Originally Posted by yeagerda
Can anyone explain the difference between the VM jacket and one of the under $200 variants from First Gear or Joe Rocket? Joe Rocket Phoenix is also mesh and quite cool in summer, has pads and seems to be well made. The fit is a little looser than the BMW, but other than that, what's the difference, and is it worth the extra $$?
Besides looking like captain EO, I wouldn't want anyone I care about to bite the dust in a Joe Rocket Phoenix. That was my first mesh suit...and the last time I go for JR. Polyamide nylon is the big difference for me, as opposed to a relativley less abrasion resistant polyester.