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Old 05-04-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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A hi-viz AND waterproof jacket?

So, I have a Scorpion EXO-900 helmet in "OMG you're blinding small children" green and have been trying to find a jacket that matches. Safety is the number one concern, but being colour coordinated is great as well. Problem is, most jackets I've found have a waterproof liner and are not waterproof on the outside. Any recommendations?
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:08 PM   #2
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Well, the obvious place to start is ...

Aerostich. Darien, Darien Light or Roadcrafter.

I have the Darien Light in high viz, and I think it's awesome. Heck, it's the best piece of gear I own.

I'm sure others will chime in with thoughts on this, too. I'm guessing that Olympia makes something along these lines, though I doubt that it's as versatile or well-made as the Stich.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:12 PM   #3
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Discussing on this thread right now!

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=576032
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Old 05-05-2010, 12:01 AM   #4
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Olympia AST

Have you looked at the Hi-Viz Olympia AST? I have the Olympia Phantom 1 piece suit in the blinding hi-viz and it's fairly waterproof. After about 40 minutes in a heavy rain on the freeway, on a naked bike, it soaked through in a couple of places, but it wasn't terrible.

I haven't tried any additional waterproofing washes, sprays, etc.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:45 AM   #5
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I recently bought a hi-viz goretex jacket for 35 from a seller on ebay. They're ex police jackets and mine looked like it has never been worn. I use it on dark nights in the winter over my regular jacket. The type I have is this

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Hi-Viz-Goretex...ht_2511wt_1167

they might ship to the US and are bound to be cheaper than buying a new goretex.
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Old 05-05-2010, 05:45 PM   #6
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In the slightly lower price range...............



Tourmaster states the Transition is waterproof street price 170.00


First Gears Excellent Kilimanjaro 5 street price 270.00
IS waterproof
I usually go to the car wash and use the high pressure to knock off the bugs and I've never gotten wet
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:22 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by MidnightSpecial
So, I have a Scorpion EXO-900 helmet in "OMG you're blinding small children" green and have been trying to find a jacket that matches. Safety is the number one concern, but being colour coordinated is great as well. Problem is, most jackets I've found have a waterproof liner and are not waterproof on the outside. Any recommendations?
The problem with waterproofness on the outside is that it fails too easily once you bush up against anything. Regarding safety - check out airbag jackets!
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Old 05-05-2010, 07:43 PM   #8
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I have the Teknic Power Skin HP which has kept me dry in downpours that last up to 2 hrs.
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:42 AM   #9
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+ 1 on the Olympia AST. It has a waterproof outer combined with a removable waterproof inner liner. I have not had the "pleasure" of testing it in an all day rain ride, but the garden hose test didn't reveal any leaks.
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:59 PM   #10
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11 years my Darien is still waterproof.

I replaced only because I wanted a Higher Viz jacket.

I got a Yellow Darien.

it's waterproof.
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:27 PM   #11
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+2 on the Olympia AST. Well made, very functional good looking and reasonably priced. Not cheap mind you, but not bend over and grab your ankels expensive.
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:58 PM   #12
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I have been very pleased with the water-resistance of my Olympia AST jacket and Phantom suit, both in high-viz neon green. Living here in dark, cloudy and wet Seattle, high-viz and water-resistance was a priority for me. The Olympias have been more water-resistant than my high-viz Tourmaster transitions jacket.
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Old 05-06-2010, 06:58 PM   #13
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http://www.olympiamotosports.com/xmo...motojacket.htm

I'm waiting for the grey/eyepopping yellow version to be shipped to me
Does use the waterproof liner.

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