Joe Rocket Dry Tech Nano - any info out there?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Wesley J, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Wesley J

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    Hey guys,

    All I've been able to find here is mostly bickering about JR's poor quality. I own some JR stuff, Aerostich and Klim gear and have to say that the quality of each is quite comparible.

    What's unfortunate for me is that the new JR stuff isnt coming to Canada... The US and Canadian JR companies are completely independant of one another. So, I'm having a hard time bringing myself to spend $700+ on the new JR Dry Tech Nano stuff without seeing it and trying it on, or at least seeing a review here.

    There just doesnt seem to be any reviews out there. I've gotten a bit of info through emails with JR USA directly. I do know that its just an outer shell, no liner material like 99% of the waterproof/breathable gear out there. That means much less bulk and weight and better comfort. Also, that means any vents hit you directly, not flow b/w the shell and a liner. I've found that this ends up keeping a guy cooler than mesh in some situations.

    For instance, my 'stich RC 1 piece is cooler in most situations than my mesh jacket as it funnels the air around my body, across my back and out the rear vent. The mesh on the other hand, wind hits my chest and my back is left sweltering in the low pressure zone with no air flow.

    Anyways, I was hoping someone would post their impressions of this gear as well as some detailed pics.

    Thanks a bunch,

    Wes
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  2. Wesley J

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  3. BushWacker Rob

    BushWacker Rob BushWacker

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    Visited the local Joe Rocket retailer in West. Kentucky on Tuesday and
    they don't have the Nano Gear yet.
    Maybe Web Bike World will do a review.
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  4. Wesley J

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    Talked to JR and I guess they dont have them yet....
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  5. Hondaboy

    Hondaboy Been here awhile

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    I finally got my Nano jackets after having had the pants on the rack for nearly 2 months. I have not test ridden in the jacket yet, I will give a full report after my first ride. Overall fit and finish seem solid so far.
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  6. Wesley J

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    Would you be so kind as to post some pics? Preferably inside and out. How does it fit? On the large or small side? I'm right on the fence b/w L and XL.

    Thanks in advance

    Wes
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  7. Wesley J

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    Well, it looks like there is actually stock out there now. I'm waiting to hear back from a place on shipping then I'm going to order.

    Has anyone bought from Speedfeenz.com? They seem to have the best prices but only slightly better than NewEnough.com.

    Wes
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  8. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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    If that is the case, I would go for NewEnough --excellent customer service (and 1$ of your purchase can go towards a webbikeworld review).
    Can't for you to get this jacket so we can get the review straight from you.
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  9. Wesley J

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    Ya, I'm leaning towards NewEnough but if I actually get free shipping from the other place it'll end up about 10% cheaper... Thats quite a bit of beer. That being said, because I cant try the stuff on first, customer service is pretty important.

    Wes
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  10. Wesley J

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    Still no info out there.... Still waiting.....
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  11. mcbagpiper

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    Hey

    I ordered the jacket last week and it shipped on Monday so should be here shortly. I'll post up a review when it arrives. Obviously it won't be a riding review since we're sitting at a balmy -29C with the wind this morning! :D

    The real bonus was finding an online vendor in Canada, so no customs crap!
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  12. Wesley J

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    You found it in Canukistan? Linkage please!!!!!

    Nice to see Ottawa is as cold as here....

    Wes

    Oh ya, welcome to the asylum!
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    Yikes, they must've messed up the price. Ordered a set last night! Thanks for the tip!!!

    Wes
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    Rippin' deal for you canucks! :clap Not so much for us 'mericans though.
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  17. mcbagpiper

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    Yes, it arrived at the office, but I'm off until next week so I'll have to report in a few days!:D
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  18. Wesley J

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    Mine should be here in a day or 2, they shipped on the 22nd....
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  19. Wesley J

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    Well, they arrived today so here is my quick initial review.

    Here they are after unboxing:

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    I'm about 5'11" and 205 lb-ish. I normally wear an XL and the JR XL fits me perfectly. The one pleasant surprise is that the sleeves are nice and long. I normally take a long or tall in a jacket due to my arm length but this jacket is perfect for me.

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    From the back (the definition of Fugly):

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    Here's a shot from the front with the outer shell open and the "Big Air" mesh done up. It's an interesting concept and I think it'll work very well. When you do up the jacket there are 3 zippers: 1, the waterproof layer 2, the mesh and 3, the outer shell. When you open the outer shell for venting the jacket opens up slightly providing a loose fit so the air can move through the jacket. With the rear zippers open it should provide for fantastic airflow.

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    And the waterproof "flap" dealeo:

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    Here it is with the liner in. It fits in very nicely and adds a minimum amount of bulk to the jacket. Interestingly, they have a slit in the liner so that you can still access the inside chest pocket. Good thinking.

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    The arms of the liner velcro to the inside of the shell. I've had JR jackets in the past that use this method and its my favorite to date.

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    And here's the jacket w/o the liner. You can see the powder cuff. I never use them so I may actually remove it.

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    To me, the jacket/glove transition is one of the most important aspects of a jacket. I have to say that it's one of the best features of the Aerostich Roadcrafter gear. Well, this is simply a copy of the stich and works very well with the gauntlet internal or external. The reason this is so important to me is that on my VFR my hands are low so I roll with gauntlets internal to keep the rain out. On th XRR (soon to be 950A) my hands are high so I go with external gauntlets. I actually find this jacket to be more better than the stich because the material is less stiff.

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    Internal:

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    As an aside, those BMW Prosummer gloves are the best thing ever. 100% waterproof, the liner never moves even when removing the sweatiest of hands. Little hot in the warmer times of the year but thats why I have a glove fetish I guess, no one glove does it all.

    Finally I'll comment on the straps that allow you to form fit the jacket. I think this is one of the best features I've seen in a jacket. You can maintain a form fitting jacket regardless of what you have underneath it. Our weather here can change a lot during the day. I quite often leave my house in the early morning (6 am) and it'll be 3-5 degrees C (~38 F) and come home in the afternoon in 30 C (~90 F). That means I go from a fleece (or liner in this case) and a heated vest in the morning to just my wool undershirt in the afternoon. This jacket allows you to easily maintain a safe and comfortable fit throughout the day with just a quick adjustment.

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    Here's a shot of one of the rear vents open:

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    So, as you can probably tell, I'm very impressed with the features of the jacket, especially at 1/4 of the price of a comparably featured BMW jacket.

    Another VERY big plus with this jacket is that due to the large about of size adjustment available, I can actually remove the pads from the jacket and then fit my pressure suit underneath it comfortably! This is huge for me as my riding ranges from tight steep single track on the XRR to sport touring on the VFR. This seems like it'll be the jacket thats able to do both as well as everything in between.

    I guess we'll see when I next get a chance to ride!

    Pants review will follow, gotta go build some bacon wrapped, cream cheese stuffed jalapeƱos for tonight!

    Cheers,

    Wesley J
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  20. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Wesley J, thanks for the review and pics. First I've seen of this gear, and it looks like another good option for us atgatt riders.

    Maybe when you review the pants you can comment on the standard armor for each piece (qlty., placement, adjustability, etc...).
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