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Old 04-21-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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The Search for a Solid, Safe $300 3 Season Jacket

Hey guys,

I'm about to buy my first 3 season jacket for riding spring, summer and fall here in Colorado. Would love some help.

Here is what I have learned so far:
- Klim makes great stuff. I just picked up their Dakkar pants which I believe will work great for 90% of my riding. Surprisingly they haven't gotten around to actually making a really good $300 Dakar jacket. (Even though I believe many people have asked)

- they do make the Klim Traverse jacket. If you put in D30 armor the price is about $370 or so
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/klim-traverse-jacket

- Olympia also uses the same high quality Cordera fabric in their jackets. They aren't as cool looking but people seem to like the quality of the brand. The Olympia AST jackets seem pretty popular
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ding-Gear.aspx

- Rev'it makes some cool looking stuff, but it seems like they use lower quality materials than Klim and Olympia. I like their Rev'It Airwaves jacket. (That I was planning on layering with an inner windstopper jacket and drop a shell over if it rains). I'm not sure the quality is as good as the Klim and Olympia Cordera jackets though. If you are sliding across the pavement I'm not convinced you want a cheaper fabric.
http://www.cyclegear.com/CycleGear/S...18_199328_1936


- Bmw makes great jackets. But you have to shell out over $500 or so for em.

- The KTM Rallye Jacket seems like a good design and good price at $230. But it's way on the orange side.
http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-rally-jacket


Basically I am looking for a Klim Dakkar Jacket. But it doesnt exist yet I don't believe.

Let me know if I'm missing anything. Thanks!

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Old 04-22-2013, 04:27 AM   #2
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You might take a look at the Olympia Moab jacket instead. I believe the AST is the 3/4 length version of my waist-length Voyager. It's pretty toasty in the summer.

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Old 04-22-2013, 06:07 AM   #3
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Which three seasons?

I'll once again shill my Teknic Freeway jacket. It's a hair over your price point, but as long as you're not looking for something to work in high heat, I don't think you can get a better jacket without spending hundreds more.

I've had mine for a bit over a year, and other than the hi-viz fading a bit and a torn pocket flap, it's been flawless. It is absolutely, 100% waterproof. With the thermal liner in, it's comfortable down into the 30s. It's got a ton of pockets. It vents well enough to use up to about 85 degrees. The fit is nicely adjustable.

It is, hands down, a better jacket than the AST (which my wife has), and the AST is a good jacket.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:52 AM   #4
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The Klim Overland will probably be my next jacket.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/klim-overland-jacket
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:42 PM   #5
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The Klim Overland will probably be my next jacket.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/klim-overland-jacket
Love Klim stuff, but the two color options on that jacket - "I swear I didn't see him" black and asphalt grey? Not a fan of that.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:47 PM   #6
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Here's a deal on a Freeway. If they had this in size 44, I'd buy it right now. It's a great deal.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:51 PM   #7
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You might take a look at the Olympia Moab jacket instead. I believe the AST is the 3/4 length version of my waist-length Voyager. It's pretty toasty in the summer.

Sarah
Yah,the AST is closer to a tent,its huge and bulky,good winter jacket.
But Ive used the GT AIR Olympia jacket for 3 seasons and even 4 seasons for dual sport and street both,it works great.
I carry a gore tex shell if it looks like rain and that covers all options.
Huge venting area on the GT really works.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:46 PM   #8
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I have the Olympia Moab and am happy with it.

You have to decide first if you want a jacket with a waterproof outer shell or a waterproof liner. That will eliminate some of your options.

The Klim jackets have the waterproof shell. The Olympias use a waterproof liner. That means the shell gets soaked through in a hard enough rain. I have found that the shell dries very quickly, but for many people this is just a deal breaker.

I'm in the desert so I put a premium on air flow and breathability, and I am comfortable with the compromise of using the waterproof liner. In the mountains of western Colorado last summer I found the liner worked just fine when I got caught in the rain.

You need to decide what your priority is.
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:57 PM   #9
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The Klim Overland will probably be my next jacket.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/klim-overland-jacket
They forgot the friggin arm vents!! I know, I know it has vents but not enough.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:14 PM   #10
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I like the First Gear stuff.
Here is something that would fit your criteria I think.

http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street...cket_2012.html


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Old 04-22-2013, 02:14 PM   #11
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If a Euro 54 fits, you truly won't find a better deal anywhere on a fantastic jacket than this BMW Santiago. That truly is a steal.

If that doesn't fit, then this sounds like a second hand Aerostich Darien to me. At $300, you should be able to find one with the liner too. You won't do any better at this price point.

If not obvious by this post, you really should consider the used market, where you will get better gear, albeit slightly used, for the price you're looking for new.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:32 PM   #12
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I like the First Gear stuff.
Here is something that would fit your criteria I think.

http://www.motorcyclegear.com/street...cket_2012.html


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If you want the same quality, but would like hand warmer pockets. First Gear also make the Killimanjaro and Ranier which are both similarly decked out jackets that will work through all but the coldest temps without heated gear.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:48 PM   #13
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Ok this is a ton of great information. I am busy googling all these different options.



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The Klim Overland will probably be my next jacket.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/klim-overland-jacket


woa, that looks awesome. would love to check that out in the store.

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Old 04-22-2013, 05:11 PM   #14
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I've got the new Moab and an older AST. The Georgia summer heat and humidity really push the "All Seasons" moniker to its limits. The Moab is wonderful for what you're looking at. Its warm enough in cool temps with the liner and really lets the air through in the summer without having to open a bunch of vents.

When you compare price points, Olympia really is great for what they cost. I'd like to try some Klim gear but they are cost prohibitive for me.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:50 PM   #15
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I have the Scorpion XDR Commander and is a very good all weather jacket. I like because it came in tall sizes.
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r4/scorp...mander-jacket/
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