Thursday, April 28, 2011
Product Review - The Fly Terra Trek Jacket
The new Fly Terra Trek is extremely visible all the way down to the reflective piping and logos while still being attractive.
We were a bit surprised when Fly told us they were releasing a street motorcycle jacket line. After all, Fly made apparel that typically was more geared towards off-road riding. And when any manufacturer decides to branch away from what they're good at to try something a little new, we become a bit skeptical. So we decided to check these puppies out all on our own and give them a good once over.
The first thing that we noticed about Fly's new Terra Trek Jackets is how visual this jacket is. Each color (especially the highly visible florescent yellow jacket) can be easily seen at night or in low viability conditions. It's easy to ignore or forget the necessity of features that allow a rider to be seen but even the black Terra Trek jacket has no shortage of reflective piping and logos. And while we love a visible jacket, we'll be the first ones to admit that we want a jacket that can both be visible at night and attractive during the day. The Terra Trek jacket manages to be visible without making you embarrassed to be seen in it during daylight.
|With plenty of snaps and Velcro, the jacket is amazingly adjustable.
||There's no shortage of places to safely store your valuables with this plethora of double sealed pockets.
So it looks good, but how well does it fit? We only managed to get our grubby little paws on some size large jackets and our trusty lab rat tends to wear a size XL due to his particularly lanky limbs. So while the sleeves were a tad bit short, the rest of the jacket fit perfectly. Of course, this raised the question of whether or not the XL that he would need to cover his arms would be too big around the torso. This query brought us to the many adjustable features of the jacket. With snaps, zippers and Velcro tucked away in almost every nook and cranny, this jacket can be made bigger or smaller in almost every way. And while we weren't quite sure why there were so many adjustable snaps at first, we realized that they'll come in handy to give you an almost custom fit no matter what your body shape or size.
Our next point of interest was the material. Living in California, we don't tend to ride in too many extreme conditions but we still need a jacket that can keep us warm in the winter, keep us cool in the summer and keep us dry when the clouds decide to spit on us. So we liked that the Terra Trek is waterproof and has a quilted liner to keep us warm when we need it to. Of course, the liner can be removed for when the sun decides to shine. Unfortunately, this jacket doesn't seem to have a whole lot of vents to let out body heat in warm conditions. And the jacket's shell is made of 600D which isn't the most breathable of fabrics. On the other hand, this jacket is great for chilly weather but won't be enough to keep you warm in a blizzard (why you would want to ride in a blizzard we're not too sure, but what do we Californians know?). Long story short: we love this jacket for moderate conditions. It won't disappoint in mild weather; just don't try to wear it through the Saharan Desert or Arctic tundra.
The jacket also has a few little perks tucked away in it. Double sealed pockets have both zippers and Velcro to make sure your valuables don't end up on the highway or soaked to the brim in rain water. The jacket also has some nicely placed armor. We didn't get a chance to test it in a crash (our test dummy just wouldn't agree to purposely crashing for the sake of this review) but the armor looks like it would protect high impact areas pretty well. The back of the jacket is also just long enough to keep any wind from whipping up your back without making you look like you're wearing a trench coat.
As mentioned before, the Terra Trek jacket isn't very great for extreme conditions. If you're going to be riding through some serious bone chilling temperatures, you might want to throw another layer on under it. With its lack of vents and fairly high denier count, we don't recommend wearing it under the mid-day desert summer sun. The jacket also doesn't have a double zipper in case you want to open up the bottom of your jacket to let out heat while keeping the top zipped.
We also found that the neck area wasn't the most comfortable. Though it was adjustable and, after messing with it a bit, we managed to get it to a bearable position, the neck was a bit still and rough and didn't lay quite right at first.
Yes, no, maybe-so?
We didn't have a very hard time deciding if we would spend out hard earned cash on one of these bad boys. Our test dummy feels like it wears better than his current Alpinestars jackets and would be perfect for our mild California weather. And with the discount that you'll get from buying it at BikeBandit.com, the jacket isn't priced too terribly bad either. In other words, we'll take one.