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I currently have a tour Master flex series jacket I purchased new in January 2008. I like all of its features, but it needs replacing. Right now I am planning on purchasing the Tourmaster flex series 3 jacket, but I want to make sure I'm not missing out on any other jackets in a similar price range ($225 or less) with the same options. I need a jacket that is mesh w/armor, has a waterproof/resistant shell, and preferably a cold weather/thinsulate liner as well.

I ride in 27-100 degree weather. I like the 3-in-1 jacket concept as I can ride in 40 degree dog/rain and 90 degree sunny weather on the same day.

I have LONG arms, (35-37" sleeve) weigh 180 pounds, and am 5'10" with an athletic build. I have a hard time fitting most jackets right and the old flex in XL fits great.

I am planning on purchasing pants with the same options as the jacket. Any other jackets out there to compete with the flex series 3? I really like my old one, but it's starting to wear out :-(

I know it's a tall order, but can any other jacket fit the bill?
 

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Have a look at the Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3 set. Similar price and features. I have one of the original Joe Rocket jacket and pants combos and still wear them in the heat of summer on occasion. Long lasting and comfortable.
 

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I've had the Flex 3 for a couple of years as well, and it's a great jacket, however with *this* problem:
I have an athletic build also, and except for your long arms, I've got very similar specs. I have a 44" chest, and I was a MED in the Flex 3! I have to assume, in the summer without the insulated liner, or rainproof over-layer, the main mesh jacket must hang on you in an XL (I'm 5lbs. more than you)! That's a problem if you actually go down. Nothing (armor) will stay put.

That being said I *do* love the jacket, and use it with with and without the liner. The waterproof bit makes it too tight (3 layers at that point), plus it's SIX zippers to get on. By the time I get it on, it's stopped raining!

So, I've done this. I've moved to an Olympia Switchback (in the Hi-Viz yellow, which looks pretty good for a hi-viz) and fits very similarly in L to the Flex 3 in MED. It has similar mesh with an *inside* waterproof layer, that can also be standalone. Two zippers to get in and out, and it gets me down to 50F very comfortably. Lower with a thermal shirt underneath. I haven't seen how high I can go, but it flows air (mesh alone), as well as the Flex 3. For below 45F I switch to a jacket that's really purposed for cold weather (FG Kilimanjaro), which has taken me down to 11F this past winter, comfortably. So, yeah, it's two jackets, but trying to get one jacket to address sub-freezing to broiling weather is futile IMHO.

Oh yeah, one last thing.. it's *real* CE armor in the back on the Switchback, not a piece of crap foam. And, the elbow armor comes down the forearms as well... Much better protection than the Flex 3.
 

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Thanks! Ill try to find a local dealer. It's tough when everything has to be mail ordered or you have to drive <100 miles to find a dealer
 

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i got the flex 3 women's jacket a few weeks ago from:

Tour Master Flex Series 3 Jacket :: MotorcycleGear.com

i had a $200 credit for buying a $50 hjc helmet for my guy.

i've only worn the jacket a couple of times, once in cool weather, low 50's, it was very toasty, and once in the high 60's without quilted liner. it was very comfortable except for the collar kept catching on my modular helmet chin strap. it didn't catch on regular fullface so a bit of conscious adjustment on my part when wearing said helmet i guess. i'm hoping it does the trick in the texas heat and i liked the idea of having the liner on the outside of the jacket as apposed to the inside. yes, it has some zippers but they're easy enough and in a rain pinch, you don't have to do them all up, just throw the top jacket on and go.

love dealing with motorcyclegear, btw.
 

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I did some Revzilla video watching. I like the Joe Rocket Alter Ego 3 quite a bit. The nearest dealer is 150 miles away- hopefully I can get down their in April. They also deal in Tourmaster. How water proof/resistant is the JR AE3? Would I need additional rain gear if I paired it with the AE2 pants? My flex alone has kept me dry through many a rain storm...
 

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i've never understood the appeal of an inner waterproof liner under a mesh jacket. That just means that you are wearing a heavy, wet outercoat when it rains. Wouldn't it be more effective to ditch the liner and carry something like a frogg togg jacket for rain?

Which is why the flex jacket is so appealing. Rainproof layer on the outside = more better, especially in a climate like here in the PNW. I suppose, in a warm dry climate, a mesh jacket with a liner would make sense.
 

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i've never understood the appeal of an inner waterproof liner under a mesh jacket. That just means that you are wearing a heavy, wet outercoat when it rains. Wouldn't it be more effective to ditch the liner and carry something like a frogg togg jacket for rain?

Which is why the flex jacket is so appealing. Rainproof layer on the outside = more better, especially in a climate like here in the PNW. I suppose, in a warm dry climate, a mesh jacket with a liner would make sense.
Yeah, I used that line of thinking when I originally bought the Flex 3.
However, when I *know* it's going to rain, or it's already raining, either I don't ride, or I bring "real" rain gear (I use the Tourmaster Sentinel rain jacket), which has a hood attachment. Otherwise, in a heavy downpour, you can't avoid rain down the back of your neck.
I think of the waterproof liner (on my Switchback), as more of a contingency, on the rare occasion that I get caught without anywhere to pull over and don the rain jacket. It's use is more of a windbreaker.
Fact is, I think the Flex 3 is a great jacket. However, with the three layers, I found it constricting when you're using all three (not a problem with just the insulating liner), unless you oversize the main jacket, which defeats the purpose of the armor.
 
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