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Hi all, I'm looking into buying a mesh jacket for the impending heat of doom.

I'm looking at the cheapest one in leatherup.com

http://www.leatherup.com/p/Mens-Motorcycle-Mesh-Jackets/Xelement-Mens-CF-511-Mesh-Sports-Armored-Motorcycle-Jacket/115575.html

and one that is just $10 more

http://www.leatherup.com/p/Mens-Motorcycle-Mesh-Jackets/Xelement-Mens-Silver-Igniter-Tri-Tex-Fabric-and-Mesh-Motorcycle-Jacket/53267.html

What do you guys think about them? I know they're nowhere near top of the line, but I only have around $100 to spend.

Is there another jacket you'd recommend over these that isn't that much more expensive?

I've tried choosing the lightest colors I could find. Using a black jacket wouldn't be that cool with the rising temperature. I guess in that respect the second jacket is better.
 

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I have had good success with leatherup in general... and I have a jacket that brand from them.... try the code 55634... it should give you 10% off.
 

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I have had good success with leatherup in general... and I have a jacket that brand from them.... try the code 55634... it should give you 10% off.
Awesome. Thanks!

Did you order your jacket one size up like a lot of people mention in their reviews or did you go by the measuring chart?
 

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I bought a leather jacket from leatherup.com and it's ok. The sleeves are too short, it doesn't vent, an the should strap snaps are weak. I had a Joe Rocket textile jacket a couple years back that I liked alot. Matched my red/black KLR650 nicely.

I'd like to go back to a textile jack for the summer and use my leather one for colder rides.

Take a look at this jacket. Looks like my leather one. http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/11/99/22152/ITEM/Pokerun-Drifter-2-0-Jacket.aspx
 

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I have the same Jacket as the first one you linked to.I ordered it on line and I would recommend going by the size chart and then up one size.Be careful with,the zipper on that jacket it is plastic and can be damaged fairly easily.

I am getting ready to have the zipper replaced in mine but it is a few years old.I like mine a lot... after getting the right size .
 

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I have the same Jacket as the first one you linked to.I ordered it on line and I would recommend going by the size chart and then up one size.Be careful with,the zipper on that jacket it is plastic and can be damaged fairly easily.

I am getting ready to have the zipper replaced in mine but it is a few years old.I like mine a lot... after getting the right size .
Cool. I usually wear medium, so I guess I'll have to order the large. I will still measure myself and see what the chart says first though, then go up a size from there. Thanks!
 

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Can somebody help me out with the measurements? Looking at the chart, I don't even fit the small size.

Chest size, measuring with arms held up to the sides at shoulder height and around the chest, I get about 41 inches.

Waist... where the hell is the waist measured at? Belt line or upwards like the ladies measure it/ Wherever I measure it's less than the 42 inches for the small size anyway. Unless I'm thinking about it all wrong here.
 

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Ceal, If only you were an XL and needed a 2XL. I have four textile jackets. All have two liners in addition to the shell. they were all over two hundred but on sale in the one sixty area. You could verify it online. I have one which is an XL that still has the tags on it. I'm looking at 100 dollars for the XL. I bought all of them at a Going out of business sale.

As far as the sizing chart send the link and I'll take a look at it...not that I'd know but maybe I can help. I would buy a size up if you are buying with liners. Other's have more experience with mesh jackets without liners so I couldn't tell you what size to get.
 

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The sizing chart is in the same links that I gave on the first post. Same sizing chart for both jackets. I looked up how to measure chest and waist and it looks like I'm doing it right... maybe I'm just tiny lol. I guess I'll go with a medium.

I'm measuring myself though and that can't be too accurate. I'll wait 'til my gf gets home and see if she gets the same results.
 

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Sounds like a plan Ceal. The sizing seems true to measurement from some of the reviews I read. I read you're a teacher. I'm a HS teacher as well. What do you teach?
 

