I’ll admit I like the Shadow Jacket more for what it’s not—a rigid piece of armored equipment that constrains your every move. Although functional gear is a necessary evil, once the summer season is in full swing, I tend to feel less is more. Which is why the Shadow had me right from the jump; with its soft broken-in dark denim and relaxed fit, it was comfortable from my first ride. Although AGV Sport says it’s designed for any climate, I’d argue that the Shadow is more of a two-season item, with little in the way of insulation or lining. It can get chilly in my neck of the woods this early in the season, especially at elevation, so layering is key.