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post #11 of 36 (permalink) Old 05-25-2016, 09:10 PM
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Go to a Cycle Gear where you can look at all types of motorcycle wearing gear and try it on for size. It is a better investment than chrome and lights.
I agree I bought a BILT from there and it fit well.

Now that being said, in CA its hard to wear one during the day. I sweat my rear off down the freeway. I know little sweat little suffer saved ribs and skin.


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I have two First Gear jackets, a summer and a full Parka Kathmandu that have good armor in most places but no rib protection so I also wear a Armadillo vest like this Icon Stryker http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...r-stryker-vest

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Wife and I both have Joe Rocket jackets; I know they're not state of the art, but..... She put her foot down in some gravel, it slipped, and the scooter slowly pushed her to the ground. If she'd not been wearing a jacket, gloves, and full face helmet, there'd have been an ER visit. The way she landed, her chest and face slowly slid along the asphalt. Scuffed her jacket, scratched her helmet, one small scratch on the bike that had 10 miles on it, but we picked it up and rode another 200 miles that afternoon!
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Wife and I both have Joe Rocket jackets; I know they're not state of the art, but..... She put her foot down in some gravel, it slipped, and the scooter slowly pushed her to the ground. If she'd not been wearing a jacket, gloves, and full face helmet, there'd have been an ER visit. The way she landed, her chest and face slowly slid along the asphalt. Scuffed her jacket, scratched her helmet, one small scratch on the bike that had 10 miles on it, but we picked it up and rode another 200 miles that afternoon!

What's wrong with Joe Rocket stuff? What's better?

After three years with a Speed&Strength coat, which fit well and was very versatile (removable outer sleeves, two inner layers, totally waterproof) the glued-in vent zippers failed and came out (washed and soaked it in the off season). JR, although not as versatile (one removable layer and the heavy sleeves permanently attached) is built far better, with stitched-in zippers all around.
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Another satisfied JR customer here.
My (early version) Alter Ego jacket is about 10 years old -- some of the white on the logos is wearing away, but the zippers (and boy does this thing have zippers!) still work well.

I know the new version of that jacket is easier to use because it's essentially a ballistic-nylon shell that zips onto a mesh armored jacket. That said, the zip-off panel setup of the original one was much more clever and I wish they still made them that way...

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I knew that sooner or later I would make a definite decision to always wear my gear. The question was whether I would make the decision BEFORE or AFTER I went down for the first time.

I decided to do it before. Have never needed it, and hope never to need it. But I'd rather regret wearing it for nothing than the other way around.

BTW, 'tis exactly the same reason I carry a concealed weapon much of the time.

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In my opinion, there's nothing wrong with the Joe Rocket jackets; but the ones that my wife and I have now are the only ones we've known.

Mine has actually gotten used as winter wear too; last winter a tractor-trailer jackknifed, blocking our road and I had to walk out to the main highway to be picked up for work. It was snowing, the wind was blowing about 20 MPH, and I needed to walk about half a mile. Decided that my motorcycle jacket offered the best protection against the wind. It was GREAT!

Anything is better than nothing - my wife works in a hospital and gets to see what happens when someone isn't wearing any gear. Case in point: a few weeks ago - asphalt backroad, skid lid, shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes. After they helicoptered him out, she called and gave me a lecture on ATGATT.
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Joe Rocket gear has improved over the years. FirstGear gear seems to have slid a bit in order to meet a price point. For those who find a jacket too hot in summer, get a summer mesh jacket which has more airflow for summer and a regular for winter or a multi layer jacket which gives you mesh and winter and rain and you just remove the layers for warm dry days.
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look at all types of motorcycle wearing gear and try it on for size. It is a better investment than chrome and lights.
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I went down a couple of weeks ago. Very low speed but I have cracked rib & a big patch of skin off my elbow. My leather jacket probably helped but the jacket I wasn't wearing would have likely been MUCH better.
That jacket has elbow pads, a back pad & rib pads. It might not look as good but that is what I will be wearing from now on.
I hurt my ribs once before on a bicycle & I had almost forgotten how much it HURTS.
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