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post #1 of 50 Old 09-18-2014, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Jacket indecision

I am looking for a good almost all-season jacket to use for commuting and touring, and hoping for some advice. Criteria: waterproof, decent venting and good fit.

Brands I am considering are Dainese, Rev'it, Klim and Aerostich. I am 6', 160lbs with a 38" chest. I have found that most so-called American cut gear can be a bit baggy on me.

Long story short I bought the Dainese Teren jacket, but I am not sure it's for me, so I am considering a return. The fit and quality of the jacket are both excellent; I don't think I could expect much better. My concern lies in the whole liner system. I really like the idea of a waterproof shell with venting, and not having to fiddle with liners. In that sense, Klim and Aerostich's designs seem very attractive. However, from my research it seems like both those brands are a little too generous with fit, especially for skinny guys. I know Rev'it and Dainese both have similar Gore-tex built-in options, but those are at a price point that is higher than I can swing at the moment.

So how about it? Any feedback/advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I'm driving myself crazy here.
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post #2 of 50 Old 09-18-2014, 10:45 AM
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Transit suits on sale for 40% off. Not sure how they fare in Heat though. These are make to repel rain and probably the best armor out there.

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Check out the new Firstgear Rainier TPG jacket. It's lightweight like a ski shell jacket, has no liner, has a very athletic tapered fit and quality armor. I'm really liking mine.


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I'd like to support Aerostich, but my Raincrafter pants have always leaked and the zippers have all broken. Not what I expect for close to $600. My last purchase was a Rev-It jacket and I've been happy with it. Most of the ones that had venting only had a waterproof liner; the shell itself wasn't waterproof. Given that it rains more in the NW than it gets hot enough for venting, I ended up with one of their less expensive models.

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Thanks for the responses. Will definitely take a look at these options. xrcris, which Rev'it jacket did you end up with?
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The olympia airgide 4 is what I have, top quality, four season waterproof jacket. I have the neon high viz one and it works. It has 3 liners that zip out. Its good up to about 90 in the summer with just the mesh shell and into single digits with the thermal liner. Best jacket I ever owned.

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My Aerostitch Roasdcrafter pants have had two sets of zippers. They wear out eventually. The Darien jacket is very nice. I cashed and killed my first and I got one used on line for a good price. I just got a Darien Light for a steal from a friend. Oddly enough, the Light Medium is a tighter fit than the regular Darien Medium.
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pjam - The Nautilus. I had a Teknic for about 8yrs that never leaked a drop which finally got to the point where everything was wearing out; zippers, stiching, color etc., and that was after wearing it every day commuting (you can ride year round up here). What I don't like about the Rev-it are the outside pockets (don't know how waterproof they will be), the lack of a decent inside pocket (would like to keep my cellphone dry hence my concern about the outside pockets). Also, some of the other Rev-its didn't have a flap over the zipper, so that was a feature I wanted after dealing with the Aerostich problems.

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Oh, and for the Aerostich, yeah you can have them replace the zippers, but it's 8-10 weeks turnaround. In five years, four of the five zippers have broken. Two were just the pulls, so I'm using paperclips, but still for that kind of money, I expect better. One of the other zippers the stiching has separated from the body of the pants, and the last one the zipper trolley little thing came totally off. That's held together with 100mph tape now.

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I love my Klim Latitude, built in Gore-Tex layer, D3O armor in the elbows, shoulders and back. It's got lots of venting and I was wearing it all summer, only hot went I was stopped on days over 85F. I am not a skinny guy but I would imagine if you get the right size along with the adjustment for on the waist and arms of this jacket you should be ok. And Revzilla is having a sale on some Klim gear now.

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