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Old 02-16-2012, 06:16 PM   #1
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Axo Stone Dual Sport and Enduro Jacket

AXO Stone Jacket: Great dual sport and Enduro jacket:





We like tinkering with moto gear and sharing feedback with other riders. That said, picking product for dual sport riding is the most challenging and nuanced conversations we have. Why? Because DS requires striking a hard-to-achieve balance between street, where speeds are higher and the elements can make you miserable, along with the versatility and features needed for off road, where riding is more technical and physical. Understanding a lot of what works and what does not work is counterintuitive.

We recently started messing around with the Axo Stone Jacket. We like it a lot, and it is our favorite DS jacket, and extends well into light street and enduro use also. Here's some more details on why:

Axo Stone: atomic-moto.com/axo_stone

Image Gallery: atomic-moto.com/axo_stone_gallery

Blog Review: atomic-moto.com/axo_stone_review

Rugged Fabric - Dual sport and enduro jackets get abused. They get scraped by brush and manzanita, dropped on the ground, stuffed into themselves (sleeves) and into gearbags, used as seats / blankets, and occasionally crashed on. The Stone is made with a nice, heavy MX pant style heavy nylon that is durable and resistant. (Note: the previous AXO enduro jacket used a fabric that we felt was too light, and we hounded AXO to improve this. They listened.).

NON-Waterproof
- We greatly prefer non-waterproof construction for dual sport and enduro use. In physical riding, waterproof construction traps too much heat, which leads to misery. The Stone's non-waterproof construction, removable collar, and removable sleeves are terrific for ventilation. Wear it assembled, or without the sleeves, or without the sleeves and collar as a vest. The Stone is comfortable in temps from 40 degrees or less, up to 80 or perhaps more.

Fit - DS and Enduro jackets should NOT have a "fitted" cut. Instead, they should fit a little loose to allow wearing over many types of armor, and to easily flow air underneath. They should have clever shaping at the shoulders, so you get lots of movement, and have many places to cinch then down when you need. Proper DS / enduro jacket fit is a strange blend of looseness and adjustability, and the Stone NAILS IT.

With OR without Armor - The Stone comes with CE approved Powertector armor at the shoulders and elbows, for convenient use. It is also cut loose enough to wear over a pressure suit, for maximum protection. Wear it either way.

Great Ventilation
- The Stone has 6 vents. They are medium in size, but they are cleverly placed to work with a backpack or hydration pack in place. BUT the Killer app of the Stone is the removable Leatt collar, a feature we adore. The ability to take this off in summer and have airflow around the neck is fantastic.

Lots of Pockets - The Stone has 6 front pockets, 1 internal pocket, and 1 large rear pocket. If you need more pockets than this thing has, seek professional help.

Leatt Compatible - The Stone is a fully Leatt compatible enduro jacket. In fact, it works with any neck brace.

Other Details - The Stone comes with a pouch on the OUTSIDE rear to hold a water bladder. This is where it should be, and shows AXO is thinking. It has lots of adjusters and cinches for, well, adjusting and cinching. The styling of it is a super cool blend of Dakar, enduro, MX, and a bit of class. It has lots of well placed reflective trim for visibility. It has a piece that can be zipped to pants. Probably other stuff too.

Sizing - The Stone sizing can accurately be described as "true to size" (a phrase we hate). My microbrew-and-barbecue-lovin' physique (ahem) is 6', 223 lbs, with a 46" chest. I wear a 2XL both with and without armor. For reference, the chest 1/2 circumference measurement on the AXO Stone 2XL measures 27.75" across, at the base of the armhole.

We see plenty of off road jackets and even more overweight touring jackets pitched for "dual sport". Many of them do the job, but this one is purpose-built for dual sport and enduro riding. It nails a very complex formula that few designers seem to grasp, and nails it perfectly. Just like your dual sport bike, the Axo Stone Jacket can do it all, and is our #1 BOMBER Recommended Dual Sport Jacket.

More info here: atomic-moto.com/axo_stone

Thanks for reading.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:09 PM   #2
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Quick Video review of the Axo Stone Jacket:



We like underrated stuff, and the Stone fits that description to a T. Great dual sport jacket, great price.

More info here:

Axo Stone Review

And here:

http://www.atomic-moto.com/AXO-Stone-Jacket_p_41.html

Hope that helps.

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