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Great Value For The Price
from Los Angeles, CA
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Comments about River Road Baron Mesh Motorcycle Jacket:
I'm right at 6' 0", weigh about 245 and have bit of a buddha for a mid-section. Though I wear XL shirts and size 38 pants, the 2XL fits me nicely around the gut, chest and through the shoulders. However, the sleeves are a hair long on me, and while I don't exactly have "pythons" for arms, I had to bring the arm-snaps to their tightest setting so they wouldn't be so baggy. I suppose if I were to loose 10 or 15 lbs the XL might fit me perfectly, but it's been said you should buy gear that fits you the way you are now. And right now the 2XL fits me pretty darned good. The description says "CE" rated armor in the shoulder's & elbows, but I've felt firmer (or sturdier feeling) armor in other jackets...still CE-rated is CE-rated. The construction seems to be of a high grade for the price – zipper doesn't stick, but I have to put a knock on the the way the removable liner is finally secured into the jacket. Many jacket's use a snap-flap configuration; the River Road jacket uses a small, stitched button and loop configuration. I can't help but think that with extended wear, the button will eventually pop off. However, at this price point, it is an after thought for me. The cut and design is really nice, and have already gotten compliments from the ladies (on the jacket and me in the jacket).As far as breath-ability goes, my old Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 mesh jacket was better. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most breathable, I'd give my Joe Rocket a 10; The River Road jacket gets an 8. It's light, most certainly, but the River Road jacket's inner lining (not the separate liner) seems to inhibit the air flow passing through the exterior mesh. The removable liner is definitely thicker than what I would expect to accompany a hot-weather mesh jacket. My old Joe Rocket came with a simple double-layer wind-breaker type liner. This River Road jacket actually feels like it's filled with an insulation material of some kind. As of this writing, today's temperature in Los Angeles was 95 degrees...you'll have to pardon me if I need to get back to you on the merits of how warm the liner will keep you. But while there may be a hair less breath-ability in this jacket than my previous one, it does appear that the thicker liner will enable me to wear this jacket deeper into the colder part of the year before having to break out my winter-riding jacket. So read, more versatility.And the short and sweet is, I like this jacket and am looking forward to riding in it for many years to come.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Boston, Mass
Great Jacket to wear in the summer. Keeps you cool in warmer weather and it comes with a liner to keep you warm through most of fall. Not to mention it looks cool.