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Old 01-12-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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Best 3-4 season jacket under $600 for Florida commuter

Hi Inmates - I've been hunting for a new jacket since September and haven't been able to pull the trigger. Originally had my eye on the Rukka Armax, or Spidi's Ergo 365 Pro, but in the end, I couldn't justify shelling out for a jacket that costs more than most high quality jackets+pants+Sidi Adventure Gore-tex boots. Now I'm looking for a 3-4 season textile that would be suitable for Florida commuting, which means heat, humidity, and rain. I have been looking at jackets in the Dainese Bruce Gore-tex/Spidi Marathon vein. Needs to be durable, well made, and preferably available in a tall cut. I'm 6'2", 175lbs, so euro-cut is fine for me. I've been doing so much reading and research, that I have completely spun myself out and landed in a state of total indecision.

Hoping to get your experiences/opinions with gear in hot and humid environs. I tried an half hour of searches, but didn't stumble upon a direct answer to my question. Apologies if this specific set of criteria has been discussed ad nauseum.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:20 AM   #2
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You don't say what part of Florida. Pensacola is a lot different that Miami. Otherwise I would suggest something like a Joe Rockett mesh. Just keep the liner handy.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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Have you considered the Rukka Airob? Bikerland has it on closeout for a good price.

I'm about your size...6'1, 175 lbs, and I have the Airvision. It's a discontinued model, but made of Cordura AFT which is highly breathable in the summer, and very warm with the liner.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:53 AM   #4
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Have you considered the Rukka Airob? Bikerland has it on closeout for a good price.

I'm about your size...6'1, 175 lbs, and I have the Airvision. It's a discontinued model, but made of Cordura AFT which is highly breathable in the summer, and very warm with the liner.
+1 for the Airvision. The relpacement is the Airway which would be prfect but it isn't $600. the AFT cordura is the way to go though. Feels a 1000 times more secure than mesh and breathes just the same.

Avoid gorex or any other breathable membrane that is not removable or is built into the shell. It's just to hot in high humidity
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:21 PM   #5
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http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/o...-x-moto-jacket

Love mine,handles SW and west coast heat and cold very well
Rain and thermal liners are removable,so it breathes/vents nearly as well as an all mesh jacket when all the panels and vents are opened,
don't think that I have even opened them all,even in 100 degree weather.
Very weather/rainproof when all buttoned up.
I have the grey/hi viz version.

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:17 PM   #6
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Thanks for the great suggestions! I'm in the Tampa Bay area, spend most of my time in Pinellas and Pasco counties. I try to use side streets and avoid traffic, but every once in a while I get stuck. Right now, it couldn't be better riding weather, but I'm already dreading August. Not sure there is a jacket/pants combo on this Earth that would work well in 95*F, 100% humidity. :)

Surprised at all the features in the Olympia, but I have to admit that the Rukka Airway has me thinking expensive thoughts right now! Is RevZilla the only shop able to get their hands on Rukka gear? I know they're good people, but I hate paying MSRP for anything. The Airob looks like a nice option, but I'm worried about return shipping. Been reading the boards for a while, and I know bikerland has a great reputation, but I'm still iffy about the logistics involved with ordering from Europe.

I have even MORE options to consider now! haha One thing that keeps me coming back to Rukka is the jacket style. I have a 1098S along with the Multi, so their sport-ish designs have always seemed more appealing to me. Thanks for the suggestions all, definitely giving me a lot to think about.

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Old 01-12-2013, 02:52 PM   #7
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I have even MORE options to consider now! haha One thing that keeps me coming back to Rukka is the jacket style. I have a 1098S along with the Multi, so their sport-ish designs have always seemed more appealing to me. Thanks for the suggestions all, definitely giving me a lot to think about.
Don't settle for something else to save a few bucks and live with the regret later unless you are a young broke college student. But, with the bikes in the garage I suspect that is not the case.

If you like the Rukka go with that unless you find something you like better. Saving a few bucks should rank pretty low on the list of whats important.
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:56 PM   #8
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Have you looked at the Dainese Teren D-Dry?
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:22 PM   #9
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http://olympiamotosports.com/catalog...sition-jacket/

This is the more sport/touring version of the Xmoto jacket.

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Old 01-12-2013, 07:49 PM   #10
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[quote=milzispete;20465754avoid gortex or any other breathable membrane that is not removable or is built into the shell. It's just to hot in high humidity[/quote]

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Old 01-12-2013, 09:56 PM   #11
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Olympia Air. Waterproof insulated liner. Had mine since 2006. Easy on the wallet compared to the Rukkas and Klims.
Revit also has a few jackets that supposedly breath really well.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:49 PM   #12
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Look at this.

http://britishmotorcyclegear.com/Jackets.asp
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:16 PM   #13
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I moved from Tallahassee out here to the Wrong Coast last year. After living in the Tallahassee area for 38 of my 46 years, I know the humidity down there very well. A couple of years before I moved, I got my Motoport Air Mesh Kevlar jacket and pants.

http://www.motoport.com/index.php?op...d=27&Itemid=15

The jacket lists for $450 (without the liner), so it's in your price range. And, it's custom made to your measurements, so fit should be perfect.

IMO, the Motoport air mesh Kevlar gear is the ONLY gear that is worth wearing* in those FL conditions. You can go with their Aerotex waterproof/breathable liners, if you want, for when it's raining. Mine do work well and, I think, breathe better than any other gear I've seen. But, it's expensive compared to just buying some Frogg Toggz to put on over your suit when you need to.

In FL, I don't think there is ANY way to ride in the summer, in the rain, and not arrive either wet from rain or wet from sweat. But, I think the MP air mesh with the Aerotex liner is probably going to get you there the dryest (no rain, and the least sweating) of all your available options.



* Okay, I'm not saying if you don't have MP gear you should just wear nothing. I'm just saying that leather or a jacket/suit like a Roadcrafter is just too hot. And anything less protective than the MP gear, leather, or a Roadcrafter is not sufficient protection. I.e. I personally will not ride with less protection than at least what a Roadcrafter gives.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:24 AM   #14
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Teiz Sahara, perforated cordura, super fabric, and sastech armor. Combine that with a paclite goretex shell that can be had on eBay under 100 rather easily and your golden. A water proof liner will boil you in fl humidity if you can't remove it. If it is raining its a pain to put a liner on easier to throw a water proof shell over your jacket.

store.teizms.com/sahara

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Old 01-15-2013, 04:12 AM   #15
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I live in a climate similar to he OP and am very happy with an Olympia Air Glide 3. GH
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