Icon has put thousands of riders in body armor, but they never intended it to be worn in lieu of a jacket! Have you seen someone breaking the laws of fashion? Send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org, Attention: Fashion Police.
Wearing a vest without a jacket is like wearing chaps without jeans. Some things are just not meant to be standalone garments! Not only does a chest/back protector offer very little protection from skin abrasion should you fall off your motorcycle at speed, it offers even less protection from those opportunistic pervs looking to peep your man boobs! Sure, your pecs will be protected, but I’ve heard it’s hard to shift with your nipples. Body armor should be a supplement to your jacket, not the main attraction; the hors d’ouevres to your entrée. Yet without fail, “stuntahs” continue to wear vests and vests alone once the warm weather arrives. Get the band back together, peeps!
Yeah, yeah, we all hate wearing a jacket in hot weather; it’s sweaty and stifling. We might not achieve that super-cool, sleeveless farmer tan, or get skin cancer. (Detect a hint of sarcasm?) Try wearing a ventilated jacket to keep cool. Your elbows will stand a chance against being skinned to the bone, and that skull-and-beer-belch tattoo will stay fresh and pretty on your still-hairy arms. But hey, if you want to look like an armadillo, then by all means rock that vest! And look forward to a few months of painful skin grafts in the hospital’s burn ward.