|08-04-2011, 02:42 PM||#1|
Hike, ride or die.
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Bishop, California
Women's BMW Santiago Jacket vs BMW Comfort Shell
Me and my Santiago on the McCarthy Road, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska
I wear a 2007 BMW Santiago jacket women's size 46. Living in the Eastern Sierra I wear this jacket in cold (25 degrees and below) and hot (110 degrees plus) weather. It is an incredibly versatile jacket. I don't wear electrics as my single cylinder F650GS has only enough amperage to power a vest. In winter, I can layer up with five layers that include a compact Sierra Designs down coat and Mountain Hardware pile jacket, all under the Santiago Gortex liner used primarily for warmth. When the exterior of the Santiago gets wet and/or it is cold/windy, the Gortex liner holds in the cold, creating a chilling effect. I do carry and wear a full Gortex rainsuit over the Santiago and my overpants, Tourmasters/Cortech, not waterproof, but roomy and comfortable. It is a combination that has worked for me during the last 45,000 miles/3 years.
Me and the Comfort Shell, Death Valley adjacent
I also own a 2010 BMW Comfort Shell Jacket and pants. It's a great jacket if you have enough amperage to power a Gerbing's electric jacket as there's not much room for layering. I usually wear a size 12, but had to go up one size in this jacket. A beautifully designed form-fitting jacket, the Comfort Shell functions optimally at 48 degrees and above. The Eastern Sierra is a land of extremes. In Inyo County, we have both Badwater (-282-feet) in Death Valley and Mt. Whitney at 14,496-feet, with almost as large a temperature difference on the roads. It can be 78 degrees in Furnace Creek and the Comfort Shell works great, but riding out of Death Valley 4200-feet to Bishop or east to Nevada, where the temp can drop 55 degrees in an hour, the Comfort Shell is stretched to the limit. It is a jacket for late spring-summer-early fall, not for extremes. It is the kind of jacket perfect for the Bay Area, fairly temperate but with lots of rain, as it fully waterproof. The Comfort Shell's armor is incredibly robust and the best you can find in a BMW jacket, almost as robust as the TF5 used in Aerostitch gear. My husband has both the Aerostitch Darien and Transit suits and will wear nothing else after surviving a head on collision with an out-of-control squid that killed the squid, and that my husband came out of relatively unscathed. The Santiago's armor is the thinnest of the three jackets and I would suggest replacing the standard armor with something more robust.
Photo shows fit of Comfort Shell jacket with pants (Goldfield, Nevada)
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