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Can someone recommend a jacket or provide feedback on a jacket that they have? Here is what I have now and what Im looking for. I have an Alpine Stars Seven O jacket which is no longer made but its the same as the dyno jacket with different stripes. This jacket is fine for the most part but has an agressive fit. What I mean is that the fit puts you in racing form. Its tight all over and the arms are bent so that you are in racing position. I am 6'5" 245lbs and I have long arms. On my 929 with my Corbin seat I can ride nearly straight up and the jacket isnt made for that at all. Sooo, Im needing a new jacket that offers protection but is a more relaxed fit. It doesnt have to be leather but it needs to be warm in the winter. TIA.
 
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If you've been happy with the AS and want to stick with that brand, on their website if you click the .pdf file available for each jacket they have a rating charts on the sleeve angles, overall tightness/fit, and venting.

Those charts came in good use when I was shopping for a new jacket.

Hope that helps a bit. :)
 
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The INTERSPORT textile jackets that were made for Honda are nice. Mine is about 4 years old and has held up incredibly well. Button out flannel liner, soft padding (elbows, shoulders and back) venting over the back, reflective piping, velcro closures at the neck and sleeves. Absolutely windproof. I have seen these jacket at blowout prices of ~$100.
 
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aerostitch darien jacket is out of the question as they look more like a ski jacket than something i would wear riding a sportbike

the speedmaster jacket looks even more agressive than what i have now

i read a terrible post about a joe rocket phoenix jacket coming apart on here a which linked to some photos of some serious flesh damage but i wonder if i should write that jacket off or what ... it looks like what im in the market for

i would like to look into the intersport jacket if any can still be found

thanks
 
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Try newenough.com, call them. They are the most knowledgeable online gear co. that I know of. In your situation you need to find out what fits your body type, and then choose what you like from there. newenough, either the owner or his wife, can direct you in the right direction, and you can probably save a couple of bucks too. Ideally it would be nice to try everything out there on, and then sit on a bike, but that is pretty tough to do.
 
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FullForce said:
Can someone recommend a jacket or provide feedback on a jacket that they have? Here is what I have now and what Im looking for. I have an Alpine Stars Seven O jacket which is no longer made but its the same as the dyno jacket with different stripes. This jacket is fine for the most part but has an agressive fit. What I mean is that the fit puts you in racing form. Its tight all over and the arms are bent so that you are in racing position. I am 6'5" 245lbs and I have long arms. On my 929 with my Corbin seat I can ride nearly straight up and the jacket isnt made for that at all. Sooo, Im needing a new jacket that offers protection but is a more relaxed fit. It doesnt have to be leather but it needs to be warm in the winter. TIA.
I have the Intersport leather jacket made for Honda (<$200 on clearence). Its been great. (leather = 80+ feet of pavement slide... textile = 5 feet on a good day)
Perforated panels on chest, back and sleeves for cooling with with a zip-in wind-proof liner is great.
I don't think the jacket is as "agressive" as others I tried (A-Stars, Teknic).
The biggest bonus is the the 3M piping.
The only think I don't like about it is the neck. Its too much. Bumps my the back of my helmet in a tuck.
 
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I know this isn't what you are wanting to hear, but, get a decent fitting
one-piece and be done with it... You will wonder why you hadn't done so before, and will never look back.
 
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Bacchus said:
I know this isn't what you are wanting to hear, but, get a decent fitting
one-piece and be done with it... You will wonder why you hadn't done so before, and will never look back.
i dont think so ... i wear jeans alot and like being able to take the jacket off when i get to where im going .... thanks for the replies
 

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I personally had a great experience with a Pheonix. I wend down in one at Deals gap at around 50-55 with no damage to me. No in 20-20 hindsight, I shouldnt have worn it to the gap, but it did its job. And Im 6'4 305, so there was a bit of pressure on it. Now I wear leather whenever my sole purpose is to ride, but for commuting and riding around town, I give the Pheonix a :thumb:
Chris
 
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NinerPilot said:
I personally had a great experience with a Pheonix. I wend down in one at Deals gap at around 50-55 with no damage to me. No in 20-20 hindsight, I shouldnt have worn it to the gap, but it did its job. And Im 6'4 305, so there was a bit of pressure on it. Now I wear leather whenever my sole purpose is to ride, but for commuting and riding around town, I give the Pheonix a :thumb:
Chris
then maybe i will get a phoenix because that is what i need the jacket for ... i have a jacket that is suited for agressive riding ..... will the phoenix let you relax or does it have you in an agressive posture to make it fit right?
 

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Nice and relaxed.... Adjustable tabs on the waist and even snaps on the arms to take out the slack if you dont have "Muscles like Ah-nold" ;) The new one has a zip-in waterproof liner, but you can find the older version for less than $100.
Chris
 
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cool, i will get the phoenix then .... it seems that this may bridge the gap between my alpine stars leather w/ armor and a t shirt that i am inclined to wear from time to time in 90+ weather
 
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FullForce said:
cool, i will get the phoenix then .... it seems that this may bridge the gap between my alpine stars leather w/ armor and a t shirt that i am inclined to wear from time to time in 90+ weather
just wanted to say thanks for the suggestions and also I changed my mind at the last minute to a First Gear Mesh Tex jacket after looking for weeks ...

