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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 02-13-2020, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Whatís Your Favorite Jacket

Ok this has got to be safer than an oil or tire thread. What’s your favorite riding jacket and why? We’re all different shapes and sizes and we live in different climates so clearly there is no right or wrong answer. Hi Vis yes or no?

For me it’s a Tourmaster Transition 5 for most riding in WI. Works well in most weather conditions and it’s comfortable 35-90 degrees. It’s the jacket I always wear on long road trips too. I have a Tourmaster/Cortech VRX I wear in FL as it’s better for warm weather. I had an Aerostich Roadcrafter Jacket for about 2 years. It was great quality but somehow it was never comfortable enough. There was nothing I didn’t like about it but I was always fussy wearing it and always thinking about it when I had it on. A good jacket to me is one you never think about when it’s on.

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So I'm on the forum this evening looking for an appropriate thread/post to boast a little on my recent jacket score, and your post pops up. Back to Team Blue after many years on Team Halloween (Black & Orange). Have many Team Halloween costumes, so figured I needed something appropriate to wear on the FJR. Searching our local C-List I found a new/old stock Yamaha Racing jacket, about the same vintage as my bike. It's a nice looking, heavy leather jacket, with CE armor in the elbows, shoulders, and a back pad. For $100 + shipping I couldn't pass it up. Whether it becomes my "favorite" jacket remains to be seen. Other than the branding it is very similar in design, and construction to my favorite H-D FXRG jacket, that I have had for 15+ years (without the dead bugs, and wear).

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3/4 length Tourmaster Sonora. I am not wild about the inner rain liner which is why I use an outer Frogg Togg rainsuit. I have ridden from 40F to 117F. Using the rainsuit for an outer layer extends the lower boundary to about 35F for me.

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I'm tall and must have a size XL-Tall jacket so that right there limits my choices....
Otherwise, it has to fit me, have reasonable cost and yes, full blown HI-VIZ has been my color choice for years now.
Current jacket is a First Gear Jaunt model which I bought as a low cost ($200) light weight summer jacket but I've been wearing it year round for several years now.

It does the job, rain or shine, hot or cold for my little 35 min commute here in San Jose. Previous jacket is a First Gear Kilimanjaro which is still in good shape but I rarely wear it.
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Aerostich darien. First gear Mesh Tex when itís hot, if Iím even wearing a jacket then.
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Hi vis for sure for me! After watching a guy get sideswiped and go down at 65mph years ago, I want to be seen. The outcome was not good, and the memory of it will stick to some of the brain cells I still have left. My Olympia jacket probably isn't the best, but fits great, has armor, a warm removeable liner, and is the right color. I've never been one to want to stand out in the crowd, but there are exceptions

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I have a Darien but it does not get much use since I got a Klim Lattitude. The Klim is very well made and has proven water tight on some extremely wet rides.

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My absolute favorite almost all year round riding jacket is one you do not see anymore except on eBay possibly. The Cortech Riding Blues denim jacket. Its very thick and well built and fits better than any jacket I have ever worn. It has very nice elbow and back pads for extra protection, zippered ventilation, and comes with a liner as well. It still looks great after many years and miles.

For the real hot weather I use a Tourmaster mesh jacket. It has all the same great characteristics of the Cortech but is lightweight and as mentioned mesh, an absolute must in the sultry SC summers.

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I rely on 4 jackets. In the winter, it's a heavy duty Cortech Advanced Sport textile, that's silver, with an Olympia Hi-Viz vest over it. In spring and fall, a Tourmaster Advanced textile in Hi- Viz, in Summer a Tourmaster Intake Air 4 mesh in Hi-Viz and when Im feeling retro, a very nice Fox Creek leather that's black.

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I wear a Pilot Trans-Urban most of the year. The jacket (mid-thigh coat, really) is super well-made, lots of pockets, waterproof, removable quilted liner, shoulder, elbow and back armor. Costs about $240, if I remember right. In warmer weather, I wear a Pilot mesh waist-length jacket that comes with full pads and a removable rain liner. Also priced very reasonably. I think Pilot's stuff is made in Indonesia, rather than China FWIW.
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