Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hamilton, ON, Canada
Jacket suggestions - good ventilation
OK, for the hottest weather I have a mesh jacket. What I'm looking for is a jacket that can be closed up tight to provide a good wind block for cooler conditions, maybe in conjunction with a zip-liner and possibly heated gear, but has effective flow-throw ventilation that can be opened up for warm to hot conditions.
I don't care if it's perfectly waterproof - I have little faith in anything short of a rainsuit being truly waterproof, and if it was it probably wouldn't be capable of really good ventilation with the necessary openings.
What I'm not interested in: "convertible" jackets that involve large zip-off sections to expose mesh with lots of fiddly, time-consuming zippers and such. I want large, zippered vents that can opened up and provide effective flow-through ventilation, and then fairly simply re-closed when it gets a bit cooler. This means that the jacket lining should be something that can flow air well, too.
Where I'm coming from: a few years ago I bought a Joe Rocket Meteor jacket. In many ways it seemed like it would work really well for me - comfortable collar, adjustable non-bulky cuffs (I really like these - a small velcro strap for adjustment and then a zipper for daily in-out use), adjustment straps on the arms to minimize flapping, and significant vents that can be opened up (two on the back, two on the sleeves, and two strips down the front that can be opened up. The problem is that the jacket has a solid "waterproof breathable" liner inside that effective stops effective air circulation.
Basically I'm looking for the sort of thing I could use on a tour, that could handle fairly cool temperatures with the addition of a liner, extra layers, and electrics, but could also be opened up with minimal hassle to handle fairly warm afternoon temperatures. I guess 3/4 length would be the way to go. And, of course, it should be comfortable, not too bulky, and have nice details (cuffs, collars, arm straps, etc)
Any good suggestions out there? I'm not too picky about brands, and I don't mind spending a fair bit.
Last edited by V-Strom Ry; 09-20-2010 at 04:42 PM.