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04-04-2013 11:40 PM
Lockjaw I have a joe rocket like the second down and a leather one, too. I like them both very much, but I like MC cut jackets. It's not a poncho. They fit snug. Which is good if you ask me. The zipper on my leather broke, but fixed it with fishing swivel years ago. Didn't bother me at all.



04-04-2013 10:52 PM
Slowpoke I went riding in my cool "looking" mesh and forgot the rain liner one time. It rained and I "looked" like a retard. And I froze.

I wear a waterproof Alpinestars Scout 3/4 length jacket that has armor, good vents, a proper collar, pockets, and a liner good to about -2C (28F?) without going to the heated vest. The cuffs Velcro tight to wear inside your guantlets when the bees are flying and the can be undone and worn over your gloves when it is raining and the coat is shedding water when you stop and are standing with your arms at your sides. It's a good piece of kit.
04-04-2013 10:12 PM
Snakeboy66
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Originally Posted by RiceInjected View Post
Have you tried a 'adventure' style jacket? Much longer in the torso and more comfortable in my opinion... Has alot of options as well,ce armor, high viz, hot, cold, both, lots of pocket and designed for a more upright riding position. and you can get some pants that match like the Rev It sand coat and pant combo...

Good Evening Goelemon,

The aventure style jackets fit properly are very nice. They have adequate armor which can sometimes be upgraded. I have the First Gear Kilimanjaro I like the fact that the jacket is a one piece water proof jacket that you can put in a liner for colder weather. You will find a use for the pockets. This is my second two piece suit. My first one was the Cycle Gear Sidici brand, it fir well and worked well until I had decided I was enjoying riding. I will eventually purchase either the Tour Master or the Klim gear in the coming years.

Snakeboy66
04-04-2013 09:16 PM
planalp
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Originally Posted by geolemon View Post
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Your post made me think - I could keep a high visibility vest in the bags of my bike, that's a really good idea.
I had an all-black jacket and that's what I did, especially at night. They're easy to find: just Google "Safety Vest." Mine had snaps up the front. I never had any issues with it flapping around or anything and I don't have a windshield.



04-04-2013 09:04 PM
geolemon I agree. And with experience comes confidence. Which I have none yet lol.

It's why I'm balancing writing off whatever I buy now as most likely a disposable first purchase... against trying to buy something fully safe and decently good quality though. Find the balance.
04-04-2013 08:28 PM
RiceInjected Confidence is key, and trust you equipment!
04-04-2013 08:18 PM
geolemon
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Originally Posted by willys View Post
My Joe Rocket seen here....mine is in Hi-Viz...

http://www.joerocket.ca/en/catalog/i...a-326cdb6e0400

Is perfect. I used to have a textile jacket and loved it also, but after 5 years the zipper finally got very stiff and it had 65,000kms on it.

The mesh is good as it comes with a good wind shell that stops all but the finest of wind through it. If it gets cooler than that I wear my heated vest. But that is only in the spring and late fall. If I go on any adventure rides I take the vest any way just in case. I also wear a rain specific suit for wet weather and wouldn't trust any textile wet weather material to keep me dry. I have tried many and they all leaked, so I'm now back to almost industrial water proof jacket and pants. I would sooner worry about sweating compared to leakages. Nother worse than sitting in a wet diaper!
Back to the jacket....the mesh certainly allows for comfortable riding on the hotest of days. The hi-viz is blinding when new but will fade out after a year of constant riding. I've had mine for a year now and it's been across the country once and has started to become a bit duller. I like blindingly bright!
I used to worry about what people thought of me and used to wear black before this mesh. I even wore a Hi-Viz vest over my black textile jacket the year before buying the mesh. But I have come to realize....it's far better to be seen than dead! Beside most riders now are moving to the Hi-viz also.

Hope this helps
That definitely helps! Much appreciated, thanks.

That's a good looking jacket, and sounds like Joe Rocket at least makes decent stuff. I don't believe the shop here carries that model at all, high vis or otherwise.
They have the female version of the mesh jacket I got off Amazon, but not the mens verision I got from Amazon.

I'm leaning towards keeping the Joe Rocket jacket, although it's the darkest.
Your post made me think - I could keep a high visibility vest in the bags of my bike, that's a really good idea.

I also saw this kit on Twisted Throttle, which was inexpensive, and great for night visibility:
http://youtu.be/bruIaWlO0mU

The shop owner was raving about the water resistance of the Joe Rocket... I don't know, I'm sure I won't be seeking to ride in a rainstorm, but I'm also sure it'll happen when I wasn't expecting it.

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Originally Posted by RiceInjected View Post
Have you tried a 'adventure' style jacket? Much longer in the torso and more comfortable in my opinion... Has alot of options as well,ce armor, high viz, hot, cold, both, lots of pocket and designed for a more upright riding position. and you can get some pants that match like the Rev It sand coat and pant combo...
I've tried a few on - I can appreciate the utility of the extra pockets, but think I feel more secure in a jacket that's more fitted. I'm not planning on carrying a lot with me - maybe down the road, but for now, I'm building my confidence.
04-04-2013 06:25 PM
RiceInjected Have you tried a 'adventure' style jacket? Much longer in the torso and more comfortable in my opinion... Has alot of options as well,ce armor, high viz, hot, cold, both, lots of pocket and designed for a more upright riding position. and you can get some pants that match like the Rev It sand coat and pant combo...
04-04-2013 04:59 PM
willys My Joe Rocket seen here....mine is in Hi-Viz...

http://www.joerocket.ca/en/catalog/i...a-326cdb6e0400

Is perfect. I used to have a textile jacket and loved it also, but after 5 years the zipper finally got very stiff and it had 65,000kms on it.

The mesh is good as it comes with a good wind shell that stops all but the finest of wind through it. If it gets cooler than that I wear my heated vest. But that is only in the spring and late fall. If I go on any adventure rides I take the vest any way just in case. I also wear a rain specific suit for wet weather and wouldn't trust any textile wet weather material to keep me dry. I have tried many and they all leaked, so I'm now back to almost industrial water proof jacket and pants. I would sooner worry about sweating compared to leakages. Nother worse than sitting in a wet diaper!
Back to the jacket....the mesh certainly allows for comfortable riding on the hotest of days. The hi-viz is blinding when new but will fade out after a year of constant riding. I've had mine for a year now and it's been across the country once and has started to become a bit duller. I like blindingly bright!
I used to worry about what people thought of me and used to wear black before this mesh. I even wore a Hi-Viz vest over my black textile jacket the year before buying the mesh. But I have come to realize....it's far better to be seen than dead! Beside most riders now are moving to the Hi-viz also.

Hope this helps
04-04-2013 12:32 PM
K-ris I have had the Atomic for a year now, same color as yours too.
Likes: seems to have decent protection, warm enough to be comfortable in 30 degree weather with a couple of light sweaters underneath( they call me a penguin lol).
Dislikes: bunches up in the belly area a little, rain "resistant" (fixed that with some Campdry), not enough pockets.
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