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Old 11-12-2009, 06:26 AM   #1
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Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano - any info out there?

Hey guys,

All I've been able to find here is mostly bickering about JR's poor quality. I own some JR stuff, Aerostich and Klim gear and have to say that the quality of each is quite comparible.

What's unfortunate for me is that the new JR stuff isnt coming to Canada... The US and Canadian JR companies are completely independant of one another. So, I'm having a hard time bringing myself to spend $700+ on the new JR Dry Tech Nano stuff without seeing it and trying it on, or at least seeing a review here.

There just doesnt seem to be any reviews out there. I've gotten a bit of info through emails with JR USA directly. I do know that its just an outer shell, no liner material like 99% of the waterproof/breathable gear out there. That means much less bulk and weight and better comfort. Also, that means any vents hit you directly, not flow b/w the shell and a liner. I've found that this ends up keeping a guy cooler than mesh in some situations.

For instance, my 'stich RC 1 piece is cooler in most situations than my mesh jacket as it funnels the air around my body, across my back and out the rear vent. The mesh on the other hand, wind hits my chest and my back is left sweltering in the low pressure zone with no air flow.

Anyways, I was hoping someone would post their impressions of this gear as well as some detailed pics.

Thanks a bunch,

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Old 11-12-2009, 07:40 AM   #2
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:24 AM   #3
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Visited the local Joe Rocket retailer in West. Kentucky on Tuesday and
they don't have the Nano Gear yet.
Maybe Web Bike World will do a review.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:50 PM   #4
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Talked to JR and I guess they dont have them yet....
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:23 AM   #5
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Nano Gear in stock

I finally got my Nano jackets after having had the pants on the rack for nearly 2 months. I have not test ridden in the jacket yet, I will give a full report after my first ride. Overall fit and finish seem solid so far.
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:45 AM   #6
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Would you be so kind as to post some pics? Preferably inside and out. How does it fit? On the large or small side? I'm right on the fence b/w L and XL.

Thanks in advance

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Old 12-31-2009, 01:13 PM   #7
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Well, they arrived today so here is my quick initial review.

Here they are after unboxing:



I'm about 5'11" and 205 lb-ish. I normally wear an XL and the JR XL fits me perfectly. The one pleasant surprise is that the sleeves are nice and long. I normally take a long or tall in a jacket due to my arm length but this jacket is perfect for me.



From the back (the definition of Fugly):



Here's a shot from the front with the outer shell open and the "Big Air" mesh done up. It's an interesting concept and I think it'll work very well. When you do up the jacket there are 3 zippers: 1, the waterproof layer 2, the mesh and 3, the outer shell. When you open the outer shell for venting the jacket opens up slightly providing a loose fit so the air can move through the jacket. With the rear zippers open it should provide for fantastic airflow.



And the waterproof "flap" dealeo:



Here it is with the liner in. It fits in very nicely and adds a minimum amount of bulk to the jacket. Interestingly, they have a slit in the liner so that you can still access the inside chest pocket. Good thinking.



The arms of the liner velcro to the inside of the shell. I've had JR jackets in the past that use this method and its my favorite to date.



And here's the jacket w/o the liner. You can see the powder cuff. I never use them so I may actually remove it.



To me, the jacket/glove transition is one of the most important aspects of a jacket. I have to say that it's one of the best features of the Aerostich Roadcrafter gear. Well, this is simply a copy of the stich and works very well with the gauntlet internal or external. The reason this is so important to me is that on my VFR my hands are low so I roll with gauntlets internal to keep the rain out. On th XRR (soon to be 950A) my hands are high so I go with external gauntlets. I actually find this jacket to be more better than the stich because the material is less stiff.

External:





Internal:





As an aside, those BMW Prosummer gloves are the best thing ever. 100% waterproof, the liner never moves even when removing the sweatiest of hands. Little hot in the warmer times of the year but thats why I have a glove fetish I guess, no one glove does it all.

