball decked out in Icon’s Overlord Prime Leather Jacket.

On the exterior of the jacket are hard plastic reinforcements in the shoulders elbows and back. Below them you will find removable Field Armor CE impact protectors in the elbows and shoulders. The elbow pads are fairly long and cover a bit of the forearm as well. They slide out easily through a Velcro slit in the liner. A dual-density foam back pad also sits in a pocket stitched into the liner to provide a double layer of protection. The armor doesn’t slide around and stays right where it should when your arms are bent.

The jacket has ribbed sections in the shoulders and elbows and comes with precurved arms so little break-in time is required. Small straps on the sides with two snaps allow the fit at the waist to be adjusted. It has a removable vest that is insulated and provides a slight buffer from the wind that seeps in through the perforations. A zipper keeps the vest in place and makes it easy to remove for cleaning.

Icon’s name is splashed across the chest in big, reflective letters. The company’s name is also on the plastic shoulder reinforcements and is stitched on the bottom of the back of the jacket to give it 360-degree visibility at night. Its two-tone design adds to its rugged styling, with color at the end of the sleeves and in the trim running down the back. We went with the stealth black/grey combo, but it is available in solid black, blue, orange, red and white as well.

The Overlord Prime Leather Jacket has two exterior pockets about hand-deep that zip up tight. There’s also another inside chest pocket big enough to stash a wallet and cell phone that also zips closed.

We’ve only been testing the jacket for the last couple of months, but so far the stitching is high quality with no loose seams. It is definitely a warmer weather jacket that breathes well but because of its perforations, you wouldn’t want to get caught out in a rainstorm in it. Its combination of thick leather and CE-approved armor give it high marks in the protection department. Three pockets limit its storage capacity, but the jacket’s style and design are tailored for sport, not adventure-touring, so pocket space isn’t priority. It fits snug, like a good jacket should and looks sharp with its two-tone design. The hard plastic reinforcements add another level of protection against road abrasions and contribute to its edgy appearance. With a sticker price of $450-480, it’s on the middle to higher end for motorcycle jackets, but rings in competitively to comparable products from other companies. The Icon Overlord Prime Leather Jacket is made from premium leather, is stitched together tight and should withstand years of abuse.

The Icon Overlord Prime Leather Jacket is available at Motorcycle Superstore.
Sizes S – 3XL
MSRP – $450-480


Bryan Harley

Cruiser Editor |Articles | Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it’s chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to ‘Merican, he rides ‘em all.

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