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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-17-2012, 08:21 AM
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Aleco, We wear a Joe Rocket Ballistic Series, Ballistic 10.0 Jacket. We (wife and I) have been wearing the jackets for 3 full seasons. Our riding temps go from 5 degrees C. to mid 30's with humidity into the 40's. We have been caught in a number of downpours. The jackets have two liners, a vest for added warmth and a windproof liner. The outer sleave covering comes off the jacket to reveal a mesh sleave. There are two vertical zipped vents in the front and the back. Our jackets are a really bright green, that actually looks more yellow. This provides high visibility.
Now when it is mid 30's with humidity and you are stopped, it gets warm quick. However we have found the jackets generally pretty comfortable. Oh, BTW, we are ATGATT riders (All The Gear, All The Time). With sleaves removed and vents open it is not bad, with lots of airflow. While the jackets don't claim to be waterproof, we have stayed dry in all the areas the jackets covered. When all buttoned up and cold riding the jackets keep you pretty warm. I generally don't use the wind liner as I find little air gets in. Finally after three years and 30,000 K, the jackets still look pretty close to good as new. We clean them a couple times a year by throwing them in a tub with liquid dish soap and water. I would highly recommend them.

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-24-2012, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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I went for •Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 Mesh Textile Jacket,
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 02:12 PM
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I can recommend Joe Rocket. It has a liner for rain, but I've yet to use it. There's adequate ventilation and it gives pretty good warmth for cooler weather. It's a good all-around jacket.

Plus, I went down on the interstate wearing that jacket. It does it's job.
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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I hope I never have to find out how good it is.
I used it at night and it is very ventilated.
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 01:54 PM
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i have a Joe Rocket Sonic 2.0 perforated jacket that i got cheap at I have riden comfortably from 50 f to 90 f. I never ride in the rain so I don't know how it does when wet. I upgraded the armor as well.

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Originally Posted by Aleco View Post
I hope I never have to find out how good it is.
I used it at night and it is very ventilated.
When the Paramedic took out the scissors and said he was going to cut the jacket off me, I said, "Don't you dare! You know how much I paid for that jacket?"

I still have the jacket.

The only road rash I got was a very small patch on my hip (about half an inch) where the jacket road up on me as I slid.

Whatever jacket you get, make sure it fits well.
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