Finally I'll comment on the straps that allow you to form fit the jacket. I think this is one of the best features I've seen in a jacket. You can maintain a form fitting jacket regardless of what you have underneath it. Our weather here can change a lot during the day. I quite often leave my house in the early morning (6 am) and it'll be 3-5 degrees C (~38 F) and come home in the afternoon in 30 C (~90 F). That means I go from a fleece (or liner in this case) and a heated vest in the morning to just my wool undershirt in the afternoon. This jacket allows you to easily maintain a safe and comfortable fit throughout the day with just a quick adjustment.



Here's a shot of one of the rear vents open:



So, as you can probably tell, I'm very impressed with the features of the jacket, especially at 1/4 of the price of a comparably featured BMW jacket.

Another VERY big plus with this jacket is that due to the large about of size adjustment available, I can actually remove the pads from the jacket and then fit my pressure suit underneath it comfortably! This is huge for me as my riding ranges from tight steep single track on the XRR to sport touring on the VFR. This seems like it'll be the jacket thats able to do both as well as everything in between.

I guess we'll see when I next get a chance to ride!

Pants review will follow, gotta go build some bacon wrapped, cream cheese stuffed jalapeños for tonight!

Cheers,

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Old 12-31-2009, 07:13 PM   #8
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Wesley J, thanks for the review and pics. First I've seen of this gear, and it looks like another good option for us atgatt riders.

Maybe when you review the pants you can comment on the standard armor for each piece (qlty., placement, adjustability, etc...).
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Old 01-01-2010, 10:17 AM   #9
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First I'll have to say I'm not knowledgeable in armor. Below is the information sheet that came along with the jacket.





And a shot of the elbow armor:



I can say that I really like how the armor is fitted to the jacket. Rather than being inside the jacket in a fabric bag, it's on the outside shell, inside a more durable fabric.

As you can see here the armor is adjustable by moving it to the different pocket.





The adjustment straps work very well and have a lot of range, unlike any of my other JR jackets that were always too tight on even the loosest setting.



I have to say I'm sold on the Nano Fibre technology. Here's a shot of the propoganda:



After seeing the shot of the air flow through the fabric, I went and put my mouth against the fabric and blew. I could feel the air come through on the backside. I then went and tried it on my other GoreTex based jackets and did not have the same effect.

I'll try to do the same review of the pants but they're too big and I'm sending them in for a L so I wont be able to comment on fit.

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Old 01-02-2010, 10:12 PM   #10
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Just bought one of these jackets myself. Seems like pretty good value as long as the nano waterproofing works as advertised. Thanks for taking the time to post your review Wesley, it really helped me decide to get it.
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Old 01-03-2010, 01:15 PM   #11
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I guess I'm a bit confused..looks like a good jacket..outside of the Rocket billboard on the back..lots of good features..but it's a 500.00 Joe Rocket Jacket..lots of money for a Jacket from a company with a track record for cheap and low quality products....I'll have to see/feel one in person..nice review though..keep us posted on your road evaluations.. thanks
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:52 AM   #12
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Just got this jacket and it's awesome. I rode to work in 40 degrees and a t shirt. This jacket is super warm and has lots of utility value. I've owned many jackets and this is my second best ever. Highly recommended
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:59 AM   #13
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so far nobody said it was waterproof
and nobody commented on the pants?
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:42 AM   #14
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I think it has been deeply discounted due to the fact that they can no longer claim that it is waterproof. They can only claim water resistant. I live out in Arizona though and I'm only concerned with the cold during the winter. It's been great so far.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:18 PM   #15
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I think it has been deeply discounted due to the fact that they can no longer claim that it is waterproof. They can only claim water resistant. I live out in Arizona though and I'm only concerned with the cold during the winter. It's been great so far.
Not true. JR is now making the Survivor suit with the Nano material that has replaced the pants and jacket in the lineup. I just ordered one so I will see how it is. I have used JR stuff in the past and was always happy with it. In the last few years their stuff is as good as anything out there.

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