Looking for a review of the Lazyrolling Armored Jacket for riding your electric unicycle? Safety is important when riding electric unicycles (EUC), and this jacket is designed with that in mind. I’ve been using my Lazyrolling Armored Jacket for a few months now. My tests occured through the cold and wet winter, through chilly Spring mornings and evenings, and now into early-Summer. On top of safety, I found the jacket to be comfortable in a wide range of temperatures (40-70F). A bonus to the Lazyrolling Armored jacket is also how cool it looks.
Read on learn more about what I think about the Lazyrolling Armored Jacket. What did I love? What could be improved?
Disclaimer: Lazyrolling sent me the ARMORED BLACK ON BLACK REFLECTIVE JACKET for review. But, as with any reviews I do, my opinions are entirely my own. I am under no obligation to give a positive review.
Summary (TL;DR): Review of the Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket
- The Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket is a great choice for those looking for a high-quality and protective safety jacket for riding their electric unicycle
- The all-black reflective version has a sleek and stealthy look that won’t turn too many heads, but looks amazing and stylish for everyday wear
- The price is on par with other similarly featured armored jackets or hoodies on the market
- The jacket features a CE-rated armored design that will help protect you from potential injuries while riding
- Abrasion and rip/tear resilient Kevlar lined fabric is breathable and well-ventilat, but keeps you warm during your colder rides (and remains comfortable up to 70F or 22C)
- Overall, this is a great jacket for those who are looking for a durable and protective piece of riding gear.
If you’re in the market for a high-quality and protective safety jacket for riding your electric unicycle, the Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket is a great choice.
Who is Armored by Lazyrolling (or Lazyrolling)?
Lazyrolling is a European-based company based in Stockholm, Sweden. They design and produce high-quality personal electric vehicle (including electric unicycle (EUC)) safety equipment, accessories, and apparel. You can follow the company and their updates on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram.
Lazyrolling’s mission is to make riding EUCs safer and more stylish. All of their products are designed in-house by their team of passionate riders.
If you want to find out more about the company, please visit the Lazyrolling website. Use my coupon code “EVERYTHINGEUC” for $20 off any product in the store.
For the purpose of this review, I focus on the Armored Reflective Jacket, which caught my eye for several reason, which you’ll learn about below.
6 Key Features for Choosing the Best Armored Jacket or Chest Protection for Electric Unicycle Riders
Here are the 6 features I look for when I’m choosing to wear any safety gear, including an armored jacket.
- Impact Protection
1. Armored Comfort
Comfort is one of the most crucial elements to consider when selecting any safety apparel, including chest or upper body protection for EUC riding. The ideal protective gear should fit comfortably but not excessively! Any armored EUC jacket, hoodie, or chest protector for riding on a single wheel, should be comfortable to wear for lengthy periods of time. This is especially important if you’re on a performance EUC, like my Veteran Sherman (see my review).
If you’re riding in a hot environment or under high atmospheric humidity, this is particularly crucial. When it comes to staying cool enough to ride your EUC in the heat, you’ll have to balance bodily coverage with cooling efficiency. In cold weather, some of your armor may not allow you to wear that cozy sweater underneath.
Initial Impressions on Fit and Comfort
The first thing I noticed when putting on the Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket is how comfortable it is. I’m about 5’7″, and weigh about 160lbs with a chest size of 40-42″. With these bodily dimensions, I chose to the medium sized Reflective Jacket.
Standing indoors at room temperature, I immediately noticed that the reflective fabric was quite breathable. The inside of the jacket is lined with a comfortable, soft mesh material. The stretchy cuffs at the wrist and waist keep wind and elements out while still allowing full range of motion at the arms, wrist, and hips.
In terms of sizing, I find that the Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket fits true-to-size. If you’re on the borderline between two sizes, I would suggest going with the larger size for space to wear thicker, warmer clothing underneath or space to breath.
