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post #1 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Help me pick a riding jacket

I did a search but couldn't come up with much. I am looking for suggestions on a riding jacket, preferably something with a removable liner. I have a lot of days where the trip to work is in the low 40's, and the ride home is in the 80's. I would like to have something that would fit both trips.

Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 07:38 AM
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My 2 favorites are my Aerostich Darien, and my Firstgear Jaunt T2....the Firstgear one is prolly my favorite.

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post #3 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 07:49 AM
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There's a lot of great jackets, I don't know how long your commute is, but I'd think about getting an electric liner for the cold weather. I use a Gerbings heated liner with a Tourmaster Transition 2, along with heated gloves, and this will cover me from 35 to 85 degrees, above 85 and I switch to my mesh jacket. In the medium temps I use the liner but don't plug it in, and high temps, no liner with vents open. I don't ever need layers of sweat shirts and the like, just an electric liner (not a vest) and a good jacket with plenty of vents covers a lot of ground. Also if you get to hot or cold you just turn a knob, no need to pull over and change layers.

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post #4 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 08:24 AM
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I chose First Gear Rush MEsh jacket. My decission was based on the reviews and price just over 160 dollars. I wanted something that would be cool in hot Summer and something that would be water resistant. I didn't have 300+ for a jacket, so First Gear seemes good for my needs. It has some padding for elbows and backs as well as shoulders. It has removable lining for those hot days and for cooler mornings you can always wear extra layer.
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post #5 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 08:27 AM
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I am also very happy with the transition 2. Really quite a warm jacket with the liner in and nicely vented to 80 degrees so long as you are moving. Nice that there is only one removeable liner, some have two including a removeable rain liner and changing liners can be tedious..This jacket is also waterproof so long as you don't ride for hours in rain and it has more pockets than you can use. CE approved armour for shoulders and elbows, foam for back. All about the price point really as there are better, more costly jackets out there.

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post #6 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 09:15 AM
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Aerostich Roadcrafter 2 piece set. Bought mine used after having a one piece and not liking the one piece look. It's great for hot/cold/rain. For really cold weather buy a heated vest to have underneath and that's all you'll need.
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post #7 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 09:25 AM
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I picked up an Alpinestars Capetown that was on sale... 3/4 length mesh with liner and after using it for about a year, here is what I've found:

Hot 30+ jacket, no liner, with a short sleeve T-shirt (get hot just sitting around like this, but once I'm moving it cools off fast... a lot of air going through this jacket)
Warm 20-25 jacket, no liner, with a long sleeve T
Cool 15-25 jacket, liner, short or long sleeve T
Cold 10 and under... jacket, liner long sleeve T is a must even for short rides... for long rides under 10 degrees, I actually have needed to put on my rain jacket over the Capetown, to stop the air from moving through.

I'm in Canada, so the degrees are Celsius ;-)
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post #8 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 09:36 AM
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I like the Aerostich Darien. I have 3 other jackets and keep going for the Darien, especially for long trips. I have the Hi-Viz which is cool in the sun on a hot day. Get one with a liner big enough to wear another fleece under and you won't need electrics. I haven't used my electric vest in years. However, I don't ride naked bikes. Mostly I ride with the Darien shell and a wind resistant fleece. And just to be sure I have a mesh jacket for real hot days.

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post #9 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 10:07 AM
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Tourmaster Flex Series 3 Jacket

I travel several thousand miles at a whack on my DL1K, which has taken me from Southern California deserts at 100+ degrees to near freezing temps high in the Rocky Mountains on the same trip, so I understand the problem. I often wanted two jackets with me -- an armored mesh jacket for the hot weather and an insulated armored jacket for the cold. But two armored jackets is just too bulky, and I'm definitely an ATGATT rider, a philosophy reinforced by a midnight encounter with a deer that sent me tumbling 60 feet along the pavement. Which is why I just bought a Tourmaster Flex Series 3 jacket. It's three jackets in one -- an armored mesh jacket, an armored 600 denier jacket with the mesh liner for cool weather, and the latter with a quilt liner for cold. Switching from one to another takes about three minutes, less if you hustle. As for Tourmaster quality, it's excellent (had one one when I hit the deer and the jacket was barely scuffed), and the prices are extremely reasonable. Check it out: Tour Master :: Textile Jackets :: Flex Series 3 Jacket

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post #10 of 40 Old 08-14-2013, 10:14 AM
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+ 1 on the Aerostich Darien. Well vented and able to wear heated jacket underneath. I have the hi viz yellow fully padded including back brace, and Darien pants. I also like the Road Crafter but it looks funny on my frame. The crafter looks more like a jacket and the darien a coat. Point: of all the kit/farkles you buy, this is something you don't want to skrimp on! You really get what you pay for. There are other good companies that make great riding gear but go for quality, you will have it forever. Skip the yosh our arrow exhaust you wanted to buy and get the best riding gear you can afford Take it from someone who has been down three times, twice at high speed and walked away due to good gear.

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