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Old 03-14-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Which jacket to buy for a dual sport?

I have added to my stable, a Dr 650, and I'm wondering about just wearing the traditional leather jackets or go with the dual sport type jackets. I am thinking about spending around $200-$300 for a jacket. I am thinking about getting the Firstgear Jaunt 2 jacket. Any ideas?
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:37 PM   #2
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I'm really happy with my Bilt Storm (Hi-vis) that I picked up for $100 or $150 (vs. $250 MSRP) and I wear it on my DR or FZs.

It has a fleece liner and I can ride in 50F in a T-shirt and still sweat when standing still. Without the liner it's great wind protection in spring. When it gets warm, it has a bunch of zippered vents so I've worn it on cool morning and hot afternoons. It's just a little too much for the heat of summer, when I revert to mesh. It has a good amount of armor in shoulders and elbow, but I did put a forcefield back protector insert (from eBay) as the provided foam piece is pretty much useless (I have them in all my jackets..)

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Old 03-15-2013, 06:35 AM   #3
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If you haven't already read, here is good review on the Jaunt 2 you are considering.

Are you set on a 3/4 length?

I assume you will riding in the summer and I would be concerned about adequate venting. Most jackets have "venting" and the Jaunt seems to have several vents but that doesn't mean the system works well.

The last jacket I bought I researched which one would give me the most flexibility from cold to hot weather (that actually moved a lot of air but could seal up for a solid shell) and couldn't find a system better than the Olympia Nomad $329 at Revzilla. The 3/4 length model is the XMoto but price jumps to $479

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Old 03-15-2013, 04:01 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info, i will be checking out all of those jackets and their reviews. One more question, are the dual sport helmets worth buying or just stick with the regular full face helmets?
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:53 PM   #5
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You don't really need a DS helmet for it, but I ended up using the Bilt Explorer DS helmet I bought on my dirt bike (WR250F) when we go trail riding.

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Old 03-15-2013, 06:14 PM   #6
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Unlike Eflyguy, I am not size Sasquatch and generate much less personal heat. I have a Tourmaster Transitions 2 and I feel it would make an good jacket for DS. The quilted liner does an adaquate job of keeping me warm at slower speeds, but I need a fleece liner as well to be warm all the time. The venting is good. If you remove the armor, is can be packed up easier into a stuff sack, because if you ride anything gnarley, you will shedding that jacket quick.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:01 PM   #7
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I think that I'm going to stay with the regular length coat since I'm only 5'9''. I thought that most people used at least a 3/4 length. It seems like the Olyimpia brand has a outer shell that is much stronger than most of the textile jackets that I have looked at, and I'll take as much protection as I can get. Now I'm deciding between a DS or modular helmet
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:13 PM   #8
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It seems like the Olyimpia brand has a outer shell that is much stronger than most of the textile jackets
You are correct.

My advice to you is get the jacket as snug as possible and still will fit. With liner in it almost feels too tight but you have to consider how it will fit with liner out. People wear their gear too loose IMO and the armor loses it's ability to protect due to movement during a crash.

I see you are in NE Ohio. See this link for an Olympia dealer and go try on sizes before you order. There is a place in Canton and several in greater Cleveland.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:20 PM   #9
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Thanks for info on fining dealers for Olympia. It definitely seems like the do it all jacket. Some things that I really like about the Olympia is the much more abrasion resistant material, in the impact areas. Also it can go from full ventilation, to no ventilation in less than a minute. The price is a little bit high, but I have paid that much for leather ones. Thanks for having me look at the Olympia jackets
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:06 PM   #10
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I got the Scott All Terrain jacket a few months ago, wear it five days a week (at least), Im totally happy with it, a bit more than you stated, but $400 isnt too bad.

I do actually have one gripe, I work in a machine shop, and there are little rare earth magnets sewn in that hold the shoulder vents open, metal collects there daily, and is a PITA to remove...

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/s...Fch7QgodElMAgQ
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:08 PM   #11
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Oh yea, they run big, Im about a 40 US jacket, and I bought a small in the aforementioned jacket.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:32 AM   #12
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Hey, Notaduc - you might hang your jacket in a cheap suit carrier while you're at work?
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:58 PM   #13
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I've got a Scorpion XDR Commander that I think I paid $175 for. 3/4length, hi viz, thermal and WP liners work great and have keep me from being miserable a few times. It can suck stopped but rolling is fine. Even has a pocket for camel back and a clip up on the front right shoulder for the hose. I'm using it less now that I have full leathers but would be my go to for covering distance or dual sporting.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:45 PM   #14
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I still haven't purchased yet, so thanks for all of your ideas. My money seems to be drawn to the Olympia Nomad. I like the tougher outer shell and the ability to ride on a day that goes from 40 degrees to 90 degrees in one jacket. I'm still torn about getting a DS helmet.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:57 PM   #15
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You don't need a DS helmet.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:10 PM   #16
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Good, now I will just get me a new shoei Gt air
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:43 AM   #17
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Good, now I will just get me a new shoei Gt air
That is a killer helmet !!
http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/shoei/gt-air/review.htm
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #18
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I can't wait to get my hands on one and try it on. Hopefully in the next month or two I will have one.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:49 PM   #19
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Do yourself a favor and at least look at the SHOEI NEOTECH. I just got 1 and am amazed at how quiet it is and how well it vents.

The price can be negotiated. I got mine for $475 shipped. That is the most that I have ever paid for a helmet in my 30 yrs of riding, but allready I feel that it was worth it.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:00 AM   #20
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That GT Air looks almost like a non-modular version of the Neotec.

The more helmets I try, the more I love my Multitec (the older Neotec). The Shoie shield attachment method is awesome, too - takes just seconds to switch shields. I can even do it while wearing the helmet..
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