Just Bought a new Teknic Freeway Jacket

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by KTMarty, Dec 8, 2007.

  1. KTMarty

    KTMarty Been here awhile

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    Got an early Xmas present. I saw this jacket at the Seattle Motorcycle Show and it caught my eye on how visible it was. I wanted a jacket so I do not have to wear my safety vest over my black jacket. Plus it fitted great. Lots of room to move around in.

    The jacket is a Teknic Freeway. Paid $299 no tax.


    Lots of pockets
    Armor in the shoulder, elbow and back.
    Back and Arm vents
    Pack 'n' go
    100% Waterproof ! (have to see about that)

    The 44/54 size jacket fits me perfect. I'm 6-0 175 lbs

    I have long arms and this jacket fits great when my arms are stretch out.

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    Here is the back side
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    The jacket has a Dual collar. Inner collar has an European style latch. Outer collar is Velcro which is high and wraps the neck really nice.
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    The jacket has a thermo inner liner. Sales rep says do not use it above 60 degrees or you bake. It reflects your body heat back to you.

    Went for a ride with it for the first time and it was 40 degrees out and only had a T-shirt underneath and was plenty warm. Do need to wear a long sleave jersey as the arms my sweat against the liner

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    Here are the tags that came with the jacket.
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  2. Hi_Fi_Guy

    Hi_Fi_Guy Teutonic Terror

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    Looks cool and full of nice features. I wish those "waterproof" zippers had storm flaps for extra weather protection.
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  3. KTMarty

    KTMarty Been here awhile

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    Forgot to mention this jacket is not lite: 5.3 lbs.

    The jacket does have a inner zipper and an outer zipper. You can see the inner liner and the outer shell then covers It looks pretty water tight. Here are pics of the zipper process. Can't wait for some rain to give a good test.
    Tag says: Waterproof 6000mm /24hrs. What does 6000mm mean?

    Here is a pic of the rain flap
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    Here is a pic of the inner zipper zipped up.

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    Here is a pic of the inner zipper zipped up and rain flap snap on
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    The Storm Collar also unzips off
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  4. CASTIRON

    CASTIRON Solid, heavy, lo-tech.

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    Keep us posted as you use it. I'm considering this as a replacement for my 'stitch. I have one of their jackets and it's remarkable. Pity it's now about 4 sizes too large.
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  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Looks great. Almost looks mesh?.. what is the material? Just curious how safe you could expect the jacket to be?
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  6. worldrider555

    worldrider555 Been here awhile

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    i have about the same jacket except it isnt high vis. The waterproof claim is true and the extra zip in liner works well. I got mine on ebay for $50 closeout and it was a great deal.

    Hope it works out well for you
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  7. KTMarty

    KTMarty Been here awhile

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    Not mesh but almost like a gortex type material which they call Power SKin

    The Armor is made with KNOX which is suppose to be the best around. Have not yet tired that feature out yet and not planning on doing so.

    Went for a 4 hour ride in 35-40 Degree weather with only a long sleeve shirt under the coat and was warm the whole time. The upper collar is a really nice feature, my old Tourmaster jacket would let in the cold air around the neck.

    Have not yet gone out in a rain yet but should have plenty of opportunity in the Pacific Northwest.
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  8. Lochlyn_Deckard

    Lochlyn_Deckard Dex Moto(naut)

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    Thanks for posting the pics and info. I'm always interested in hi-vis jackets. Teknic seems to be like a dark horse manufacturer? Their stuff seems protective and nice looking, but I don't read that much about them. I do remember reading a lot of nice reviews of their Monsoon jacket on this forum, however. I really like the look of this jacket in yellow.

    It has vents, but will it vent like the Olympia AST/Voyager/Phantom? Many people say that these jackets work well up to the high 80's if you are moving. I know the Freeway has some venting, but I wonder if it's made for summer weather?

    What is the outer material? Their Sprint and Stinger jackets have a 600 denier Cordura shell. The description for the Freeway says:

    Outershell Materials: Velocity textile, with TexPlus overlays (http://www.teknicgear.com/catalog.php?styleid=1&pid=175)

    What the hell is a "velocity textile?"
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  9. Lochlyn_Deckard

    Lochlyn_Deckard Dex Moto(naut)

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    Called Teknic today and was told that the Freestyle jacket has a 600 denier Cordura shell. "TexPlus overlays" were described as extra layering at impact points (I would assume a second layer of 600 denier Cordura on the shoulders and elbows). There is also a rear exhaust vent that is not listed in the description.

    It really looks and sounds well thought out. The extra removeable collar is a nice feature. Again, I love the styling and color.

    Please keep us posted as to your likes and dislikes as you wear the jacket.
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  10. santacruzdave

    santacruzdave Adventurer

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  11. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    Thanks for the review. I'll be keeping my eye on the rest of your thoughts.
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  12. NoahDL88

    NoahDL88 Vroom Vroom

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    its a toss up between this jacket, the olympia and the aerostich, i keep coming back to this one though. let us know how it does in the rain.
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  13. KTMarty

    KTMarty Been here awhile

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    As soon as I get my bike back together from its canisterctomy I will head for the bigest downpour I can find.:dogWell maybe.
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  14. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie

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    I have a 3 season Teknic jacket (don't recall the model) which I bought last Spring on eBay. Very well made, in my opinion and solid materials. I've worn it during severe downpours on the highway and come out completely dry. Downside is definitely the marginal ventilation.

    +1 on it being great up to about 80F.
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  15. SamM

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    Nice review of this jacket. I'm looking to add this jacket to my ever increasing pile of riding gear. Well, either this jacket or the new Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 jacket will be added. Last year, I purchased a Teknic Monsoon Gore-Tex jacket and it has worked flawlessly for me. The Monsoon is completely waterproof and I would expect the same for the Teknic Freeway jacket.

    SamM
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  16. Dastard

    Dastard Just another guy

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    Are the Teknic logos on the front and back reflective. It looks like some of the piping tabs around the zippers is but the grey patches don't shine like the rest of it?

    Drew
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  17. Lochlyn_Deckard

    Lochlyn_Deckard Dex Moto(naut)

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    From the jacket description: "Reflective 3M™ Printed Teknic Logos."

    And it looks that way in the pic attached.

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  18. LoneStar

    LoneStar WhoopDeDoofus

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    Great looking jacket and thanks for all the info and pics - keep us posted on how you like it long term
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  19. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    more info on cold/wet weather riding yet??
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  20. KTMarty

    KTMarty Been here awhile

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    No wet weather riding yet. Will report as soon as I get it wet.

    I did go out for a ride when it was dry out and the Temp was around 35 and crusied down the highway at 70 with only a light shirt underneath. I was nice and warm and really like the extra wind storm strap around the neck it really helps to keep the wind out.
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