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Wanted your guys thoughts...
Picked up a evs G5 armored jersey today for 80 bux.
I know it's fir dirt but it looked and felt ideal for super hot days on the road. It was comfortable riding slab in 93+ degrees.

If I slide I'm wondering if it will just disintegrate....it's hard plastic plates with light mesh holding it together, anyone have thoughts?
 

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It has to beat riding in a Tee shirt! Like tons of the people I see are doing, and some in shorts! Not me, I must admit it does suck wearing leathers, boots and gloves on a hot day. I've been looking for something cooler myself but haven't found it yet.
 

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Back when I used to ride dirt bikes we alwasy wore jerseys. They'll take a lot of abuse and survive better than what's underneath. They cool too. Cooler than a t-shirt.
 

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Wanted your guys thoughts...
Picked up a evs G5 armored jersey today for 80 bux.
I know it's fir dirt but it looked and felt ideal for super hot days on the road. It was comfortable riding slab in 93+ degrees.

If I slide I'm wondering if it will just disintegrate....it's hard plastic plates with light mesh holding it together, anyone have thoughts?

It all depends - on how fast you are going when you hit the ground, as well as how rough the surface is. Im sure you will be okay falling off at any speed under 30mph. Anything over that and I would expect light mesh material to simply strip away and the plastic protection to fall out while you are sliding down the road...

I would recommend a mesh jacket that is made to withstand impacts on asphalt. They are heavy mesh, so they should stand up better to the ripping/tearing forces of sliding down the pavement. I have one that I use on seriously hot days. Otherwise, I have a well vented Dainese riding jacket that damn near feels like Im not wearing a jacket at all - worth its price.

I hit the ground in 2009 wearing a Frank Thomas winter jacket and overpants. I was going about 40-45mph when the stupid caged driver on a cell phone pulled into me and knocked me off the bike. At that speed, the pants wore through and my wallet fell out of the pocket, and the jacket shoulder was worn through to the plastic armor beneath it.

Now, compare a heavy winter textile jacket to the jersey you picked up...and ask yourself again if it is gonna stand up to a crash above 30mph...

Just my :2cents:


My philosophy has always been simple: sweat washes off. Wear the right gear and take a shower when you get home.

Ive crashed bikes more than I would like to admit - and other than a broken collar bone, Ive walked away from every single one of them, due to wearing the right gear.
 

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I dont know if you guys have Cycle Gear out your way, but you can find them on the web. CycleGear.com

They have a new line of products by a manufacturer called "BiLT". Branding looks kinda cheap, but apparently they are the same makers as the Frank Thomas line Cycle Gear used to sell... Anyway, I bought a pair of leather pants that are vented - and I cannot believe how well they work. Its like ari conditioning for your balls. Combike that with a mesh jacket, vented gloves and a vented helmet, and you will be safe, stylish, and reletively cool...
 

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Check this out. Australian company. I'm very tempted to get one of these and see what it's like.

EVASION - NEDS
No offense, Benny, but if youve got $250+ to waste on a kevlar t-shirt, youve got more money than brains!

I wonder if the kevlar helps keep your broken bones with greenstick fractures from tearing through the shirt as you tumble down the road....
 

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I guess it depends a whole lot on what you're doing. Personally, if I'm going scratching, full gear. I wear helmet, leather, boots, gloves, back protector. But if I'm just going down the shops, I know the chances of getting fully geared up is pretty unlikely. Having a light jersey like that is certainly better than just a T Shirt.

As for your broken bone comment, a leather jacket gives just as much protection against that.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's perfect. But the OP wasn't asking about perfect. It is better than a mesh shirt.
 

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I do have a first gear summer jacket, its just hot. I know all about gearing up, I never ride with a tshirt or shorts etc...

This product would be ideal if the mesh holding it together was made of kevlar or something that would resist the slide friction because there are enough armor plates that vital parts are seriously protected.

Anyone want to go to china and see if we can get something produced?

Here is the item, I will be selling it I suppose soon. Ill check out that Dainese jacket, what model is it?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032ID5VS/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0032FWC0Q&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=04BKESX922G24KZTPFX3
 

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I would respectfully disagree with your comment that a leather jacket provides the same protection. A good leather jacket make for motorcycling should have elbow and shoulder armor in it - that alone will prevent broken bones better than a Kevlar t-shirt. Ask me - I know...Ive been down several times over the years. Ive broken one bone in 20+ years of riding in about 7 different accidents, several at high speeds.

I do agree, however, with the assessment that this Kevlar tshirt is probably a bit better than the jersey. But it costs almost 4X as much as the jersey, and at least the jersey has some armor in it...

And, I remind everyone here that the majority of accidents occur within a 5-10 mile radius of your home. Why? Thats where we are most familiar, and where we tend to go into "autopilot" which leads to accidents. Which is why I do not ride anywhere without my leather jacket and gloves and helmet.

Of course, I also ride like a complete jackass hooligan :) Which is why I always wear gear.
 

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I do have a first gear summer jacket, its just hot. I know all about gearing up, I never ride with a tshirt or shorts etc...

This product would be ideal if the mesh holding it together was made of kevlar or something that would resist the slide friction because there are enough armor plates that vital parts are seriously protected.

Anyone want to go to china and see if we can get something produced?

