Armored Jackets For Onewheel

Armored Flannels and Jackets have been a staple for Onewheel riders. Why? Because they are designed to provide maximum protection and comfort while not screaming “safety wear”. For the entire length of Fall and Spring, I ride with my armored flannel. Are there deals out there that can save you on your next jacket buy? The answer is yes! Lets go over why these are amazing buys for Onewheel riders to take advantage of.

What Matters – Proper Protection

While we all want the products we wear to look good, they simply can not compromising on safety. Lets compare generic brands over name brands and see if you can still get the proper protection and save 50% or more in some cases. So what does it come down to when using armored jackets for One wheel trail riding?

  • CE certified pads (elbow, shoulder and back protection)
  • DuPont™ Kevlar® fabric inner lining
  • Rugged material

Lets check out a name brand and compare it with a generic from eBay or Amazon

Armored Flannel Shirt / Jacket Comparison

Armored Flannel Jackets have been around for ages. They are commonly marketed on Amazon or other online outlets as ‘Motorcycle / Motorbike Armored Flannel Shirt’. Sons of Anarchy made motorcycle flannels even more popular. Anyhow, they are also a thing for Onewheel riders. Lets go over how these generic armored flannels compare to name brand versions.

generic vs thefloatlife TAC jackets

Generic – Flannel (eBay)

  • DuPont™ Kevlar® fabric inner lining
  • Zipper front with buttons
  • CE Removable Pads
  • Elbow, Back and Shoulder Pads
  • Multiple Colors
  • Generic and No Branding
  • $53.99-62.99 (with or without pads) + tax & shipping (about $33-$36)

T.A.C. – TheFloatLife

  • DuPont™ Kevlar® fabric inner lining
  • Zipper front with buttons
  • CE Removable Pads
  • Elbow, Back and Shoulder Pads
  • Multiple Colors
  • Branding (buttons, chains on arms and logo on pocket)
  • $129.00 + tax & shipping (about $15-$20)

Verdict: The cost difference is about $50-$62 USD. The material is identical and depending as to whether you prefer to have the branding will make the difference. TheFloatLife does incredible work for the Onewheel community so I do think purchasing from them helps support all the gravy content they create.

Which ever one you go with, you should really consider at least having one. Falling down in the cold weather just hurts more and this protection makes for better rider confidence.

Armored Jacket Comparison

bomber jackets for Onewheel

TheFloatLife sells their Stealth Bomber T.A.C. jacket. This is their higher end armored Jacket that has a similar coverage of protection to that of their standard T.A.C. This one however has blacked out color scheme throughout. It should be marketed as their F.A.F jacket (Fancy as F* because its all business).

Generic – Jacket (eBay)

  • Pads not included
  • 100% DuPont™ Kevlar® Lining
  • No Media Pocket
  • No Armpit Vents
  • Zipper front with buttons
  • Generic and No Branding
  • $84.99 (without pads) + tax & shipping (about $18)

T.A.C. Stealth Bomber – TheFloatLife

  • Level 2 Pads CE Removable Pads
  • 100% DuPont™ Kevlar® Lining
  • Media Pocket
  • Armpit Vents
  • Zipper front with buttons
  • Branding (blacked out ‘stealth’ logo)
  • $199.00 + tax & shipping (about $15-$20)

Verdict: The cost difference is about $110-$120 USD. Keep in mind this is not apples to apples in this case. With this generic find, it will look similar however you will have to pay an additional $50-$60USD for level 2 CE pads. bringing down the savings to about $50 to $60. Is it work it without the venting or branding? Make that decision or consider the AlpineStars Newman Overshirt. This is a super premium looking armored shirt but is more costly $249.00 + tax & shipping.

The colder seasons are coming up. This could be a great time to get ahead of the buying craze. Especially if you are a FloatLife fan (such as myself), considering making a purchase off-season. These tend to have a hard time staying in stock due to the demand so don’t wait for when its cold and your out there riding with no jacket. Get one today and Float on!

David Bank

David Bank - Onewheel Enthusiast and has been an avid Onewheel rider since 2020. With thousands of miles logged on various Onewheel models and builds, David has a deep understanding of the mechanics, safety protocols, and the joy of Onewheel riding. He has been featured in Onewheel community events and has contributed articles to leading Onewheel forums and PEV communities. David also runs a YouTube channel where he shares tips, reviews, and tutorials related to Onewheel.

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