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post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 03-21-2012, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Summer Jacket

Since Spring is here and in a few weeks it will be Summer, at least in Texas, has anybody found a jacket they like in summer time down here in the south?

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post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old 03-21-2012, 09:05 PM
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I got a TourMaster Mesh jacket last year and I love it! I know NY is not Texas, but the mesh will keep you cool. It also has a wind/water proof liner as well as another liner for wormth for those chilly nights. Just my 2 cents.
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I live in Southeast Texas and I use an X-Element Mesh Jacket. It is feels like a T shirt with armour at speed and is barely noticable when stopped at a light.

I would think any real mesh jacket should do just fine down here.

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"I would think any real mesh jacket should do just fine down here."

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I'm not "down there" but I picked up a Fieldsheer mesh jacket from motorcycle superstore a while back for cheap and it does great and is armoured in the back, shoulders and elbows.
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I have a Joe Rocket mesh jacket with a removable rain liner and removeable padding. I really like it, and I usually wear it even in the summer and it's not bad, but any jacket inhibits air flow and when it's 100+ outside they're not comfortable. However, they're a lot more comfortable than road rash.

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I'll chime in and agree that any mesh jacket from a reputable gear company should work for you, protection and comfort wise.

I have a Vega mesh jacket with CE armor a zip in cool weather liner and a rain jacket that goes over and is stored in a pocket built in the back of the jacket. As long as you are moving at some speed it is comfortably cool. I really put it to the test last summer when I rode on several days that were in the 110 degree range here in PA (So you can add in the humidity!).
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I've got a fieldsheer Corsair jacket that I'm impressed with, and it's not even mesh! It's nice and toasty at a stop though or at constant low speeds.

I'll second the motion of a quality mesh jacket with some decent armor.

Oh, also, I moved this thread. We have a new section for Riding Gear that y'all might not have noticed yet, that's where these should go from now on (easier to navigate that way, and a good source for info!)

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I've had a Scorpion Cool Rod for 4 years. Mesh, removable armor, very durable, and they go for right around $140, good bang for your buck.

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Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what the abrasion resistance is for some of these mesh jackets? I've been looking at getting one. My Fieldsheer jacket is fine except at a stop, but the problem I have is in 95+ weather, if I get stuck in traffic for a while or something, it takes forever to cool off. So I would like something a bit cooler for those brutal days. But I don't wanna give up alot of protection (otherwise I'd just wear a T-shirt and armor or something)

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Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what the abrasion resistance is for some of these mesh jackets? I've been looking at getting one. My Fieldsheer jacket is fine except at a stop, but the problem I have is in 95+ weather, if I get stuck in traffic for a while or something, it takes forever to cool off. So I would like something a bit cooler for those brutal days. But I don't wanna give up alot of protection (otherwise I'd just wear a T-shirt and armor or something)
I really doubt that the one I wear will provide alot of abrasion resistance compared to a good leather jacket to be honest. That being said, I can't wear a leather jacket in Southeast Texas during the summer lol. It's simply too hot and humid so the choices are wear nothing, wear mesh, or don't ride at all. I choose mesh every time.

As to the melting point of the material, the true abrasion protection, etc.etc Speaking as a Paramedic supervisor I have run hundreds of motorcycle accidents. Two things usually stick out in my mind on these scenes: 1. He would still be alive if he simply had a helmet on and 2. Good thing he had a jacket on Even the nylon mesh material is better protection than straight skin on pavement my friends. And sometimes, it is the only edge that you will need to determine if you walk away or have to roll away in an ambulance or hearse.

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