FirtsGear 'RUSH Air' mesh moto jacket

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Melensdad, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. Melensdad

    Melensdad Jerk in a Hawaiian Shirt

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    Got to take the FirstGear RUSH Air jacket for a ride today.
    80-degrees. 40% humidity. Full sun.

    I have 2 other armored motorcycle jackets, this was specifically purchased for use on HOT SUNNY HUMID days. If the weather is not HOT SUNNY and HUMID then I will wear a different jacket. This jacket is probably only 2/3rds the weight of my KLIM Apex Air jacket, which is a spring, summer, fall jacket. This is a SUMMER ONLY jacket offering minimal weather protection, and only modest armor protection. My review is from the perspective of someone looking for a HOT weather jacket who is not looking to stretch the utility to anything beyond use on hot, sunny and humid days.

    OVERALL this is a nice lightweight jacket that offers a modest amount of protection, flows a lot of air and has pretty good construction and some nice features. Not as nice as the premium brands, but for the price it offers a lot.

    The black fabric on shoulders and elbows is a medium-heavy abrasion resistant material and runs from wrist to wrist over the shoulders. There are also light abrasion resistant panels on both sides of the torso, largely for structural purposes to hold the lighter weight mesh together in a crash/slide. There are 2 nice sized zippered slash style 'hand warmer' pockets on the front.
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    THE GOOD:
    Well made with good materials and at a very attractive price. Nice details throughout. ​

    THE BAD:
    Tiny back protector pocket reduces back armor options. One way front zipper. While it has a rear stow pocket to hold either the rain liner or some other items, it is not very large and anything placed in the pocket would reduce rear airflow. No back protector included, so that is an extra cost. The back protector pocket is small so when you find a protector it will only offer minimal coverage.​

    THE UGLY:
    Outright false statements in the product description. Manufacturer claims it has a 2 way front zipper; I knew it did not before I bought it. The tiny back protector pocket will make it hard to find a suitable piece of protective back armor. No foam inset was included.​


    Generally speaking FirstGear makes nice products, with nice features, at nice prices, using better than average materials. The RUSH Air mesh motorcycle jacket fits all those descriptions. I paid $169 (list price is $229) for the Hi-Viz Yellow version of the jacket. Its also available in all black as well as a two tone light-grey/black. I think it is a great value at $169, not sure that its so great at $229.

    RAIN LINER: Meh, I have a Gore-Tex over jacket for rain, I have no use for this. Took it out, tossed it on the top shelf of the closet. It does have color coded snaps to make it easier to put into place. It might be nice to extend the temperature range of the jacket as a wind block. Downside of these rain liners is that the mesh soaks up water and the rain liners don't breathe very well, if at all.
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    ARMS: The mesh covers approximately 50% of the arm from the wrist to the armpit on the inner arm side. The outer arm is a Cordura-like fabric that is abrasion resistant, heavier in wear areas. There is a snap adjustment mid-arm to allow you to fit the sleeve to your arm so it doesn't flap around. At the wrist there is velcro adjustment. The wrist also has a zipper to allow you to expand the cuff. There are no wrist pockets. On the inside there are pockets elbow & shoulder armor. The jacket comes with CE certified Level 1 armor at the elbows/shoulders that is very light and comfortable.

    WRIST detail:
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    MID ARM adjustment detail:
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    ABRASION RESISTANT Fabric on the exterior side of the arm has a couple black reflective strips and a subdued logo. It is thicker along the elbow-shoulder area. This is not Cordura brand fabric, that would cost more, but it is claimed to be abrasion resistant in a slide (I hope to never find out if it works):
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    BODY details:
    Velcro at sides of waist for a proper fit. Slash hand warmer pockets along the fabric seam for a clean look.
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    Despite product description claims it has a 2 way zipper, this is only a 1 way zipper.
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    Zipper is secured at the top by a velcro flap to keep the zipper fob from blowing around in the wind. Not really clear in the photo, there is a microfiber inner collar for comfort and the front of the collar has a nice rounded shape so it doesn't dig into your neck. All good details.
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    Rear collar/shoulder detail has a reasonably understated logo.
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    Rear lower back stash pocket. Handy to have. Supposed to be large enough to hold the rain liner. If filled will block some of the airflow in the lower back area.
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    INSIDE Details:
    One feature it does NOT have is a Napolean pocket that is accessible without unzipping the jacket. That would have been a really nice detail to add. There IS a Napolean pocket on the upper left side, but it requires you unzip the jacket to access that pocket. I prefer having it located on the outside of the jacket's main zipper so its accessible at all times; that is just my nit-pick and personal preference. So basically I'm complaining about a pocket that is already there and that is decent size simply because I would prefer the zipper be moved.

    Cell phone pocket, velcro flap, sized large enough to actually hold a cell phone.
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    Opposite side there is a large interior baseball cap pocket. Also with velcro closure.
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    Lower back zipper to connect the jacket to a pair of FirstGear riding pants. Inner liner is a comfortable silky smooth/tricot like mesh. I really wish the manufacturers would standardize the zipper size and length on these. As it is I have 3 jackets and 2 pants and none of them with in any combination.
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  2. Doc Watson

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    Great review, I currently ride all year in a First Gear leather. I definitely need a light reasonably priced summer jacket. Thanks for the detailed review.
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  3. Melensdad

    Melensdad Jerk in a Hawaiian Shirt

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    Two updates on this jacket.


    Armor is CE Level 1. I happened to have a pair of Level 2 knee pads from a pair of Bull-it motorcycle pants. The Bull-it pants are cut badly, the knee armor pockets are not adjustable and the armor fits badly. So when I use those pants I ride without armor. Knee armor and shoulder armor is typically interchangeable. Such is true with this jacket, the Knee Pads totally fill the shoulder pockets but they do fit. Nothing larger would fit. So I now have Level 2 shoulder armor.

    LEFT: CE Level 2 knee armor from Bull-it. RIGHT: original CE Level 1 shoulder armor.

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    There is now one criticism of the jacket. I'm getting a little collar bite. Had a good ride this morning, it is pushing 90 degrees. 70% humidity. I had the zipper down a few inches and at 60 minutes into the ride and noticed the discomfort. Even after zipping it up and adjusting everything I still was feeling a little bite. I notice the jacket riding up and my neck rubbing on the top of the zipper. No way to really avoid that, no matter how much adjusting I made to the jacket.

    It probably would have been less of a problem if I had started the ride with the jacket fully zipped because my neck would not have gotten rubbed a little raw by the side of the zipper. So lesson learned. Ride with the zipper up all the way.

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