Here is the item, I will be selling it I suppose soon. Ill check out that Dainese jacket, what model is it?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0032ID5VS/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0032FWC0Q&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=04BKESX922G24KZTPFX3

Your link doesnt seem to be working...

The Dainese jacket I had bought was the Laguna Seca jacket, 2009 model. Was on sale half off...$249.
 

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My friend (with a garage full of bikes and a closet full of matching helmets, leathers and mesh jackets)
was out looking to see what was currently being offered in mesh jackets these days.
He regretted getting an ICON with a white collar (can you say 'ring around the collar?')
and had mentioned that after some cursory perusing, he liked the apparent quality/value
of the Tour Master INTAKE Series 2 Mesh Jacket. Here are some of its features -
• Armor-Link mesh & 600 Denier Carbolex® combine with 1680 Denier ballistic polyester in the impact areas
• Comfortable, microfiber-lined, mandarin-style collar and cuffs are soft yet durable
• 360º Phoslite® reflective piping and Tour Master reflective rear triangle help increase nighttime visibility
• Adjustable, elastic and snap sleeve takeup straps at the forearm and bicep help secure elbow armor and material
• Removable, CE-approved armor at the elbow and shoulder with an articulated triple-density back protector
• Aqua-Therm™ two-stage waterproof and insulated liner (2 separate, removable liners!)
• Zippered chest map pocket, hand warmer pockets, internal pouch pocket and mobile media pocket
• Adjustable (velcro) waist belts, with TPR pulls help fine tune the fit
• Includes a jacket/pant zipper attachment with the pant side zipper included
A few days later, we hit a few bike shops and a Cycle Gear store to search for other possible mesh style jackets.
After checking out ICON, Dainese, Fieldsheer, BILT, Speed & Strength, Joe Rocket and SEDICI,
I decided that you could not beat the bang-for-buck of the Tour Master INTAKE Series 2.
Apparently, I am not alone in my findings - just search the web for reviews from other riders
(from various biker genres) that cannot say enough positive things about this jacket.

NOTE: Cycle Gear carries the Tour Master INTAKE Series 2 and a jacket by SEDICI that is extremely similar in design.
The liner snaps on the SEDICI reminded me of those snaps you find on the cover for a compact umbrella,
whilst the INTAKE series 2 had larger, color-coded liner snaps near the cuffs (to make it kook-proof.)


I am 5'10" 205lbs, a 44" chest and 36-38" waist.

The Tour Master Men's Large (LG/44) fit me well, if I was buying a regular jacket. My friend smacked me around a bit
(shoulders & back) while wearing the jacket and we decided that it was too loose for the internal armor to stay in place during a crash.

The
Tour Master Men's Medium (MD/42) fit snugly with both liners installed. With both liners removed (i.e. MESH only)
and the forearm snaps secured, I felt safer - the last thing I want is the jacket to be too loose and have the armor roll
to the side during a crash, negating any possible protection. To be honest, I think I could use another 1/2 inch in the
sleeve length, but it was not a deal breaker.

Tour Master also offers some of their jackets in a "Tall' size.
Chest and sleeve measurements are each about 2 inches longer for the Tall version.

Unbeknownst to me, the Tour Master INTAKE Series 2 is being discontinued and the Series 3 was to begin shipping from
Tour Master (to dealers) in mid April.
Of course, I wanted the all black INTAKE Series 2 in medium - no where to be found!
All that was left in the stores were XS, XL, and XXL sizes - some in black, but mostly in the 'silver' or the 'high visibility' yellow/green.

This jacket normally sold for around $180.00 USD and is now being sold for as low as $115
...with FREE shipping ta boot in most cases! (see the weblinks below)


I ended-up finding a new INTAKE 2 Medium (MD/42) in Black with the tags still on it on eBay this evening.
I made the Seller an offer and ended-up bagging it for $114.00 shipped complete.
I also spotted some original Tour Master INTAKE jackets on eBay, too. Be careful!

From what I can determine from the pictures...
The "original" INTAKE (in BLACK) has the reflective piping in a v-shape (chevron) across the chest.
The INTAKE Series 2 (in BLACK) has less reflective piping (vs. the original) and a black chevron pattern across the chest.
The INTAKE Series 3 (in BLACK) has even less reflective piping (vs. Series 2) and has removed the chevron pattern altogether.
Some websites are offering 'pre-orders' of the INTAKE Series 3 for $188.99 (see weblinks below)
I wanted to also note that while I aspire to acquire a SHOEI or an AGV helmet someday,
I managed to bag a nice, leftover, full face HJC helmet in a store for $90.00. It has almost identical vents to my friend's SHOEI.
Incidentally, we both joked that the HJC venting design/hardware was so similar to SHOEI (and seemingly no longer being offered by HJC)
that SHOEI may have sued them to stop the copying - who knows!

The lesson learned?
Get off the computer once in awhile and be on the lookout for unadvertised, in-store bargains.


Marc

 

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i have a joe rocket summer jacket. its mesh with all the body armor in the right places. its awesome & is very cool.
 

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What no board shorts and flip-flops Cliff?! LMAO!
 

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i wore shorts one time when i first started riding on the street, dumb i know. anyways i had a bee fly up my shorts leg. i got stung 4 times b4 i got stopped. needless to say, havnt worn shorts since.
 
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