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My old standby Tourmaster Jett is starting to show its age, at over 12 years and somewhere around 200,000 miles, frayed wear areas, broken zipper pulls and most of the reflective ares no longer reflecting. I’v Have good luck with Tourmaster products and had been following their “Transitions” coats for awhile so when the recently released “5” came up on sale for $220.00 I jumped in with an order. Ironically I had tried them on about 2 months earlier and found that their sizing apparently has been changed so be careful if you contemplate ordering one. I normally wear Large or XL but with the new ones it took a XXL to fit comfortably, ( my “Jett” is an XL and is very loose so I had envisioned maybe getting into a L), I would also have gone back and purchased the coat from them but saving over $50.00 was too much to pass up. The coat is very nicely done and with our recent warm up in temps gave me a chance to experience their venting set up, (15 zippers in the coat), 11 zippers dedicated to airflow, 8 on the front, three on the back, and the main front zipper as another. Wow, flows way better than the “Jett” especially through the torso, but not as much as my all mesh Joe Rocket “Phoenix “. Also, got caught in a couple of rain showers, light and heavy, and stayed perfectly dry. Have ridden in temps down to 10F and stayed warm but at the lower end I was using my Aerostich “Kanetsu Airvantage” heated jacket liner in place of their unheated insert. Can’t testify how well the unheated liner will work, probably the same as most others. A bonus is the large rear pocket at the bottom of the back of the coat, my I-pad Air tablet slips in easily. A note on the zippered vents in use have Velcro strips inside the zipper itself which when used acts like a stiff scoop edge and with the additional snaps below them you can hold open the vent for better flow. I do have a small nit pick with the collars hold open hook and loop. Not enough tension in the elastic loop to stay on the hook but if you give the loop a twist before slipping over the hook you’re good to go. Armor in the shoulders and elbows with a spinal protection pad is pretty much standard fare and I have no issue with them. Was originally thinking this would be a good choice for a three season coat being Fall, Winter and Spring but with it’s excellant venting should work very well in Summer as well. I’m pleased and impressed and would expect others will be.
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