Johnny Reb Hume Hoodie

Hume Protective Full-Zip Hoodie

 

Johnny Reb Hume Protective hoodie, side view

I’ve been a fan of Johnny Reb gear, since they brought out those cool-as boots for the fellas, with the ankle strap and loop. Not sure when they started making specific gear for women, but they sure have a great range for us now.

 

Imagine my surprise when I got an email from Hollie, Johnny Reb’s Marketing Manager to enquire if I’d be keen on a Content Creation opportunity with them and if I would like to wear their Burke open-face helmet in glitter and the Hume Protective Full-Zip Hoodie!

 

I was totally stoked, so of course I said hell-yeah!!

 

A lot of the fleeces available aren’t really designed for the gals; it’s especially frustrating when the only options seem to be designed with a “blokey” look in mind. But Johnny Reb’s are different.

Call it fate, call it destiny; I never thought I’d find myself so smitten with a fleece hoodie… this has shape and it fits, rather than that old baggy-saggy-blokey look.

 

Johnny Reb Hume Protective hoodie

 

I chose the vibrant berry colour as it compliments a lot of my clothes and I thought it looked rather chic. The first time I wore it, it was like the heavens had opened up and a choir of angels were singing just for me. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but it was so remarkably comfortable and cosy feeling, I felt like I was being cuddled.

The medium size was spot-on; I am a 12-14 women size. It fit snug, with beautiful long sleeves, the armour in all the right spots and very warm.

Specs:

 

  • Available in Berry/Grey/Black, Cotton/Fleece (290-300 GSM)
  • Lined with DuPont™ Kevlar® Fibre (145-150 GSM)
  • Breathable mesh between your body and the Kevlar for skin comfort
  • CE Level 1 (EN 1621-1  2012) removable armour included, for elbows and shoulders
  • Full zip
  • Hood
  • 2 front hands pockets

 

I have a textile jacket, with a rather befitting windproof liner, which I’ve removed the armour from, to use in another jacket. This hoodie fitted perfectly under that textile jacket, so I wore it like that for a 350 km round trip to test. The day was 14 degrees, blue skies and the roads were fairly bare, being a mid-weekday. I certainly felt warm and the inside is so very soft. When I stopped for lunch, I kept the hoodie on, as the wind had picked up.

I was thankful for the hood, not only standing there in the ocean wind, but it acts like a scarf around the neck and stopped the cold air sneaking under my collar when riding.

I have ridden with just the Hume Hoodie on many times now and have felt most comfortable at highway speeds with this as my jacket for the day.

This hoodie has surprised me, because I’ve not considered a fleece before, as a fully protective jacket.

I’m one who rarely compromises on protection, so with the Kevlar lining throughout the entire jacket and the CE Level 1 armour, I have found this to be a multi-functional riding and socialising jacket and I’m certainly not afraid to take on the open road in it. This hoodie’s definitely got your back.

A minor speed bump is the absence of zips or any form of secure closure on the pockets. A simple zip, button, or small Velcro patch could ensure personal belongings stay safe and sound in your pocket.

So, dear clothing designers, hear our plea; don’t forget the zips. They may seem insignificant, but they make a world of difference to those of us living life on the go.

Overall, an extremely luxurious feeling, quality made, chic-casual, choice.

A solid 4 ½ star from me. Only ½ star taken off for the lack of pocket closure, as no one wants their ride ruined by a rogue pocket, but the quality and feel of this jacket is otherwise perfect for the designed functionality.

 

 

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