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Question How bad is a mesh jacket? - June 2, 2006, 09:32 PM

The weather has been pretty warm lately and when it was in the 90s that one day, I was barely able to force myself to put on my JR Blaster 2.0 perf. jacket... I heard a lot of bad things about mesh, but just how bad is it? I was so uncomfortable in leather that day I thought it was to the point of being detrimental having it on. So I've been eyeing the JR Rio mesh jacket...

Thanks, appreciate any feed back or alternatives!
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June 2, 2006, 09:49 PM

You'll still get some road rash with a mesh jacket if you go down at speed. It's better than nothing of course.


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June 2, 2006, 09:50 PM

I went down in one and it faired fine. I slid about half a block on pavement. The worst thing that happened is the material tore a bit on the forearm where I had most of my weight. It saved me a trip to the ER. It's a Fieldsheer M3.


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June 2, 2006, 09:56 PM

I crashed in a JR mesh jacket and pants.
Held up better than I expected.
Of course if I was wearing leather I wouldn't have had a scratch.
You have to make the call if the trade-off is worth it to you.
I agree w/ you, when it is hot it takes the fun out riding...so I wore the mesh.
If I was to go out for a spirited ride I would def rather wear the leather and sweat...


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def better than nothing, especially if it has some armor in it.
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Do yourself and favor. Save your pennies and get this:



If you must have mesh, there's always this:
http://www.vansonleathers.com/produc...ackets/vx3.htm
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June 3, 2006, 08:07 AM

Thanks for the suggestions! Yeah if I am hoping on the highway I will definitely still wear my perf. leather since there will be enough air passing through. But the local rides would have been a killer with leather on!
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I've seen some mesh jackets that have melted when crashed. My buddy crashed in one, not sure what brand it was but the plastic basically melted onto his skin. Was pretty nasty..


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I guess this is a good time to bring this up. I'm looking for a light weight jacke with a lot of air flow options, for warm weather, along with some armor and space for my mp3 player. Right now I'm looking at the Joe Rocket ego jacket. Anyone have any thoughts or recommendations?
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June 5, 2006, 09:48 AM

I have been wearing Joe Rocket for years... and think it is one of the best values out there. Not overpriced and great quality for the price you pay. JR all the way!
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I just placed an order on newenough.com for the Joe Rocket Rio mesh jacket... will let you guys know how it works out! My buddy got one and he loved it. Did not crash test and hopefully he and I both won't.
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i'm wearing a shift airborne jacket and fieldshier titanium 2 pants. both mesh, the jacket has very nice large pads in the elbows and shoulders, the back pad covers almost your entire back which is nice. best mesh jacket i've seen yet. the pants are mostly all mesh except the pads in the needs, hips. and it's textile in any other areas you may slide on. maybe not the best compared to leather but it beats a pair of jeans any day. i stay completely cool during a hot day.


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June 17, 2006, 09:37 PM

I definitely go with leather when I'll be riding at speed and leaning
a lot through twisties switchbacks etc-. But stuck on 66 or any hot day
in traffic I opt for my JR mesh with armor. ALWAYS the Sidi boots are on.
One suggestion for pants. I have leather pants and Fieldsheer mesh pants with
armor,but when I'm meeting a date and need to lok a little more presentable but
want my ass safe on the ride to the restaurant. I bought jeans called 'Draggin Jeans"
No armor, but the knees and the butt are made of Kevlar. A hard impact may not
turn out well, but you won't lose 3 or 4 layers of skin in bad road rash.
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June 30, 2006, 01:14 PM

In the realm of the same subject what about textile compared to mesh?
Such as the JR Meteor jacket and JR Ballistic Pants?

Ok, reading more it seems mesh is textile. I guess I was thinking of some I have seen that look like they have holes in them.


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June 30, 2006, 01:58 PM

I bought a new Joe Rocket Blaster 3.0 jacket in March after having the orginial JR Blaster for a couple years and I love the new 3.0. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the jacket, it is full leather, but with zip-out panels along the inner arm and inner torso.

So for colder riding, I put the panels back in and its just like my old blaster. But for warmer riding, zip out the panels and you have a fully breathable jacket in all the areas that count!!

Also, the panels are small enough to store in your tail for those days where you are riding all day and night (I can even fit them in my CBR600rr tail, so that should tell you how small they are with my undertail exhaust)

Check it out:


Granted, it is still leather on your back and front, so it is still slightly hotter than a full mesh in 90 degree weather. BUT, you still have the protection of leather and the breathability of mesh, IMO it is the best jacket out there if you want a leather jacket that breathes. I picked one up at ride gear for $224:

http://street-bikes.ridegear.com/cgi...html?E+scstore

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