The guys at New Enough are 1st class. Very knowledgable and informative about their products. Here is what Paul, one of the owners had to say about the jacket I bought. The jacket should be here Tuesday.

Paul's Comments: The Mesh Tex 2 jacket, now in its second generation, boasts a new windproof liner and updated styling. We've sold hundreds of these jackets for those wanting a comfortable jacket for really hot weather. The mesh material used allows the wind to blow right through, so these jackets will provide a measure of protection without cooking you in the hot summer weather. The previous version of this jacket was a Motorcycle Consumer News "Best Buy". And since this version is much the same, but with the updated styling and windproof liner, you can be sure it's a great choice. The windproof lining will extend the comfort range of a garment like this making it useful all day--even when morning temps are cool. You can start your morning ride using the liner to provide a wind break, then when the temps warm up, remove the lining and pack it away for the afternoon. Many folks have commented that they like the tighter weave of the fabric used in this design (as opposed to the looser weave found in other styles), since it has a bit more of a tailored look. We recommend this jacket with the two FirstGear mesh pant designs we offer: the Mesh Pants are a sport style (worn as pants over underwear), or the HT Air Overpants which are designed to be worn over street clothes (great for commuters). Take the "View Larger Pictures" link above for some shots of the jacket and pants as a full hot weather riding suit.

Here is a brief overview of the jacket :


Optional Core-Comp CE armor: This jacket comes with EVA Foam armor as standard in the elbows and shoulders. But you can upgrade to this energy absorbing, CE approved armor for the elbows and shoulders. Armor is sold individually (not in pairs), so be sure to get four pieces.

Rated ‘Best Buy’ in Motorcycle Consumer News, July 2002
Ballistic mesh nylon shell, totally vented for warm weather riding comfort
Perforated EVA shoulder and elbow armor with EVA foam back pad
Perforated nylon lining for maximum airflow in warm weather
Zippered hand-warmer pockets and inside wallet pocket for additional storage
Adjustable sleeve cuffs and adjustable waist ensures a comfortable fit
Includes removable windbreaker liner

These jackets also come in long sizes which is what I ordered and need which is kind of rare.
 
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FullForce said:
just wanted to say thanks for the suggestions and also I changed my mind at the last minute to a First Gear Mesh Tex jacket after looking for weeks ...

The guys at New Enough are 1st class. Very knowledgable and informative about their products. Here is what Paul, one of the owners had to say about the jacket I bought. The jacket should be here Tuesday.

Paul's Comments: The Mesh Tex 2 jacket, now in its second generation, boasts a new windproof liner and updated styling. We've sold hundreds of these jackets for those wanting a comfortable jacket for really hot weather. The mesh material used allows the wind to blow right through, so these jackets will provide a measure of protection without cooking you in the hot summer weather. The previous version of this jacket was a Motorcycle Consumer News "Best Buy". And since this version is much the same, but with the updated styling and windproof liner, you can be sure it's a great choice. The windproof lining will extend the comfort range of a garment like this making it useful all day--even when morning temps are cool. You can start your morning ride using the liner to provide a wind break, then when the temps warm up, remove the lining and pack it away for the afternoon. Many folks have commented that they like the tighter weave of the fabric used in this design (as opposed to the looser weave found in other styles), since it has a bit more of a tailored look. We recommend this jacket with the two FirstGear mesh pant designs we offer: the Mesh Pants are a sport style (worn as pants over underwear), or the HT Air Overpants which are designed to be worn over street clothes (great for commuters). Take the "View Larger Pictures" link above for some shots of the jacket and pants as a full hot weather riding suit.

Here is a brief overview of the jacket :


Optional Core-Comp CE armor: This jacket comes with EVA Foam armor as standard in the elbows and shoulders. But you can upgrade to this energy absorbing, CE approved armor for the elbows and shoulders. Armor is sold individually (not in pairs), so be sure to get four pieces.

Rated ‘Best Buy’ in Motorcycle Consumer News, July 2002
Ballistic mesh nylon shell, totally vented for warm weather riding comfort
Perforated EVA shoulder and elbow armor with EVA foam back pad
Perforated nylon lining for maximum airflow in warm weather
Zippered hand-warmer pockets and inside wallet pocket for additional storage
Adjustable sleeve cuffs and adjustable waist ensures a comfortable fit
Includes removable windbreaker liner

These jackets also come in long sizes which is what I ordered and need which is kind of rare.
BTW I ordered all black. No more yellow stuff for me because I can never find yellow gear that is as bright as my 01 929 pearl flash yellow and because black will go with every color of bike that I will have. Once again, thanks guys and I will repost once I field test it as they say.
 
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OSIRIS said:
Sure you don't want a Phoenix? I know where you can get a good deal on one :eyebrows:
I have already ordered my jacket but I may still be interested in another one if its the right size. Im gonna need a 46.
 
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