I decided to test the Hooligan 2.0 because I wanted to see if it lived up to the hype. I wanted to find out how protective it is, how comfortable it feels to wear, and whether the style and aesthetics appeal to me.
My goal is to provide riders with an unbiased review revealing how well it performs in real-world conditions.
In this review, I’ll share my experiences with the Hooligan 2.0 and provide an in-depth assessment of its key features after extensively testing it both on and off the bike.
But, the main question I will answer in this review will be: Is this the best mesh motorcycle jacket? Let’s find out!
Construction and Materials
The first thing I noticed about the Hooligan 2.0 is the quality construction using durable, abrasion-resistant materials.
The outer shell is constructed from 1.2mm bovine leather, with reinforced panels using Icon’s proprietary Iron Weave material on the elbows, shoulders, and back. This provides excellent abrasion protection without adding unnecessary bulk.
The jacket features a 100% ballistic polyester mesh lining, which allows significant airflow. This helps keep you cool while riding in warmer weather. The mesh feels smooth against the skin and allows easy on-off wearability.
For impact protection, the Hooligan 2.0 comes equipped with CE Level 1 armor in the elbows, shoulders, and back.
This armor utilizes Icon’s Crossbone technology and is fully removable and adjustable for a customized fit.
Overall, the materials selected provide an optimal balance of protection, comfort, and flexibility – perfect for aggressive riding.
Fit and Sizing
Finding the right size is crucial for proper fit and safety. The Hooligan 2.0 is available in sizes S-5XL, and I found the sizing to be accurate.
I typically take a size Large in most jackets, and the Hooligan in size Large fits me perfectly. I recommend ordering your normal jacket size.
The jacket has a relaxed, athletic fit in the shoulders, chest, and sleeves. It’s snug without being overly tight or restrictive when riding. Arm length was ideal, and coverage didn’t ride up.
For reference, I’m 6’0″ with a 42″ chest and 32″ waist. The size Large gave me room to layer underneath while still fitting comfortably in a tucked riding position.
Safety and Protection
Protection is a top priority for any motorcycle jacket, so I paid careful attention to the safety features of the Hooligan 2.0.
The CE Level 1 armor provides impressive impact absorption. The Crossbone armor is flexible and contours to the body well. It absorbs shock effectively when riding while allowing a natural range of motion.
I also appreciate that a back protector is included since this is often sold separately. The foam back pad offers some extra peace of mind in the event of a crash.
Overall, the jacket provides solid protection for street and off-road riding. I am confident wearing this in a wide range of conditions.
Comfort and Ventilation
A jacket must be comfortable to wear in different positions for long periods. The Hooligan 2.0 delivers on comfort.
The mesh lining makes this jacket extremely breathable for warm-weather riding. Air circulates well while moving, and the mesh doesn’t cling when sweaty.
I rode on 90+ degree days and remained cool even at stop lights. This is easily the most ventilated jacket I’ve worn.
The sleeves are pre-curved for a natural fit in riding position. I never felt restricted moving my arms and upper body. The leather also softened up nicely after some wear.
My only comfort gripe is the collar fits snugly when fully zipped up. Loosening it slightly helps, but I’d prefer a touch more room there.
Style and Versatility
A major selling point of Icon jackets is the style and aesthetics. The Hooligan 2.0 continues that trend with its urban streetfighter look.
I love the distressed leather and mesh panel accents. It’s a great blend of form and function. You get protection without looking like a Power Ranger.
I appreciated the subdued color scheme in black with gray panels. It’s versatile to pair with different bikes and pants without clashing.
The jacket has a classic moto jacket silhouette that looks good on and off the bike. I got several compliments about wearing it around town casually.
While clearly designed for warm conditions, the Hooligan 2.0 provides some weather resistance for brief rides in the rain.
A removable storm hood can be purchased separately for added rain protection. This integrated hood stows away in the collar when not needed.
The jacket blocks wind effectively in cooler temps due to the snug fit. Layering with a hoodie or mid-layer helps extend the temperature range as well.
Value and Cost
With an MSRP of $325, the Hooligan 2.0 is competitively priced among leather jackets with similar specifications.
When you consider the safety features, premium construction, and stylish design, the cost represents a solid value for riders.
It’s not the cheapest option out there, but one most riders would be happy investing in based on the quality and performance.
For riders wanting maximum protection, Icon does offer several models with beefed-up armor that justify a higher price. But for many, the standard Hooligan hits a nice sweet spot.
After logging over 500 miles wearing this jacket in different conditions, I’m impressed by how well it has held up so far.
The leather shows no real signs of wear other than the desirable scuffs and scrapes that give it character. It has broken in nicely, and I don’t foresee any durability issues, even with more mileage.
Based on my testing, the Hooligan 2.0 should provide riders with many seasons of use with proper care and maintenance. Only time will tell, but so far so good.
- Excellent ventilation from the mesh lining
- Flexible CE-rated armor
- Abrasion-resistant leather/Iron Weave construction
- Removable and adjustable armor
- Secure and tight-fitting collar
- Relaxed athletic fit allows layering
- Back protector included
- Nice styling works on/off the bike
- Decent rain protection with storm hood
- Great value for the price
- No break-in period required
- The collar fits snugly when fully zipped
- Not ideal for cold weather riding
- No belt/pant connection loops
- Minimal reflectivity for night riding
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Hooligan 2.0 waterproof?
Is this jacket best for warm or cold weather?
With its mesh lining and ventilation, the Hooligan 2.0 is ideal for warm weather but not winter. It blocks wind decently, though, for spring/fall.
Does the jacket run large or small?
The sizing runs true to size. Order your normal jacket size for the best fit. It has an athletic cut without being overly baggy.
Is the leather real or faux?
The Hooligan 2.0 uses 100% genuine bovine leather that offers good abrasion resistance.
What are some good pants to pair with this jacket?
Textile riding jeans or leather pants complement it well. Icon also makes matching Hooligan pants to create a set.
After thorough testing, I’m pleased to say the Icon Hooligan 2.0 delivers on all fronts. The jacket offers an impressive balance of safety, comfort, performance, and aesthetics.
Riders looking for a high-quality warm-weather jacket would be wise to consider it.
While not inexpensive, the overall value is hard to beat. This jacket will provide many seasons of enjoyment for riders of different styles.
For these reasons, along with its versatile design, the Hooligan 2.0 will remain a staple in my riding gear lineup for years to come. It executes the intended urban streetfighter styling perfectly while still offering solid protection.
This detailed review has provided helpful insights into this popular Icon jacket. Please let me know if you have any other questions! Ride safe.
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