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Rule of thumb, if waist is bigger than chest, waist becomes chest size. Sp, if you have a 50 inch waist and a 40 inch chest, you would use the waist measurement as your chest size.
 

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I teach pretty much any subject they'll give me lol. I started out with Chemistry, then they gave me Physics, then Biology... now I take just about anything. This semester I have Chemistry, Biology, Arts History, Communication and Mexican marching band (military style band). Oh I also prepare the "flag escort" another military type of activity.

EDIT: I typed this response a while ago and forgot to press the button and just left it here lol. Sorry.
 

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Rule of thumb, if waist is bigger than chest, waist becomes chest size. Sp, if you have a 50 inch waist and a 40 inch chest, you would use the waist measurement as your chest size.
Thanks for the heads up! I still have a bigger chest than waist... so far lol.
 

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I teach pretty much any subject they'll give me lol. I started out with Chemistry, then they gave me Physics, then Biology... now I take just about anything. This semester I have Chemistry, Biology, Arts History, Communication and Mexican marching band (military style band). Oh I also prepare the "flag escort" another military type of activity.

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Nice, sounds like they are getting their monies worth out of you and then some. I have a friend who teaches on the college level. His wife is from Mexico. He said the students are very respectful of teachers.
 

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Nice, sounds like they are getting their monies worth out of you and then some. I have a friend who teaches on the college level. His wife is from Mexico. He said the students are very respectful of teachers.
The students are very respectful of teachers... do you mean in U.S. college or in Mexico?
 

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Well, I just made my order. I got this jacket in medium size:

https://www.leatherup.com/p/Mens-Motorcycle-Mesh-Jackets/Xelement-Mens-Silver-Igniter-Tri-Tex-Fabric-and-Mesh-Motorcycle-Jacket/53267.html

and these gloves also in medium:

http://www.leatherup.com/p/Motorcycle-Gloves-/Xelement-Mens-Black-Leather-and-Mesh-Ultra-Riding-Gloves/56674.html

I already have a pair of Xelement gloves in medium for winter, so if the fit is the same, they should fit as well.

Discount code saved me $8.90 on my total, so I ended up paying about the same as if I'd gotten the cheaper jacket. Thanks for the code Chris!
 

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The students are very respectful of teachers... do you mean in U.S. college or in Mexico?
His wife is from Mexico. The students there are very respectful of teachers. At least that's what he is claiming.
 

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first gear mesh jacket, I am a fan of first gear - comes with retro reflective.
 

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His wife is from Mexico. The students there are very respectful of teachers. At least that's what he is claiming.
Well we used to be. New generations aren't being taught anything at all about respecting other people.

A LOT of students are just rotten now, and just when you wonder where they get all those stupid ideas from, their parents show up and make an a$s out of themselves.

I know that people say that every generation is the same and older people always complain about how the newer generations are so bad, but at least where I live, there's a very noticeable difference. In attitude, aptitude, interest and most of all, manners and education (which SHOULD be taught at home). We used to see a few cases of teen rebels but they were the exception and the rest of us knew they were doing wrong. Now the well behaved ones are the exception and the ones that aren't in trouble in that particular moment are cheering the troublemakers on, then emulating them.

We had this mother show up at the school all pissed off because the principal didn't let the students (minors) bring alcoholic beverages into the school. I think we were having a halloween party or something like that, can't remember the date. So that's just to show an example of what great parenting is going on here.

This is all from working at a private school... just imagine how public schools are faring.
 

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I've been fortunate to teach in three different districts. I'm a pre-engineering technology teacher. I also work with students with disabilities. I arrive at school an hour and a half before school starts and finish grading projects around 8 only to be in bed at 9. No life but I love teaching. I cannot tell you the number of times I've helped out after school..countless. Coached football and ran the technology/robotics club. I found school isn't for everyone and that's where school and society fails students. Vocational tracks haven't been entirely eliminated but de-emphasized. As long as there is China, India, and others, the craft industry will never rebound.
 
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