Jacket for Georgia Summers

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by dirtcrack, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. dirtcrack

    dirtcrack Adventurer

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    What are you guys in the Southeast USA wearing for jacket protection in the summer? I've been looking at the the Olympia Jackets such as the Nomad, Airglide & Moab. For those of you that have these jackets, which one flows the most air? Also interested in any other brands you would recommend. Thanks.
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  2. Wlfman

    Wlfman Long timer

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    Street riding I wear a Tourmaster Flex
    Dirt riding I wear a t-shirt with a FOX Titan body armor over it
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  3. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    I have an Olympia Airglide jacket and pants and really like them. Pretty much a 3 season outfit here in N GA. I'm good to down around mid-high 30's with the liners in.
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  4. peejman

    peejman i wanna ride

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    I have a Frank Thomas mesh jacket. I consider it disposable, ie one good street crash and it's junk. I have upgraded the the (lack of) back armor with a Rev'it SAS Tec insert.

    Here's a good article on riding when it's hot...
    <cite class="vurls">www.ironbutt.com/ibmagazine/ironbutt_1002_62-66_Hot.pdf


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  5. 4PawsHacienda

    4PawsHacienda Been here awhile

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    +1 on Olympia Airglide. Local motorcycle cops wear also.
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  6. MrTwisty

    MrTwisty Short Bus Cowboy

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    It doesn't really get that hot down here. :hide
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  7. dirtysouthjacket

    dirtysouthjacket Been here awhile

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    I have the Olympia Airglide Jacket and Pants. I got them separately from members on the forum. They feel like butter when you are wearing them. I'm not even joking. On a long ride or trip, I'll wear just a tshirt and work out shorts underneath and it feels like I'm sitting around the house wearing pjs if it weren't for the armor. I don't like to keep anything on me in pockets that is even remotely hard in case of a fall (hasn't happened on the street yet), so I don't need an "adventure" style jacket that has an insane amount of pockets on it. The only thing hard I carry is my phone, keys and garage door opener and they almost all go in my pants.

    I have the gray with 3M ScotchLite piping in the sleeves and everyone comments on how visible I am at night. I'm much more visible than my friends with the generic brand name stuff from regular motorcycle stores. I think the only thing better I've seen is a Hiviz jacket, but not just my style.

    Alternatively, even though its only a three season jacket. I wore it today with rain/wind liner and the thicker warm liner with a thick sweater and it was 28.4 at one point on my ride over a river. My body was fine, my hands/feet will get cold before my body usually. I've ridden this way for over an hour before at 31.1 and been fine. The wind liner is the more important of the two liners I've decided.

    When it gets really unbearably hot (which is always does) I go for the pants only and then a Joe Rocket Mesh Jacket. I got it for $25 used off the forum. Works great.

    I also have a pair of Fox motocross gloves that I really like. I used to wear Alpinestars SP2 guantlet style leather gloves. The motocross gloves are much cooler and I have more "feel" of the bike transmitted back to me while riding. But they are of course the bare minimum of protection.
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  8. Jnich77

    Jnich77 Been here awhile

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    Joe Rocket Mesh jacket, and I strap a set of "frogg togs" rain gear ot the seat behind me.
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  9. dirtcrack

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I was considering the Olympia Airglide and if the motorcycle cops in Georgia are wearing them, that is a great testimonial. I'm not a big fan of the big Adventure jackets either. I'm on the slim side so was trying to find more of a European style fit. There was one Dianese mesh jacket for about $200 at Revzilla but they put it on closeout so none in my size are left. May end up with the Airglide.
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  10. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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  11. HPTuner

    HPTuner Been here awhile

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    Hi-Vis Olympia Airglide here. I like it much better than the Firstgear Meshtex jacket. Armor stays put better.
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  12. b1pig

