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post #1 of 52 Old 08-14-2014, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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Overwhelmed looking at jackets.

I have been researching jackets for the past few months trying to make a decision on which to get. I feel like what I am looking for does not exist or is extremely expensive. I have watched what feels like every video review on every single jacket out there. I have read through so many threads on different forums.

Please help me out as I am on information overload.

What I am looking for:
1. Outer shell waterproof with waterproof zippers. I do not want a waterproof inner liner. Would prefer Goretex but that runs the price up. Surely there is an alternative!
2. Very good ventilation - would like a 4 season jacket with a emphasis on warmer weather.
3. 3/4 fit in a high viz color
4. Thermal inner liner.
5. Fully adjustable
6. Descent armor
7. Not ridiculously expensive - this is probably the problem! Did I mention I am cheap!

Anything else to recommend to look for in a jacket?

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2014 V Strom 650 - V46 topcase, E41 side cases, Suzuki lower fairing, Givi Airflow windscreen, Ram mount handlebar mount and pda case for my phone, 12v power at handlebars, Dan Vesel Highway bars with Rivco pegs, Dan Vesel passenger peg relocate with Kuryakyn bolt on floor boards, Adventure Tech fork brace, Extuff helmet hooks, Ram mount cup holder, 12v/usb/voltage meter all in one mounted to brake reservoir, Happy Trail center stand, SV racing foam grip covers, Kolpin handlebar mitts, Moose Contour hand guards.

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post #2 of 52 Old 08-14-2014, 10:15 PM
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cake and eat it too?

seriously though, i'm not sure of which jacket fits your bill, but check out motorcyclecloseouts.com. i've bought from them a couple of times and their "insanity deals" are truly insane, as in $180 off a shoei helmet with free shipping.

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I've been doing the same search for the past few months and had the exact same requirements as you except for the inexpensive part, I was willing to spend what was needed to get the right jacket. In all hobbies I've found that when spend what is necessary for gear that meets my requirements I end up with things I'm happy with that last a long time.

I had it narrowed down to the Rev'it Poseidon GTX and the Klim Badlands Pro.

I got an email from Revzilla the other day that all Rev'it gear was 15% off, so I took a ride to their store in Philly to buy a jacket.

The Poseidon in large was a bit snug in the forearms and just didn't feel right.

The Klim Badlands pro was an awesome jacket in every way except the collar. It was real tight in the front and too tall in the back.

The staff at Revzilla suggested I check out the Klim Latitude Misano. It was less expensive than the other two jackets and it fit perfectly! Klim Latitude Misano Hi Vis Jacket - RevZilla

Klims come with a back protector, in this case a D3O but do not come with thermal liners. An inexpensive fleece is warmer and better made than most of the thermal liners I've seen.

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You would be hard pressed to come up with a better description of a FirstGear Kilimanjaro.

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1) and 2) is almost a oxymoron....

Any Gore-tex outer shell restrict airflow especially at lower speeds, regardless of the marketing hype.

How often do u need to ride in wet weather? does your wet weather happen more in in cooler times?


Have you consider a more mesh based jacket and a separate rain jacket for those occasion you ride in the rain.

Buy something that works well 90% of the time and get a separate rain jacket (maybe even a goretex one from outdoor store) for the other 10% of time you are in adverse weather.

Choose your compromise wisely and you will be happier more of the time.

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I definitely want my cake...

I already have the Olympia Horizon rain gear so I certainly can use that for the waterproofing but I was sort of looking for something waterproof and not have to wear it unless I was in a multi day monsoon of sorts or back up.

The FirstGear Kili is definitely on my radar. The Tourmaster Transition 3 was as well but I think I will rule that one off because I don't want a waterproof liner. I want the exterior to be waterproof. The Klim is very nice but pushing what I want to spend.

My biggest problem is I really want to be able to try stuff on but there is not much for retailers near me. I have worn the Tourmaster and like the fit there.

Current:
2014 V Strom 650 - V46 topcase, E41 side cases, Suzuki lower fairing, Givi Airflow windscreen, Ram mount handlebar mount and pda case for my phone, 12v power at handlebars, Dan Vesel Highway bars with Rivco pegs, Dan Vesel passenger peg relocate with Kuryakyn bolt on floor boards, Adventure Tech fork brace, Extuff helmet hooks, Ram mount cup holder, 12v/usb/voltage meter all in one mounted to brake reservoir, Happy Trail center stand, SV racing foam grip covers, Kolpin handlebar mitts, Moose Contour hand guards.

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I have a Firstgear Kenya.
The one weak spot is warm temp ventilation.
It's ok..... not great.
You won't get EVERYTHING in one jacket. If you could, EVERYONE would have whichever jacket did EVERYTHING.
The kenya (I liked the fit better than the Kilimanjaro ) does the dry part really well.
It does the keep you warm part really well with the zip-out thermal liner.
It does the armor part really well.
It does the adjustablity/fit part really well.
It's pretty well vented, but if it gets real hot...... well that's where you'll probably want a different jacket.
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You would be hard pressed to come up with a better description of a FirstGear Kilimanjaro.

I totally concur. It is excellent quality and feels like a suit of armour while being very comfortable. I bought a 4th gen version on closeout for $149.00. I really didn't need a new jacket but it was such a good buy that my wife even insisted I get it. I have worn it in single digits F. and up to 90 deg f. I use a Warm & Safe 4th gen heated jacket liner in the winter.

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I have and use 3 jackets: an old, wonderful, First Gear leather jacket, perhaps a Scout I; a FG Denali for definite ride in the rain; and a Joe Rocket Leather Mesh for warm/hot. Both FG have insulated liners. The Denali is not Gore-Tex but has never leaked and it has lots of vents, as does the leather FG. The Mesh is ok in cool mornings with a wind proof vest. I use a heated jacket liner below 50 deg. I can't imagine having one jacket. Lord Smoke has a good point about the FG Kili, probably as good as gets. But Mathew, with all those bikes on your masthead, you sure aren't cheap and you already had jillions of jackets and by now you must found one you liked. Name it.
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1) and 2) is almost a oxymoron....

Any Gore-tex outer shell restrict airflow especially at lower speeds, regardless of the marketing hype.

How often do u need to ride in wet weather? does your wet weather happen more in in cooler times?


Have you consider a more mesh based jacket and a separate rain jacket for those occasion you ride in the rain.

Buy something that works well 90% of the time and get a separate rain jacket (maybe even a goretex one from outdoor store) for the other 10% of time you are in adverse weather.

Choose your compromise wisely and you will be happier more of the time.

AceRider... awesome post. arrow in the eye.


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