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    What is the BEST cold weather riding jacket? (Olympia ast jacket)

    Hi everyone

    I live in Tucson az. And the winters average morning is about 40 degrees and I hate the cold so I'm looking for a 3/4 length motorcycle jacket because I'm tall. I found the Olympia ast and and it claimed it one of the best cold weather jackets out. So I want to know if anyone has one and how good it works on keeping the cold out. Before I spend $300, Because I don't want to stop riding my bike this winter. Thanks for any comments or info you have.

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    Just get a tourmaster synergy heated vest or jacket liner. around $100 complete and you can adjust how much extra heat you want.
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    I have a Widder heated vest and love it. I carry it almost everywhere, like my rainsuit. Folds up compact when you don't need it and when you do, it's soooo nice and comfy. At 40 F I can ride all day with the vest, a sweatshirt, a fleece and my leather jacket.

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    I can't see why you'd need a cold weather jacket in Arizona for more than just the odd morning (I mean it's not like here in Canada), so is it worth a separate jacket just for that? I have an Akito Python 2 jacket that I use in cold weather, but as it doesn't have ANY vents and has a waterproof membrane in it, above about 60, it's just too warm.

    If you just need something on the occasional cool morning, just add an electric vest or electric jacket liner. Plug into the battery and wear it under your usual leathers. You really don't need a heat controller with an electric vest ... if it's cold enough to wear in, plug it in. If it's not that cold, don't plug it in. If it's really cold, throw on a rain suit jacket over that. Get and electric vest with a heated collar to keep your neck warm. Whether on a motorcycle or skiing, the key to comfort in cold weather is layering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Jackman View Post
    I can't see why you'd need a cold weather jacket in Arizona for more than just the odd morning (I mean it's not like here in Canada), so is it worth a separate jacket just for that? I have an Akito Python 2 jacket that I use in cold weather, but as it doesn't have ANY vents and has a waterproof membrane in it, above about 60, it's just too warm.

    If you just need something on the occasional cool morning, just add an electric vest or electric jacket liner. Plug into the battery and wear it under your usual leathers. You really don't need a heat controller with an electric vest ... if it's cold enough to wear in, plug it in. If it's not that cold, don't plug it in. If it's really cold, throw on a rain suit jacket over that. Get and electric vest with a heated collar to keep your neck warm. Whether on a motorcycle or skiing, the key to comfort in cold weather is layering.




    Thanx for the replies guys your info is great. Your right it doesn't get as cold in Tucson as it does in Canada or back east, we don't even get snow but I was born and raised here so I don't know any other cold ( thin blood). I'm shivering at 60 degrees and to me 50 degrees is freezing. So ya I will get more use out of a heated liner than u guys think. Again guys thanks for the comments, I'm going to buy a heated liner.

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    I'm also looking for a good bike jacket for winter. I'm don't want a heated vest. What are these textile jackets? The leather jackets look like they'd be the best for the winter, the textile jackets seem less expensive on average and a common feature for them is wind breeze and coolness. Are textile jackets not meant for winter? I need a good winter jacket for a man on a budget. like $200 or less. Any suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprink View Post
    I'm also looking for a good bike jacket for winter. I'm don't want a heated vest. What are these textile jackets? The leather jackets look like they'd be the best for the winter, the textile jackets seem less expensive on average and a common feature for them is wind breeze and coolness. Are textile jackets not meant for winter? I need a good winter jacket for a man on a budget. like $200 or less. Any suggestions?
    textiles don't always offer the abrasion resistance equal to the best leather garments.

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    Also, keep in mind that textile does not necessarily mean the same as vented. There are textile jackets that are designed for cold weather use and are wind/waterproof, and textile mesh that are designed for warm weather use. I have an Alpinestars T Stunt 2 for the humid New England summers, and a 3/4 length Nitro textile touring jacket that I wear in the winter (having a serious brain cramp and can't remember which one..) I wore that with a couple thin layers last winter and rode down to 24 F before the snow came.. No complaints.

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    I just bought an Alpinestars Drystar jacket. Its really nice and with the temps in the 50-40 i wear it without the full liner. I will place the liner back in when it drops into the low 40s-30s.
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    I just picked up (and luckily received) a Fieldsheer Tour Temp textile on Friday. Saturday I had a long 5 hour ride on the interstate in 40 degree temps and had to take off my under long sleeve shirt so I was only wearing a t-shirt under my jacket with winter liner.

    In essence, absolutely no complaints on the temp. Perfect. In fact I woke up for the ride home the next morning and it was 30 degrees. Frost on the seat and everything. The tour temp still held my core at a very good temp. The only thing cold was my fingers.

    Very good wind resistance and the liner was very warm, much like a winter coats and apparently you can wear the liner alone as a jacket but I didn't have time to do that. My only gripe is that it doesn't come in a brighter color (mine is grey with reflective piping).

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    sweat shirt and leathers! works perfect for me on out cold florida mornings
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    Electric vest, once you go electric you never go back and you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sprink View Post
    I'm also looking for a good bike jacket for winter. I'm don't want a heated vest. What are these textile jackets? The leather jackets look like they'd be the best for the winter, the textile jackets seem less expensive on average and a common feature for them is wind breeze and coolness. Are textile jackets not meant for winter? I need a good winter jacket for a man on a budget. like $200 or less. Any suggestions?
    I think you might be confusing Mesh Textile jackets with Solid Textile jackets. While they are both textile

    A quality textile jacket is way warmer than a leather jacket. Leather breathes. I have a First Gear Cordura textile jacket that does not leak any air at all unless you open the vents. Cordura is very abrasion resistant, but it is also stiff.
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    Cold Weather Gear

    I live in Washington state where we have cold (30's-40's) and rain about 9 months out of the year.

    I have a Belstaff jacket. Belstaff is made in GB where the weather is much like ours here in the NW.
    http://britishmotorcyclegear.com/jackets.asp

    A bit spendy but these jackets would last the remainder of your natural life.

    Also go to Webbikeworld where they have reviews on a lot of jackets and cold weather riding gear...as well as everything under the sun relating to motorcycles.
    http://www.webbikeworld.com/Motorcyc...e-clothing.htm

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    The best cold weather piece of gear that I have bought so far has got to be hands down the Turtle Fur neck warmer.

    I got mine at Cycle gear for under $13.00.

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