The quest for a true multi-season motorcycle riding jacket can be a difficult one. How do you find gear that will keep you warm, dry, and cool all at the same time? Here on the east coast, weather patterns are extreme, and it’s nearly impossible to find one jacket that will work for all seasons. Some work better in the cooler months while others are designed just for warmer weather. I tested the Zion, one of the newest textile jackets from Scorpion designed to handle most weather conditions.
For warmer temperatures, Scorpion provides thoughtful ventilation combined with a lightweight shell. There are multiple vents on the Zion: torso, biceps, forearms, shoulders, and upper back, some of which are shown above.
I discovered that in 75-degree weather, while riding at highway speeds with all the vents open, too much air flowed through the jacket. I not only felt the wind flowing through the open vents, but the jacket itself breathes quite well so I found myself actually feeling colder than I expected. So the jacket does a great job of venting on those really warm days.
There are two liners that make for a warmer ride when the temperatures drop: a removable full-sleeve thermal liner, and a removable full-sleeve waterproof liner you wear over the thermal liner.
The waterproof liner inside is what keeps you dry in a lot of rain, the outer shell has a coating that makes it water resistant so it could get pretty soaked in a heavy downpour. The seams on the shell are not taped so some leakage could happen. But thats what the waterproof liner is for! Its seams are sealed and it protects your body from getting wet. I had the opportunity to ride in moderate rain, and the waterproof liner worked well keeping me dry inside.
The quilted thermal liner (at left) zips in and out easily and is meant to be worn underneath the waterproof liner when warmth when needed. At right is the waterproof liner designed to be worn underneath the jacket but over the quilted liner when that is being used too.
I have a smaller hip and waist area than most women do and found the Zion to be a bit tight there. The adjustable straps help me find the right fit. If you have a shorter torso, the two-way zipper in the front allows you to open the bottom so the jacket “expands” there allowing you to feel more comfortable when seated on your motorcycle.
A lot of thought went into the design of the Zion. I like the included headphone loops and the connection zipper for riding pants. Scorpion makes matching Zion pants. If you have a different pant you’d like to connect the Zion jacket to, Scorpion provides the attachment zipper, which can be sewn onto another pant.
The Zion Jacket comes in two colors: all black, and the gray and white color I tested. Sizes range from XS to 2XL. Be sure to consult the Scorpion sizing chart that can be found here.