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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-04-2007, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sorry if this question has been asked a thousand times...

...but I need a good women's jacket for summer. Although I'm only riding as a passenger now, I'll have my bike before summer's end. Will need something that I can wear on my trips riding in AZ heat, as well.

I only have leather jackets now. But it's getting to be too warm.

Any suggestions?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-04-2007, 11:42 PM
 
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...but I need a good women's jacket for summer. Although I'm only riding as a passenger now, I'll have my bike before summer's end. Will need something that I can wear on my trips riding in AZ heat, as well.
Gonna need some mesh to deal with that kinda heat.



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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-04-2007, 11:51 PM
 
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mY g/f and I both have the Fieldsheer mesh jackets. They are as cool as can be expected in the SE humidity. No complaints. Cheap, armored. As good as can be expected from mesh. Just my
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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2007, 12:08 AM
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Not all mesh are created equal... I got a First Gear mesh and a Power Trip mesh... I like the armor better in the PT, but the FG feels more sturdy... The PT has leather outter arms/shoulders though and it's much cooler. The FG one is way nicer looking.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2007, 12:25 AM
 
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avoid white jackets, they don't stay white long.

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2007, 12:29 AM
 
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I have a ventilated Joe Rocket leather jacket and I ride all year in Fl. I stay cool and It protects.

My ICON textile jacket is more for the winter. It Does not breath, so on a cool day it is perfect.
I have the White and LightBlue one (take padding out wash it and it comes clean.)
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2007, 02:38 AM
 
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Yuppers I am all about the Joe Rocket Jackets too... They seem to have a good price for what they cost!!! You definitely want something with the the spine, elbow and shoulder protectors...
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2007, 03:03 AM
 
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I have the Joe Rocket leather/textile jacket myself. I dont think the heat is so bad once you get going, but the sitting at lights you can start to get sweaty fast. +1 on elbow shoulder and spine protectors. CE approved is a must on that armor, and leather in at least the arms is a good thing too.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2007, 07:00 AM
 
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I've got Power Trip and Joe Rocket meshies (same company, so fit/sizing is consistent). I'm also impressed with the MotoGP mesh (a friend just recently went down in his, and the jacket not only held up well, but he didn't get any road rash ).

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avoid white jackets, they don't stay white long.

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...but they can be washed easily.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2007, 09:00 AM
 
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I have a Teknic Jacket, fully perfed Leather, works here for me as long as I'm not sitting at a stop light, but over 90 deg and I'd have to go mesh. The way this summer is shaping up, I might buy one anyway.

FYI while we're on the topic of venting, I found Vented Leather pants (Frank Thomas) at Cycle Gear. Fully perfed, so you get some air flow on the legs, but for those of you that ride at highway speeds, still the full protection of dead cow. I like 'em so far, but they run small, I wear an 8/10 now and had to buy 12's.
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-05-2007, 11:57 AM
 
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I wear a mesh/perferated leather jacket around Phoenix most of the time and it works reasonably well. In the middle of the day you aren't really much cooler than a ventilated leather jacket though because the air going through the mesh is so hot. At night though, it's heaven!
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Yeah, I noticed that with my perfed leather riding pants. Starting off they were nice, then the radiator fan on the bike kicked in and it was just hot air blowing in the vents. I'll have to do some comparision riding in the two pair.
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When asking about gears, it's also best to give us your price range so that we can make recommendations.

Mesh gears starting out as low as $80 (close out sales First Gear or Frank Thomas) and as high as BMW Venting Machine ($425 for top and $400 for bottom).

I do have a First Gear Mesh Tex but it's so cheesy that I stopped wearing it. I suppose it's better than a T-shirt, but it's so light in weight and the armor is made out of crappy foam. I've seen a nice Alpine Star Stunt 2 Mesh that looks very promising. Cortech has some nice mesh that is reinforced with heavier textiles at contact points.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
 
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This is some really great info, guys!! I appreciate it.

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I wear a mesh/perferated leather jacket around Phoenix most of the time and it works reasonably well. In the middle of the day you aren't really much cooler than a ventilated leather jacket though because the air going through the mesh is so hot. At night though, it's heaven!
In the summer, as everyone knows, phoenix can hover around 105-110. Lived there for seven years. When the wind blows, in the summer, it's like standing in fromt of a hair dryer. I may just have to curb my phx riding until after September.

And I live in the Northridge area in SoCal. Not as hot as Phx, but 10-15 degree warmer than the coastal areas in summer.

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When asking about gears, it's also best to give us your price range so that we can make recommendations.

Mesh gears starting out as low as $80 (close out sales First Gear or Frank Thomas) and as high as BMW Venting Machine ($425 for top and $400 for bottom).

I do have a First Gear Mesh Tex but it's so cheesy that I stopped wearing it. I suppose it's better than a T-shirt, but it's so light in weight and the armor is made out of crappy foam. I've seen a nice Alpine Star Stunt 2 Mesh that looks very promising. Cortech has some nice mesh that is reinforced with heavier textiles at contact points.
I was not wanting to spend more than $250ish for the jacket. Not so I can get anything flashy or anything. But I figure if there was ever a time to invest in some good quality protection, it's when I am inititally learning to ride (when the potential for me ending up on my azz - or worse - is at it's greatest )

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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-06-2007, 01:28 PM
 
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Phoenix summer is more like 115-F. Yeah, I know a thing or two about riding in that area. But a mesh jacket will be just fine during the day. It'll be hot but at least the mesh will allow enough air flow to minimize sweating.

Nonetheless, it's easy to ride when the weather is nice. Don't be just a fair weather rider. If you love riding that much then go for it. This is the 21st Century. We have gears to accomodate. But please DO wear a full face helmet. Otherwise, that hot air will feel like somebody stucking a hair dryer down your throat and turn it on.

I don't know if you're going to ride between Cali and Phoenix, but if you do then drink a lot of water before you go and make an effort to stop every hour and drink a lot more. Otherwise you'll be dehydrated and suffer heat strokes.

Anyway, during the summer, depending on where you're riding but the California high desert is not too far behind Phoenix as far as the heat goes. And there are some good ridings out in the Cali high desert too.
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