I have been fortunate enough to get my hands on an in-production AyeGear J25 jacket that the guys at AyeGear are just about to release to the market in 2014.
On opening the UPS box that arrived, I was presented with a garment that made me instantly go… WOW! A new material is being used on the J25 that just oozes quality, and in a style that really looks so smart, you will be able to wear this jacket to just about any event.
The first thing that I noticed was the weight of the jacket, as it’s a lot heavier than the AyeGear 22 jacket that I wear daily. The J25 delivered was a large size, so I breathed a sigh of relief as its usual for a medium size to be shipped for reviews, so I slipped it on, it fitted, but it felt snug on my chunky body!
In saying that, the J25 zipped up perfectly and looked really smart, my wife was instantly impressed with the jacket, and that in itself is a major +1 as she usually just sighs when I buy something to wear! My advice at the moment though, would be to go for a size larger than you are used to if you intend to carry a lot of gear inside the jacket, but I think this has been a general thing with any type of jacket similar to this, if it’s neat on you, there is no space left for anything else, so bear that in mind.
The features of the jacket are:
It has removable Sleeves so you can be cooler in warmer climates.
Concealed hood for the wet days!
25 individual compartments that you can fill with a range of items, but the official site gives you a suggestion of:
- X2 – compartments to hold your tablet (iPad in one anything else in other)
- A laptop compartment – yes seriously!
- X2 – pockets for your Smartphone or MP3 player
- X4 – Credit Card pockets
- x2 – Memory Sticks
- X2 – SD Cards
- x2 – Coin Pockets
- X2 – Pen Pockets
- Passport Pocket
- Personal ID pocket
- and six other general pockets that you can fill with anything else!!!
The one interesting change with the J25 is that it’s catering for left and right hand users in the pocket locations, plus it has a few extra tweaks hidden away such as a retractable reel for attaching keys to and keeping them safe, internal earphone routing system to keep your audio cables neat and tidy, the elasticated strap in the pocket for holding those special drinks cans and bottles!
The J25 is fully lined, and well stitched, so this jacket will protect you from the wind, but the J25 also has the addition of a hood rolled away in the collar section of the jacket, that can be unzipped whenever the rain starts to pour. A Quick pull of the zip and the hood unrolls easily. The sequence of images at the bottom of this page will give you an idea of how things look on the various sections of the jacket.
The hood when opened up initially seems quite wide, but it can be made more snug by pulling on the draw cords that are round in front of it. The only thing that I found a little bit strange was there was no way to lock the hood in place once you pulled the cords, so the hood would soon open up wide again unless you held it tight or tied it into a knot, but that may be just the one I have here.
The internal pockets will allow you to have your mobile phone on ether side of the jacket, and also slide in your tablet to either side as well. There are two zipped pockets on the froth of the jacket as well.
Clothing like anything in life, is an extremely personal choice, so what I like, you may not, and what you like, I’ll probably not, but I don’t think anyone will disagree that the J25 is a step up in build and material quality, and it all boils down to whether the compartments are suitable for your daily needs.
As it is, I’d recommend that you order one of the jackets up and try it out and see for yourself what it’s like! Visit the AyeGear site and see for yourself!