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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-07-2012, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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http://www.cheapcycleparts.com/produ...ega-vnt-bk-2xl

I got an email that the above is on sale. I've been looking for a proper riding jacket but not sure what qualifies. I'm also looking for the widest range of riding temps possible (say 50F-100F but more towards the higher end of that).
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Jacket Appears good

no collar, velcro wrists, lined, water-resistant... looks ideal.
price seems reasonable
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That looks like a nice jacket. If you got chilly you could always put a hoodie on under it.
It really comes down to what are YOU comfortable riding with. Comfort is in my opinion almost on par with items like armor and pockets and liners. If you aren't comfortable in your jacket you will be thinking about it and not about something more important.
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It's a mesh jacket with a mesh lining, meaning good for anything over 75 degrees. I'd say if you want something for near 100 degree temps, it would work but you'd be better off finding one that's not black.

Ideally you should have two jackets....a light colored mesh for HOT weather, and a non mesh jacket with a liner for cool to cold riding.

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KM's right about the light color. I first bought a black mesh jacket, and that sucker was hot. Have since replaced it with a good quality, lightly used white one from ebay. Cost was around $60.

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I don`t have enough seat time in to make a very informed decision on this jacket, BUT a light colored or HI-VIZ jacket makes sense to me in all riding situations.

Cooler riding is one benefit of the lighter colors as mentioned by KM and fc, but being more easily seen by cage drivers may be even more important.

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Will that mesh stave road rash in the unforeseen?
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If it's Kevlar mesh it will, but not many are made with Kevlar, and they aren't cheap! Most mesh jackets won't provide the level of protection of a full textile or leather jacket, but who's gonna wear leather or full textile when it's super hot? It's a trade off for riding when regular gear would cause heat stroke. Will provide a lot more protection than a T-shirt, which is what I see most folks wearing here in the summer.

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Will that mesh stave road rash in the unforeseen?
They can. Many "mesh" jackets are not 100% all mesh. Likely contact areas are usually solid fabric, many with double layers....and let's not forget about the armor. Elbows, shoulders and backs, the areas that tend to hit the road first have either solid armor or impact resistant padding. An armored mesh jacket can provide just as much protection as an non mesh one, the variable being how much contact your dealing with.

An important note here. Most jackets have velcro cuffs to keep the sleeves from riding up your arm. Many leave these loose in hot weather so they can get more airflow. If you go down however, the sleeve can slide up, leaving your forearm naked to the pavement....

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