Of course, if you’re going for a more fitted look and feel, a small sizer works too. Just make sure to reach out to Lazyrolling (email them) to make sure the size works for you after installing the armored pads.
Installing the Armored Pads
Now, I should note that the jacket doesn’t come pre-installed with the CE-rated armored paddings. These are purchased separately and come in different levels of protection (i.e., level 1, 2, and heavy duty). For my type of riding, which is moderately fast (up to 35mph), I choose the level 2 pads. For those off-roading, or going even faster, may I suggest getting the heavy duty pads for the extra protection.
The fact that you need to buy armored pads apart from the jacket is a pro and a con. The advantage is that you get to choose your level of protection and can save money by only purchasing what you need. On the other hand, it’s an extra step in the process and adds to the overall cost of getting dressed for riding your EUC.
There are armored pads for your back (the most important), elbows, and shoulders. In total, you get 5 pieces of CE-rated armored pads that fit nicely into the jacket. They were easy to install, and the jacket instructions were clear.
The armored pads are a familiar soft, yet firm dense foam material. As someone who has worn other motorcycle jackets, I can tell they are well-made and would provide a good level of impact protection (more about this below).
They don’t get in the way of comfortable arm movement, provide good coverage over key impact areas, and don’t look or feel too bulky.
Cold Weather EUC Riding with the Lazyrolling Armored Jacket (Excellent!)
I recieved the jacket in the midst of winter here on the East Coast of the US. Temperatures during this time ranged between 40-50F, which is quite chilly when you’re riding an EUC. My hope with the Lazyrolling Armored Jacket was to find something that was both protective and would keep me warm enough to ride comfortably in these colder temps.
The first thing I noticed is that the reflective fabric is pretty good at repelling wind. When riding my Veteran Sherman around, I didn’t feel any cold air penetrating through the jacket (a big plus). The next thing I noticed is that the stretchy cuffs at the wrist and waist do a good job of sealing out wind and elements.
I was also happy to find that the inside of the jacket is lined with a comfortable, soft mesh material. This helped keep me warm without making me too hot (a problem I often have with other motorcycle jackets).
And, best of all, the jacket zips right up to the bottom of my chin. In contrast to other jackets, even my normal winter coat, my neck is exposed. When I’m wearing my full face TSG Helmet, the Lazyrolling Armored Jacket does a great job of sealing out the windy air that hits my neck and blows right up into my face!
The only thing I would add is that, if you plan on riding in really cold weather (below freezing), you’ll want to wear something warm underneath. To do this, I know Lazyrolling recommends that you buy a jacket size one step up from normal so you can do this.
How Does the Lazyrolling Armored Feel Riding an EUC in Warm Weather?
I knew that for a complete review, I needed to try using the jacket in warm weather, too. Even though the Reflective Armored Jacket is designed primarily for those cooler rides, I wanted to see if it would still work well when the temps rose.
You can find out more information about these pieces of gear on their site. And, if you decide to buy one, use my $20 off coupon code: EVERYTHINGEUC
Also, I own a cheaper version of the armored hoodie that I got off Amazon, but would love to try the Lazyrolling Hoodie at some point, which I expect is more durable and well-constructed.
For my current testing, I wore the ARMORED BLACK ON BLACK REFLECTIVE JACKET in temperatures up to 75F. Under the jacket, all I had on was a T-shirt.
Yes, admittedly between 60-70F, I felt the jacket was fine and I’m happy to report that the jacket did quite well in these warmer conditions. The mesh lining inside the jacket kept me feeling cool and comfortable, even when riding at higher speeds in direct sunlight. There are vents under both arms that you can unzip to get a nice breeze and ventilation inside.
I will say that, at 75F and direct sunlight, I started to feel a little too warm. If I were to do it again in these conditions, I would likely just wear the other armored gear (such as my Alpinestars Bionic Tech V2).
