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    jacket for late summer/fall

    This is only my second post, having posted once before with regard to the MSF's BRC course- which I took about a month ago.

    With a view to comfortable and safe riding apparel, I wanted a few recommendations on a jacket for late summer/fall (in AL). I have a leather jacket/pants, but believe right now I need something more than a long-sleeved shirt for protection.

    I've only been riding for about a week (no... I didn't purchase a BMW, but three days ago I did purcase a used Honda Shadow 600 from my local dealer). All of you on this forum have been so supportive of my entry into this wonderful sport, though, so I was hoping to get your input on a reasonably priced jacket.

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    The only jacket I own is a Joe Rocket "Ballistic". Non-leather with a zip out lining. It has armor on the elbows and shoulders. I got it a slightly oversized so I could wear multiple layers in the colder weather, and in the warm weather I can un-zip it slightly for air circulation. There are lots of similar types of jackets available. Some have zippered vents for air flow.

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    Thanks... I'll check out their website. I appreciate your response.

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    I have the BMW AeroFlow 1 Suit and am pretty happy with it. What I like about it is that the material is designed to break up the wind so that windburn does not occur.
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    Mesh Jacket

    I got a FirstGear Mesh-Tex from www.newenough.com at a close out price. Fits very well, and is very comfortable in the summer weather.

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    Re: Mesh Jacket

    Originally posted by Spider
    I got a FirstGear Mesh-Tex from www.newenough.com at a close out price. Fits very well, and is very comfortable in the summer weather.
    Thats what I got, too! Great jacket at a great price. I had a Spidi Net which I returned and ate a 20% restock - I hated it so much.

    Only thing is mesh jackets are good only over 75 deg or so. I find in the evening I'm chilled a bit when the sun sets.

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    I looked at the First Gear mesh jackets on line, but they don't appear to carry an extra small, so I've emailed the company to clarify that. The Joe Rockets, however, do come in an extra small- and there are a couple of those on ebay. Would you recommend purchasing one that way?

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    The risky thing about buying a jacket on line is not getting to try it on. I bought a Motodress leather jacket from a private party on e-bay a few years ago, and when it arrived it was too short in the back. I bought my Ballistic from an individual who had posted on IBMWR and it has worked out very well. The most important thing is to get detailed measurements for the garment and try to match it to your measurements as best as you can. Bottom line, it can save you a big pile of cash, but you have to do your homework.

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    Good advice - you're right, not being able to try it on is a huge drawback. Not to sound ignorant, but what is IBMWR?

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    Thanks, Brad.

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    Re: Re: Mesh Jacket

    Originally posted by MarkF


    Only thing is mesh jackets are good only over 75 deg or so. I find in the evening I'm chilled a bit when the sun sets.

    MarkF
    The zip out lining helps somewhat. I took a ride up to Mt. Mitchell a couple of weeks ago. Temp above 5,000 was in high 50s, low 60s, and I wasn't real uncomfortable for the short time I was riding. If I had been riding very long in those temps, I would switch to my leathers.

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    Re: Re: Mesh Jacket

    Originally posted by MarkF

    Only thing is mesh jackets are good only over 75 deg or so. I find in the evening I'm chilled a bit when the sun sets.

    MarkF
    Yep, gotta agree with that comment, but boy, are they nice when it is 95 degrees out. I have worn leather all my life, but bought the First Gear Mesh Tex II at the rally. I can't believe the difference. I always wondered how those guys rode all bundled up when it was so ungodly hot. I'm learning.

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    Originally posted by Usedtopilot
    I looked at the First Gear mesh jackets on line, but they don't appear to carry an extra small, so I've emailed the company to clarify that. The Joe Rockets, however, do come in an extra small- and there are a couple of those on ebay. Would you recommend purchasing one that way?
    Hey Usedtopilot: check out this link, www.she-rides.com
    Judy is very nice and she knows her stuff! I'm sure she can help you in your decision.

    Some more advice (like you want more advice right?): you will find that many motorcycle apparel manufacturers fail in tailoring to women (although some are beginning to understand women ride and want to be treated as such). Be careful what you order online and try to find a local dealer who has stuff to try on. It will always be helpful to fit it first and order it secondly.

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    Actually.... I appreciate any advice from this great group. I checked out the website - very nice. I've emailed about the XS sizes. Thanks for your input!!

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