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post #1 of 27 Old 04-19-2012, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Concept between linked jacket & pants?

I have a Joe Rocket jacket that has a zipper at the lower back that is about a foot long. It's purpose is to attach riding pants so that you have less wind invasion. That is obvious, but at what point do you link them together?

Are you supposed to zip them first and then slip into the pants? I think I'd lose everything in my jacket pockets doing that. Or, do you put both on separately and then struggle to find the zipper ends? Sounds a little tricky. I have memories of putting a rubberized rain suit over wet leather and it nearly drove me insane getting in and out of it.

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It may help with the wind, but I think that the primary purpose is to keep your jacket/coat from pulling up & your pants from pulling down while you're sliding down the pavement.

I have had a similar thought...

How the hell do you do that?

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Don't really have an answer on how to put them on, but I always thought the pieces zipped together to protect you in a crash. I've never used mine.

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It may help with the wind, but I think that the primary purpose is to keep your jacket/coat from pulling up & your pants from pulling down while you're sliding down the pavement.
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It's really not that hard. Get the 2 ends together and move the zipper around till it stops. When you buy a jacket or pants with a zipper, they give you both ends of the zipper so you can have the other end sewn into your favorite counterpart. Some gear comes with a short zipper for just the back side, but I feel much more comfortable with my 2-piece gear with a zipper that goes around the circumference of my waist.

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I have 2 Tourmaster jackets and 1 pair of Tourmaster pants and all 3 have different zippers!!.


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Previously I had Fieldsheer gear with the short zipper in the back. You just have to reach back and zip it by feel. I now have the Motoport waist cut jacket and pants, with "circumferential" zipper that extends forward around both hips. Motoport emphasizes the importance of such a zipper only for waist cut jackets, but I think I would opt for it and use it even if my jacket were longer.

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I have 2 Tourmaster jackets and 1 pair of Tourmaster pants and all 3 have different zippers!!.


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It's easy to connect them after they on on. I always zip my shorter length mesh jacket to my riding pants, I sometimes zip my 3/4 length jacket. The last thing I want is exposed flesh while sliding on my back down the road!

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Or, do you put both on separately and then struggle to find the zipper ends? Sounds a little tricky.
I put both pant and jacket on. Doing the zipper up is really quite easy, assuming they match, which they do on my Joe Rocket (I bought it in spite of the name) long-jacket and pants. If you're built so that you can't get both hands together behind your back at belt level, or suffer from poor proprioception, you might have problems.

I find doing up the zipper helps keep drafts from riding up one's back, and I hope it will be strong enough to help keep the two garments together when I next go sliding.

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I tried the zipper a couple of times on my Joe Rocket gear. It worked fine to do it myself, but you could have someone help if you weren't able to figure it out or reach it.

I didn't really see any benefit zipping them together so just don't bother anymore.
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