The Agrius Orion Motorcycle Jacket is a Sports-Tourer style jacket with a short cut that allows for a good, well ventilated fit, all while providing features for rider convenience and looking great. I’ll be doing a few posts on Agrius Jackets but out of all of them- I thought to start with the Orion since I actually own one and I love it.
I’m a fan of the Orion Jacket a little more than models such as the Phoenix as this particular jacket feels a little bit more thought out. It’s made of the same durable, abrasion resistant Polyester construction that all of the Agrius jackets are made from and internally it’s more or less the same too. It has the waterproofing to tackle the wetter rides out and it has the thermal lining for colder rides out that can be removed for the warmer ones. I’ve been riding mine with the liner in for a while, I’ve recently taken the thermal liner out to try that and I’m still getting to work and back thinking “Holy S#!t, I’m dry!?” as my previous jacket [a ProFirst jacket not purchased from Ghostbikes, I might add] often left me soaked.
It even has the same armour as the other Agrius jackets. It has CE approved stuff in the shoulders and elbows but is lacking a decent back protector, which is a shame but not really a big issue. You can still get one for it if you wish as there’s still a back protector pocket just waiting for a better one to be slipped in. I put my 5 piece CE approved Soft Armour in mine as a more personal and comfortable upgrade; it fits in perfectly and I feel all the more safer for it. It has the same belt loops for connecting with your leg-wear but it also has the zipper for connecting with the Agrius Hydra Trousers, which are a sport-tourer style of trousers so they go with this jacket very well and I at least feel like I look pretty good in them.
Between the adjusters on the arms and waist as well as the short cut style of the top, this jacket was made to look good but still be comfortable. This jacket has two extra vents compared to some other Agrius jackets such as the Phoenix but they do make all the difference if you’re going to be riding for a while. I’ve been riding it while wearing a fleece jacket underneath as well as the thermal lining and I’ve yet to be too hot in it- at least while riding. I’m currently trying it without the thermal lining and wearing the same fleece underneath [for the sake of accurate motorcycle science]; I’m still warm enough while riding and well ventilated to keep me from cooking.
With the extra vents on the arms on this jacket you don’t have to sacrifice the warmth of the your hands for a cooling breeze up the arms by using shorter summer gloves and you can be a bit more picky about what gloves you want to wear. With this jacket you get all of the ventilation and cooling you need with the bicep vents that can be fastened in an open position, so you can go for a glove with a gauntlet to keep your hands warmer if you prefer. I would advise using a pair of gloves with either a bit of a gauntlet to them or a pair that goes past the wrist a bit with this jacket anyway. I have pretty lanky arms so I’ve been tucking the ends of the sleeves into gauntlets but the cuffs do open up quite a bit if you’d rather have them go under instead. I think I’ll try that on my way home today.
The setbacks to this jacket are minor and don’t really bother me- Really, my only little nit-pick is with the two outer pockets. They aren’t waterproof so I wouldn’t keep my phone in them on a wet day but I always put that in my stash-pocket [which is waterproof] anyway so it’s not a big deal. It’s such a great and affordable piece of biker gear I can hardly consider it a flaw. If anything I have to say I actually like those outer pockets because the pull tabs for the zips are so easy to get to and use. Unlike some jackets that hide the zip tabs under lips of fabric so you have to take your gloves off and get at it with a fingernail. Even the lack of a better back protector doesn’t feel like much of an issue as I either already have plenty of armour that can go in there or a new, full set of better armour is so easily affordable. It’s a great jacket for cold weather, warm weather, short journeys, long journeys- it’s a really versatile jacket for such a modest price tag at £57.99 and it still manages to look great. Whether you’re a sport rider, tourer or a bit of both- you have to give Agrius Orion Motorcycle Jacket a try.
Thanks for reading everybody! If you have any questions about the Agrius Orion, leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.
Until next time!
-MattW at Ghostbikes.com