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post #1 of 16 Old 12-25-2011, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Riding Jacket suggestion

I looking to buy a 3/4 riding jacket soon and was looking for any suggestion.
So far I looked at the Tour Master on-line and the Scorpion Commander at a local shop.
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-25-2011, 10:32 PM
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As far as I'm concerned, there is only one jacket.. Aerostich Darien..

Yeah, they're not the cheapest, but the venting works, they're built to last for YEARS, and when you get tired of the jacket, you can sell it on eBay for more money than the other jackets sell for when new..

If I didn't wear Aerostich, I'd look into Olympia stuff.. Also very good quality..

Yeah, I've worn a lot of other jackets over the years, but I always return to Stich stuff..

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Paper is right, anything Aerostich is great. I hope to be able to afford some of it some day! I'm using the First Gear Kathmandu jacket and pants and am very satisfied. Also have a First Gear Mesh Tex jacket that I like for the warmer months. If at all possible, try on before buying as not all sizes are equal between manufacturers.

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post #4 of 16 Old 12-26-2011, 01:37 AM
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I wear an olympia bushwacker great jacket. Had drop shipped from tellico plains outfitters super people with great prices,
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-26-2011, 05:11 AM
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Paper is right, anything Aerostich is great.
And I'm first to admit that my current riding gear was all purchased on eBay and was used.. The jacket in that photo was a few years old, but the prior owner had only used it a couple times, as it was still stiff like they are when new.. The Darien pants were also a used eBay purchase.. I got both for a touch under half of new prices and got barely used items.. My first Darien jacket is still going after 8 years of use, and I bought it used, too.. It's just getting so it's not very waterproof anymore, so I don't wear it on trips.

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Aww shucks.. I really got lucky with the purchase (used) and it's an amazing mile eater on any surface.. I still love my KLR, but I'm planning a 2 week trip out to the Canadian Rockies, and then zigzagging back and forth as we head to Colorado while staying in the mountains.. While the KLR could easily do the mountain riding, it's the 1500 miles to get out to the Canadian Rockies, and the 1000 mile ride back home when done playing that make the GS shine.
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I've got an Olympia AST in hi-viz yellow. It's going on 4 years old and is holding up well.

I had a couple of other brands in the past (Fieldsheer and ?) but the Olympia is definitely a better jacket. Materials are beefier and the construction is higher quality. I wear it year year round from +100 to below freezing (with a heated liner).

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I only know what I have and it works well year round here; First Gear Kilimanjaro and a pair of their pants as well. I finished that off with Sidi Canyon boots (almost 6 years now) and I've been happy with everything. I suspect that any of the posters who have good experiences with quality gear can be used as the guideline for your purchase.

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Ok, ok call me cheap (KLR right). I've had good luck with Joe Rocket ballistic stuff. Read negative reviews occasionally but have never had a problem with em. The pockets on the current model are a little small. You can carry everything but the kitchen sink in the Ballistic 6.

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Ok, ok call me cheap (KLR right). I've had good luck with Joe Rocket ballistic stuff. Read negative reviews occasionally but have never had a problem with em. The pockets on the current model are a little small. You can carry everything but the kitchen sink in the Ballistic 6.
Call me cheap, too. I have three joe rocket jackets. One, the only full leather, is one of the nicest jackets I have ever owned. I wear it sometimes when I'm not riding. I buy what newenough has on clearance.




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That said, Paper convinced me to get a pair of held gloves and they are so awesome I am speechless. I would have had to buy a couple pairs in the time I've had them and they are comfortable as can be. So, quality might be something to look into.




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