The Lightest Jacket with L2 Protection
Lighter SAS-TEC level 2 armours + a special blend of mesh & fabrics, make the Spencer kit 800 gms lighter than the closest L2 competition.
The SAS-TEC armours are made from VISCOELASTIC FOAM WITH MEMORY EFFECT i.e. after an impact or any kind of deformation the foam (protector) returns to its original shape immediately. Contrary to hard shell protectors, styrofoam damper or many other dampening materials, SAS-TEC protectors reacts promptly and without any time delay even to minor impacts. The energy absorption goes almost linear, which keeps the impact forces to the human body at a low level.
Comfort & Ventilation during long rides
Spencer is designed with strategically placed mesh panels on the body’s hot spots to maximize air flow to these areas.
This is further enhanced by using highly ventilated Sas-Tec level 2 armours that allow sufficient air to pass through keeping you cool throughout the ride.
Even the pocket construction and placement on the jacket is such that it does not hinder air flow.
External cordura layer on impact zones
The Spencer uses highly abrasion & tear resistant Cordura Nylon 6 6 shell on all impact zones.
This specialized nylon fabric is highly durable with a UV resistant coating to provide additional protection against UV degradation. This is further complemented by a second layer of ripstop fabric underneath for enhanced abrasion resistance.
Level 2 Armours for superior protection
Though the Spencer is a street mesh jacket, it offers protection that surpasses the L2 standards by a significant margin - without compromising on comfort.
The armours have high absorbability despite low density compared to hard shell protectors or materials containing silicone which are considerably more heavy and reduce the wearing comfort. The density of SAS-TEC foam is about 280 g/l (~74% lower) vs. hard shells which in contrast have an average density of 1050 g/l. The CE-approved level 2 protectors of SAS-TEC remain up to 50 per cent better vs. the legal values of the norm EN 1621.
ViaTerra's proprietary FocusFit™ design
Having a great set of Level 2 armour is meaningless if they are not in the right position during a crash. We have designed the exoskeleton of the Spencer to sit close to the body in riding position and stay in place without needing multiple ongoing adjustments.
Not only that, the SAS TEC CE level 2 armours are MULTI IMPACT COMPLIANT i.e. protector keeps its full functional capability despite multiple impacts. So unlike many other dampening materials (such as styrofoam (EPS), silicone or foam of inferior quality), impacts or high pressure do not destroy the protector even when the same area is affected repeatedly. Hence the SAS-TEC foam comes with a life expectancy of ten years vs. product life of two to three years for other protector options available.
Ergonomics designed for riding position
The ergonomics of the Spencer jacket is designed to offer practicality and ease of use keeping in mind the riding posture.
This ensures best fit in the riding position to help reduce fatigue during longer ride days.
Best in class coverage with 180 pant connector
Did you know that the Viaterra Spencer Riding Jacket and Pant feature matching 180-degree zipper connectors? These connectors are longer and more robust than what's available on other riding gear in this category.
This offers improved lumbar protection by holding a wider section of the jacket and pants together.
It limits the separation between garments due to body movements and keeps the armour and abrasion-resistant materials closer to their intended protective positions at all times ensuring the jacket and pants don't ride apart during a crash.
Stay fresh with odor treated inner mesh
To inhibit bacterial growth and to absorb odor molecules & neutralize them, we have used FRESHON coating on the inner mesh. The Freshon coating uses natural anti-bacterial properties of silver to neutralise the odour causing bacteria that come in contact with the jacket. With this durable textile finishing technology, the Spencer riding jacket will stay fresher for longer by keeping the bacteria away, so you stay fresh for longer during the ride.
100% Waterproof mobile pocket
Well positioned and easily accessible pocket in the front for keeping your mobile safe and dry
Easy access front pocket
The unconventional pocket placement in the jacket design makes it easily accessible while seated on the bike.
This helps to keep cash/ credit card handy for quick fuel stops - the most common use case scenario.
Enhanced visibility with well placed reflectives
Strategically placed reflectives to provide enhanced visibility during night rides while balancing aesthetics for day rides
Original YKK™ Throughout
Spencer uses the world-class Original YKK™ zippers & pullers for extra durability and smooth operation all THROUGHOUT.
I've had this for a year now.
The mesh construction keeps me cool and comfortable on hot and humid days. And even when I'm stationary, the jacket feels airy and not at all bulky, almost like a good sports jacket. In the year or so that I'm using it, I didn't get to wear it on those many winter rides, but during the ones I did wear it, I wore a rain fighter over it to keep me warm, which worked.
When I'm on the bike, it fits quite snug and there's no fiddling around needed once I cinch the sleeves and waist to my size. the inverse pockets come of great help during fuel/food stops and quick route checks using the mobile phone, which stays in the right pocket. the waterproof pocket has kept my wallet, receipts and cigarettes dry on really bad rainy rides.
As long as you're in motion, this jacket delivers an exceptional level of comfort and cooling. Even at high speeds, it doesn't buffet, or cause unnecessary friction with the rest of my gear and the bike. The chain attachment for the Spencer riding pants, which I also use, is also quite convenient and secure for long distance days.
Storing it is also a breeze since it folds into a compact shape if need be. it dries super quickly after washing too. So even if you do get drenched wearing it, it should dry to an acceptable level overnight, if you plan to ride again the next morning.
I've only taken a couple of minor tumbles while wearing it, and it didn't get damaged, nor did it let me get injured. But both were very minor stationary-speed falls so not the best assessment.
I have only 2 gripes with it so far -
1. I wish it offered brighter colours. I prefer high visibility riding gear for the passive safety it offers. I'm sure the retro reflective panels do their job too.
2. I wear watches on my wrist while riding, and the cuff chain refuses to zip up completely when I wear a particularly chunky watch.
the Spencer Jacket is one of the best mesh jackets that I have used, lightest and offers the most protection
This fits well. Feels well riding in the heat of Vijayawada. I sweat terribly and this was manageable. I feel safe and cool wearing this haha!
Been using this jacket for two weeks now. The fit and finish is perfect. Gives good confidence while riding. Excellent ventilation in the price segment aswell.
The Jacket is a perfect fit with all the armours placed in the right place. Also I love the ventilation the jacket offers. I have really loved the product, Kudos to Viaterra for designing a wonderful product