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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-02-2017, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Winter riding jackets?

I'm looking for a winter riding jacket. General things I'm after:
*decent protection for those occasions where I become gravity's b1tch.
*water proof
*long
*COMFORTABLE! I often end up wearing several layers of clothes, occasionally including a hoody. In my Dianese jacket this can get a little uncomfortable. If the jacket will keep me warm at 80mph without needing layers underneath, I can leave the extra stuff in the paniers. That would make a huge difference in the comfort department.


I've been shopping around and like the following:
*Joe Rocket Ballistic Revolution Jacket
*Dainese Carve Mater Gore-Tex Jacket
*Spidi Warrior Sport H2Out Jacket
*Oxford Melbourne 2.0 Jacket
*Alpinestars Valparaiso Drystar Jacket

There are a few REV'IT! jackets I like as well.
It doesn't really appear that there are any bad choices out there. Are there any winter jackets that come in under $500 that are outstanding?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2017, 06:25 AM
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I'm a bit of a tight *rse so I own 2 $300 dry rider jackets, There nice and warm, but not that great in the wet, alright in drissle but not good in hard rain. I have owned plenty of alpinestars dirt bike gear and It would be the best dirt bike gear I have owned. So I think you probably couldn't go wrong with any alpine stars gear

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Spent an hour at Motoliberty (gear store in DFW) trying on winter jackets. Ended up going with a Firstgear Jaunt T2.
As usual for DFW the temperature has dropped at least 30F today so I got to test it out. With just a t-shirt underneath the jacket does a great job keeping the wind out and the heat in. Too bad I just wore a pair of old jeans because I froze my nards while playing around on the bike.
I'm pretty much kitted out for the foreseeable future.

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I have 3 Dianese.

1 - Mesh for summer
2 - Leather for summer
3 - Leather with quilted lining for fall

but for winter I went with Rukka and couldn't be happier - I just wear a t-shirt under it. it has removable quilted lining and very warm.
I didn't mind the $$$$ it performs.

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I have 3 Dianese.

1 - Mesh for summer
2 - Leather for summer
3 - Leather with quilted lining for fall

but for winter I went with Rukka and couldn't be happier - I just wear a t-shirt under it. it has removable quilted lining and very warm.
I didn't mind the $$$$ it performs.
I've learned through experience to buy quality up front even when it costs more. That said: expensive is not always quality so it is worth while to do your homework.

The Firstgear jacket so far is doing exactly what I want. This morning, to my horror, I discovered that I was out of coffee so I had to get more. As it happens my car is in the shop so I only have the bikes to get around. Me and Duchess went to my favorite coffee place to read the news, have a cup and buy some beans. Biggest issue I discovered on the short ride: heated grips would rock. My gloves work pretty well but they need some help. The jacket performed flawlessly and kept my core nice and toasty. This time I had my winter silks on underneath my jeans so besides my finger tips everything was in good shape.

The Duke indicated 30.5F outside and kept flashing the Ice Warning message on the display. Happily there isn't any precipitation yet. That should arrive eventually. It's Texas so it could be 5 minutes from now or never. God only knows when it will snow or, more likely, sleet.

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Excellent - I believe in research and ended up with the Rukka.. Anything above 40F and it is almost too warm. so its perfect just over a t-shirt in 20s-30s...

I havent stopped riding yet... no snow accumulation yet.

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Can we get a winter jacket review ?. I remember reading some more info somewhere but could not find it.

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Check out Klim as well.

Pricey but warm and dry.

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