Spidi’s Waterproof SP33D Jacket Was So Effective, It’s Been Discontinued

Fortunately the insulated Warrior H2Out model rocks the same features and looks even better

Spidi’s Waterproof SP33D Jacket
Spidi Warrior H2Out $359.90Spidi

The good news about writing a gear review a year after you received the item is that you've had ample time to sort through and discover all the cool bits hidden within the item, and hopefully able to test all its flaws and foibles in the real world. The bad news? Well, in the ever-fickle garment world, stuff goes out of style molto velocemente (especially if it's Italian apparel) and before you know it you're strutting around in last year's model like a chump. But this is motorcycle wear, says you; it's timeless stuff, made to last, screw fashion, yada yada yada. Which is why I'm writing this beyond-belated review of Spidi's SP33D jacket. I've worn it for barely more than a year now, but I guess that's like three eons in the gear world because, wouldn't you know it, that model is nowhere to be found on the website. Those Italians. In my defense, I felt this piece of kit was so damn effective that it warranted a review. My saving grace here is that Spidi utilizes a lot of the same technology and Step-In-Clothing System in its other garments, so much so that many of them are identical save for new colorways, graphics, and minor updates. So essentially, the jacket is still made by the brand, but with a sexier name or a new color, or some added epaulets or something. For our purposes, the SP33D is the equivalent to the current Warrior H2Out. And you know what? It looks even better.

Spidi’s Waterproof SP33D Jacket
The SP33 was discontinued recently, but Spidi’s Warrior line of jackets has similar styling, features, and fit.Andrew Cherney

Spidi is one of those premium Italian apparel brands that carries a varied range of sport, urban, and adventure motorcycle wear, and has been making a solid push into the US market of late. And because it’s Euro-centric, the brand tends to tailor its apparel on the slim side, so right off the bat I was pretty happy with the fit of SP33D (not that I’m that slim; that’s what the jacket’s for). It falls just below the waist but above the hips, so it’s not cut like a touring jacket, but, if you ask me, the SP33D/Warrior jacket looks pretty good when worn (just be sure to identify the right Euro sizing equivalent on the size chart).

Warrior Jacket
The Warrior features a waterproof, breathable membrane, full-sleeve thermal liner, and armor too.Spidi

The shell material is stout but not ballistic-grade, so there’s a semi-soft hand and a decent range of motion at the stretch material in the shoulder, though a dedicated accordion panel would be nicer. Nothing felt stiff or unwieldy, but I didn’t spot many reinforced areas either, which means you might lose points for abrasion resistance as a result. The high collar gets a snap closure to keep flying critters out, with a soft fabric padding that’s easy on the neck. Zippered forearms gather the inner gusset and outer material tight as you zip them close, and two-position snaps at the wrists serve as the final closure, though the amount of adjustment there is pretty skimpy. Velcro-style adjusters also allow the waistband to be tightened as needed, a super-simple process even with gloves. The full-sleeve removable thermal inner liner worked quite well in the mountains at about 6,000 feet and 50 degrees, but let’s err on the side of caution and call it a three-season jacket at best; super-cold temps would probably overwhelm it, and there are no vents to speak of, just two hand-warmer pockets on the front, which at least gives the jacket a nice, clean line.

As for rain protection, well, Spidi's H2Out waterproof and breathable membrane was up to the task and then some. I happened to encounter monsoon-like conditions at least three times while wearing the SP33 and came out unscathed—at least on my torso. A storm flap over the zipper helps keep those errant streams away as well.

Impact protection is stout too; there’s tough CE-rated Force-Tech elbow and shoulder armor (included, but removable) that manages not to be bulky and intrusive, which makes it all the more appealing from both a styling and comfort standpoint. Spidi also gives you the option of adding a chest and back protector (built-in pockets and snaps will accept both) so you can really up your protection racket. Reflective graphics on the back and side will light you up like a damn Christmas tree at night too.

CE-rated elbow and shoulder armor
Removable CE-rated elbow and shoulder armor is unobtrusive, and you can upgrade to chest and back protectors too.Andrew Cherney

The problem for me came with the graphic treatment of the SP33 jacket I did actually receive. The black and white vertical stripes and fat reflective diagonals felt either hyper-Euro or ultra modern, and unless you're a big fan of the Star Wars trilogy, somebody is going to call you out as either a cop or a stormtrooper. That said, all those garish, hard-edged stripes pop pretty well in the foggy steppes where I live and I'm glad to appear highly visible on the road this time of year.

The bottom line here is that Spidi makes excellent stuff for all seasons, with premium materials and really well-designed features and tech. Just be sure to look carefully through the vast catalog and match the right garment to your needs and riding style.