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Old 03-31-2006, 01:51 AM   #1
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Question Best Dual Sport Jackets?

Can anyone recommend their favorite company and/or jacket for adventure riding/touring? Most durable, windproof, waterproof, protective, etc.

Is Belstaff any good? I would love to hear as many different companies as possible.

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Old 03-31-2006, 03:45 AM   #2
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I like my Joe Rocket jackets, I have a Santa Fe mesh jacket and two ballistic jackets

I bought all three on ebay, 2 for $85 a piece (shipped) and one for $95 (shipped)

I recently washed my blue one with Nikwax waterproofer, what a difference that makes. I was bone dry on my ride to work today.

With my Kanetsu vest aired up under the Joe Rocket Ballistic I'm good down to the lower 30's without even plugging it in

I may try a First Gear jacket next. I have the First Gear HT overpants and love how well they perform.

I'd also like to get a Darien but they seem to go for much more than I want to spend on ebay
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Old 03-31-2006, 06:13 AM   #3
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BMW Savannah II Jacket is my favorite all around jacket and I own a closet full of jackets.

With Gotex liner in it is waterproof. With it out and all vents open, it is comfortable into the mid 80's and bearable at 90+ as long as you are moving.

With a fleece jacket underneath, comfortable down to the 50's and with electric vest it is comfortable downt o teh temps that I will ride in, mid 40's.

Good protection from standard armour. Lots of reflective stripes for night riding. Pockets galore for stuff. Good looking too!

Just my highly opinionated $0.02 worth.

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Old 03-31-2006, 07:08 AM   #4
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Still like my 1st Gear Kilamanjaro
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Old 03-31-2006, 07:12 AM   #5
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I hear good things about the Belstaff stuff, they are developed in the UK where it rains ALL the time so...

I personally have a Hein Gericke Timbuktu 3/4 jacket I picked up for $299 (hear they are around $250 now), I really like it. The zip out liner is really warm and I haven't had a problem with water leaking in. Cooling is THAT bad, it could flow a little more air in summer in California!

If I could find a Savannah2 jacket at a good price, I'd pick one up in heartbeat! I hear great things about them, I just could pony up the money it takes to buy the jacket AND liner! Oh well, maybe one day I'll find a slightly used one!

My only advice is find one with good armour and skid resistance. I do have a pair of Rev It pants that are REALLY nice, I think I'll look closely at their jackets next time I need one.
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Old 03-31-2006, 07:23 AM   #6
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Stich Darien

I'm on my second Darien, this one is SEE-MEE yeller! Best of all, I live
near the Temple of Correctness, & can get a 10% for driving in.
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Old 03-31-2006, 07:39 AM   #7
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Still like my 1st Gear Kilamanjaro
+1 and my HT pants. Both keep my nice and toasty up in New England. With zip-out liners they are perfect year round.
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Old 03-31-2006, 07:53 AM   #8
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Anyone know about the Kilimanjaro Air? I'm looking for something a little cooler in summer than a Darien.
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Old 03-31-2006, 08:03 AM   #9
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Anyone know about the Kilimanjaro Air? I'm looking for something a little cooler in summer than a Darien.
Cancel that .. did a search.

Doesn't look too robust. Is there a hot weather jacket with decent armor out there?
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Old 03-31-2006, 08:08 AM   #10
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Best jacket

Darien. Almost 90,000kms on the one I have now and still rolling. Like most things opinions vary. Some don't like the style or collar on the stich. They are stiff when new. I like they way they are built, nice zip in liner and/or vest available, electric options as well, thick material. You can get it repaired. Some buds have bought other brands and I find that they seem to look like rags after a while. Consider a Darien light if you want less break in time.
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Old 03-31-2006, 09:17 AM   #11
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+1 Savanna 2

My second favorite is the Hein Gericke Timbuktu.
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:08 AM   #12
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I picked up an Olympia AST before my Mexico trip and really like it alot. Lived in it for two weeks and temps ranged from low 30's to mid 90's and jacket handled the range very well. Venting is superb, better than any other non-mesh 3/4 jacket I've found. I'm thinking it will handle the Texas heat in the summer as long as I'm moving. Quality and construction is very good, I would seriously check it out. Was really wanting to get the Olympia Bushwacker, mesh jacket, but comparing the two side by side, the AST is substantially more robust and looks like it will take a get off much better. The Bushwacker just felt too flimsy.

Had to go with the hi-viz yellow too, being the geek that I am... Between this jacket and my 520 PIAAs blazing down the road, if you don't see me coming you are a jackass.

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Old 03-31-2006, 11:36 AM   #13
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Check out the Moose Expedition and Moose Monarch Pass jackets. They're waterproof, tough material, good venting, and waterproof.
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Old 03-31-2006, 11:50 AM   #14
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+1 for the Joe Rocket Ballistic. I got my from NewEnough. Fits me well and I'm hard to fit (6'4", 225lbs, 37" waist, 48" chest, 37" sleeve).
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Old 03-31-2006, 03:24 PM   #15
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I bought a Rev'It Cayenne about two months ago. I went to my dealer with the intent on purchasing something from the BMW line. My dealer asked if I had seen the Rev'It Cayenne. He told me he honestly thought it was the best jacket they carried and they carry more than half a dozen brands. I looked at it and was impressed with it's many features. It has been comfortable for me down to 20f degrees. I have not use it in warm weather yet. It's another option and you can read a detailed review about it here.
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r3/revit...nne-jacket.htm
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