As you may have seen in some of our recent photos, I have been testing some new gear from Scorpion. Considering it is summertime here in So Cal, the lightweight and very comfortable Yosemite gear is becoming a quick hit for warm weather riding. The Yosemite kit is quite a departure from anything I have had around for quite a while. In fact if almost feels more like traditional enduro gear – slim, light and well tailored. It never feels bulky like like some sort of snow suit.
The Yosemite concept is to be a true four seasons gear choice. For warm weather there are three separate jacket panels, two in front and the entire back, that open and tuck away to encourage air flow. In addition there are zip open vents for arms and underarm. There is enough air flow to match most fully vented jackets.
As the weather turns for the worse, snap in the full Airguard waterproof/windproof liner for both jacket and bottoms. If things get colder, there is also a full sleeve quilted liner to zip into the jacket.
If you are thinking this sounds like the Swiss Army knife of suits, just wait, we are only getting started. Besides the standard compliment of armor, here are some of the other pertinent features:
I will admit that my first impression was to be a bit overwhelmed at all the features. I am not entirely sure that I have even figured them all out quite yet. But so far, it all works pretty well. The Yosemite is a tailored style cut, so getting the sizing correct is important. I had to up one full size on both jacket and pants to get the right fit. They are sized small, so I am wearing an XXL jacket and XL pants. This would be roughly equal to a 46L jacket and 36 waist.
The comfort comes from the use of relatively light 500 denier material for the main body and heavier 1680 for impact areas. The general fit and feel is all just about right for me. I like the fact that nothing seems baggy. The only area I felt any binding was in the knee area while wearing my knee braces. But most riders would probably just use the supplied knee protection.
Other than that, the pants are pretty comfy, they don’t bind at the waist. The cargo pockets can be opened with gloves on, but I felt more at ease taking my gloves off just to make sure I didn’t drop anything by accident. One nice feature is the velcro leg bottom, they can be worn over the boot, or tucked inside just as well. The pants don’t vent quite as well as the jacket.
The feature rich jacket seems a bit overkill, but I typically found that once I opened/closed whatever features needed for the day, I could then typically leave it alone for the rest of the ride. The arm vents work particularly well and can manipulated fairly easy. Tip – a spritz of silicone spray on the waterproof zippers once in a while will keep them working smooth. The two cinch straps allow the arms to be pulled snug with the vents open. This would help keep the armor in place during a fall.
I have not had a chance to use the Yosemite in the bad weather yet, but I expect it will perform well. The layering design is very similar to the BMW Kalahari suit that I had years ago. I also really like the removable quilted liner concept. That way it can be worn as a separate layer around camp. The light color scheme and plenty of reflective material should make the rider stand out on the highway.
It will be interesting to see how the suit holds up to extended use. It shouldn’t take too long to find out. I expect it to get plenty of miles. It performs admirably for both dual sport and adventure use, so it suits my riding needs pretty well.