Motowearhouse has come to conclude that of all the different types motorcycle riders in America, adventure-tourers might be the toughest ones to please because their jackets and pants must offer some exceptional features while being comfortable in a pretty wide range of climates and riding conditions. The good news for those who do indulge in adventure touring is, Scorpion’s Yukon Jacket and pants do just that.
For starters, the Scorpion Yukon Jacket and Pants offer an Exo-Dry waterproof breathable laminate shell that allows the rider to layer underneath for warmth (the less-expensive Yosemite gear requires zipping in a waterproof membrane and an insulated liner). This a feature found only on jackets costing hundreds of dollars more. Scorpion can do this advanced construction method because they own to factories that are filled with trained technicians who also build Gore-Tex approved riding gear for many of those brands.
That’s right, all Yukon taped seams are windproof, waterproof, and sewn externally with Scorpion’s Exo-Stitch.This is an advanced 3-layer method used commonly in road racing suits that’s done so the seams on the Yukon are a lot less likely to blow apart in a crash.
One of my favorite unique features of the Yukon Jacket is that it’s fitted with a Sas-Tec CE-certified chest protector that Velcro’s in and then can be positioned up or down for personal fit. If I don’t want the extra protection it provides, I can easily remove the chest protector and store it in my luggage as it’s not that large, it’s just right for the job.
Additional back, elbow, and shoulder Sas-Tec armor is included. Plus, for off-road riding you can secure the built-in kidney belt that tucks away when not desired. There’s a removable turtleneck/ storm collar with a very soft leather trim that can be zipped off for warm temperatures, while vents along the arms, under the armpits, back, and shoulders help move air effectively. The Yukon Jacket’s fit is excellent due to adjustment straps at the waist and on the arms that enable you to fine-tune the fit. All in all the ventilation is pretty good. I have worn the jacket in temperatures as low as 45 degrees and as high as 107 degrees. Yeah, you could say that the Yukon Jacket is extremely versatile.
The Yukon Jacket has nine external (four of which are waterproof and can accommodate a smartphone) and four internal pockets, including a hidden passport pocket. The pants have four external pockets and a hidden money zip in the waistband. (Just in case you are riding in countries were Banditos roam.)
The matching Yukon Pants feature Velcro waist straps to optimize fit, and the inner calves are covered in leather for good wear and heat resistance. You can read a more in-depth review of them here.
So if you are going to ride your adventure bike on bucket list journey and need some high-quality ADV gear, the Scorpion Yukon Jacket and Pants should be considered. They were designed by Edward Wilkinson who once designed the Klim gear, they are built in a factory that builds Gore-Tex approved apparel and they are at a price most riders can afford.