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post #1 of 5 Old 05-06-2019, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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TourMaster Transition 4 belly vents

My TourMaster Transition 4 has 2 vents on each side of the front zipper, right about at my belly. Wind flow around my Wee's fairing hits this area pretty well. I think these vents could really help push additional air through my jacket on warm days. The problem I have is that, when I unzip these vents, the don't stay open due to the velcro closures.

Has anyone discovered any tricks for keeping these vents open?
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Timely thread. I recently stopped wearing my Transition 4, as it was worn out.

Also, I got tired of absolutely roasting in the thing during the summer.

My Transition 4 didn't have these vents you describe, but it did have upper chest pockets that could have worked as vents...if I could have found a way to keep them open. Tourmaster missed an opportunity there. You get the feeling no one at Tourmaster ever tried riding in the thing, in other than cool to cold weather.

If you have the budget, you should just get a different jacket for hot-weather riding. I sweated through 2 summers in my Transition 4, and that was all I could stand. Unfortunately, Tourmaster's "Rainguard" waterproofing layer just does not breathe very well.

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What you describe as "upper chest pockets" are the same ones I was referring to...mine just happen to sit closer to my stomach when seated on the bike. I always was unsure if they were pockets or vents, as the pocket material seems to be the same as that in the shoulder and back vents.

I do have a mesh jacket I use for warmer weather -- once late May hits the Transition 4 gets pushed to the back of the closet until mid-September or so.
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Definitely pockets. It's the zippers that give it away.

One of those zippers stopped working about a year ago, so I've been using the velcro to keep that one closed.

One of the shoulder vent zippers stopped working a few months ago. That was when I knew I couldn't put off buying a new jacket any longer.

Tourmaster stuff for me has been OK, but not especially durable. It'll get you through a year-ish of constant riding before anything stops working, or maybe a couple of riding seasons if you live in a place that has them. Except for the pants. The Caliber overpants were terrible and not worth buying.

Replaced my T4 jacket with a Motoport Marathon jacket in Stretch. Have not had it in seriously hot weather yet, but it should be an improvement over the T4. The Stretch material breathes better than anything with waterproofing, Gore-Tex included, but yet not so much as mesh. I live in the desert, so have stayed away from mesh.

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I have a T4 and in order to keep those vents/pockets open, I just pull a little of the interior mesh liner through the zipper and that works well enough. I keep my shoulder and back vents open too. We can have some miserably humid days where I live and when the temps cross into the 90s, if I have to sit for any time at a stop light, I get very warm. I only have one jacket for all year and this has worked well. I'll probably spring for a mesh jacket for the worst part of summer this year.

I just looked and revzilla has the T5 on sale now:

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...ition-5-jacket
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