MOpinions: Sedici Marco 2 Jacket, Pants, and Gloves Review

Scott Faulk
by Scott Faulk

A real review from a real rider

We’d like to introduce MOpinions, a new series of reviews which are conducted by real riders and not motojournalists. To find qualified motorcycle riders for this task, we looked at our parent company VerticalScope’s wide range of motorcycle forums and found a group of forum administrators who we felt could give the gear a thorough testing. Scott Faulk is an admin for BMW Luxury Touring,, and Ducati DesertX Forum. He has been riding for 49 years, has owned 27(!) motorcycles, and prefers sport and sport-touring rides. The one fact he felt we should know about him is that every May, he spends a week on The Tail of the Dragon and other roads in the area.

Sedici Marco 2 Jacket, Pants, and Gloves

Sedici did an outstanding job revising the Marco gear to version 2 for the summer riding season. It is attractive to wear and incorporates a nice set of protection features for the jacket, pants, and gloves.


  • CE Level-2 protection at shoulders, elbows, and knees
  • Allows plenty of airflow
  • Zip-in waterproof/rainproof liner


  • Needs CE-certified back protector
  • Pants are long for shorter riders

I have recently been given the opportunity to give a Marco 2 mesh waterproof jacket, pants, and gloves a workout. Summer in the Sacramento Valley is the perfect time for mesh gear. After two months of riding while wearing the gear, I’m ready to give my honest thoughts. Given that the complete outfit is in the Sand color option, my riding look while wearing the entire set is like being the poster boy for Sedici; however, that really isn’t a bad thing. If I were to choose again, I would probably go with the Black pants paired with the Sand jacket.

Sedici Marco 2 Gear Features

Let’s start by talking about the jacket features, then we will go over the pants and finally the gloves. Finally, I will give a review of my experience and level of comfort with all three.

The Sedici Marco 2 Mesh Waterproof Jacket is constructed from a combination of 600D/750D hard mesh with 1200D ballistic reinforcement. All seams and stitching are good with no loose threads or areas that appear to be weak. The construction appears to be very solid and done with care. The jacket is made in Pakistan. Washing instructions are to remove the protection pads, cold wash, and hang to dry.

The jacket comes with CE level 2 shoulder and elbow armor. My jacket came with a simple thin foam back protector; however, looking on the website, I learned that it does not look like anything for the back is normally included. So, I purchased the recommended Axial AX2 back protector that runs about $35, and I would suggest picking that up to give a combination of safety and air flow.

There is a waterproof/windproof liner included that zips inside the jacket. Given the summer temperatures, I did not ride with the liner installed. So, I have no feedback to provide except to say it is typical of any liner you would see included with a jacket and appears to be of good quality. They do have a cool feature I had not seen before; they have a red and a black button strap that goes to the corresponding color loop in the jacket sleeves. The same concept for the pants legs so you don’t get them twisted. Brilliant!

The jacket collar has a neoprene edge that is comfortable, and the neck seal can be folded inside the collar to keep from flapping or chaffing. There is a nice amount of adjustment on the lower sleeves and hips to get the fit just right for your body type. 

There is ample space in the two exterior storage pockets. Also, there is a zippered chest pocket on each side plus a wide pocket on the back and two mesh pockets inside. A zipper can join the pants to the jacket, something I have never had any interest in doing, but for those of you that like the full “Stitch” look, you might want to give it a go. [Also, the zipper assures that the jacket and pants stay in place in a slide. – Ed.] 

The Sedici Marco 2 Mesh Waterproof Pants are constructed with the same materials as the jacket and are from the same country of origin with the same washing instructions. The overall construction is 600D with the same 750D hard mesh and 1200D ballistic reinforcement. The protection is CE level 2 in the knees, and there is the option to add AX2 hip protectors for about $20. There is no option to add coccyx protection. You can adjust the knee protection to three different positions, and in my case, it was very easy to get them set just right to be comfortable. They are pretty dummy proof because the inserts are labeled for the higher adjustments. My choice was “short.” The pants also come with a waterproof/windproof liner.