But all in all, I was very happy with the way the Lazyrolling Armored Jacket performed, even in these warmer conditions.
2. Impact Protection Without Hassle
The Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket uses CE-rated padding for impact protection. Along with its DuPont Kevlar fabric inner lining construction, the jacket is further designed to protect you from road rash in the event of a fall. Kevlar is incredibly resilient to tearing, as most of us already know its utility in bulletproof vests and the inner construction of a vehicle’s rubber tires.
I haven’t had the opportunity to test out this feature (and hopefully never will), but I did some research online and found that many people have been happy with the way the jacket performed in this regard.
The CE-rated armored pads over the shoulders, elbows, and spine do an excellent job of providing impact protection without being too bulky or intrusive. I never felt like the pads got in the way of my riding or restricted my movement in any way.
For those wondering what CE-rated means, the abbreviation “CE” comes from the French phrase “Conformité Européene” which literally means “European Conformity” (source). The CE Mark is a stamp of approval from the European Union that signifies that a product meets EEA safety, health, and environmental protection standards. It is an indication of the quality or capability of items manufactured in Europe and sold throughout the world.
The CE symbol indicates the level of protection a piece of safety equipment will give you in certain collision circumstances.
When it comes to armored pads in certain types of protective chest gear, you should know what the CE levels mean: 1 or 2.
- Level 1 pads or protection: The maximum transmitted force must be below 18 kN and no single value shall exceed 24 kN.
- Level 2 pads or protection: The maximum transmitted force must be below 9 kN, and no single value may exceed 12 kN.
You may learn more about armored clothing and CE certifications by reading this article.
If I did have a concern with the Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket, it would be the uncertain fit of the elbow armor pads, which do seem to shift around a bit while riding.
Slipping my thumb into the hole in the cuff sleeve helps reduce this problem, but I still find the elbow pads tend to move a tad too much for my comfort after extended riding periods. Of course, a simple push and tug on each of my elbows while wearing the jacket is all it takes to get them back into place.
Granted, I will note that I’ve got longer arms I think than some people so this may not be an issue for everyone. I’ve also noticed that all the armored pads fit snugly where they should when my jacket is zipped up to my neck.
3. Good Visibility with Reflective Panels
The Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket comes with reflective panels all around, which helps increase your visibility to other road users, especially at night. I chose the black on black reflective jacket, which does have a 30% less reflective quality than the gray reflective jacket.
I choose the black/black jacket because I wanted the stealthier look (a style choice, which I detail more about below). In full daylight, the reflective panels over the chest, upper arms, and back is not as visible as it is at night with ambient light shining on it.
But I will say that in low-light conditions, the reflective panels are still quite noticeable and provide good contrast against the black background of the jacket.
My recommendation is that you use additional reflectors on your person, or active lighting systems to make you better visible to other riders, vehicles, or pedestrians. This is especially important if you enjoy riding at night, which I do, or with traffic, which I don’t.
I rode with the Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket during dawn and dusk a few times at a local beachfront, and felt confident that motorists would be able to see me. Of course, I was also wearing a few other Lazyrolling accessories for night time EUC rides.
4. Decent Ergonomics of Armored Gear
The ergonomics of any safety gear is important because, let’s face it, you’re going to be wearing this stuff for extended periods of time, especially if you enjoy longer rides.
The Lazyrolling Armored Jacket does a decent job of not restricting your movement too much while still providing good coverage and protection. I was curious how well the armored gear would actually work in a real-world scenario, so I took the Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket out on some local EUC off-road trails to see how it performed.
For the most part, I was very pleased with the ergonomics of the jacket and found it comfortable to wear while riding more aggressively, e.g., carving, simple hops and jumps, and crouching low under branches on single track trails.
I did not find the armored gear to be too restrictive or cumbersome, which is a testament to the Lazyrolling designers’ attention to detail and understanding of how people move while riding electric unicycles. As mentioned above, some shifting of the elbow pads required readjustment. But, all the other pieces felt good and stayed in place during my more aggressive riding.
