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post #1 of 28 Old 03-27-2012, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Good All Around Riding Jacket

I am new to the forum and to being a V-Strom owner. I am in market for some new riding gear and was hoping to get opinions and experiences with jackets; also, what to look for in a jacket. Thanks
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post #2 of 28 Old 03-27-2012, 02:20 PM
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i recently purchased a combo Rev'it Sand jacket and pants.

liking it. Warm, 2 liners (warm + rain). Excellent venting, good pockets. Fit is good as well.

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I was about to post the same thing, toronto_nic. Bought the same setup and loving it. Easily be a 3 season gear for me and love that I can have full mesh in the summer. We have some hot humid summers in NC. I think I've found about the perfect setup for me at least with the rev'it gear.

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Here you go, after you finish researching this lot you may be put off rding at all...<grin>

EN 13634:2002 Protective footwear for professional motorcycle riders. Requirements and test methods.

EN 13594:2002 Protective gloves for professional motorcycle riders. Requirements and test methods.

EN 1621-1:1998 Motorcyclists' protective clothing against mechanical impact. Requirements and test methods for impact protectors.

EN 1621-2:2003 Motorcyclists' protective clothing against mechanical impact. Motorcyclists back protectors. Requirements and test methods.

EN 1938:1999 Personal eye protection. Goggles for motorcycle and moped users.
EN 13595-1:2002 Protective clothing for professional motorcycle riders. Jackets, trousers and one piece or divided suits. General requirements.
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Mesh/textile jacket & gear with removable liners is your most flexible solution and bang for the buck. For 2 years now I've gotten by riding in all 4 seasons in Northern Virginia with this jacket:

http://olympiamotosports.com/catalog...h-tech-jacket/

Although I don't ride in snow or ice and very seldom take it into the 20's, I find that with the liner (and overpants with liners, good winter gloves, neck gaiter and heated grips) I'm good for down into the very low 30's, and this gets me through all winter with the exception of maybe a coupe of weeks of really bad non-riding weather in late Jan or early Feb. This winter didn't see any non-riding weeks though.

In the summer with the liners out of both the jacket and pants, I've been good into the 90's and 100's even with humidity, thanks to the way the mesh breathes and flows.

Good quality Cordura for skid protection, armor, and sufficient reflective stuff on it takes care of the other concerns about crasahability and visibility.

Can't say enough good things about it. I had their AST (All Seasons Touring) jacket but it was a little overkill for my neck of the woods, if you live farther north it would be a good 3-season jacket though, as long as you had something lighter for summer.

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Take a look at the Tourmaster Transition jackets. If you are on a budget, or don't know what you really want, they are very good bang for the buck, good for all but hot weather (over 90). Or the Tourmaster Flex, which is good as an all arounder, with mesh and insulation.

If money is no object, there have been some very good suggestions here.
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There are a bunch of good ones out there depending on budget, but 3 reasonably priced ones (that I like and own) are:

Joe Rocket Ballistic 8.0 Around $239 at Motorcyclegear.com
Tourmaster Jet Series 3. Around $135 I wear Jet Series 2 and like
Tourmaster Transition Very nice 3/4 length like Ballistic. Jett is waist lenght.

I like all 3 but wear the Jett the most.

Hope these help. My personal opinion is that Tourmaster and Joe Rocket pretty consistently get you the most gear for your money. The long distance guys I ride with usually go with either Aerostitch Roadcrafter (1-piece) which I have and like. Or they go with the Aerostitch Darien 2-piece.

The one pieces are nice in that you can wear a suit underneath and go into work. That is very nice for some of us.

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, what to look for in a jacket.
that might depend on what kind of riding you do

I use a First Gear Kilimanjaro for all 4 seasons



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Firstgear Kilimanjaro does it for me in all but the hottest of weather. Then I break out the Tourmaster mesh

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