The zipper on each of the lower pant legs allows you to easily slip the pants on and then put on your boots. The zipper is about 12-in. long, so you should have plenty of room for taller boots when you need access to the boot zippers or buckles. They also include a Velcro cuff at the base to keep them snug and secure. I like this feature to keep the cuff from getting caught on anything on the bike.

The cargo pockets are super roomy and are where I prefer to keep my wallet and keys for easy access. There are also zippered standard pockets that are in the usual position.

The Sedici Marco 2 Mesh Gloves are well thought out, and I really like them. They are constructed with goat leather palm, cow leather on the back and a carbon fiber knuckle. There is also SuperFabric at the palm “landing zone.” They have double layers of reinforcement at the palm, grip, and outseam. The gloves have perforations throughout to keep your hands cool during summer riding. There is a nice pull strap to pull the gloves on. Because the GPS on my BMW is touchscreen, I appreciated that the finger and thumb worked fine with both my iPhone and the GPS.

Riding Impressions

For reference on fit, I am 5’9” and weigh about 160 pounds with 40-inch shoulders, 32-inch waist, and a 30-inch inseam. The medium-sized Sedici Marco 2 Jacket fits me perfectly, both with and without the liner. There are plenty of adjustments in the jacket for body type, including the mentioned waist and lower sleeves, but mine fit great right off the rack. I really like this jacket. It is comfortable, lets through plenty of airflow, and I have not had any discomfort, nor did it ever feel awkward. I have ridden from the low 70’s to the very high 90’s in the last 60 days, and it just works with comfort and style. The Velcro on the sleeves is staying strong, the pockets are useful, and the collar has remained comfortable without chafing.

Moving on to the Sedici Marco 2 Pants, the waist size is true to size and fits well. I wore them over jeans and over shorts with enough room for the pants to be comfortable without being loose. Due to my “challenged inseam,” they are a little long (about 2 to 2.5 inches). There is no good way for a tailor to make alterations, so you just have to let them sit on your boot or fold them under if you have less than a 32” inseam.

The pants allow good airflow, and my legs stay cool as long as I am moving, on the hottest days. They are perfect on reasonably cooler days.

Finally, we get to the Sedici Marco 2 Gloves, and I really love them. My hands are right between wearing a small or medium, depending on how the gloves are made. So, I chose the medium. I am not sure I could have worn a small as the medium is just the right amount of snug on my hands. A couple of the fingers are a little long, but I pull them down just before riding so they are the correct length. The gloves are seriously comfortable and have become my go to glove over the last two months. If I need to stop and make inputs on my iPhone or GPS, they work well along with plenty of movement to make adjustments on my Cardo. The gloves really make my hands stay happy and cool. Clearly, I am very satisfied.

Over the last two months, the more I wear this gear, the more I like it. The design and development team at Sedici did an outstanding job revising the Marco gear to version 2 for the summer riding season. It is attractive to wear and incorporates a nice set of protection features across all three pieces. I think choosing a mix of the color options would make for good looks. The two most important things, having the safety features we all desire combined with day-long comfort, are all here. With the optional back protection and the ability to make plenty of adjustments for just the right fit, I continue to be a happy rider during the very toasty summer days of Northern California. The Sedici Marco 2 Mesh Waterproof Jacket is available in sizes XS-5XL for $220, and the Sedici Marco 2 Mesh Waterproof Pants in the same sizes for $200. The Sedici Marco 2 Mesh Gloves are sized S-4XL at a retail cost of $70.

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  • AB AB on Aug 08, 2023


    • Pants are long for shorter riders

    Oh please...

    Just take it to a tailor and have the pants shortened.

    On the other hand, Sedici makes pants only in 32" inseam, and I can't take them to a tailor to make them fit my 36" inseam.