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post #1 of 11 Old 06-23-2007, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on jacket please

Yes, I have seen a bunch of threads on the subject, but I need some real-world advice. I am looking at a Tour Master Transitions jacket. I main concern is in hot weather, say above 80F. When trying one on is just seemed too much for all around usage.

I see they have a lighter jacket (Intake) which Tour Master rates as good for hot weather. What ya think about it??

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-23-2007, 11:36 PM
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First Gear Mesh Tek for hot weather, FG Kilimanjaro for cold and a Tourmaster Cortec for in between.







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post #3 of 11 Old 06-23-2007, 11:37 PM
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Thumbs up Tourmaster Intake

I have the Tourmaster intake and can say it does very well on hot days. The mesh is so free flowing that, if not for the weight, it doesn't feel like you have a jacket on. While moving it works very well, and even works ok when not moving.

The only complaint I have is the liners. They work well when in, but are a pain to re-attach after removal. Not a fast process.
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I have had a Tourmaster Transition Jacket since January. It appears to be a quality product at a good price. Combined with a heavy turtle neck sweater and insulated jeans I rode comfortably in temps to 28 deg F. No electric gear and rides were about 30 min long. These were rides around nearby rural roads just to keep the dust off ole Scarlett and charge the battery and I rarely exceeded 50 mph. This spring I had the pleasure of riding in a very heavy downpour for about 45 min and not one drop of rain penetrated the jacket. In temps above 65 to 70 it gets really hot. Too hot. Last week I got a FirstGear Mesh Tech 3 and it is just the berries. Rides cool on hot days and with the liner in it does extremely well on cool nights and mornings. Armour seems very sturdy.

When shopping for a hot weather jacket I tried on both the Intake Jacket and the Mesh Tech and the Mesh Tech seemed to be the better of the two. I need a tall size and the talls for Tourmaster jackets are cut to simian proportions. The arms are way too long. Yet the regular is much too short in the trunk. I plan to take the Transitions to a tailor I know before winter returns as I have to roll up the sleeves at times to get a good fit. FirstGear doesn't add as much to the arm length and it fits perfectly. The build quality of Tourmaster gear appears to be very good and should you go with the Intake I think you would be pleased.

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I have found through trial and error that you need a jacket that fits you snug, as a loose jacket, or one that feels casual, may beat you to death on the highway. I started with first gear products as they are inexpensive and found them well made, but too loose on me as i'm i bit "lean".(A friend once said i looked like a "broomstick with teeth")They fit wider people better i think.
I found a bit of the same trouble with Frank thomas gear so now its my winter jacket as its wind,water and just about chillproof with its liner in. Fits great with extra clothes on and doesn't flap around alot. Very well made.
I found i had to go to the german/european cuts of clothing to get them to fit tight enough. Hein Gerricke makes top of the line mesh jackets and i love to put mine on. Its about the perfect summer jacket as its mesh beathes well and the fabric doesn't flap as i ride. Its important to have adjustment devices allowing you to tighten sleeves and torso fabric so as to cut the wind more. I think a lot of the body buffeting i experienced and dreaded passing trucks on the interstate was due to the wrong fit of gear.
The intake was a great deal and i liked the look and design of it but they didn't have a size large so i got the gerricke.
Your choice should depend a lot on how well the jacket fits so as too not annoy you at faster speeds and not allow the armor to move around and away from the elbows, shoulders its supposed to protect. Your size versus theirs will make the decision. Happy Hunting...J.R.
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-24-2007, 12:46 AM
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Cycleport/Motoport Kevlar Mesh II jacket

If you need a jacket this thing rocks. Great armor, and it's kevlar fer cryin' out loud.

I took a 60mph lowside in the Alps last fall (yes it does cool weather and rain perfectly well) and all it did was put a slight mar on the material where I impacted the road. I was completely unharmed. Not even a bruise, thanks to the armor.

I've worn it in the deserts of CA, NV, AZ as well as the Alps in the fall (including rain in Austria) and I was totally comfortable. It came with an insulated and waterproof liner. I wore the jacket and pants to mountain passes over ten thousand feet high, among glaciers and was plenty warm and water-tight.

One drawback is that the jacket is stiff. It does not fold up very well, and takes up a lot of room to pack. Once on, it's stiffness is not noticeable and I've been told that with more wearing and washes (machine wash and dry-armor and all) it should soften up. It is comfy with just a t-shirt, it's not scratchy, just stiff to fold up.

*Bonus-The material does NOT absorb heat. It was very strange to leave it in the AZ sun, and come back out to find it had not gained any temp. I like that so much, I use my jacket to insulate my seat from the hot sun-also, it does not melt when or if it touches an exhaust or scoots down the road with you in it.

This jacket should be good for a HUGE range of temps and conditions, making it's (kind of) steep price actually a wise investment in gear dollars.

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I have the Intake also and it is the jacket I grab when weather turns hot it is also pretty good in cold weather with liners in, but I usually grab my leather then.
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I have a transistion jacket, it does well in hot weather, I just remove the liner and open the vents.

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Another consideration for hot-weather riding is to buy a light color. Unfortunately the motorcycle crowd in general seems to be obsessed with black, which absorbs huge amounts of heat from the sun. Nice on cold sunny winter days, not so nice on blistering summer days. White, silver, yellow are going to reflect more than they absorb; blue, red, black, are going to heat up.

I have a Shift Airborne in silver (alas, with some black accents) that I've been pretty comfortable in up to the low 90s, even when stopped at stoplights.

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I have the Tourmaster/Cortech GX-Air. Comes with a waterproof liner and an insulated liner. The comfort level starts at 80 F for me without any liners. I have worn it comfortably up to the low 90 F; while moving it's great but stopped you get a little warm (but I think any jacket at 90+ F is going to do that). With the waterproof liner, I have been comfortable down to about 55-60 F.

I purchased the jacket for hot humid weather so sized without the liners for snug fit. With and without the waterproof liner the fit is good, but with the insulated liner to it is just to tight. Which was ok with me, I have a separate warm weather jacket. The next size up was just too big without the liners.

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