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Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 9:17 pm
by flw
Its the end of season for online resellers so I'm keeping a eye out for real sales or discontinued items.

I found the FieldSheer High Flow II is on clearance so the price is low. Description is at http://www.motorcyclecloseouts.com/spor ... esh+jacket

In the description it states it has a rain vest that zippers in/out.

What I really want is one jacket for hot, cold and wet conditions. Its fine if I need to add or remove liners but want to stick to one. If I added a thermal liner would this work?

If not, do you have a suggestion on one jacket that is truely cool in July, with liners that will keep me dry and warm when needed? Cost is king.

Thank You

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:26 am
by dirt dobber
i bought this two wks. ago, hadn't been in rain yet But i really like it. no armor, has thurma liner not removel. came in handy leaving early in the 50's. list 98$ plus tax. (H-D dealer).

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:27 am
by agraebner
From the gear I have had you are not going to find something that does hot and cold well. I went with a Joe rocket model with removable panels and zip open vents in the arms and back. This jacket works great year round for me but you have to realize it will be hot in the summer if your not moving enough to force air into the vents. Since most roads near me can catch you in traffic This year I grabbed up a steal on a speed and strength mesh jacket. Its great I have worn it a lot. Its liner also works great for what it is. The liner is a very thing windproof waterproof shell. It completely stops the wind and Ive never had water through it but its not for warmth as it is just a thin liner. In the winter my Joe rocket gear stops all the wind nicely. I wear a sweatshirt under it for the 35 mile trip to the town I was working in. I was comfortable most days of winter with that. If it was cold and I was going to be riding for a longer trip or even the day I wear good thermals, then sweats then my Joe rocket gear. With that set up I can be comfortable for a LONG time in the cold. Bottom line is do not expect mesh to be anything more than protection when its hot. And do not expect a more solid jacket to be very cool unless you are moving. As far as the cost is king part.... In motorcycle gear it has been my experience you get what you pay for (with regards to regular prices so clearance sales are important) A good quality jacket with the most flex ability can get expensive. You may spend less to get two clearance jackets than try to get one that does it all that well. In my opinion I get more out of the Joe Rocket jacket than the mesh one because I use it all but July and August.

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:03 pm
by flw
I have a all but July and August jacket now. So I get too tempted to not wear the jacket when it hits 90. I was hoping for a jacket that I could remove liners for hot weather that also had a thin rain liner as well.

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:42 pm
by agraebner
Mesh should be just fine then. Keep in mind that beyond repelling some rain the liner is very thin in anything Ive seen at any store, as well as my own gear. The liner in my speed and strength jacket doesn't really feel any warmer on its own but put a light shirt under it and you are good to go. Mine stops the wind as planned but offers no warmth of its own. I know what you mean when its hot I didnt want to wear my normal jacket. Now I grabbed up the Speed and strength mesh jacket for cheap and I'm happy with it. Even If I would have paid full price I would have been happy with it.

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:36 am
by dr_bar
Check out the Joe Rocket Alter Ego line. Both the jacket and pants have a zip out waterproof liner, and zip off panels that reveal mesh underneath. I loved mine and wore it for several years, until I broke the zipper and saw a J.R. Yamaha outfit that I liked and bought... (Maybe that's why the zipper got broke... LOL)

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:54 am
by dirt dobber
dr_bar wrote:Check out the Joe Rocket Alter Ego line. Both the jacket and pants have a zip out waterproof liner, and zip off panels that reveal mesh underneath. I loved mine and wore it for several years, until I broke the zipper and saw a J.R. Yamaha outfit that I liked and bought... (Maybe that's why the zipper got broke... LOL)
where did you get your Yamaha outfit, & how much?

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:24 am
by dr_bar
dirt dobber wrote:
dr_bar wrote:Check out the Joe Rocket Alter Ego line. Both the jacket and pants have a zip out waterproof liner, and zip off panels that reveal mesh underneath. I loved mine and wore it for several years, until I broke the zipper and saw a J.R. Yamaha outfit that I liked and bought... (Maybe that's why the zipper got broke... LOL)
where did you get your Yamaha outfit, & how much?
I got it at the local Yamaha dealership and it was comparable to the Joe Rocket outfit, ( in other words, I don't remember the cost... )

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:56 am
by Bill_T
Hi..

I found the Tour-master flex coat has worked for me in different weather conditions. I have the "series 2" but I think they have a series 3 now... The outer shell is easily removed so I can use the mesh interior as a light weight jacket. The good thing is that the pads stay in the mesh, so you still have protection... I wear the mesh on hot days without issues. The outer shell makes it warm and rain proof when the weather changes (like right now!). There is also a thinsulate lining you can add/remove. Below is a link for pics.. I dont know anything about the seller, just found the site with pics...
Good luck

http://www.motorcyclegear.com/browse/vi ... mages/1668

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:23 pm
by flw
Well I just ordered the Tour Master Flex Series 2 for less than $120 including shipping in the U.S.

Thanks to all that gave their input and help.

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:27 am
by havegunjoe
The quest for a good in cold and heat jacket has been elusive to say the least. My conclusion is it does not truly exist. So no matter what you wear plan on being hot if you are not moving. When it’s 90 out and you are wearing a jacket at a stop light you will be hot period. If it is vented it will help but you will still be hot. I carry a rain suit for days that it might rain.

Re: Looking for Jacket in Hot, Cold and rainy conditions

Posted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 12:13 pm
by mojojojo
[quote="flw"]Well I just ordered the Tour Master Flex Series 2 for less than $120 including shipping in the U.S.[quote]

I think you'll find that jacket meets most if not all your criteria. I ordered the same jacket for the same-type price and have found it to be a great jacket - cool on hot days and using the outer shell it keeps me warm & dry. I haven't had the opportunity to use the liner yet but will as it get cooler. I think you made a wise pick!