Originally Posted by Cru Jones
Quick question, I have a Voyager jacket right now and love it. I wear it all year on my commute. My only complaint is the lack of ventilation that it has. On days when the temps are high 30s in the morning and mid 60s on the way home, I'm a bit hotter than I'd want to be with the liner in (on way home). I was looking at the Voyager 3 jacket, which seems different in that its outside shell doesn't appear to be H2Out, but has an H2Out liner/thermal. The Voyager 3 does have ventilation, which seems to fit my bill. In terms of warmth and waterproofing how does the Voyager compare? Thanks.
we once again come to the difference between 2 categories of waterproof touring jackets:
>2 layers waterproof touring jackets
(such as Spidi Voyager-1 and Voyager-2): they usually have an external layer which is stitched to an inner waterproof membrane (this type of membrane is called "z-liner"). Water can come across the external shield but it's blocked by the membrane. These type of jackets often feature a removable thermal liner.
>3 layers waterproof touring jackets
(such as Spidi Voyager 3
): the external shield is usually not waterproof and can feature generous and really working air intakes; the waterproof membrane under that is removable; under the membrane there's usually a detachable thermal liner.
The main advantage of 3-layers is that they are very well vented and light once you remove both the membrane and the thermal liner; if you instead ride fully equipped (3 layers) you have same level of comfort (if not better) as 2-layers even in cold conditions.
Spidi is the inventor of the 3-layers jacket and for that reason its touring line is second to none; you can see how the system works here.
Let me know if you need further assistance.
Thanks for your attention.
Matteo De Vito
Spidi Marketing Dept
Vicenza - Italy