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post #1 of 20 Old Jul 20th, 2006, 11:46 am Thread Starter
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Best Rider jacket/coat

I know there a alot out there. what's the favorite all around..can only take one..which one are you taking..
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post #2 of 20 Old Jul 20th, 2006, 12:13 pm
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I really like my Tour Master Cortech GX Air . It is comfortable for those really hot days and with the wind/waterproof liner along with it's insulating liner installed, I found it to be comfortable down to around 35-40 degrees (30+ mile commute to work). For longer cold weather riding it gets a little cold, but just add a heated vest and your good to go. Just my 2 cents!

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I've got a Heine Gericke cordura jacket with shoulder/elbow armour - its a heluva good jacket, but, when I came back from northern Europe/Scandinavia, I was just tooooo hot - hotter than when I went to the Sahara. Just after I got off the ferry in Newcastle, I called into the local BM dealer to buy a BM Airflow 3 jacket - mesh, with full armour (including back). The jacket is actually 'chilly' in the middle of an English summer (37 degrees at the moment) - It's a bit too short for my liking, but it stops the heat - chilly & comfy in summer, but with full protection. I luv it.

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post #4 of 20 Old Jul 20th, 2006, 1:35 pm
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I have a BMW Savanna 2 jacket with GoreTex liner - lots of vents for hot days but liner makes it nice and warm when it gets close to zero. Still not sure what to do when it is hot and raining though. Friend has an old Kalahari jacket that he loves especially that he has now got a new liner.

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post #5 of 20 Old Jul 20th, 2006, 1:49 pm
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Marsee for me, relatively inexpensive (250) system that includes armoured vented jacket/waterproof shell/liner. Used it on a 90' day and it was livable.


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post #7 of 20 Old Jul 20th, 2006, 7:08 pm
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Aerostich Darien. Waterproof, plenty of pockets, warm with the liner, cool (enough) with the vents open. I've had mine for 85K and am real happy with it. I occasionally wear a leather or a mesh jacket, but always feel better protected from a get-off or weather with the 'stich. Downside: Slightly too bulky for running errands.

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post #8 of 20 Old Jul 20th, 2006, 7:11 pm
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Firstgear Mesh-TexII full armour with liner great in this 100+ Texas summer Also Firstgear mesh pants the jacket zips to pants in the back so your jacket wont creap up your back on long rides

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BMW Commuter II, (but now it's called the Commuter III). With the liner, it's warm and waterproof. Take the liner out, open the vents, and you're good past the 90s and into the 100s.
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post #10 of 20 Old Jul 20th, 2006, 7:44 pm
 
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Best bang for the Buck?

Had to wait 6 weeks, but just received a great 4 season jacket from DerbyCycle.

Another vendor (Moto Liberty) has this review as well as inventory.

Note: Although Moto Liberty suggests buying a size up is no longer needed with the new Fieldsheer models, I firmly disagree. Buy one size larger.
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post #11 of 20 Old Jul 20th, 2006, 7:48 pm
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Thumbs up Coat's for me

Aerostich Darien for me with the pants.
190,000 mi 3 HD's and an LT

shoulder and elbow armor,pockets,pockets, pockets,about 300 pockets all different sizes,a great liner coat that can be used by itself, cool with the vents open, washable, waterproof lined with gortex.... no rain suit needed.






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post #12 of 20 Old Jul 20th, 2006, 10:10 pm
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Talking Oop's one more thing

3M Scotchlite® reflective areas on the front, side and back of the jacket...




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post #13 of 20 Old Jul 20th, 2006, 11:38 pm
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I really like my FirstGear Kilimanjaro Jacket for three season riding... I'm suprised no one else has mentioned it actually.
http://www.firstgear-usa.com/fgweb.n...2?opendocument
The Air version is great too.

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I really like my Firstgear Kilimanjaro Air. Its has been great for me from 35 to 100 degree temps but I did switch the armor to CE.

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I dunno, man...

I harbor residual delusions of coolness and prefer the Fonzie look over the star trek costumes. These cheepos are actually quite nice. I'm sure they're insufficient for most folks here, but taste is largely a derivative of crowd identity.
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One is never enough

Unless it's a local ride. Luckily, i've invested in a fairly wide selection to choose from depending on what sort of ride it might be here in the Republic of Santa Cruz.
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post #17 of 20 Old Jul 21st, 2006, 9:56 am
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My absolute favorite was the BMW Phase 3 jacket & pants. Unfortunately, they're no longer available; so, I'm using the Commuter 3 system.

The jacket is fantastic, but the pants do not have a removable liner. Consequently, the pants can not be worn in hot weather.

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post #18 of 20 Old Jul 21st, 2006, 11:19 am
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My 3/4 length, waterproof MotoPort Challenger Jacket with armor and liner insert takes care of all but the hottest conditions.

Perfect for Fall,Winter,Spring, and early Summer.

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I've got the Motoport Air Mesh Kevlar. Looks a little bit like Michelin man, but works great for all seasons in So. Calif. The liners take care of rain and cooler temps, and the armor and skid resistance of the Kevlar make it the best protection choice it my book. I hope I don't ever have to verify that last attribute. Long lead time on this stuff, though. That BMW gear had a much better cut, but I just put on my old Vanson perf. suit if I want to look sexy.

My wife likes her Cortec Air Mesh pants and Joe Rocket mesh in the summer and her Kilamanjaro jacket keeps her toasty in the other 3 seasons.

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post #20 of 20 Old Jul 21st, 2006, 3:14 pm
 
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Living in Canada I tend to stretch the season, we run freezing to 105F. Cooler riding I love my BMW Tourguard, hot weather Joe Rocket mesh, mid summer and rain, my Honda Goldwing jacket.
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