So, I've Recieved my new Jacket from MC superstore, and picked up some new gloves as well, thought I would let you all know how good I think they are.
My new jacket is a Teknic Freeway jacket, intended as a 3 season jacket I believe, although you could use it all year, if you're a bit hard.
I chose this jacket for a few reasons, look, price, overall function, Teknic's very good reputation, and specs and "components". I looked at a few other jackets, including another Firstgear Kilimanjaro, Fieldsheer Hydro-Tour, Firstgear Denali and Rainier. The Teknic was cheaper than all the others, on some cases, a couple hundred dollars cheaper, and looks the coolest in my opinion. Upon opening the box and pulling it out, I thought, it looks even cooler in person (despite the color being slightly different than what the pic showed, all black instead of a couple of white panels, no biggie), and after looking it over has a few things not mentioned in the specs!
THe outer shell of the jacket looks and feels just a bit thicker than my Kili Hypertex material, everywhere I can see on the the jacket, not a single loose thread. This seems to be something I get alot in clothing these days.
The Jacket is claimed to be %100 wind and waterproof, and breathable. "Powerskin" it's called. The inner liner zips in and out along the entire piece, instead of just along the front zips like most gear I have, which is kinda nice. The inner part of the liner is metallic like on of those camping thermal survival blankets, and pretty thick. Obviously I don't know how cold I can roll in it yet, but it feels like you could survive a nuclear winter with that thing in!!! The liner has a waterproof pouch on it's back that opens up and eats the liner into itself, and turns into a handy, belted butt pack for when you need to ditch it.
The jacket has waterproof pockets galore in front, 6 in a all, and a little pocket in bottom of the left arm, (good for garage door openers!!!). There is one large waterproof pocket in the back as well. Two pockets on the inside of the jacket as well, both in the left chest area. All zippers are YKK and waterproof where needed. Zippers are actually a big deal, and YKK are good ****!!!
There are adjustments galore for fit as well, including one on each bicep, one each side just below the elbow, one each side at the waist, and also one each at the very bottom of the jacket. All Adjustment straps are velcro, and therefore more adjustable than 2,3, or 4 buttons. My jacket is a bit large for me, but will adjust from loose and open, to fully locked down with these straps.
Ventilation-There are four vents in front, one high on each side of the chest, and one on each bicep. Opened up in 75 degrees today, they were more than adequate, and I imagine as long as I was moving, 85 would still be comfy. An interesting thing about opening the vents...there does not seem to be any exit for the air, so when you open them up the wind fills the jacket a bit, making it begin to compress on you. not much when sitting down, but if you stand up on the pegs, it increases with speed. At about 90 it feels like you're wearing a compression suit (standing up), but I kinda liked it actually!!!
I got out in some light rain and indeed so far, no leakage, but we'll see how it holds up to downpour conditions, maybe later today...
Best part, I paid $159 delivered for this jacket, sick, sick deal!!! Wa-hoo Motorcycle Superstore!!! I'll update after a few thousand miles on this guy.
The gloves, Firstgear Mesh-Tex 2.0, what can I say, I've tried alot of gloves in my career, and these are the most comfy light weather gloves I've ever had!!! Good looking, and as always with Firstgear, very well constructed. Mesh, with leather palm, and carbon embossed leather knuckle protection.
I hope this can help anyone in the market for such items, I would love to see some product reviews from you guys, what do you have and was it worth it?!?!
Enjoy the pics!!!