5. A Stealthy Look with Reliable Safety Coverage
Let’s talk about appearance and style, which is one of the main reasons why I wanted to get this jacket for my EUC rides. I travel quite a bit with my EUC, and take it places where I know it would draw attention. Take for example, my multiple business trips to Washington DC.
I knew I would be riding my EUC around the National Mall, around fancy resturants, and would be rolling into my hotel lobby with the device. I simply didn’t want to draw too much attention to myself (I was there for business after all). And, answering those common EUC questions, e.g., “oh, how do you balance?”, “is it legal?”, while you’re really exhausted after a full day’s work, and then 3-6 hours of nighttime riding, isn’t really my idea of fun.
The Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket in black/black is perfect for those who want a more subdued look while still getting good coverage and protection. The all-black color scheme with reflective panels gives you a stealthy look that won’t turn too many heads. I think it looks like a really cool, normal jacket. It even has a good-looking hood with drawstrings (which I find amusing since you can’t use it over your head while wearing a helmet).
Of course, if you’re looking for more visibility, there are other motorcycle jackets out there with brighter colors and more reflective panels or piping. But, if you want a sleek and stealthy look, the Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket is a good choice. Even the gray reflective jacket has the normal jacket vibe, despite it’s Kevlar fabric and CE-rated armored features.
Also, I’ll admit, the bulk of the tactically-placed armored pieces made me look more manly than I really am….and I like that.
(For women, I think the Lazyrolling Armored Jacket would also look good. But when it comes to looks, does it really matter in the end? Everything safety related worth its salt is going to add bulk and probably won’t be considered “fashionable”, but it will keep you safe, which is the whole point).
6. Price and Value: Is the Lazyrolling Armored Jacket Worth it?
The jacket is expensive. No doubt about it.
But, you have to remember that this is a top-notch motorcycle jacket with CE-rated armor with Kevlar construction. It’s not just some cheapo plastic thing made in a developing country that costs less than $60 on Amazon, with no safety rating, questionable protective qualities, and durability that will last you one season (at best).
The Lazyrolling Armored Jacket is designed in Sweden, damnit, the realm of IKEA, Spotify, and Volvo. And it shows in the high quality of workmanship, materials, and design. This jacket is made to last for years and I think (hope!) will protect you from some serious injuries if you happen to take a spill while riding your EUC.
So, when you compare the price of the Lazyrolling Armored Jacket to other motorcycle jackets on the market, it’s actually not that bad. In fact, it’s on the lower end of the price range for similarly featured jackets.
Would I buy it with my own money? Yes, absolutely. For those of us riding performance electric unicycles, which cost upwards of $3-4,000 USD, you want the best protection you can get. And, skimping on safety gear is the worst place to cut costs.
Still Not Sure? Check Out 3 Other Recommended Armored Jackets/Hoodies for EUC Riders
- Armored Hoodie (CE rated) (Inconspicuous)
- Leatt Brace 5.5 Pro HD Chest Protector (Great for Off-Road)
- Motorcycle Jacket (Popular Budget Friendly)
Conclusion: The Lazyrolling Armored Reflective Jacket
If you’re looking for a high-quality, durable, and protective motorcycle jacket for riding your electric unicycle, the Lazyrolling Armored Jacket is a great choice. It’s well-made, has CE-rated armor in all the right places, and will help keep you safe if you take a spill while riding.
The all-black reflective version has a cool stylish look that reads like normal street wear, and the price is on par with other similarly featured premium motorcycle jackets on the market.
So, there you have it. The Lazyrolling Armored Jacket is a great choice for those looking for a high-quality and protective jacket for riding their electric unicycle.
What do you think of the Lazyrolling Jacket and Hoodies? Are you fond of a particular type of safety gear for EUC rides? I want to know! Leave me a comment below.
Stay safe out there!
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