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post #1 of 41 Old 04-06-2010, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Best "adventure touring" jacket for under $300?

After my little trip down to Texas, one of the things I discovered was that my Teknic Sprint jacket tends to ride waaaaaay up when at speed. This happens whether the outer jacket was on or not. And the zipper doesn't fit my Tourmaster pants (though I think those will be getting replaced soon too). I mean it was riding so high, I had about a 4" swath of T-shirt hanging out. Good thing it wasn't raining.

Now as much as I'd like to have Rev'it or something like that, I simply can't afford it. So what would you, Oh Experienced Stromtroopers, get in the way of a 4-season jacket for under $300?? Olympia AST? Tecknic Stinger (with pants that'll zip to it? Rev'it Dragon? Firstgear Kilimanjaro?

I'd appreciate any input you folks have. Thanks!
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Jackets Under $300

Depending on your size, there are usually some "Closeout" deals on AeroStich Darien or RoadCrafter jackets at a deep discount. Right in that price range you should be able to get one of the best jackets for all weather riding from them and have Gore-Tex. Just a thought!! AND THEY ARE MADE IN USA!!!!

I have been toying with the idea to go another route for a second summer jacket, and just can't take the plunge after owning an AeroSTich for 5 years now. Their customer service is TOP NOTCH!! I recently had service done to mine for $15 dollars and back to my door in 7 working days from Duluth, MN to Seattle, WA.

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I've has an Olympia AST hi-viz for about three years now. I ride from March to November up here in Ottawa, temps from 1c to 30c.

I find that the AST is good, but in a driving rain, it does leak at the shoulders and forearms, where the 'waterproof' zippers are.
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Buy the Revit Dragon it is priced at $300.00:beatnik:

http://http://www.revzilla.com/product/revit-dragon-jacket

I tried the Stinger but it has excess material in the sleeves that caused bunching at the gauntlet of my gloves. Also the insulated liner was too thick for my needs since I run electrics.

I bought the Revit Dragon and it's the best fitting jacket I've owned.

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what size do you wear?

The reason I ask is that I have a Tourmaster Transition 2 for sale, Size XXXL. I went on a diet, lost a bunch of weight, and just bought a replacement for it in an XL size. Same jacket though....

I like the way this jacket fits me. It's 3/4 length,, waterproof, vented everywhere, built well and out of good materials. It also has some great features: key pocket on left forarm, snap to hold velcro collar out of the way when you're not using it (so you won't bead-blast your neck to death). The zip-in liner is very warm. I ride into the high 30's with it also wearing a t-shirt and thin pile shirt underneath. It's also burly - I feel safe it it.

My new one is high Viz, but my old one was Khaki. This jacket can be found in almost every shop in my area. A lot of Strommers in my area own and like them. I see them everywhere - sportbikes to Wingdings. That's a good or bad thing....

I spend $190.00+tax for my new one. I consider it an excellent value. If you (or anyone) is interested in my old one, PM me. It's in great shape and I want $100 for it.

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Here is a link of some sale items:

http://www.aerostich.com/sale-items/roadcrafter-jackets

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you would not be unhappy with a Kilmanjaro

I've seen some real good deals at newenough.com for some sizes & colors



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Tourmaster Transition 2 Jacket, been very happy with mine.

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I bought a FirstGear Kilimanjaro 5.0 from New Enough when they were on clearance. They are now $269, I think plus shipping. I like the jacket a lot, and have worn it in temps down to the teens and rain up to torrential, always warm and dry. I've not removed the liner for the summer yet, but expect it will be OK to about 75-80 degrees or so.

I think asking four seasons from a jacket is a lot, so I don't see it being too warm as a drawback.

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What size am I? Well, my Teknic is a Large. My suit jacket is a 44 I think. That's about all I know. I'm 5' 10" and weigh 192.

And I agree about "4 seasons" being too much.....but I can stand heat. LOL

I actually had a Tourmaster Transition 2....seams started coming apart. I do recall it doing okay in the rain though. And it had tons of reflective material on it.

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