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post #1 of 14 Old 06-12-2015, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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I'm Hot...( jackets )

No really, it's like 90 and humid here lately. Just my few stints around the block lately have me sweating pretty good. I'm also not riding with a jacket, which is the basis of this post pretty much.

Looking at the Olympia Renegade Mesh Tech Jacket or the First Gear Mesh Tex Jacket, both sub $200. At this point I just don't see spending more than that on a jacket that may or may not get to see the outdoors. I just want "something" to help protect me a bit when I do actually get the chance to ride.

These still a good all around jacket or has something else fancy come out in the last year or so ? Any obvious pros or cons that I have not noticed ? I'm leaning towards the Olympia due to the fact the armor is removable and the back is full CE and not foam like the First Gear jackets are.
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Joe Rocket make pretty good stuff although I do like Olympia. What size? I have a xxxl Mesh JR id sell for $50 and whatever shipping is.
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Joe Rocket make pretty good stuff although I do like Olympia. What size? I have a xxxl Mesh JR id sell for $50 and whatever shipping is.
Agreed about JR. My mesh jacket is Fieldsheer and pretty awesome. Here is where I would I would look.

Jackets and Vests > Mesh Jackets :: MotorcycleGear.com

Looks like they got some pretty good deals right now, and they're good folks.

I also recently got some Cortech mesh pants and Alpinstars mesh gloves. All amazing. It's been in the upper nineties all week. I'm ATGATT and I've been saying thanks for mesh gear all week.




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Joe Rocket make pretty good stuff although I do like Olympia. What size? I have a xxxl Mesh JR id sell for $50 and whatever shipping is.
3X might be a little to big for me. I'm an XL/XXL depending on the clothing. If this humidity keeps up I'll need a medium soon.

I have full motocross gear and wore it religiously when I had one. I want to get into a lot more riding this year so figured I should start buying better gear. I have the lid and usually ride in jeans and work boots but I need to step it up some.
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I use the Joe Rocket mesh in this weather. I had the opportunity to "field test" it on RT78 two years ago, held me together quite well!!

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The Olympia line of gear is top-notch in my opinion. I have the Olympia Moab jacket "system." It has quality zippers and velcro. It's a larger, 3/4-length jacket that's a tad expensive, but I would imagine all their line has the same velcro/zippers.



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I had a Scorpion Drafter mesh jacket with the upgraded SAS-Tec back protector. It breathed pretty well, and when I crashed it held up amazingly well. Surprised me how little damage it took.
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Well I ended up buying the Olympia Switchback mesh jacket today. Found a Beemer dealer 5 minutes away that carries them in stock.

Overall a really nice jacket. The one thing I didn't notice until I got it home was the cell phone pocket in the liner is huge and would easily fit any type of phone in it. The one on the jacket itself is extremely tiny ! Think flip phone sized and a small one at that. Not that big of an issue but anyone looking at jackets should double check if it's important to you.

The sizing chart for Olympia put me in an XL but after trying them on I found the XXL fits me better. (46" chest, 37" arms 6'1" and 225#) I "could" fit the large but it was somewhat tight on me and the padding in the elbows was tight and uncomfortable when moving.
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Matt, does the Olympia mesh jacket keep you cool enough so that you're never tempted to ride without it?
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I've only got to run a few short trips today but in doing so I've only noticed I don't "feel" the wind on me as much ( or the bugs ) but I can feel the air flowing through the jacket. I had just a t-shirt on under it and it is just about as cool with it on as without. If it's any warmer I really don't notice except where the arm pad adjusters are bunched up and not allowing any air flow.

I think part of any sense of being cool is somewhat hidden by your brain and the fact you're wearing a jacket when it's 80* outside. It's just not a normal feeling to me, yet. I think it will take some getting use to but I believe that's only because our minds are not programmed for putting on jackets when it's this hot out.

One other thing I figured out last night is this jacket will not allow the use of most Pro Style back protection inserts. The pocket is only 200mmx450mm or roughly 8"x18" which is to small for the better protection. The Rukka D3O Air Central Back Protector or the Roland Sands CE Armor ( Both on Revzilla ) looks like the only ones to fit properly without needing any cutting done to them.
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