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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Skyy223, Sep 5, 2017.
Versatile jacket that has large zip open/closed vent panels,rain liner can be worn over or under main jacket and good insulated liner.
I have the first version,it only allowed rain liner under main jacket.
Good for changing conditions in California and SW USA/west coast.
I have the Firstgear Kathmandu. I have heard very positive things about the current Kilimanjaro 37.5 and will likely be my next jacket when my Kathmandu needs replacement.
This is close to what I do for multi-climate trips, but I use an Axo Air Cage pressure suit with an RST Paragon 2 textile jacket (with armour removed) over it as required. Sometimes just the pressure suit plus an MX jersey. The RST jacket is a more winter focused one with integrated waterproofing. A windstopper fleece in between adds a lot of warmth. This setup gives a good blend of protection & comfort across a big range of weather conditions, for not too much $$$. A goretex shell jacket would be better but more $$$.
I have the newer Kilimanjaro jacket (paired with the Kathmandu pant). The jacket is great in mild weather and rain, but very small front vents make it hot and stuffy above about 80° F, despite large vents at the shoulder blades.
Check out the Horizon 2 jacket and pants from Rev'it.
I am using the pants.......the are laminated (although not Goretex) with Rev'it's own breathable membrane and they have the same venting system used on the hi end stuff.
The high denier fabric is "crunchy" at first but it does soften up. They also use Rev'it's latest Seeflex armour. I'm from Ireland so our weather is fairly similar (minus your occasional high temps)
I think bang for buck........Rev'it is hard to beat at the moment.
This the jacket I use for 2.5 seasons in Ireland (spring,summer and half of autumn)
I am a new rider, just started this past spring. I have the Chronos GTX as well. Being in Louisiana, Heat and Humidity are the norm and this jacket has been great for that. I hope to find out how it handles the fall with cooler temps and lots of humidity.
Younger06, I drove through Naas once in 2013. Loved your country and hope to go back there again.
If you come back.......make sure to make contact.
I've just stopped wearing the Chronos in the last week or so.......our Temps have dropped towards our Autumn fairly early this year (10 - 15 degrees celcius)
I use Halvarssons Laminated gear for the cold, wet weather.
Imho, go have a look at the Klim Carlsbad series. That, combined with a Warm 'n Safe heated jacket for the really cold days, is pro'ly al you need.
I really don't care for liner jackets, had been using and dislinking them for years until I got to know Klim, waterproof and ventilated all in one jacket (or pant).
You could offer me a liner suit for free, and I'd still rather pay the full sum for a laminated piece of kit.
Doesn't have to be Klim if you ask me, but it's the only brand I know that offers laminated gear and an insane amount of ventilation in their gear. Rukka for instance is great gear, but only if you're riding around in a freezer.
The again, when it's really hot, it is hot. For everybody! Also for them using linered gear. Best mate used to ride around in a BMW Rally3 suit, last year we had +40°C in the Jura, he almost had to stop of heat stroke while I was (off course hot and sweating my balls of) thinking that it's getting a bit hot for comfort in my Badlands suit. Once it's that hot, nothing works, even riding butnaked isn't gonna help you cool down.
Anyway, go for laminated, and if you're looking for a wel ventilated suit which is halfway the pricerange, go for the Carlsbad.