Best Dual Sport Jackets?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Canam44, Mar 31, 2006.

  1. Canam44

    Canam44 Northern Exposure

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    Can anyone recommend their favorite company and/or jacket for adventure riding/touring? Most durable, windproof, waterproof, protective, etc.

    Is Belstaff any good? I would love to hear as many different companies as possible.
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  2. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    I like my Joe Rocket jackets, I have a Santa Fe mesh jacket and two ballistic jackets

    I bought all three on ebay, 2 for $85 a piece (shipped) and one for $95 (shipped)

    I recently washed my blue one with Nikwax waterproofer, what a difference that makes. I was bone dry on my ride to work today.

    With my Kanetsu vest aired up under the Joe Rocket Ballistic I'm good down to the lower 30's without even plugging it in

    I may try a First Gear jacket next. I have the First Gear HT overpants and love how well they perform.

    I'd also like to get a Darien but they seem to go for much more than I want to spend on ebay
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  3. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    BMW Savannah II Jacket is my favorite all around jacket and I own a closet full of jackets.

    With Gotex liner in it is waterproof. With it out and all vents open, it is comfortable into the mid 80's and bearable at 90+ as long as you are moving.

    With a fleece jacket underneath, comfortable down to the 50's and with electric vest it is comfortable downt o teh temps that I will ride in, mid 40's.

    Good protection from standard armour. Lots of reflective stripes for night riding. Pockets galore for stuff. Good looking too!

    Just my highly opinionated $0.02 worth.

    Rick G
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  4. Beamklamp

    Beamklamp Piston Posole

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    Still like my 1st Gear Kilamanjaro
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  5. Threeflys

    Threeflys Eternal newbie

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    I hear good things about the Belstaff stuff, they are developed in the UK where it rains ALL the time so...

    I personally have a Hein Gericke Timbuktu 3/4 jacket I picked up for $299 (hear they are around $250 now), I really like it. The zip out liner is really warm and I haven't had a problem with water leaking in. Cooling is THAT bad, it could flow a little more air in summer in California!

    If I could find a Savannah2 jacket at a good price, I'd pick one up in heartbeat! I hear great things about them, I just could pony up the money it takes to buy the jacket AND liner! Oh well, maybe one day I'll find a slightly used one!:D

    My only advice is find one with good armour and skid resistance. I do have a pair of Rev It pants that are REALLY nice, I think I'll look closely at their jackets next time I need one.
    YMMV,
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  6. BlackHoof

    BlackHoof REMF

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    I'm on my second Darien, this one is SEE-MEE yeller! Best of all, I live
    near the Temple of Correctness, & can get a 10% for driving in.
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  7. bitterjoe

    bitterjoe killing the fatted calf

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    +1 and my HT pants. Both keep my nice and toasty up in New England. With zip-out liners they are perfect year round.
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  8. Slim Dave

    Slim Dave Long timer

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    Anyone know about the Kilimanjaro Air? I'm looking for something a little cooler in summer than a Darien.
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  9. Slim Dave

    Slim Dave Long timer

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    Cancel that .. did a search.

    Doesn't look too robust. Is there a hot weather jacket with decent armor out there?
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  10. Motoriley

    Motoriley Even my posing is virtual

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    Darien. Almost 90,000kms on the one I have now and still rolling. Like most things opinions vary. Some don't like the style or collar on the stich. They are stiff when new. I like they way they are built, nice zip in liner and/or vest available, electric options as well, thick material. You can get it repaired. Some buds have bought other brands and I find that they seem to look like rags after a while. Consider a Darien light if you want less break in time.
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  11. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    +1 Savanna 2

    My second favorite is the Hein Gericke Timbuktu.
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  12. GollyGwiz

    GollyGwiz Been here awhile

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    I picked up an Olympia AST before my Mexico trip and really like it alot. Lived in it for two weeks and temps ranged from low 30's to mid 90's and jacket handled the range very well. Venting is superb, better than any other non-mesh 3/4 jacket I've found. I'm thinking it will handle the Texas heat in the summer as long as I'm moving. Quality and construction is very good, I would seriously check it out. Was really wanting to get the Olympia Bushwacker, mesh jacket, but comparing the two side by side, the AST is substantially more robust and looks like it will take a get off much better. The Bushwacker just felt too flimsy.

    Had to go with the hi-viz yellow too, being the geek that I am... Between this jacket and my 520 PIAAs blazing down the road, if you don't see me coming you are a jackass.

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  13. justJeff

    justJeff Banned

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    Check out the Moose Expedition and Moose Monarch Pass jackets. They're waterproof, tough material, good venting, and waterproof.
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  14. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Wannabe Adventure Tourer

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    +1 for the Joe Rocket Ballistic. I got my from NewEnough. Fits me well and I'm hard to fit (6'4", 225lbs, 37" waist, 48" chest, 37" sleeve).
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  15. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Long timer

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    I bought a Rev'It Cayenne about two months ago. I went to my dealer with the intent on purchasing something from the BMW line. My dealer asked if I had seen the Rev'It Cayenne. He told me he honestly thought it was the best jacket they carried and they carry more than half a dozen brands. I looked at it and was impressed with it's many features. It has been comfortable for me down to 20f degrees. I have not use it in warm weather yet. It's another option and you can read a detailed review about it here.
    http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/revit/revit-cayenne-jacket.htm
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  16. Johnny Dakar

    Johnny Dakar Fuckin' Smartass

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    Love my Rallye 2s!
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  17. Artboy57

    Artboy57 Slave to THE MOUSE

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    Some dealers may still have Savannah 2s , they were marked down to $299 and well worth it. Don't bother with the liner, just fleece under. And of course ,it never rains in Southern California!:wink:
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  18. BtoV

    BtoV FNG

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    OK, here is my input since I have a Belstaff Discovery jacket and it seems like very few use Belstaff. I've had it for about three months and it is pretty stiff, I hope it breaks in after a while. Ridden in the rain and it is quite water proof. It also seems to have good protection as far as pads and the material is substantial, hence the stiff part. I'm sure some other brands are as good or better, the reason I purchased Belstaff as I have used their clothing before and this town sucks as far as having a decent supply of dual sport riding apparel.
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  19. rockt

    rockt Long timer

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    I've got a Discovery. Excellent gear, but wait 'til it gets hot out. You will melt in that thing.
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  20. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    I've got a Belstaff Odyssey. It's very warm in winter. In summer it is a real sweat hog, no ventilation at all. And another thing that cheeses me off, you can't put it in a washing machine, all you can do is rub it down with a bar of soap and garden hose it to clean. Something to remember when buying a jacket.
    Ciao, Steve G.
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