Re: Alternative Riding Jacket to Aerostich?
[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by R100RS [/i]
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The one truth I've found in my years of motorcycling is there is not one of anything that does it all, bikes, gloves, pants and yesÔÇª.that includes jackets.
If yur only get'n one jacket...it's gonna be a compromise. If itÔÇÖs good in summer, it is not so good in winter. If it is good in winter you will sweat in the hot summers.
Figure out what end of the spectrum you are willing to give up. For me I have a couple of jackets. Kilimanjaro for late fall, winter, early spring. I also have a Vanson Falcon vented synthetic jacketÔÇªvery nice in summer heat yet still gives excellent protection.
If I could only have one, I would go for the Kilimanjaro ÔÇÿcause it covers more of the spectrum than others like Roadcrafter or Darian. They donÔÇÖt vent like the Kilimanjaro.
The weakness of the Kilimanjaro is two fold. Vents are difficult to use. Forget opening the 2 front vents and two arm vents when on the bike. You have to stop, take the jacket off and futz with the Velcro to do it. On the plus side, they vent very well. Second problem is the outer material is rather lightweight. Be careful in off road get offs or when tinkering with yur bike on the side of the roadÔÇªthe material melts /tears easy.
re: One more thing about Aerostich
They are made right here in the USA by people working for the same company that sells them. You can only buy them from the manufacturer, not at a rally or thru a dealer. I'm not sure any other jacket can say that. Therefore, when you need alterations or repairs it gets done by the same folks who made it. That means alot to me.