Adventure jacket...that doesn't look like one?

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  1. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

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    Want an adventure jacket for our 3 month trip in South America that can be used as a casual jacket as well. So do not want the RTW-BMW-Stormtrooper look. As read somewhere (here?), if you look like a Marsian, you'll be treated as an Marsian :D

    Still want a jacket that work well in all conditions from warm to cold and wet. But plan on using layers under and rain suit for heavy rain so don't need it to be 100% wp. Also plan on using protection jacket so armor not important and can ride without jacket in really hot conditions.

    Have look at a few oil skin options and think they are very cool...but some models are maybe a bit too much Che Guevara wannabe? Will use modern helmet and new bike (KLR650?) so don't want the style to clash too much.

    You get the point...any suggestions ?
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  2. dragos

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  3. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

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  4. pingvin

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    birdie_xx Been here awhile

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  6. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    I was going to point you at BMG as well...but that SPIDI is as good looking as anything they sell..plus it has a waterproof barrier layer.. pretty cool jacket.
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  8. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    If you're going to South America, you may not want a jacket with built in waterproofing.

    No matter what they say about waterproof fabrics, they still don't allow body water vapor to pass through as well as regular fabric, and always feel a little clammy in hot weather.

    Water resistant, yeah, water proof, no.

    Have a great trip!
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    Maybe you should just take the bus to the fashion show..............:freaky
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  10. pingvin

    pingvin Been here awhile

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    Yes, agree though some mebranes are much better than others. Not sure what temperaures will experience, guess can be cold in Andes but very hot at lower altitudes. This jacket from Spidi flows a lot of air and can be used both alone (abrasion resistant materials) or under a jacket similar to a pressure suit: http://www.spidi.com/eu/eu_en/textile-motorcycle-jackets/multitech-armor.html

    Actually could be good idea combining the 2 Spidi jackets as think chest and back protectors (and possibly shoulder elbow) are the same so can combine according to needs, very flexible solution covering all sorts of weather.
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  11. sinuhexavier

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    I second Aether... I just rode 500 miles through the Mojave in the Canyon jacket and encountered temps from 25*-70* with rain, wind and even some hail and was super impressed with how warm and dry I stayed. There was absoulutely no wind or water penetration when I was all zipped up.

    And I didn't look like a storm trooper...
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  12. Spidi - on track

    Spidi - on track Been here awhile

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  14. Spidi - on track

    Spidi - on track Been here awhile

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  15. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    Wow, at just $849 US dollars for one for big boys

    Makes Aerostich seem like a bargain. :deal

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    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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  17. palada

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    Both this and the Aether Canyon look great, but $750 & $850 are a little over the top. Are they at least made in USA/Italy?

    That looks like a great option, and the price is a little better too. I've been looking for a less MC-specific style myself and I'll be keeping the Rev'it in mind.
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  18. oalvarez

    oalvarez Resident Raggamuffin

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    Nice....liking those Aether jackets....simple in form.
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  19. Spidi - on track

    Spidi - on track Been here awhile

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    Hi palada,

    to answer to your question, the Spidi Worker Wax is made in our factory in Romania. All protectors are made in Italy at our own Spidi facilities (north east Italy) and fabric, as explained, comes from Scotland.
    Spidi has in collection several textile jackets around 700-800$, one example is the Spidi Motocombat Wax scooter "field-jacket" at 850 $:

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    I believe that's a correct price when you're looking for a jacket lasting for many years keeping the main features of safety, comfort and functionality. Our top of the range (Spidi Ergo 365 Pro Expedition) is 1400 $ and from what I know the production is never enough, we have a lot of loyal customers coming back after ten years and their second Ergo (first Ergo is dated 1998). So: price is not an issue when value for money is correct.
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    Thank you for your attention,

    Matteo De Vito
    Spidi Marketing Dept
    Vicenza - Italy
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  20. ipetter

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    I'm in the market for something similar myself, and the Spidi is incredible looking. But sadly too expensive for my taste, as is the Belstaff jackets as well. I need something cheaper in a similar style, that'll work from 10-30 degrees celcius. The answer I have found is the Tucano Urbano Trip jacket... Review http://www.webbikeworld.com/r5/tucano-urbano-trip-jacket/review.htm

    Just have to decide on the color. Brown or black? Hmmmm....
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