Waist length textile jacket recommendations?

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  1. path_finder

    path_finder Been here awhile

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    Looking for recommendations for a waist length textile jacket with plenty of vents. Not looking for a mesh jacket; experience has shown that mesh allows too much airflow when riding my R1200GS at highway speeds in very hot weather.
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  3. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Now with more sarcasm

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    Budget?
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  4. path_finder

    path_finder Been here awhile

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    Prefer to stay under $500. Olympia Expedition 2 looks promising.
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  5. swimmer

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    Rev'It Offtrack is waist length. Has small mesh panels but otherwise has controlled venting.

    Also heard the BMW Tourshell vents pretty well even though it just has side and back vents.

    Typo in thread title.
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    path_finder Been here awhile

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    Yes but I can't edit title
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  7. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Now with more sarcasm

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    That looks like a good pick. I had an Olympia jacket, don’t remember the model, but it was great.
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    Upper right corner of your original post -> Thread Tools -> Edit Title
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  9. path_finder

    path_finder Been here awhile

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    Looks more like a 3/4 length to me. Otherwise looks like a nice jacket.
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    Depends on your build I suppose. It's not sportbike leather jacket type length but mine was more or less waist length. Unfortunately the clothing manufactures have gone away from shorter length jackets for their nicer offerings. Not sure why since the most common complaint across all brands is probably that people don't like the collar being pushed up into their throat/chin because the jacket is too long in the front.

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  11. path_finder

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    I'm 5'6 with a short torso, so for me it would probably fit more like a 3/4 jacket.
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    I don't know if they still make it...
    But Oly's Airglide jacket was a good jacket and was a waist jacket, or if your long of torso, I think the woman folks call them a "shrug"
    Olympia's short jackets are short. But their quality vs cost balance used to be good.

    The company was sold a year or so back and there's some issues with dealers stocking their products.
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    I have an Airglide that I'm looking to replace. It was damaged in a recent collision with a deer. The Airglide actually flows too much air at highway speeds in triple digit temperatures on my R1200GS.
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  14. fitty ate

    fitty ate Adventurer Supporter

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    Check out the REAX Ridge - great review on Revzilla - and on sale.
    5'8", 165 lbs. Normally wear a medium, but returned it for a small and it fits perfect.
    Armor is actually comfortable with the liner out.
    I ditching my high end mesh jacket and pants. I don't think there is a better jacket out there.
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    path_finder Been here awhile

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    How long have you had your Ridge? What is the hottest temperature you've used it in?
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  16. fitty ate

    fitty ate Adventurer Supporter

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    One week and 80 degrees - liner out and vents zipped. Comfortable.
    Last summer was the first summer out of the last 10 that I used a mesh jacket. With the liner out and 90+ degrees I didn't stay any cooler that I did previously with a textile jacket non-mesh jacket.
    My experience is hot is hot when you're wearing a jacket.
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