I need a new jacket and want to try one of the mesh types to stay cooler in the summer months. There are so many options to pick from... what is good protection and comfort combined with high visibility? I wear about a 44 or 46. does anyone have something they really love? (to wear)
There are a lot of mesh jackets that do the job. Most of them do not offer realistic protection from the road.
Last week I bought a Joe Rocket with soft armor, then read a review of it.(wrong order) I can expect it to melt as I slide down the street. The armor is good for softening minor bumps, but I knew that going it. Theswe jackets, according to the review, are better than wearing nothing. I have not read other reviews, yet. I hope to find that that guy was wrong. Point is, read first, buy after.
Another thing that you might look out for, is to make sure you know where it was manufactured.
I first bought a CASTLE mesh jacket, which looked like a pretty good buy
($100 on sale). I got it home and read the lable and discovered that it was made in Vietnam. I thought I was more open minded than that, but apparently I am not. I exchanged it for the Joe Rocket ($150). Both have zip out liners that are rainproof. The Castle liner was made cheaply, Joe rocket was not.
The Joe Rocket is very cool when the wind is blowing, but is black and silver,and can get warm at stops. The front and back are silver, but still not that cool. I haven't tried out its reflective qualities, yet.
I don't know anything about the kevlar type, except that they are painfully expensive. Let us know what you get.