It’s been hot around these parts lately. I’m talking past triple digits hot. Still, getting out on the bike has remained a priority and gear designed to provide airflow has been a must. Thankfully, I have Scorpion’s Yuma Jacket to help keep things cool.
This touring-style jacket is made from 500 denier nylon and comes with 1680 denier nylon abrasion zones. But what’s saved my bacon is the polyester mesh on the chest, arms and back. These work extremely well at allowing air to flow freely into and out of the jacket, and contribute to the piece’s lightweight feel.
Not being fully mesh, there’s still some heat kept in however. I won’t knock the Yuma for me becoming a sweaty mess in this climate, because I’d be that way even if I were riding shirtless. But the non-mesh textile material on the arms, shoulders and back gives this coat a temperature sweet-spot more in the range of 80 to 90 degrees.
I’ve removed the H2O Blok waterproof and windproof liner for optimum ventilation, too. It’s a thin piece that doesn’t add much heft to the jacket when installed, and it’s easily stored away in case of unexpected need. We’ve also been getting the occasional thunderstorm lately, so I try to always keep it close.
The interior of the liner is the same moisture wicking mesh built into the shell, so feel is quite similar when the liner is installed. The jacket isn’t bulky or tight when prepared for the elements, but it does get comfortably cozy.
On that note, one of the features I like best beside its breathability is the fit. The large, my typical size, is not too restrictive but still feels well shaped to my body with the liner removed. The SAS-TEC, CE-approved armor in the shoulders and elbows curves naturally to the contours it’s designed to protect and doesn’t shift. The bicep and waist adjusters allow me to make the jacket a more form-cut piece, or open them up for a roomier feel. Though even with the adjustments fully open, the Yuma isn’t baggy or loose.
As for storage, there’s two large cargo pockets that stay sealed with a zipper and Velcro flap closure. These expand out slightly to offer more space, as does the large Velcro flap secured rear cargo pocket at the base of the jacket. Inside, without the liner, you get two breast pockets. With the liner installed, you get a single waterproof breast pocket.
I used the front two cargo pockets most, and they open easily when wearing gloves.
Scorpion has included considerable NightViz reflective material throughout the exterior for improved visibility, with elements on the back, chest, elbows and down the arms. There’s a PE back pad that can be upgraded to a more robust Level 2 SAS-TEC protector, if desired. The Yuma also has attachments inside the shell compatible with an optional Kidney Belt Liner, sold separately. An eight-inch YKK zipper and elastic panel connect the Yuma Jacket to the corresponding Yuma Pants, which we’ll dive into in a subsequent review.
The Sand colorway is a sharp look in person, and the build-quality of the jacket is confidence-inspiring. There’s Exo-Stitch Safety Seams in high stress areas, and elements from the YKK zippers to the Velcro pull tabs throughout are hardy and reliable.
As tested, the Yuma Jacket retails for $289.95. This is the lower-end of the three-season, textile/mesh touring jacket price spectrum. And while there are a number of conveniences, there’s really not a lot of bells and whistles. It’s a straight-forward, well-built, true-to-size touring jacket that provides great airflow. If that’s what you’re looking for, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by Scorpion’s Yuma Jacket.