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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by HoloHolo, Oct 23, 2012.
Nice info, thanks!
Really like mine. Didn't like my TLD or Darien that much at all.
TheTravers is like the Carhartt of gortex I wear mine camping and just anytime I'm working outside. Looks very normal.
I usually do 1-2 day 90% woods riding and I need the toughness/ versatility, not 18 pockets.
The armpit zips are great slow speed venation. I wear a compression suit under it for armor. Even on the street.
This one is easy. Go to rocky mountain ATV and buy the Akita desert suit. You can buy three complete suits for the price of one darien jacket. I have many miles on mine and its great, waterproof, warm or cool depending on what you need and it looks good. When I bought mine I paid 130 a piece for the pants and jacket. Now that's a great dual sport suit without going broke.
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The sleeves should be long in the store. On the bike with your arms raised and bent, and the wind pressing your chest it will be perfect. Same theory on pants, length will be long while standing, good on the bike.
IMHO, Gtex liners are a PITA. Far better to have a jacket with the Gtex built into the garment. Stop the moisture at the outside. A soaked jacket over a liner is a heavy, cold POS.
Well, good luck with what you bought. Hope it works out well for you. As a side note, put a jar/box, what have you on a shelf an just start tossing in an "extra" $10 or $20 here and there. You'd be surprised a what you'll end up with after a few months, maybe enough to get the gear you really want.
Have to agree with "Goodby Pants", stay away from Gore-tex liners in general. Don't worry about the long sleeves, looks like you have some straps on the arms to adjust the fit a bit.
Gore doesn't stop the moisture at the outside. That job is done by the durable water repellent (DWR) finish applied to the fabric. After a period of time that DWR will need to be renewed.
I've worn a Tourmaster Transition 2 the last three years. With the liner it is warm enough in spring and fall and it has a reasonably good venting system for the summer. I got wet around the neck in a rainstorm a few weeks ago from water dripping inside the collar, but in most wet situations it keeps me dry. I like all of the pockets, too.
I won a bid on ebay for a 2012 model Tourmaster Transition 3 for 40 bucks. It looks brand new to me. I've been very happy with it.
Just for reference I can vouch for FirstGears waterproof breathable jackets. I have a FG Jaunt that I have used for over a year now and it is good in the temps below 70 degrees and is comfortable without layers under it. I put layers on under it for winter commuting like today it was 31 degrees when I left the house. I was wearing three layers two thermals and a fleece + insulated jacket liner. I was warm but with more than one thermal layer the jacket gets bulky.
Anyway back to my original statement the FG waterproof breethable jackets work I have rode in three or four terrencial downpours and multiple rainy day rides. The jacket itself is waterproof so you dont need a liner and I have never had any leaks. I always stayed warm and dry. It makes riding just as enjoyable in the rain when you have nice waterproof gear.
+1 for Motorcyclegear.com (formerly known as newenough.com)
I have purchased jackets, gloves and helmets from them. If you go to their website, scroll down and look on the left side; there is a link to sign up for their mailing list. You can then receive emails (about once a week) concerning their various closeouts. I've bought more gear than I really need, but some deals are hard to resist.
Just a satisfied customer.
For someone on a budget I would go with a Firstgear Kilimanjaro. If you want a really great jacket go with the Klim Badlands Pro.