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post #1 of 38 Old 05-03-2014, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking for a riding jacket, anybody have or tried a first gear jaunt t2 jacket? If so how are they in hot weather? Or would I be better with a mesh? Any help or comments appreciated.
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post #2 of 38 Old 05-03-2014, 11:07 AM
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Don't know what your summers are like.
That being said, I have the Kilimanjaro, which is also FirstGear, and also touted as a 3-season jacket, like the Jaunt 2. No way in hell would I wear this in the summer (or for that matter, in spring or fall).
They both have good venting, and removable liners, and if you're only doing long slab rides with lots of airflow it *may* work for you in the warmer weather. Around town, IMHO, you'll broil in the warmer weather.

That being said, it's better protection than mesh (although, I've learned lots about mesh lately, and if you have the $$$ you can buy something like Air Mesh Kevlar, or Cordura 1000 - I use a mesh Cordura 500 for summer riding - price/performance trade off).

I know it's tough for some budgets, but when you have extreme temps, like where you live, you'll probably need two different temp-appropriate jackets.

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I purchased the Olympia Motsports Nomad jacket last year. It is well made, and excellent from a safety perspective. It has high denier cordura, and armor on the elbows, shoulders and back. I purchased this particular jacket, as it had panels on the chest arms and back that zippered open for summer riding. When open, they provide a lot of air movement. When closed, the jacket can be worn in all types of weather. The jacket also comes with a waterproof shell, and a second insulated shell. Due to all of this, I can actually say it is a four season jacket.
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I'm a fellow Michigander, and have a 3 season jacket (Tourmaster Transit 3 or something like that), and a Speed & strength mesh jacket - in a lightly colored grey/silvery motif to keep the sun's rays at bay (no black!). I wear my mesh jacket exclusively in the summer, and at 3 years old it's beginning to look a little tatty, but it's a bit more conservative than full-mesh jackets. My jacket has non-mesh material where you'd hit the tarmac, and mesh were the likelyhood of abrasion is minimal. You absolutely WILL want a mesh jacket for summer here in the mosquito swamplands of michigan. I've tried using my Tourmaster, with all the multitude of vents wide open, but it's still a sweatsack in the summer. The mesh jacket is absolutely incredible in the summer, and it's removable rain shell is great for those chilly AM's where you need some wind protection to stay warm.

I'd go with a two jacket solution - get a nice inexpensive touring jacket and a mesh jacket. I know it's more money, but anything less than a mesh riding jacket for the hot weather in Michigan is very uncomfortable.

If I were going to get a new meshie jacket, I'd get the Revit Airwave jacket - it's incredibly well designed, and it's light coloring keeps the solar gain at bay. The matching mesh overpants are winners too. I cannot figure out why jacket makers continue to make mesh summer jackets in black, or dark colors that absorb every last photon of solar energy!!!???!!!


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Having the right gear is a big deal. After riding for many years, I have come to the realization that there is no one jacket to cover all the bases. At this point I have three jackets that I use including a leather, a 3/4 touring, and a mesh. While there is some overlap, each has advantages and limitations. Last year our tour was mostly in the south, and the mesh made the trip. The year before that it was to Canada, so the touring jacket went. On a cold morning to work, I pretty much just want my leather. Using layers allows for some more flexibility. I try to scrounge a bit and purchase on sale / moderately priced gear at the end of the season to keep the cost down. I probably have less in all three than some folks will have in one, but I'm not that fussy about style, and more into function. To each their own. :beatnik:

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I'm happy with Olympia Airglide pants and jacket (mesh) for all the riding I do. Covers cold, hot, wet, etc for me in the desert. Been a long time since I've encountered any serious rain though and when it gets below 50 F I'm probably not riding.
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Can't help you with that particular jacket.

Since we are talking about hot weather riding, I would recommend something like the veskimo vest. You can wear any jacket you want and remain comfortable year-round. It's a little pricey but there's nothing comparable when you're stuck in traffic in 90+ degree heat.

I commuted in Chicago all last summer with my veskimo/aerostich combo even during the heatwaves we had. It was really brutal with days where the heat index was 100+ but in my suit I was nice and cool.
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I just bought the jaunt T2 but don't have enough miles on it to make an accurate report. I love the way it fits (I'm long in the torso) so a large-tall fits me well. I'm hoping to get some miles on this week for a better report.


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I have a Firstgear Jaunt T2.......it's my favorite jacket, I sold my Aerostich Darien and kept it...

That being said, like everyone else, I think you need 2 jackets, I have a air jacket for anything above 75, or so, I use it with a liner some also....

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I'm a fellow Michigander, and have a 3 season jacket (Tourmaster Transit 3 or something like that), and a Speed & strength mesh jacket - in a lightly colored grey/silvery motif to keep the sun's rays at bay (no black!). I wear my mesh jacket exclusively in the summer, and at 3 years old it's beginning to look a little tatty, but it's a bit more conservative than full-mesh jackets. My jacket has non-mesh material where you'd hit the tarmac, and mesh were the likelyhood of abrasion is minimal. You absolutely WILL want a mesh jacket for summer here in the mosquito swamplands of michigan. I've tried using my Tourmaster, with all the multitude of vents wide open, but it's still a sweatsack in the summer. The mesh jacket is absolutely incredible in the summer, and it's removable rain shell is great for those chilly AM's where you need some wind protection to stay warm.

I'd go with a two jacket solution - get a nice inexpensive touring jacket and a mesh jacket. I know it's more money, but anything less than a mesh riding jacket for the hot weather in Michigan is very uncomfortable.
Michigander here as well, and I agree wholeheartedly. I have a Firstgear Kilimanjaro for Spring, Fall and Winter and go with a Speed and Strength mesh jacket in the height of summer.

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