Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Phoenix, AZ USA
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.
Ride safe, ride well, ride protected.