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    i operate on a spaghetti noodle budget. (thinner than a shoe string, and consumable)

    i bought a joe rocket textile jacket several years ago from a coworker that didn't like the length of the sleeves. it still felt a teensie bit short on me, but seeing as i had no jacket at all, i took it. its the joe rocket ballistic jacket. gets a little warm in the summer down here near florida, but the vent do promote good airflow. i have some tourmaster mesh pants with knee and hip pads. they have excellent ventilation qualities. the jacket has standard CE pads.... elbows, back and shoulders.

    been looking for a tourmaster mesh jacket to match my pants... but so far nothing i can afford.


    another friend of mine has a Speed & Strength mesh jacket and loved it. his had the straps on the forearm so you could really tailor the fit a little so they wouldnt slide up your arms if you go down.
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  14. SpeedyR

    SpeedyR SE in the SE

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    B1pig- what size do you wear? If it's an XXL pm me might have something for you for a deal.

    In the summer when I ride more street oriented I go with my Fieldsheer mesh. Can't remember the name and it looks like are not making it any more. It's a heavier mesh that has abrasion like leather but flows air well and is stretchy. It's like the keprotec that they use in areas on leather one piece suits.
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  15. JoeWannaB

    JoeWannaB Usually a nice guy

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    Yeah, it may get hot but its a "wet" heat. Not nearly as bad as that "dry" heat out west. :lol3

    I was lucky enough to get a Speed and Strength Mesh jacket on closeout in my size in a color I could live with. It is actually cooler than just going with a t-shirt. It is well made and has a nice fit. I think I gave about $70 shipped from MC Superstore. With the zip out liner installed, I can ride comfortably in 40 deg temps. I only mention this because spending $200+ for a mesh jacket with only a 10% increase in performance/quality is crazy in my opinion. Unless of course you have the money to burn. In that case I wear a 42 long if you're feeling generous. :lol3
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  16. dirtcrack

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    Well, I ended up with a Rev'it Tornado jacket. Good quality and build for a mesh jacket. I liked the simple, low key design of the black version, and it seems that with the liner it will handle 80% or more of our Georgia climate. It was more $ than I wanted to spend but should last for a while. I'll give a review after I've worn it long enough to put it through the paces in cold and hot weather.
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  17. smithpa68

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    I use an Olympia Switchback jacket. It works pretty well. I had a Kilimanjaro for winter so I did not go air glide. It flows nice. When it is really hot I can feel the back armor get my back sweating. Otherwise I am happy with it. Not sure if any other jacket with back armor would be different in the GA heat and humidity.


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  18. smithpa68

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    Fyi.. updated experience with this jacket from today.

    Riding with a Switchback jacket and Airglide pants. Warm and sunny is great. No issues. I think the velcro is a bit annoying on the jacket. I seem to keep findiung the arm velco and wrist velco open during the day. Not sure how most of the time. haha.


    Waterproof liners. First time in heavy rain today. Results were not great. Left side of my stomach was damp. Crotch and seat were damp. Not soaking wet.. but surely not dry either. Granted it was RAINING hard. But not for that long. Maybe 15 minutes three separate times. Also, I was riding my FJR 1300 with a nice big Rifle windscreen. Disappointed in the waterproof performance. Good enough for summer. But I will reconsider wearing it in the fall with base layers.


    Light rains and mist never had an issue with this kit. My First Gear Kilamanjaro jacket and pants have been in heavy rains for a longer time period and was completely dry. But it is too hot for Georgia summer weather when it gets into the 90s.
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  19. Mossy_Crk

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    Thanks for the update. Hard to get long term reviews of stuff like that. I used to ride around Savannah then trips to Cumming and Gainesville in the old Kilimanjaro Air. What a great jacked that thing was. One of the best mesh I ever wore. I assume it was d/c because it just didn't sell enough units. One of these days I need to let it go as I haven't worn it in years. Similarly, the 'waterproof' liner wasn't all that effective. Like an Army poncho, it might have kept rain off you, but it was so hot you were getting more wet from sweat than from the rain. I really think it was a 1-1.5 season jacket.
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  20. smithpa68

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    I wrote Olympia about it. They recommended coating the liner with 3M Scotchguard Outdoor Water Shield. I will give that a try. Next rain, I will update y'all.
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