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Author Topic: Looking for a motorcycle specific jacket, hopefully keep it under $200. Ideas?  (Read 5562 times)

Offline edukaycheon

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Okay after going to a bunch of shops today, new problem. Besides not knowing which jacket to get, sizing is also a huge problem for me because I'm tall and skinny. I now know that motorcycle jackets generally are cut shorter in the torso, but I have a smaller chest so many times the jacket will be loose but relatively right height-wise, or vice versa. Not only that, different brands have different fittings, even throughout their different models. I tried a few Alpinestars jackets and they fit decently, but most of the leather/textile ones I tried had the height vs chest problem. I also went to the Dainese store and tried some of their textile jackets with GoreTex, which seemed to fit me pretty well both height and chest but they were more touring style it seemed like. For suit jackets I usually go back and forth between a 38 and 40 depending on the brand, which seemed consistent with the size mediums I tried on.

Those Corazzo jackets jsharppphoto look pretty sharp (ha, ha) but they look more like windbreakers with protectors sewn in, and I'm definitely considering one but ideally I'd like something more protective. The Vulcan flugtechnik posted is also cool, but out of stock right now. Also don't know about the sizing for either, especially with my aforementioned body proportions.

Long story short, I feel like I'll have to compromise somewhere, so should I get a tighter jacket that potentially restricts movement, or a looser jacket that might be less aerodynamic? As of right now, I'm despairing that there's no middle ground, unless I get a looser leather jacket and get it tailored, but I don't know how much that would be.

P.S.: Dainese sizing really annoys me.
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Offline jsharpphoto

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bummer.  your life must be SO HARD..... being TALL AND SKINNY.  all of us short and fat guys are going to take up a collection for you. 

just kidding.

Go to a scooter shop that carries the corazzo line.  Trust me.  They are designed around the armor, it's not retrofitted in to a cool looking jacket.  They use a lot of the 3M reflective materials in a very discrete way.

Offline AndrewDoesHair

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I got this AGV Canyon leather jacket from Chaparral Motor Sports in San Bernardino. I was torn between vintage looks and modern functionality, and I felt like this one fit the bill for me. It was right under $200, and it has vents, elbow/shoulder/back padding, and doesn't look too "Power Ranger" like many of the other jackets I'd tried.


I even got to test it out, when I learned just how slippery gravel can actually be. I wasn't going very fast when I went down, but it was enough of a fall/slide that I would have been bloody in a T shirt and bruised in a light jacket...


When I started riding, just a few months ago, I thought I had the jacket thing covered, because of a very thin and light leather jacket I've owned for years, but after handling "real" jackets in the stores, I realized that a jacket made for fashion is going to be a total joke on a bike. Don't wear this thing, here


I don't know about tall and skinny, I'm 6'1" 185lbs, and I think this "AVG canyon" jacket fits me right...


Offline swank76

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Thanks for the heads up on the Canyon. I was riding in a cheap leather Perfecto-knock off. The leather is pretty thick and fit ok when I bought it. I had just lost a bunch of weight due to a medical condition (fat AND muscle so not as cool as it sounds) and knew I'd gain some weight back. Now that jacket is my casual knock-around jacket and I'm looking for a new one. The wife insists on some armor after seeing a friend break his elbow on a bike.

My neighbor tells me good things about his armored leather from Leatherup. Too good to be true?
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Offline DesmoBro

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I picked up an older Vanson leathers ventalator off of CL for $100. Looked brand new




CRAIGSLIST!!!....i Found 2 Ducati Dianese Leather Jackets (male & Female) Neither One was used Both Still Had the $600+ Price Tags.... Spent $300 on the pair the guy was asking $300 each....U Never know what people are getting rid of on CL
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Offline Hot Action

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I got a Vulcan leather jacket from leatherup.com.  Very happy with it.  The only complaint I have is that the elbow armor slides down to my forearm when I put it on. 

I tested it when I slid off of a mountain and it held up fine.

I got it on sale for $170.  Lots of zippers to let air in when you need it and keep it out when it is cold.



http://www.leatherup.com/p/Vulcan-Mens-Jackets/Vulcan-Mens-VTZ-910-Street-Motorcycle-Jacket/115180.html

Love that jacket so much...

For those interested, Although the Vulcan VTZ-910 was sold out and priced at $175-$200 on Leatherup.com I found it at myleather.com for $145

http://www.myleather.com/p/Mens-Motorcycle-Armored-Jackets/Vulcan-VTZ-910-Street-Motorcycle-Jacket/115182.html

Too bad it's on back order!

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Offline thetrumanshow

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Has anyone been able to find the vulcan jackets (either one would be great) in stock anywhere? I searched for a while and came up with zilch. I'd really like to get one of these, as I'm currently wearing a faux leather fashion jacket that probably won't do me much good if I go down.

Offline ArsalQa

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@AndrewDoes: Buy vulcan VTZ-910 jackets. This jacket is very good for biker. check bellow Item Details.

Item Details

    Premium abrasion-resistant cowhide leather
    Matte black leather finish
    Bright orange stitching
    Stitched with high strength nylon thread
    YKK zippers
    Internal double stitching
    Rear storage pocket that covers entire length of the back
    Zippered vents included: 4 chest vents, 2 outer-sleeve vents, 2 lower-back vents
    Elastic armhole and elbow panels for comfortable riding
    Pre-curved arms for extra riding comfort
    Mandarin collar
    Front zippered closure with YKK zipper
    Reflective, high-visibility stripes on shoulders, arms, and back
    Elastic side waist panels for adjustable fit
    Insulating, zip-out quilted vest liner
    High-quality non-removable polyester mesh lining (attached to the jacket)
    Pockets included: 2 zippered front hand pockets, 1 interior zippered pocket on mesh lining and 1 interior patch pocket on vest liner
    Zippered cuffs with Velcro closure for adjustable fit
    Hanging loop built into the jacket collar
    CE approved removable armor on shoulders, elbows, and back: ergonomic design, higher impact absorption, free movement