Got this in tonight, so here are my first impressions and pics:
There are people for whom something like armored hoodie is an oxymoron, and it's not valid motorcycle gear unless it's $500, made of leather and says Dianese in huge letters across 80% of the visible surface area. Move along, move along, nothing to see here.
If you're of a more flexible mindset and can encompass the concept of an armored hoodie, the GoGoGear version seems a pretty good way to go for $120. The chief features of a garment like this are impact protection and abrasion protection. As almost every hoodie I've seen is a plain black zip front 2-pocket job, what makes them span a price gamut of $60 (BiLT) to $160 (Finn Moto, w/shipping from Oz) is the amount of each's protection. The Bilt hoodie is a black cotton hoodie with Kevlar sewn only into the elbows and shoulder, around the foam armor for minimum abrasion and impact protection. The Finn Moto black cotton hoodie has full Kevlar lining, and armor at the elbows, shoulders, and back and appears to offer the maximum.
The GoGoGear black cotton hoodie falls in the high-middle zone, with full CE-rated armor like the Finn Moto, but no Kevlar lining on the front areas: only the back of the torso is covered, and the sleeves are lined from shoulder to cuff at the rear/outside of your arm. This makes sense, as few people go down the asphalt face-first on their torso with their arms out to the side like they're on a slip-n-slide, but some people will want to cover every eventuality (however, those people most likely wouldn't get any sort of armored hoodie).
With that in mind, the GGG hoodie seems as well-made and sturdy as a cotton hoodie can be. The shoulder and back armor are sizable, and the elbow armor goes down the sleeve to protect a good portion of your forearms. It essentially feels like the entire garment is there to hold the armor to your body - the back protector fills almost the entire back of the hoodie, then you've got the shoulder armor, and then the elbow armor runs halfway to the cuffs, so you feel armor over a lot of your body; I was especially aware of the back armor. The elastic at the waist and wrist is tight, with the clear idea of keeping the garment - and therefore the armor - in place. The fit of the Large that I had delivered is spot on, always tricky for me as I wear a 34" sleeve length.
In terms of features, the outside is your basic black zip-front hoodie in appearance - it could be from anywhere if you removed the small, red/black label - with the standard two front hand-warmer pockets. The sole extras are two zipper-controlled under-arm vents to help with air-flow/cooling. I suspect I'll need them, as first impressions are this thing is warm. The inside has a vivid red mesh comfort liner and a large GoGoGear logo below the collar/hood. Even if you could ignore the armor, you won't be accidentally grabbing your plain old fleece hoodie by mistake. The hood is double-lined so it won't blow around as much as a regular hoodie. There is only a single pocket for a cell-phone inside, and it's for a phone; my cheap T-mobile pay-as-you-go phone fits fine, but I can't see a smart phone like those from Apple or Blackberry going in easy as the pocket is pretty narrow.
Overall, it looks pretty good and should work nicely with my other low-key gear like Kevlar jeans and TCX sneakers. Here are the pics: