I'm looking for a riding jacket, anybody have or tried a first gear jaunt t2 jacket? If so how are they in hot weather? Or would I be better with a mesh? Any help or comments appreciated.
Michigander here as well, and I agree wholeheartedly. I have a Firstgear Kilimanjaro for Spring, Fall and Winter and go with a Speed and Strength mesh jacket in the height of summer.I'm a fellow Michigander, and have a 3 season jacket (Tourmaster Transit 3 or something like that), and a Speed & strength mesh jacket - in a lightly colored grey/silvery motif to keep the sun's rays at bay (no black!). I wear my mesh jacket exclusively in the summer, and at 3 years old it's beginning to look a little tatty, but it's a bit more conservative than full-mesh jackets. My jacket has non-mesh material where you'd hit the tarmac, and mesh were the likelyhood of abrasion is minimal. You absolutely WILL want a mesh jacket for summer here in the mosquito swamplands of michigan. I've tried using my Tourmaster, with all the multitude of vents wide open, but it's still a sweatsack in the summer. The mesh jacket is absolutely incredible in the summer, and it's removable rain shell is great for those chilly AM's where you need some wind protection to stay warm.
I'd go with a two jacket solution - get a nice inexpensive touring jacket and a mesh jacket. I know it's more money, but anything less than a mesh riding jacket for the hot weather in Michigan is very uncomfortable.
+1.I purchased the Olympia Motsports Nomad jacket last year. It is well made, and excellent from a safety perspective. It has high denier cordura, and armor on the elbows, shoulders and back. I purchased this particular jacket, as it had panels on the chest arms and back that zippered open for summer riding. When open, they provide a lot of air movement. When closed, the jacket can be worn in all types of weather. The jacket also comes with a waterproof shell, and a second insulated shell. Due to all of this, I can actually say it is a four season jacket.
Are you calling me fat? :biggrinjester:+1.
I have also substituted a Gerbings electric jacket liner for the thermal liner for the extreme cold. Olympia brand also sizes their jackets better for the portly or rotund. Add one size above your normal size for a jacket.
The Kevlar and 1000D Cordura are somewhat out of *my* budget as well (at least I'm not prepared to pay upwards of $1,000 for a jacket). So, you have to do price/performance T-charts.Would you mind elaborating on your latest findings on mesh? I'm considering a mesh jacket and am concerned now about its protection after reading your post. The kevlar and cordura jackets are out of my budget. Thanks...